Wednesday Word │September 30, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Collection Development Librarian
Floyd County Library

Genealogy Librarian
Floyd County Library

Diversity Fellowship – CBLC Multimedia Project Manager
Indianapolis Public Library

Gifts and Grants Specialist
Indianapolis Public Library

Public Services Librarian (Juvenile Focus)
Indianapolis Public Library

Social Worker
Indianapolis Public Library

Access and Content Services Manager
Monroe County Public Library

Assistant Business Manager
Morgan County Public Library

Head Youth Librarian
Tippecanoe County Public Library

If you would like your Indiana library job posting to be listed in the Wednesday Word, the position, and its description, must be submitted to the Indiana State Library. Click here for submission guidelines and to submit.

In the news

Indiana Library News

Is your library making news?

Banned books week: celebrating intellectual freedom
Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University

Meeting: Huntingburg Public Library
Huntingburg Public Library

Indianapolis public libraries adjusting to new methods during pandemic
Indianapolis Public Library

Pollinator paradise: Library's butterfly garden takes aim at ecosystem
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Local artist presents library with painting
Sheridan Public Library

*Please consult local news sources and library websites for the latest information on the closures and re-openings of libraries and the cancellations of scheduled library events and programs in relation to COVID-19.

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Stephanie Asberry named deputy director of statewide services at State Library


The Indiana State Library is pleased to announce Stephanie Asberry as the new deputy director of statewide services. The position was previously held by Wendy Knapp.

Prior to becoming the deputy director of statewide services, Asberry served for two years as deputy director of public services at the Indiana State Library. Prior to that, she acted as supervisor of the Genealogy Division at the Indiana State Library for three years. Additionally, she spent five years as the director of library technical services at the Tennessee State Library and Archives and has an another six years of experience serving as a public services librarian. Asberry earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in political science from Ball State University, a degree in history from Oregon State University and her Master of Library and Information Science with a graduate certificate in archival administration from Wayne State University.

She can be reached via email or by phone at 317-232-3734.

Difference is You Award winners announced


The Difference is You Committee is pleased to announce Agnes Dombrowski and Teri Schmidt as co-winners of the 2020 Difference is You Award. The awards were presented virtually on Sept. 18 during the Difference is You Conference, which was themed "The Difference is You: What’s Your Vision? 2020 and Beyond." The award recognizes a library support staff employee who goes above and beyond while performing their job duties and who is also an inspiration to their community and library.

Dombrowski, a 40-year employee of the Remington Carpenter Township Public Library, was nominated by library director Sue Waibel. During her tenure at the library, Dombrowski is known to have performed practically every library duty in some capacity. This prompted Waibel to nominate her in an effort to recognize Dombrowski's decades of multifaceted hard work. 

Schmidt, who works at both Northridge Middle School and the Middlebury Community Public Library, was nominated by Kelsey McLane from the Harold and Wilma Good Library at Goshen College. McLane was one of Schmidt's students at Northridge Middle School and then worked with her for eight years at the public library. McLane cites Schmidt as the reason she pursued her library degree and works in a library today.

Read more about the annual library support staff conference here.

Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services virtual conference registration now open


The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a virtual conference this year. ABOS will use a combination of Whova as a mobile application and Zoom as a meeting platform for the conference, which will take place from Oct. 13-16.

Registration is $79 per person or $69 per person in groups registering as a department of three or more. Click here to register.

ABOS is anticipating more than 36 programs on a variety of innovative outreach topics. Vendors will also be presenting programs on their specific product lines. A special interactive program on designing memory kits will also be presented. Additionally, there will be networking, raffle prizes, games and other fun events during the week.

Click here to read more about the conference.

IndyPL partners with IU School of Dentistry to distribute grab and go oral health bags


The Indianapolis Public Library has developed a partnership with the Indiana University School of Dentistry in order to distribute oral health supplies in grab and go bags to those in need.

Spearheaded by Pike branch librarian Anika Williams, the outreach partnership will see grab and go bags distributed at IndyPL's Pike branch, East 38th Street branch and Haughville branch. The bags include an IUSD leaflet, one toothbrush, two toothpaste tubes and various IndyPL resources.

For more information about the program, please contact Williams at 317-275-4480.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Indiana State Library Resource Sharing Update
When: Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Using the Evergreen Booking Module
When: Oct. 6, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Learning to Document for Evergreen Indiana and the Evergreen Community
When: Oct. 20, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

What's Up Wednesday - Civic Literacy and Citizenship: Cultivating Space for Communities to Co-create Knowledge and Make Change
When: Oct. 28, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Annual Report and Bookkeeping Webinar
When: Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Annual Report and Bookkeeping Webinar
When: Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Webinar

What's Up Wednesday
When: Nov. 25, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Services from the Indiana State Library: The Secret Ingredient to Library Success!
When: Dec. 15, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Government Information Minute

Welcome to the Government Information Minute. Every week, government information librarians at the Indiana State Library cover current resources on governmental data at the state, national and international levels, all to keep the public well-informed. Follow the Indiana State Data Center on Facebook and Twitter and feel free to leave comments and suggestions.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


National Cybersecurity Awareness Month will mark its 17th year in October of 2020. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Cyber Security Alliance announced this year’s theme as “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” This theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity. Organizations can view and download toolkits, resources, tip sheets and sample social media posts to promote the awareness campaign throughout October and year-round.

With remote learning and telework increasingly becoming part of many people’s lives, it is important that Indiana residents, business owners and local governments take cybersecurity precautions to protect sensitive data from falling into the hands of criminals. The Indiana Cybersecurity Hub is intended to be a central hub of information about how to stay informed and safe. Whether paying bills online, working or communicating with friends and family through social media, every Hoosier adult, child and business is at risk for a cyberattack.

According to the Center for Digital Government’s report, Enterprise Security in the New Normal of Teleworking, “one study found 14% of American workers never changed their device passwords [and] 21% of them have shared a work-related password electronically.” Cybersecurity is in every aspect of modern life, making it important that everyone is aware of why and how to stay safe online.

Registration now open for the 2020 IMDPLA Fest


Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America has announced that registration is now open for the 2020 IMDPLA Fest. This year, the annual conference will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The conference brings together representatives from public libraries, academic libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and special libraries from around the state of Indiana who are engaged in - or considering - including digital material into the Digital Public Library of America. The IMDPLA Fest is organized by the Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America Hub, but participants do not need to be a member or contributing institution to attend.

This year's keynote speaker will be Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, DPLA Data Fellow.

Registration is free and will close Monday, Oct. 23. Click here to register. A detailed schedule of the 2020 IMDPLA Fest sessions will be shared on the IMDPLA website as soon as the information becomes available.