Wednesday Word │October 14, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Executive Director
Allen County Public Library

Children and Teen Librarian
Brown County Public Library

Branch Manager
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Circulation Librarian
La Porte County Public Library

Adult Reference Assistant (part-time)
Putnam County Public Library

Material Services Clerk (part-time)
Wells 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?

Local libraries launch online book club
Brownstown Public Library and Jackson County Public Library

New director shares vision for Jeffersonville Township Public Library
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Regionally Speaking
Lake County Public Library

Vigo library features River City's October Artist of the Month on Facebook, YouTube
Vigo County 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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State library blog


Follow the Indiana State Library's blog for weekly posts covering all aspects of the State Library. Visit the blog here.

If you are an Indiana library employee and would like to contribute a guest blog, please send us an email here with your idea.

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Free training for librarians and library employees on LinkedIn Learning


2021 CSLP manual now available online


The Indiana State Library is pleased to be able to provide all Indiana public libraries with access to the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s 2021 manual for “Tails and Tales.” This program year, access to the manual will be 100% online via the CSLP website. No USBs will be distributed. 

Library directors should have already received a PDF with the code that allows access to the 2021 CSLP manual. Directors may share the code with library staff who are responsible for summer reading programming. A short tutorial video that walks one through the process of accessing and navigating the online manual can be viewed here

Those who have not received the code, or who have questions or concerns about the manual or the CSLP “Tails and Tales” program, should contact Beth Yates, children’s consultant at the Indiana State Library. 

"Resource Sharing Update" video now available from the Indiana State Library


A recording of the Indiana State Library's fall 2020 "Resource Sharing Update," which was presented on Oct. 2, is now available to be viewed. The event includes presentations on INSPIRE, TeachingBooks, InfoExpress, SRCS, Indiana Share and Project ReShare. The speakers’ PowerPoint presentations can be viewed on State Library’s resource sharing page.

Viewing of the two-hour "Resource Sharing Update" video is worth two LEUs for Indiana librarians. LEU certificates can be created in-house via the instructions found on the State Library's LEU policy page

Any feedback related to the presentations, or suggestions for topics to be covered next year, should be directed to Jennifer Clifton, Library Development Office director at the Indiana State Library.

Indiana libraries can apply to bring award-winning authors to their community


Nonprofits interested in bringing an award-winning Indiana author to their community to speak or to give a writing workshop for a public audience can apply for funds to cover speaking fees. The programs, which are associated with the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards, can be in-person or virtual.

Indiana Humanities will select up to 30 host organizations for speaking engagements and up to 10 for writing workshops. The programs, open to public libraries, schools, churches, museums, community centers, prisons and other nonprofit organizations, are funded through the support of Glick Philanthropies.

The Indiana Authors Awards Speaker Program features winning and shortlisted authors from the 2020 round of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. Click here to see a list of available speakers and presenters and to read more about the programs.

The application can be found here. The deadline to apply is Nov. 20.  

In addition to paying the speakers’ fees, Indiana Humanities will provide participating organizations with resources such as a communications toolkit, press release template and graphics for social media promotion. Participating organizations are responsible for working with authors to schedule engagements and cover any travel expenses. Author events must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021. 

Committee seeking nominations for Rosie Award


The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Committee is seeking nominations for young adult books to be considered for the next Rosie Book Award list.

The committee is looking for young adult books with characters either in high school or college age that have not been published earlier than five years prior to the nomination year.

Click here to see the guidelines. Click here to access the nomination form.

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: History at Your Fingertips: Using Hoosier State Chronicles and Indiana Memory
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.

United States Federal Reserve System


The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States. Often called the Fed, the system is designed to promote the effective operation of the U.S. economy. The Federal Reserve System is divided into 12 districts and Indiana is in the Seventh District, which headquartered in Chicago.

The Fed wants to educate Americans about banking and finance and has tools for third graders through adults. Educator and student resources include the College Fed Challenge, an academic competition that provides undergraduate students the opportunity to study the U.S. economy through the lens of the U.S. Central Bank; Econ Explorers, a basic introduction to economics and banking for elementary school students that includes lesson plans for grades three through five; and Econ Lowdown, a free platform with online courses and videos for K-12 and college classrooms.

Chicago region consumer resources include tools and calculators to help prepare for retirement and investing. They also include information about consumer mortgages and foreclosures. The consumer page has links to Indiana agencies including the Department of Financial Institutions, Indiana Department of Insurance, Secretary of State and Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. These agencies will help with complaints about stores, banks, insurance companies, utilities and more.

November What's Up Wednesday topic announced


"History at Your Fingertips: Using Hoosier State Chronicles and Indiana Memory" has been announced as the next topic in the Indiana State Library's What's up Wednesday webinar series. The hour-long webinar will take place on Wednesday Nov. 25 at 10 a.m.

Hoosier State Chronicles, Indiana’s statewide historical digital newspaper program, and Indiana Memory, a digital library containing materials from institutions across the state, are free resources from the Indiana State Library. This session will cover how researchers can use both collections, including search techniques, item descriptions and applications with other source repositories. The webinar will be presented by Justin Clark, digital initiatives director at the Indiana Historical Bureau.

The webinar is eligible for one TLEU - which will be available to download at the end of the webinar - for Indiana librarians. Click here to register and click here to read more. 

Please contact Laura Jones, Northwest regional coordinator in the Professional Development Office of the Indiana State Library, with any questions.