Focus on Indiana Libraries
October 10, 2019 | Vol. 73 No. 18
Baking Isn’t Hard When You’ve Got a Library Card: Libraries across the country include cake pans and other kitchen tools in their collections
Three years ago Megan Waugh started taking her family to Bristol Public Library in Bristol, Indiana. Read More

US librarian pays visit to city libraries in India
Amber Sheeley, a librarian from Allen County Public Library, Indiana, USA, visited the District Library, Rani Ka Bagh, and Moti Lal Nehru Library, to interact with staff and readers. Read More
Explaining eBooks and eAudiobooks

Libraries have promoted eBooks and eAudiobooks usage for many years, long before it was as popular as it is today. In fact, more than 9.3 million eBooks and 2.2 million eAudiobooks are in the collection and nearly 15 million e-materials were borrowed from Indiana's public libraries last year.
  • The big publishers are not selling or licensing eBooks and eAudiobooks to libraries in the same way they do print copies. It does not 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 . We have   linked two sample messages  to share or customize for boards, patrons and students.
2019 Legislative Fall Forum Highlights
Thanks to all who provided feedback about ILF Advocacy and Legislative and Policy Priorities for 2020. Over 60 gathered at the Legislative Fall Forum last week for “how a bill really becomes a law,” case scenarios and ambiguity, ILF Policy Priority refinement, legislator relationship mapping and more. Attendees and ILF Members will receive a link to resources in the coming weeks. See the video, also linked above.
Congratulations to all the 2019 ILF Scholarship & Award Winners!

Click here to view a list of this year's winners. Winners will be recognized at the Awards and Honors Banquet on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 pm, with a reception starting at 6. Want to celebrate with us? Tickets are $50 and may be purchased here .

Countdown until THE premier library conference in Indiana!
Because Indiana Libraries Welcome ALL!
Feeling creative? Decorate a welcome mat in a creative way and donate it for the ILF Conference.  The welcome mat submission will take the place of the previously held silent auction to raise funds for academic scholarships for future academic, public, school and special librarians!
Questions?  You can contact Beka Lemons . Want to submit a welcome mat? Great! Please fill out this form . Example above is a painted straw mat..
Conference Rates Increase Oct. 16

Annual Conference rates increase after October 16 . Register today for THE library conference in Indiana with over 75 learning sessions, 70+ vendors, professional and social networking, and entertainment. Check out our online conference program to view session descriptions and more. Be sure to order meals for the Award & Honors Banquet or Book Awards Luncheon .
We need volunteers to help with registration, hospitality, photography, social media, musicians, costumed mascot, etc. Check out our Volunteer Sign-up sheet or detailed volunteer job descriptions .

Consider volunteering even if you are not registered. Volunteer with us for 4-6 hours and we may give you access to the Exhibit Hall.
Election for the ILF Board of Directors View the Candidate Slate with bios or paper Ballot . Current personal members may vote online by October 31.

Want to serve on an ILF Committee?
We are currently placing volunteers for roles in Indiana Library Federation. Positions are available on Committees , Affiliation Advisory Boards , Division Leadership Teams , and Book Awards . We are also launching a Special Project about improving the Transition from High School to College , including library support for dual credit and online courses.

Volunteers give 1-4 hours a month. If you are interested in volunteering in leadership with ILF, please complete this form, and a staff member will be in touch to discuss your skills and interests. Volunteers serving in 2020 leadership are invited to a Leadership Development training on 11/3/19.
October 15, 2019

Join representatives of the ILF Management Division as they answer YOUR questions about your role as a manager. Are you a new manager? Veteran manager? Future manager? This Virtual Exchange pertains to you--whether in academic, public, school or special library!  Register now.