Focus on Indiana Libraries
June 16, 2020| Vol. 74 No. 12
Deadlines Approaching - Register and Nominate
Youth Services Conference
Keynote: Author Leah Johnson
August 16-17
Embassy Suites in Plainfield, IN (near Indy airport)

Register today ! We feature Peace Learning Center and keynote author Leah Johnson. Check out the updated program for sessions on literacy in the home, childhood grief, creating an efficient and effective team, teens in the library, dyslexia, virtual programming and more! Find how to register, reserved your hotel, and all about the special precautions, we and the hotel venue are taking to keep attendees and exhibitors safe.
About Leah Johnson
Her debut YA novel,  You Should See Me in a Crown  was named one of Cosmopolitan's  15 Best Young Adult Books of 2020, and was an Indies Introduce and Junior Library Guild selection. Her sophomore novel,  Rise to the Sun  is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2021. Visit her at .
#Photo credit for the headshot goes to Reece T. Williams
Nominate a peer or library today!

It's time to nominate a person, library or organization for an ILF Award. Who demonstrates excellence in Indiana public, academic or school libraries ? Who goes out of their way to advance literacy, marketing, intellectual freedom or library advocacy?   
  • Learn more about eligibility, past winners or criteria for ILF's 22 awards. 
  • Consider nominating someone for the new “Everyone Counts” Award, which recognizes commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Help us promote ILF Scholarships.

Deadline for nominations is June 30 .

Want a flashback? Check out the video from the Awards Banquet from 2019.

Great Things Are Happening in Indiana Libraries
Anderson Public Library Partners with School to Provide Meals
Anderson Public Library has partnered with Anderson Community Schools (ACS) to host their Summer Break Meal Program. Summer meals are provided free to any child age 18 and under. Children do not have to attend ACS and are not required to be present when caregivers pick up meals. During the first week at the library, they connected with 143 families and provided 715 meals.
Meal distribution runs each Monday and Wednesday from 11:00am – 1:00pm through July 22. Meal service is provided through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program via Anderson Community Schools Food Service Department.

'See what South Bend knows' - St. Joe Co. Public Library releases new educational website
The St. Joseph County Public Library has released a new educational website called "Bendable," combining national and local resources for learning.   Read More
The Middlebury Community Public Library partnered with the Red Cross and Northridge High School to hold a blood drive on Friday, June 12.
Vigo County Public Library started their Summer Reading Program with a Drive-in Movie showing of Little Women. There were 110 cars with an estimated 275 in attendance.
YHBA and Rosie Winners
Start your summer reading with next year's YHBA list.
Check out next year's Rosie list!
Resources and Tools
The pandemic exposed the economic fragility of ALICE households, households who earned above poverty but not enough to afford basic necessities, or how are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The 2020 Indiana ALICE Report highlights public libraries as a resource for individuals and families in a discussion of the importance of information and internet access (see page 20). Find your specific county report with 2018 data.
ILF's COVID-Response

ILF continues to provide leadership and support through the pandemic.

Networking Sessions - ILF Calendar.
Public Services : Tues, 6/16 @ 2 ET
Management : Wed, 6/17 @ 2ET
Marketing : Fri, 6/19 @ 10ET
Indiana Library Federation , in its mission to lead, educate, and advance library services, makes many services available to all , regardless of membership. Did you know?
  • The Intellectual Freedom Committee has made seven micro-trainings available to you in the last year?
  • The PL2030 Committee has provided research and analysis, a self-assessment for public libraries, and tools and resources.
  • Over 750 different library staff participated in over 50 virtual meetings between March and May as ILF provided COVID-19 supports and resources to all in the Indiana Library community. Some participated in
Assess your experience with Indiana Library Federation
Thank you to the 310 people who responded so far. Please help assess your experience with Indiana Library Federation. We are asking members and non-member stakeholders to complete this 10-minute survey that asks you about your awareness, use, and value of ILF services. Please share what you value most and how we can improve. Take the survey now .
Member-Only Access To Tools and Resources
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Live and Archived ILF Webinars for Members
ILF provide members access to archived webinars , which include modified content that was planned for our five regional conferences and is available to personal & institutional members . ILF also offers members access to its Virtual exchanges , including the Public Library and School Library series. Use your login and password to access these recordings. Public Library Members are listed here.

ILF Expert Office Hours - Budget Edition
Initially focused on Public Library Budgeting, the Budget Tactical Team will offer ILF Expert Office Hours on the following Fridays at 10amET/9amCT: 6/26 , 7/10 , 7/17 , and 7/24 . If you have a question that is very specific to your library, you may consider emailing ILF staff or the Budget Tactical Team leaders directly. The ILF Expert Office Hours are available to institutional or personal members. Members must RSVP to receive the link to join the Expert Office Hours session. 

How will Public Library Budgets be Impacted by the Pandemic
ILF hosted a special session with public library leaders to discuss how the pandemic may shape public library budgeting over the next few years. All members are invited to review the slides, recording and additional documents posted on this page . Curious about the new library law? Learn more here .

Special Updates from Bose Public Affairs
Bose Public Affairs provides weekly updates with inside information about COVID-related issues and resources. Visit the Advocacy News page , login with your password and scroll down. You may find issues from 6/5 and 6/12 .
Leadership in ILF
Have you thought about volunteering to serve on a committee in ILF? Volunteer here . Megan Zanto, member engagement manager, will contact you to explore possible matches within the organization. Current open positions include Youth Services (SW), Technical Services , Advocacy and Intellectual Freedom Committees--especially looking for trustees, academics, and managers . We also have a number of small work groups working on COVID recovery, EDI, and re-imagining libraries for the future.
Member News
Mrs. Karen Webb , the media specialist at Honey Creek Middle School, has been selected for the second annual Teacher Leaders Bootcamp, an opportunity for selected educators to engage in innovative and relevant professional development focused on growing their leadership capacity.

The program is run by the Indiana Department of Education, and 53 educators from around the state were selected for the 2020 program, to start this fall.

Mrs. Webb's goal for the bootcamp is to identify the best teaching practices so students can flourish in the Vigo County School Corporation's new technology initiatives, including Chromebooks for students and the Canvas learning management system. Read More