Wednesday Word │October 7, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Children’s Services Manager
Allen County Public Library

Youth Services Librarian (part-time)
Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library

Shelving Page (part-time)
Hamilton East Public Library

Public Services Librarian
Middlebury Community Public Library

Programming Director (part-time)
Sheridan 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?

Bored of browsing, genealogists yearn for road trips
Allen County Public Library

Bartholomew County Library benefits from Indiana Author Awards
Bartholomew County Public Library

Fitness program encourages people to get active this fall
Johnson County Public Library

Monroe County Public Library trustees to vote on southwest branch design
Monroe County Public Library

RSRF awards 15 grants in third quarter
Ohio County Public Library and Tyson Library

Peru library backtracks on suffragist statue following council push back
Peru 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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Indiana's poetry archive announces inaugural poems


The Indiana Arts Commission, in partnership with the Indiana State Library, has announced that the works of 32 poets have been added to the state of Indiana's poetry archive, INverse

An initiative of former Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka, INverse celebrates and preserves the diverse range of Indiana poetry for future generations of Indiana writers and readers. 

"I would like to commend the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division here at the Indiana State Library for the countless hours they put into building the INverse archive. Their hard work will allow access to the works of Hoosier poets for generations to come," said Jacob Speer, Indiana State librarian.

"In the spirit of Walt Whitman’s famous line, 'I contain multitudes,' the INverse Poetry Archive contains multitudes of voices, styles and subjects that represent the rich diverse and creative spirit of Indiana," said Poet Laureate Matthew Graham. "I am honored to have one of my poems be a part of this important historical and literary collection."

Residents of Indiana are encouraged to submit poems to the archive annually between Feb. 1 and April 30. To view the archive, including the inaugural poems, click here.

Lt. Gov. Crouch awards $10 million in arts, cultural and destination marketing organization support grants


Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch has announced that 479 organizations will receive almost $10 million through the Arts, Cultural and Destination Marketing Organization grant program. This initiative is made possible through a partnership between the Indiana Destination Development Corporation and the Indiana Arts Commission, providing operational support to local organizations whose operations were disrupted by COVID-19.

"These organizations help enhance the quality of life here in our great state," Crouch said. "I am pleased to see the arts and cultural sector, which adds to Indiana's tourism economy, get this funding."

A list of the awardees, including the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, the Indiana Library Federation and the Pike County Public Library, can be found here.

"Ensuring the arts and cultural community can survive is what this grant will do for so many organizations across the state," said Lewis Ricci, IAC's executive director. "This funding can help bridge the gap."

"The tourism and hospitality industry is one of the leading economic sectors in Indiana, contributing over $37 billion to the state's gross domestic product," said Elaine Bedel, IDDC's secretary and CEO. "These funds will help the Destination Marketing Organizations lead the recovery of our leisure and travel related economy."

Award amounts were determined by a formula which included factors for budget size, previous amounts of CARES Act funding received and amount of eligible expenses, resulting in an equitable distribution to organizations in all areas of the state.

Each grantee will be responsible for documenting the use of all distributed funds.

Knox County Public Library wins Readers' Choice Award


The Knox County Public Library has won the Best Community Service Club/Organization award in the 2020 Readers' Choice Awards, presented by the Vincennes Sun-Commercial. The newspaper serves Knox County and the annual awards give county residents the opportunity to vote for their favorite businesses, organizations, recreation spots and events in the community.

On Sept. 16, outside of the library, Kat Paddick of the Sun-Commercial presented Knox County Public Library director Emily Bunyan with the Readers' Choice Award.

"We are so thankful for our patrons and proud of this award," reads a Sept. 16 post on the library's Facebook page. Click here to see the post and to see a picture of the award. 

The Knox County Public Library is located at 502 N. 7th St. in Vincennes and can be reached via phone at 812-886-4380. Click here to visit the library's website. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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.

StatsIndiana’s COVID-19 Resource Hub


The Indiana Business Research Center maintains a COVID-19 Resource Hub on its website, updated with the latest coronavirus case data tools and news analysis related to the pandemic in Indiana. Included are popular dashboards displaying global information from Johns Hopkins University and the New York Times. Resources for changes in Indiana’s economic data are linked from the Department of Workforce Development as well as the Indiana Department of Health's county updates. Results of impact surveys conducted from the beginning of the pandemic are available here from the U.S. Census Bureau, in addition to many business recovery resources. Stay tuned for more information as new data sources about COVID-19 are collected.

Monroe County Public Library announces new associate director


The Monroe County Public Library has announced Grier Carson as its new associate director.

“Grier has a strong foundation and experience working in libraries and serving our own community, alongside a vision and passion for access, service and programs,” said Marilyn Wood, library director. “He brings exceptional leadership qualities to our team.”

Grier began his path to librarianship in Bloomington. As an undergraduate at Indiana University, Grier studied English literature and art history. “Old stuff has everything to do with why I work in libraries,” he said. “Literature led me to libraries; it’s a big part of who I am.” Grier received his Master of Library Science from IU’s School of Library and Information Science in 2006.

In 2018, Grier became access and content manager at MCPL. In this position, he pushed to make the library less format-focused and more attentive to content and accessibility. Grier oversaw the expansion of the Library of Things and the addition of new digital services such as Kanopy, a film streaming service. Grier also took a leadership role in planning for a new Southwest branch where the collection would reflect the same vision.

Read the library's full, unedited press release here.

CSLP names 2022 slogan and 2024 theme


The Collaborative Summer Library Program has announced its 2022 slogan and its 2024 theme, as voted on by state representatives.

The 2022 slogan that ties in with the year's theme of oceanography is "Oceans of Possibility." The 2024 CSLP theme is adventure. The adventure slogan will be determined next year.

The 2021 theme is animals and the slogan is "Tails and Tales." The 2021 artist is Salina Yoon. Sophie Blackall  is the artist who will be featured in conjunction with the aforementioned oceanography theme. In 2023, the theme will be friendship and kindness with a slogan of "All Together Now." Frank Morrison is the 2023 artist.