Advocacy Updates from Indiana Library Federation
February 15, 2019
In this issue of your ILF Advocacy Update
  • Quick Links
  • ILF's actions this past week and how you can help
What YOU can do
What you missed in prior issues - Catch up here.
Indiana Library Federation Links
ILF was busy at the Statehouse this week!
Your Indiana Library Federation is working overtime for Indiana's libraries. Just this week...
  • Advocacy Committee Chairs Kristi Howe and Kelly Ehinger facilitated our our virtual Advocacy Update with Edra Waterman and Lucinda Nord LIVE from the statehouse on Feb. 11.
  • Edra Waterman testified about HB1052, Local Income Tax (LIT), sharing how LIT supports 200 of Indiana's 236 public libraries, on average with 23% of operating revenues. Our main message is that Libraries need to be at the table with policymakers and stakeholders about any possible changes to how LIT is calculated, collected, allocated or distributed
  • Jane Herndon, former library board member for Carmel Clay Public Library testified in support of HB1214, to extend a construction projects provision to libraries. Moves to floor.
  • We spent much time reacting to HB1343, Libraries, a bill that was amended, and passed out of Local Government Committee. The bill, as amended, would give the elected fiscal body the option to have binding review over library budgets. We opposed the original bill, and while we appreciate the amendment, remain opposed to HB1343. Watch video of the two hearings. Testimony from Kristi Howe and Jackie Nytes from Jan. 31 (forward to around 60 minutes) and then the introduction of the amendment and response by Lucinda Nord Feb. 14 (forward to around minute 40). See our updated response or tips for contacting members of the House. You may also see last week's ILF detailed response to the introduced bill language.
What YOU can do :
  1. Take action with ILF Advocacy Alerts. Members received an alert 2/15.
  2. Learn more about library-related bills through the ILF Bill List (linked through the Bose Report) or by attending the Virtual Advocacy Update on Feb. 25.
  3. Order your yard signs for National Library Month (contact your vendor or order in quantities of 10 here).
  4. Thank legislators for questions. Use the opportunity to educate and gain a supporter.
What YOU can do: Visit the Statehouse and Meet with Your Legislators
The Indiana Library Day at the Statehouse will be held Tuesday, March 12 . Plan to attend and bring a board member or community library champion. Register today. Participants are provided an update at ISL and then are accompanied by experienced advocates to meetings with your legislators. Note: we also are looking for a few volunteer photographers. Email us to volunteer or with questions.

Be sure to register ASAP so that ILF can schedule your legislator appointments .

Photo at left: Johnson County Public Library Director Lisa Lintner , Rep. Woody Burton and intern Evan from Bose Public Affairs at the 2018 Statehouse Day.
What YOU can do: Attend Advocacy Update on Feb. 25
ILF offers bi-weekly Advocacy Virtual Updates during the legislative session. Learn the inside scoop from our Advocacy Committee co-chairs and staff. Share what you are hearing about issues in your local community. Ask questions. Learn more about the issues.

RSVP for the VIRTUAL Advocacy Update at 10am ET on Feb. 25 to receive the link to join the online meeting by computer or telephone. Note that sessions are scheduled bi-weekly: , 2/25, 3/11, 3/25 and 4/8.
What YOU can do: Attend a Third House or Meet Your Legislator event
Legislators meet with constituents through "Meet your Legislator," "Third House" or "Cracker Barrel" events from December through May. Sessions are often hosted by a local library, chamber of commerce or League of Women Voters. See our calendar for upcoming Third House events in your area. Several are coming up in the next two weeks.

At right: Sen. Jon Ford , Rep. Tonya Pfaff , Vigo County Library Director Kristi Howe , and Rep. Bruce Borders at a January Third House session.
Prepping to Meet Your Legislator
  1. Find your legislators where you live and where you work. Research their bio and committees. Or email us for insight and tips.
  2. Download the 2019 Policy Priorities or one-pager. Email us for specific information and let us know what you learn. Develop a relationship.
  3. Plan to develop or deepen your relationships with legislators and key influencers in the community. Introduce yourself. Offer to be a resource for them about any library questions.