Focus on Indiana Libraries
October 23, 2019 | Vol. 73 No. 18
Harmony School students start Spanish radio show
On Thursdays, six Harmony School high school students and their Spanish teacher, Doris Loayza, won’t be found in the classroom. Read More

‘3D Printing in Medical Libraries’ Offers Great Advice for Librarians & Users Too
In Melanie J. Norton’s recently published book review of 3D Printing in Medical Libraries: A Crash Course in Supporting Innovation in Health Care, by Jennifer Herron, we learn more about the process of opening 3D printing labs, and why they are important to today’s medical libraries as a modern educational and clinical resource.  Read More
ILF Policy Priorities for 2020
The ILF Board of Directors on 10/10 adopted the ILF Legislative and Policy Priorities as we prepare for the 2020 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Incorporating the feedback from more than 250 survey responses, multiple virtual exchanges and in-person meetings, the ILF Advocacy Committee recommended priorities to include actively advocating for :
  • Stable taxing structures that support libraries.
  • Library card access for children in foster care.
  • Certified school librarians, supported by library assistant paraprofessionals in state-funded K-12 education.
  • Initiatives that provide additional broadband coverage to increase access, affordability, speed and capacity for residents and communities, including schools and libraries. 
The Indiana General Assembly holds its ceremonial Organization Day on Nov. 19, when legislators begin drafting legislation for introduction in the short 2020 session.

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.
Help ALL Feel Welcome at ILF Annual

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.
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 still placing volunteers for roles in Indiana Library Federation. Positions are available on Committees , Affiliation Advisory Boards , Division Leadership Teams , and Book Awards, though some have wait lists. 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.
ICYMI: In Case You Missed It
2019 Legislative Fall Forum Highlights
Over 60 gathered at the Legislative Fall Forum in early October 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.