Wednesday Word │May 27, 2015

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Indiana Library Jobs

Now Hiring

Family Literacy Coordinator (Part-Time)
Frankfort Community Public Library

Director, Communications
Indianapolis Public Library

Community Outreach Librarian (Part-Time)
Indiana University South Bend

Circulation Clerk (Part-Time)
Speedway Public Library

Adult and Branch Services Coordinator
Bartholomew County Public Library

Adult Services Librarian
Johnson County Public Library

Technical Services Librarian
Shake Library, Vincennes University

Learning and Technology Coordinator
La Porte County Public Library

To see the complete list of current openings listed on the  ISL Continuing Education Jobs page click here.


Order of Lincoln adds Gabbard to distinguished list
Allen County Public Library

Bloomingdale library gets $7,000 grant
Bloomingdale Elementary School Library

Elkhart Public Library hosts first-ever ‘Mini Comic Con!’ at downtown branch
Elkhart Public Library

Indiana students can get free books online this summer
Indiana Department of Education

Indy Library Trustees Pick Architects
Indianapolis Public Library

A new chapter for library director
Jefferson County Public Library

'Beautiful, just beautiful' Library's renovated Youth Dept. shown off during ribbing cutting
Knox County Public Library

Library hires new director
Lebanon Public Library

Michigan City Public Library
Michigan City Public Library

Bangert: Indiana’s amazing WWI honor roll
Tippecanoe County Public Library

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Upcoming Workshops & Important Dates

Managing Oversized Materials: Care, Handling and Preservation of Posters, Maps, and Other Large Pages in Our Collections
10:00am - 12:00pm
When: Thursday, May 28
Where: Webinar

Promotion and Outreach for Preservation
4pm – 6pm
When: Tuesday, June 2
Where: Webinar

Project Management and Workflow for Digitization Projects
11am – 1pm
When: Thursday, June 4
Where: Webinar

Going Digital Free Webinar
12pm – 1pm
When: Monday, June 8
Where: Webinar

Security in and with Collections in Libraries, Archives and Museums
2pm – 4pm
When: Tuesday, June 9
Where: Webinar

Oral Histories: Care and Preservation from the Start
2pm – 4pm
When: Wednesday, June 10
Where: Webinar

Digital Curation Workflow and Tools
3pm – 5pm
When: Wednesday, June 10
Where: Webinar

Audiovisual Preservation
2pm – 4pm
When: Thursday, June 11
Where: Webinar

Know Your Rights: Copyright in Digital Environments
12pm – 1:30pm
When: Friday, June 12
Where: Webinar

Islandora Hosting Services Demo
2pm – 3pm
When: Monday, June 15
Where: Webinar

Picture This: Introduction to Digital Imaging
11am – 1pm
When: Tuesday, June 23
Where: Webinar

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Hancock County Public Library Prepares for World Record Attempt

Hancock County

On Saturday, May 30, the Hancock County Public Library will attempt to break the world record for the most people balancing books on their heads at the same time. The current record is 998 people, and the library has made arrangements for representatives from Guinness World Records to be in attendance so that the event will be officially recorded.

If you would like to be a part of this monumental event, please go Hancock County Public Library’s website for more information or check out the poster in this link. The event will take place between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Greenfield-Central High School football field. Please register for the event here so that the library will be able to estimate how many people will be in attendance.

Bartholomew County Public Library Director Beth Booth Poor to retire

The Bartholomew County Public Library will bid farewell to its leader and longtime staffer — one who has ushered the library through its most recent digital revolution — and promote its second-in-command to the top post.

Director Beth Booth Poor, 65, will retire May 31 and assistant director Jason Hatton, 35, will assume her role June 1.

Poor, a native of Chicago Heights, Illinois, began working at the library in 1973 after serving as librarian for Southwest Allen County Schools in northeast Indiana. Her first role at the local library was coordinating extension services, which included the Bookmobile and the Hope branch library.

Read more of this article by clicking here.

What is Net Literacy?

Since 2012, the State Library has distributed 619 rebuilt computers and 438 monitors to nearly 100 public and institutional libraries around Indiana.

These computers were rebuilt and refurbished by a local student-run organization, Net Literacy. Net literacy was founded in central Indiana by a middle school student, Daniel Kent - he has since gone on to become a graduate student at Yale.

Traditionally, Net Literacy and the Indiana State Library have partnered in the summer to provide these computers to libraries in the fall; however, because of a lack of donations, Net Literacy does not have any PCs available this summer because of a lack of higher end computers and LCD monitors.

The State Library and Net Literacy hope to continue the computer program next summer.

ICB announces Early Literacy Firefly Award Winner Bill Cotter

Fire Fly Award

Indiana Center for the Book (ICB) Director Suzanne Walker is delighted to announce Children’s Author Bill Cotter as the 2015 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award winner for his book “Don’t Push the Button.”

The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is an initiative of the ICB to promote early childhood literacy in Indiana. The state award is chosen by the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Committee made up of professionals in Indiana including teachers, librarians, caregivers, and project coordinators; all of whom are involved in early childhood development.

“ICB is excited to be launching this new picture book award focusing on Early Literacy. Children from infancy to five are absolutely capable of enjoying books and being discriminating judges,” says ICB Director Suzanne Walker. “Just try reading a boring book to a group of 4-year-olds. ‘Don’t Push the Button’ is the first of the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Awards; books that are chosen for their ability to encourage parents and children to talk, sing, read, write, and play together. It is our hope that caregivers will see this list of books as a quality go-to resource for having fun and learning with their young children.”

Initial Ingest was a ‘success’ according to Indiana Memory DPLA Service Hub Advisory Committee

On Wednesday, May 13, the Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Service Hub Advisory Committee gathered for its initial meeting at the Indiana State Library (ISL). State Librarian Jacob Speer reported that “ISL currently has signed permission from 29 partners…our next ingest will consist of over 100,000 items for DPLA.” The time and date of the next ingest is dependent upon DPLA getting new staff and new software to accommodate the increase in items. The ISL will look at ways to improve communication and to administer some of the tasks to members of the committee.

Library Spaces for Youth Webinar

Does your library children's area need an update? Perhaps you're planning a new teen space or want to remodel a play area for the youngest patrons. Attend this webinar (no need to drive anywhere!) and get ideas on how to spruce up your youth spaces at the library. From simple lighting suggestions to better ways to engage your kids and teens, learn design techniques and create pathways to more dynamic services to kids through better spaces. This webinar is in conjunction with the recent LSTA Children's Literacy subgrants awarded to Indiana libraries.”

Register for the webinar here.

ALI seeks graphic design

The Indiana State Library (ISL) and the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) Resource Sharing Committees are looking for that perfect symbol or logo to represent Resource Sharing in Indiana.

We realize that not everyone can draw, so entries do not need to be final designs, we are just looking for a sketch, a description or an idea that perfectly encapsulates resource sharing in Indiana. This means that this competition is open to idea people as well as to graphic artists.

If you have an idea, please send it in, or if you know someone who is good at this type of work, please share this message with them and encourage them to enter.

The deadline for entries has been extended to 1 July 2015.  Details are available here.

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library CEO-Director to retire in July

Marcia Learned Au, CEO-Director of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, will retire July 17th after 20 years at the helm of the library system.  Her career spans 45 years in libraries in four states.

Au joined the EVPL in 1989 as Assistant Director and assumed her current position in November 1995.  Under her leadership, the EVPL embarked on a ten-year, master building plan.  The cornerstone of the plan was the new Central Library, which opened in 2004.  Au also guided the construction of two new branch libraries and the renovation and upgrade of five others. 

The Library system has implemented numerous technology initiatives and amassed several awards during her tenure.  Notable honors include seven consecutive Library Journal Star Library ratings, HAPLR’s Top Ten American Library designation, and several Leadership Evansville awards.  In addition, EVPL’s Central Library received both the American Society of Interior Design award and the prestigious Golden Trowel Award. Likewise, the Oaklyn Branch Library won the American Institute of Architects Indiana Honor Award and the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence.

On a personal level, Governor Mitch Daniels bestowed to her the prestigious Distinguished Hoosier Award, she was awarded the Library Advocate of the Year by the Indiana Library Federation and recognized by Leadership Evansville for public library services in the Evansville community.
Au continues to serve on the board of directors and committees of numerous professional library industry groups as well as community organizations.

A One-On-One Conversation with ISL Children’s Services Consultant Angela Dubinger


Many months have passed since my last interview with an Indiana State Library (ISL) employee. I have received a lot of positive feedback from Wednesday Word readers and decided to bring this column back – the people have spoken. I enjoy these interviews, because it gives readers an opportunity to get to know the staff at the ISL on a personal level – it is also a lot of fun.

This week’s interview focuses on newly hired ISL Children’s Services Consultant Angela Dubinger. Angela came to us from New Castle – Henry County Library, located in New Castle, Indiana.

RB: What made you interested in becoming a librarian?

AD: I’ve always liked helping people with information, from music to books and finding information of the internet. I’ve always liked helping people out with that, and I’ve always been a big reader, always loved stories...I think it started with my dad too, my dad was a history teacher.

RB: Was he a high school teacher? Middle school?

AD: Middle school. U.S History, and he was always one to read to me as a kid. He loved music, film and literature. He was just very passionate about those things and about knowing what actor was in what film and knowing things like the band Cream only had three musicians, but they made this enormously loud noise all the time – just having all the time those kind of fun facts, always watching Jeopardy with him every night as a kid. I think those things influenced me into becoming a librarian.

RB: Tell me about your journey from your first library job to now…

AD: It started out in education like a lot of librarians. It was definitely not something I wanted to do when I first started out, or I didn’t know I wanted to do. But, I was student teaching at the time and got a part-time job starting out at the New Castle-Henry County Public Library and I loved it. A managerial position opened up at the end of my student teaching, and I took it. The MLS wasn’t required at the time, but I took the job and started working on my master’s right away and never looked back.

RB: Where did you complete your master’s at?


RB: So you were in New Castle…did you have to travel to Indianapolis for classes?

AD: I did, and it was when they still had in-person classes. New Castle was very supportive and flexible with my course work. I worked on it there and got done in 2007 and in that time I was a manager of the A/V department, adult fiction and teen services. I did that for ten years and then the last three years I was the children’s services librarian. 

From there I got on the Children’s and Young People’s Division Board at ILF in my last year at New Castle, and networking with other librarians was energizing. I loved helping other librarians out. When this job opened up, I thought it would be a great challenge and I think I wanted something a little different.

RB: Do you miss New Castle?

AD: [Chuckling] Yeah, I miss the small-town vibe sometimes but I am excited to be in Indianapolis and be in a new town. It’s a new adventure – one that I am totally embracing.

RB: What do you like to do outside of your library work?

AD: I’m an avid runner. I love to run. There is a good community of runners and it is also very meditative for me.

RB: What are you running from?

[Laughing from both RB and AD]

AD: Nothing. [Continues to chuckle] There’s kind of opposing things with running. There is a community and you can get to know a lot of people during marathons. Then there is a time when you are running alone and it is very meditative, you know, and you get some time by yourself. There are two sides to the coin with running.

RB: When you participate in the marathons are you participating for charity or competitively?

AD: If it’s competitive, it would be competing with myself – maybe setting another goal. For me that’s not my main drive. I think it’s just to travel and meet new people and see if I can do it.

RB: I played at the Indianapolis 500 Mini Marathon in 2008 and I met Mitch Daniels that day. He was a lot shorter than I expected. We were in the middle of playing “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream and he walked up to shake my hand. He was astonished that three young dudes were playing a Cream tune. I would say he is at least hip enough to know what Cream is.

AD: [Chuckling] Ha Ha…Oh my goodness.

RB: Then he asked if we knew any Hendrix, amongst some other songs. So I was impressed by that.

AD: Well, he rides a motorcycle.

RB: He does that too. I haven’t heard of any other Governor riding a motorcycle and listening to Cream.

AD: That’s true.

RB: So back to the original question…what are some of the other things you enjoy outside of the library?

AD: Consuming mass amounts of coffee, playing the ukulele – poorly. And, uh, hiking…getting off the concrete and getting into the woods once in a while.

RB: [Abruptly interrupting] Why do librarians like cats so much?

AD: I don’t like cats, I’m allergic to cats. [Laughing] I mean…they are cute from a very far distance and I will tolerate lots of fun cat memes because I know a lot of people that love cats and that’s all good, but I don’t want cats. No, thank you.

RB: I am also allergic to cats. I wouldn’t say that I hate cats, but it’s kind of like children, they are nice if they are at someone else’s house and I don’t necessarily know if I want them at my house.

AD: Yeah. I feel like that. [Chuckling] And I have spent a lot of time in children services. I love kids, but yeah…

RB: [Jokingly] Are there any closing remarks you would like to add? Is there anything else you just want to get off of your chest? Express more of you hatred of cats, maybe?

AD: Oh…um. [Laughing] Oh, I’m pretty boring, probably not. I can’t think of anything else.

RB: What is your favorite record of all time? Single?

AD: Oh, that is hard…I can’t just come up with that on the spot.

RB: Come on, you have to tell me. What is your favorite pop single?

AD: Single? Pop?

RB: Mine is easy. I think it is the same…I’m pretty confident about it, but I don’t want to tell you mine an influence your decision.

AD: I don’t know. I think about back in jukebox days and I think about that song that I really wanted to hear.

RB: Like a 45 from the 60’s or 70’s, I’m not talking pop as in Britney Spears, although I did hear about your undying love for Britney Spears.

AD: Well I did go to a Britney Spears concert at Deer Creek.

RB: [Shocked] You did?

AD: I took my two little cousins.

RB: See, I just make stuff up and look what comes out.

AD: I took my two little cousins because they wanted to go. It was entertaining.

[Both RB and AD laughing]

RB: Would you fly to Las Vegas to see her Vegas show?

AD: No...Oh gosh, now I’m back at the single. Um, probably Jackson 5 is way up there and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

RB: “I Want You Back” or “The Love You Save?”

AD: Probably “I Want You Back.” That’s a great song. Smokey Robinson…not “Tears of a Clown,” ah, I can’t think of the other big one.

RB: So are you going with “I Want You Back?”

AD: Yeah, I think that’s a good one.

RB: My favorite of all time is “Time of the Season” by the Zombies.

AD: Oh, that’s a great song too.

RB: It doesn’t matter how many times I listen to that record, it is always interesting to me.

AD: And it sounds completely fresh over and over again. That’s a great tune. That’s probably the key to a great song, because you hear about some of those one hit wonders and you listen to them years later and they don’t hold up. But, “Time of the Season” is a song that is timeless.