Wednesday Word │November 11, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Public Services Assistant (part-time)
Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University

Collection Development Librarian
Floyd County Library

Adult Services Librarian
Franklin County Public Library District

Activity Guide (part-time)
Indianapolis Public Library's Infozone at the Children’s Museum

Teen/Adult Programmer
Jasper-Dubois County Contractual Public Library

Reference Associate
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

North Webster Community 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?

Exhibit Columbus wraps up symposium series
Bartholomew County Public Library

Eckhart Public Library expands delivery service
Eckhart Public Library

Linden Carnegie Public Library receives book donation from AMVC
Linden Carnegie 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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Eckhart Public Library nominated for 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service


The Eckhart Public Library has been nominated for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service by Rep. Jim Banks. Since 1994, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has presented the award to institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to community service. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

The library in Auburn reopened in March following extensive restoration and renovation from a 2017 arson fire, only to have to close again hours later because of COVID-19.

"Our library showed the same resiliency as after the fire, collaborating with community partners to continue providing services in creative and vital ways," director Janelle Graber said. "We are honored by the nomination. We appreciate the ongoing support of the Indiana State Library and Indiana Library Federation."

Eckhart Public Library, which has never bonded or borrowed in its 110-year history, has nearly completed a $12 million capital campaign, which included a professionally identified endowment goal for financial sustainability and ambitious improvements in accessibility and services.

Visit the library's website here.

Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and Indiana Humanities team up for virtual genealogy event


The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, in conjunction with Indiana Humanities, is pleased to present "DNA Explorers: Presentations on Genetic Genealogy," a virtual event to be held on Saturday, Nov. 14. 

DNA Explorers’ Robert Sliwinski will give a full day of presentations covering a variety of DNA-related genealogy topics. Sessions include "The Basics of DNA Testing for Ancestry," "Navigating Paternal and Maternal DNA Test Results," "Navigating Autosomal DNA Results and Contacting Matches," A Review of Ethnicity Estimates from Nine DNA Testing Companies," and an interpretation of volunteer-submitted DNA results. 

The free event will take place virtually via Zoom. Rooms will begin to open at 8:45 a.m., with introductions at 9:10 a.m. The deadline to sign up is this Friday, Nov. 13, by 3 p.m. The program is eligible for up to five LEUs for Indiana librarians. 

To receive a Zoom invitation, attendees must call the library's Genealogy and Local History Department at 765-626-0839 and provide an email address.

State Library seeks deputy director of public services


The Indiana State Library is currently seeking a new deputy director of public services. 

The deputy director of public services position will manage the Indiana State Library's public service divisions. The director will plan, organize, coordinate, direct and evaluate the functions of the following divisions: Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, including the Indiana Voices program; Reference and Government Services; including the Regional Federal Depository program and the Indiana Data Center Program; the Indiana Division, which includes overseeing state documents and newspapers; the Genealogy Division; the Catalog Division, circulation and support; the Conservation Division; and interlibrary loans. The position is a key member of the Indiana State Library administrative team. The position works closely with the Indiana State Library Foundation and other state agencies. The position oversees the operations for the 86-year-old building located in downtown Indianapolis and the library’s collections, which include ancient records through born-digital documentation.

The State Library is looking for a candidate with an MLS and five years of progressively responsible library experience. At least two years of the experience must have included managerial and administrative responsibility supervising professional staff and overseeing a comprehensive library program.

Click here to read more requirements and to apply. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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.

National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month


November is National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month. In November, the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution pay tribute to the many contributions of Natives Americans to our shared history.       

The Library of Congress has many resources celebrating the history of Native Americans, including maps, music, photographs and teacher and young audience material.

The National Archives holds hundreds of thousands of related records created or received by the U.S. Government relating to Native Americans and has collaborated with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture to launch the Indigenous Digital Archive’s Treaties Portal providing access to digital copies of ratified treaties.

The National Park Service has a vast array of educational material, including lesson plans related to historic sites. Click here and type Native Americans in the search box. Users can then select subject matter and grade level.

Join the National Museum of American History for a free online exploration into key social studies topics, featuring museum resources focusing on Native American Heritage Month.

The National Museum of the American Indian has online programs and distance learning programs, including virtual field trips and webinars. Explore online exhibits “Celebrating Native American Women,” “Native American Code Talkers” and more. On Nov. 11, the museum is presenting an online program marking the completion of the National Native Americans Veterans Memorial, honoring the service and sacrifice of Native veterans and their families.

State Library seeks Evergreen Indiana coordinator


The Indiana State Library is currently seeking a new Evergreen Indiana coordinator.

The Evergreen Indiana coordinator is tasked with ensuring the smooth day-to-day operation of the Evergreen Indiana Library Consortium, including recruitment and retention of membership and seeking out new opportunities for consortium libraries to collaborate. Superior communication and technical support skills are required to keep up with the constantly changing project management environment. Community building by the coordinator through positive reinforcement in communications, events and trainings plays a significant role in maintaining excellent relationships among members. This position requires experience with the Evergreen ILS software, project management and training development. This position is intended to support the IT systems and function of the Indiana State Library, and its initiatives throughout the state.

The State Library is looking for a candidate with an MLS - or five years of progressively more responsible work in a library - and a minimum of three years working with an Evergreen installation. The candidate must also be willing to relocate to the Indianapolis area.

Click here to read more requirements and to apply.