Advocacy Updates from Indiana Library Federation
August 29, 2019
In this issue of your ILF Advocacy Update
  • Indiana General Assembly Interim Study Committees
  • Explaining Publisher Policies to Patrons
  • Links to Virtual Exchanges
  • Quick Links
What YOU can do
  • Complete Policy Priority Survey by 8/30
  • Register for Legislative Fall Forum
  • Explain Publisher Policies to Staff, Board and Patrons
  • Take action on Census education and planning
We want Your Input: Complete ILF Policy Priority Survey - EXTENDED to 8/30

Indiana Library Federation advocates to advance libraries for the benefit of Indiana residents. We need to hear from members and stakeholders about priorities as we prepare for the 2020 legislative session. Please  complete the survey by Aug. 30 . Learn more about ILF's  Advocacy   2018-2019 Priorities   and  2019 Results . The survey asks about policy proposals anticipated in the 2020 session, as well as long-term policies.

Establishing our priorities earlier in the year helps ILF work on strategy at the Legislative Fall Forum , scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Anderson Public Library . Your input is critical to our group success. We thank you in advance for your input and support. 
Interim Study Committees Underway

The Indiana General Assembly convenes study committees in the interim in order to prepare for the next legislative session.

Topics of likely interest to ILF members may include:
  • Education Committee discussed career counseling issues and graduation pathways 8/22. Property tax referenda impact schools and teacher pay are assigned for future meetings.
  • Fiscal Policy will consider creation of regional development authorities for taxing on 9/30, complexity index for K-12 on 10/15, and a review of the workforce-related program reports and tax incentive review on 10/18.
  • Government started reviewing statutes governing state and local public works projects on 8/13 and has many meetings scheduled through October.
  • Pension Management Oversight will consider requests for changes to pension and post-retirement benefits. INPRS (Indiana Public Retirement System) provided a report on 8/27.
  • Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human services will consider access to care in rural areas and prescription drugs. The committee will take testimony on health care costs on 9/4.
Explaining New Publisher Policies to Staff, Board and Patrons

Library patrons are upset that their desired new eBook or eAudiobook is not available or is on a long wait list. Why? Major publishers are changing policies on eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Let's help our staff, boards, patrons and community supporters understand:
  • The big publishers are not selling or licensing eBooks and eAudiobooks to libraries in the same way they do print copies. It just doesn't make sense that a publisher charges the library $90 for an eBook that a person can buy for $7.99.
  • Libraries are limited on the number of copies they can purchase, as well as when and how long they can be active in the library’s catalog.
  • In some cases libraries are being denied access to the electronic new releases.
These changes will make it impossible for libraries to provide equal access to information and hurt Hoosiers who depend on the library the most. 

What can YOU do?
  • Educate your staff and board about publisher policies and impact on library service. We have linked two sample messages to share:
  • a version you may customize with your library name and eBook usage statistics, and
  • a more generic message for local use. Please contact us with specific questions or concerns. 
  • Contact us with questions or ideas.
Money and Power at stake:
$2,719 per person,
1 congressional seat, and redistricting

Indiana Library Federation is working with partners to ensure a complete count of all Indiana residents during the 2020 Census. Indiana risks losing an estimated $2,719 per person in federal funds per year. Hoosiers pay federal taxes, and Indiana relies on these funds returning to the state to provide roads, education, healthcare and so much more.

An undercount not only risks a loss of funds. Indiana could lose a congressional district. Communities could lose their influence as legislative and school districts are redistricted . The map at left illustrates the change in population by township from 2010 to 2018, based on Census estimates . We need an accurate count.

What can YOU do:
Indiana Library Federation Links