Wednesday Word │November 4, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Permanent Art Collection Curator
Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University

Director of Youth Services
Mooresville 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?

Library plans November book discussions
Jackson County Public Library

Valpo library garden nearly complete; opening planned Dec. 4
Porter County Public Library System

*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


2019 public libraries and State Library annual report now available online


The Indiana State Library and Indiana Public Libraries 2019 Annual Report is now available online via the Indiana State Library's brochures page. The annual report can be directly accessed here.  

The 2019 document combines information - including statistics and library stories - from both the Indiana State Library and Indiana public libraries into one truncated report. 

Additionally, one physical copy will be sent to each of the 236 public library districts in the state via InfoExpress or standard mail in November. 

Please contact Jennifer Clifton, Library Development Office director at the Indiana State Library, if the report hasn't been delivered by the end of November.

Free webinars offered from TeachingBooks


TeachingBooks, available to Indiana residents for free through the INSPIRE collection of databases, is offering a number of webinar opportunities over the next few months. 

The 20-minute webinars showcase strategies and integration ideas. Due to the length of the webinars, they are not eligible for LEUs. However, they are still helpful to those who use TeachingBooks to connect readers to titles.

The following webinars are available for free. Click on the webinar title to register. Please note that all times are Central Time:

"Preparing for Book Groups & Literature Circles" - Thursday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Central Time

"Collection Development with TeachingBooks" - Thursday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Central Time

"Ideas from The TeachingBooks Blog" - Thursday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Central Time

"Discover TeachingBooks!" - Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, 2 p.m. Central Time

"Fresh Ideas Ready-to-Use from TeachingBooks" - Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, 2 p.m. Central Time

"Literacy Inspiration for STEAM lessons with TeachingBooks" - Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 2 p.m. Central Time

"Reflect on Cultural Representation with Literature" - Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, 2 p.m. Central Time

Click here to learn more about TeachingBooks. 

Evergreen Indiana Library Consortium launches online book club


The Evergreen Indiana Library Consortium is pleased to announce the launch of a community-wide online book club. Patrons of Evergreen Indiana libraries will connect with other library patrons and community members through the enjoyment of reading and discussing great books. Book club members vote on the selections relating to lifelong learning, social issues, literature, psychology and other user-submitted ideas.

The book club is free to join. Free eBooks are available for download via the Freading eBook platform for patrons of Evergreen Indiana public libraries. Links to Freading are in the book club forum. Patrons will need a library card to download a book. Library patrons may also borrow the book in print or audiobook from their local Evergreen Indiana library.

Sign up here. The first discussion started on Oct. 29. Members will discuss "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" by Kim Michele Richardson. Club members typically read two chapters per week, so they can join at any time without falling behind.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Virtual Tails & Tales CSLP 2021 Training/Roundtable
When: Dec. 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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

Virtual Tails & Tales CSLP 2021 Training/Roundtable
When: Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Virtual Tails & Tales CSLP 2021 Training/Roundtable
When: Jan. 11, 2021, 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Virtual Tails & Tales CSLP 2021 Training/Roundtable
When: Jan. 26, 2021, 10-11:30 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.

Population Reference Bureau resources


This week, the Government Information Minute would like to draw attention to the Population Reference Bureau, an important resource for solutions to problems for various populations during the COVID-19 crisis. The PRB is a resource for U.S. and international demographic information and analysis.

The PRB has published several coronavirus articles online since March. The articles can be found here. Population groups that are covered in the articles include: older Americans, the U.S. labor force, faith communities in West Africa, college students and U.S. children. The PRB is also responsible for the World Population Data Sheet, published annually, which identifies key population, health and environmental indicators for more than 200 countries and territories. View its other resources here, including the bulletin "What the 2020 U.S. Census Will Tell Us About a Changing America."

Reminder: Registration still open for 2020 Annual Report and Bookkeeping Workshop


Registration is still open for the 2020 Annual Report and Bookkeeping Workshop for public library directors, business managers, bookkeepers, treasurers and library trustees. This year’s workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and repeated on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the same time slot. The sessions will be held remotely via webinar.

The workshop includes a presentation and training on the 2020 Annual Report for Public Libraries, as well as an update from State Board of Accounts on end of year actions and financial and budgetary changes that will be helpful in the accounting process.

Click here to register for the Nov. 5 session, and click here to register for the Nov. 10 session. Participants should only register for one session. Four LEUs are available for Indiana librarians.