Wednesday Word │November 18, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Digitization Intern
Harrison County Public Library

Deputy Director of Public Services
Indiana State Library

Evergreen Indiana Coordinator
Indiana State Library

Hourly Public Services Associate I (two openings)
Indianapolis Public Library

Public Services Librarian
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Collection Development Librarian (two openings)
Tippecanoe 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?

Garrett library hosting traveling exhibit
Garrett Public Library

Local middle school teacher receives one of Indiana’s highest teaching honors
Indiana Library Federation

Indianapolis preserving and presenting its activist art from the tumultuous summer of 2020
Indianapolis Public Library

Lawrence Branch of Indy Public Library reopens after extensive renovations
Indianapolis Public Library

Marion library designated Monarch Butterfly Waystation
Marion Public Library

Paintings by Rosedale artist featured in Vigo library virtual gallery
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


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Next round of Toucan Tuesdays interviews announced


The Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library have announced the next round of the interview series Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00! The interviews are presented in a series of videos in which the library's chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, speaks with Indiana authors. Each interview will debut as a Facebook Premiere at 2 p.m. every Tuesday from Dec. 1, 2020 through Feb. 2, 2021, with the exception of Dec. 29, 2020 and Jan. 5, 2021.

This round of interviews will feature the following Indiana authors on the following dates:

- Dec. 1, Ana Crespo
- Dec. 8, Teresa Robeson
- Dec. 15, Terry Border
- Dec. 22, Mindy Baker
- Jan. 12,  Adra Young
- Jan. 19,  Laura Martin
- Jan. 26, Tracy Richardson
- Feb. 2, Rosanne Tolin

The interviews can be viewed on the Indiana State Library's Facebook page. After making their premieres on social media, the full interviews will be available to stream on the Indiana State Library’s YouTube page.

Please contact Suzanne Walker, director of the Indiana Center for the Book and Indiana Young Readers Center librarian, with any questions.

'Government Resources for Children' webinar announced


On Thursday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., the Indiana State Library will present "Government Resources for Children, K-9." The webinar will be presented by Brent Abercrombie, regional depository coordinator and reference librarian at the Indiana State Library.

The webinar will cover how the federal government produces a wealth of resources for teachers, students and parents. Attendees will learn about the various websites, lesson plans and educational guides that are available from the U.S. government. The session will highlight and provide searching tips that can be used to discover free digital resources for educators to utilize. An overview guide with links that be available to download.

The webinar is hosted in partnership with INDIGO, Indiana’s Networking for Documents and Information of Government Organizations, in order to provide continuing education of government information. The webinar is eligible for one TLEU for Indiana librarians. Click here to register. Click here to log in on the day of the event.

Those who cannot attend may request a copy of the recording of the session here.

Please contact Kara Cleveland, Professional Development Office supervisor at the Indiana State Library, with any questions regarding the webinar. 

Deadline to apply for Indiana authors speaking engagement funding is this Friday


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 this Friday, 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. 

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

Government Resources for Children, K-9
When: Dec. 3, 2-3 p.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 Diabetes Month


November is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in the Unites States. It is estimated that 30.3 million people in the U.S., roughly 9.4% of the population, have diabetes. This year’s theme focuses on youth who have diabetes. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases  created a toolkit with resources to help raise awareness for children with the disease.

Diabetes greatly impacts school-age youth in the U.S., affecting about 193,000 youth under 20 years old. The NIDDK encourages those with diabetes to have self-care plans. The plans include managing one’s blood glucose levels, encouraging healthy habits, receiving mental support and preparing emergency go-kits that include medical supplies, an emergency contact list and a medication list.

The goal is to help raise awareness for youth who have diabetes need support from their parents, caregivers and health care team. Visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s page on diabetes to learn more about the disease, as well as the risks and symptoms and to learn about preventative measures.

Arts Midwest now accepting grant applications for Big Read Program


Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program. The NEA Big Read is a community engagement opportunity with grants of up to $20,000 for community-wide reading programs, virtual or in-person. Organizations can choose one of six available books. They can also tie in thematically-related books of their choice to expand the program's potential and reach a wider audience.

Eligible organizations include arts organizations, community service organizations, institutions of higher education, libraries, literary centers, museums, school districts, theater companies, tribal governments and more. 

Past grantees have a proven track record of successfully engaging their audiences through the power of literature and stirring up a passion for reading that persists year after year. They've also developed meaningful and lasting partnerships with other organizations in their community. Studies have shown that reading for pleasure has positive impacts on one’s health and this program can also provide entertainment and connection to community members in a time of isolation.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 27, 2021. Grant guidelines can be found at this link. Instructions on how to apply and eligibility requirements can be found here

Please contact Arts Midwest via email or at 612-238-8010 with any questions regarding the Big Read Program.