Wednesday Word │October 21, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Marketing and Communications Specialist
Johnson County Public Library

Adult Services Librarian
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

Financial Assistant
Monroe County Public Library

Information Assistant (part-time)
Monroe County Public Library

Youth Services Manager
Monticello-Union Township 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?

Renovations planned for Carnegie Public Library
Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County

Crawford’s art featured at DeMotte Library
Jasper County Public Library

Region libraries march onward with adjusted hours, services in pandemic
Northwest Indiana libraries

*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


ILF Annual Conference registration now open


Registration is now open for the 2020 Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, which will be held virtually on Nov. 17-18. Themed "Everyone Counts," the conference will feature special sessions that will focus on survivors of abuse, people with disabilities, multi-lingual access and more.

Live and pre-recorded sessions will cover topics such as creating space for dialogue, racial justice and inclusion, genealogy, management training and technology. Sessions will also reveal the new lists for Read Aloud Indiana, Young Hoosier Book Award and the Eliot Indiana High School Book Award. Several authors, including Sophie Blackall, Alan Gratz and Maurice Broaddus, will be featured. A preliminary program can be viewed here.

Registration for ILF members is $150. Non-member registration is $225. Groups of five institutional members or school district members can register at a discounted rate of $500. Groups of five non-institutional members can register at a discounted rate of $750. Students, trustees, retirees and FOIL members can register at a special rate of $50. Click here to register. The registration deadline is Nov. 12.

Please contact Tisa Davis, communications manager at ILF, with any questions.

Registration for the 2020 IMDPLA Fest closes this Friday


Registration for Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America's annual IMDPLA Fest closes this Friday, Oct. 23.

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. 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.

RUSA seeking reference service research project proposals for ALA conference


The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference and User Services Association is seeking the submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the "New Discoveries in Reference: The 27th Annual Reference Research Forum" at the 2021 American Library Association Annual Conference. The conference will take place in Chicago on June 24-29, 2021.

Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research about serving diverse patrons. The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment and organizational structure and personnel.

The Committee employs a blind peer review process to select three proposals for 20-minute presentations. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the forum during ALA Annual in Chicago. Criteria for selection includes originality, quality and impact. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted. Proposals are due by Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

Click here to read full proposal requirements and instructions on how to submit a proposal. 

Questions about the forum should be directed to Qiana Johnson, 2020-21 committee chair.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across the nation, as well as ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safe and secure online. Celebrating its 17th year, this year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”  

The Cybersecurity and Infostructure Security Agency has compiled tip sheets and resources aimed at reducing cybersecurity risks, as well as protecting oneself online. NCSAM emphasizes the belief “If You Connect It, Protect It.” Throughout October, CISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance will focus on a specific area that will be highlighted with weekly promotions and outreach.

- Oct. 1-2: Official NCSAM Kick-off.
- Week of Oct. 5: If You Connect It, Protect It.  
- Week of Oct. 12: Securing Devices at Home and Work.  
- Week of Oct. 19: Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare.
- Week of Oct. 26: The Future of Connected Devices.

Use of NCSAM’s hashtag #BeCyberSmart during October to promote involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness is encouraged. CISA offers cybersecurity resources to share with communities. These tools and resources are not only valuable during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. They provide best practices and guidelines that are helpful throughout the year.

Central Indiana racial equity grant available


A grant of up to $75,000 from the Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund is available for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations  - or organizations or individuals who have partnered with a registered non-profit fiscal agent - in Indianapolis and the surrounding Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Morgan and Shelby Counties.

CIREF is seeking bold and innovative approaches that address systematic inequalities within the criminal justice system for both African American juveniles and adults. Prioritized areas include:
reducing interactions between the African American community and Central Indiana law enforcement departments and agencies; reducing African American representation in the juvenile and criminal justice system by providing positive alternatives for education and employment; and increasing employment and wealth opportunities for African American communities, in particular, as it relates to matters of criminal justice, re-entry and police interactions.

Click here to view full grant requirements and to fill out an application. The proposal deadline is Oct. 30.