Focus on Indiana Libraries
December 4, 2019 | Vol. 73 No. 21
Eva Kor’s legacy continues to live on. On Monday, freshman students at Sullivan High School got to take part in “Virtual Reality: The Eva Experience.” It’s a program that uses virtual reality to provide a look into four places in Auschwitz that are pivotal parts of Eva Kor’s story. Students are studying the Holocaust throughout November in their English class.  Read More

Indianapolis Public Library unveils LGBTQ+ collection
There is now a new place in Indianapolis to learn about the history of the LGBTQ community, and it’s at the library.  Read More
Take Action Now to Prepare for the 2020 Legislative Session
Your ILF Advocacy Program is actively preparing for the 2020 session of the Indiana General Assembly . Session starts Jan. 6. The ILF Advocacy Committee has been working on possible legislation to address issues raised in the 2019 session specific to binding review process for public libraries. ILF has been working to educate policy makers about the value of the modern library and its work in meeting the needs of children and families affected by abuse and neglect.
What YOU can do!
  • Review ILF's 2020 Policy Priorities. Policy briefs and talking points coming soon.
  • Stay informed.
  • Subscribe to ILF Advocacy Updates, which are delivered weekly to your email box.
  • Participate in member-only Virtual Advocacy Exchanges during the session. Mark your calendar for these dates: Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, March 2 and 16.
  • Communicate with legislators
  • Plan to attend Library Day at the Statehouse, tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11. We aim to open registration early December.
  • Attend your local Third House, Crackerbarrel or Meet Your Legislator events. Email us if our calendar is missing a date or if you would like help with an "insiders" view or preparation to attend.
  • Provide excellent library service and share your story
  • Every interaction with a library staff member or library service provides the foundation for advocacy.
  • So much of our work in advocacy is reintroducing policy makers and influencers to the range of services available in the modern library (eBooks, eGovernment, makerspace, library of things). Help us by sharing your story--with family, friends, neighbors, store clerks, and with us. We would love to know 1-2 unique services or points of pride for every library in Indiana.
New Membership Year Begins Jan. 1
Join/Renew NOW!
Renew your membership in Indiana Library Federation this month so that you do not miss out on any of the benefits, including the good feeling that you are supporting our work in advancing library services in Indiana. Use promo code RENEW20 for a $10 (must use at checkout for renewals). See this graphic describing the benefits of personal and institutional membership.
* Personal members (individuals) receive access to member-only resources, conference discounts, participation in leadership, and more. Over 1,100 individuals join each year, including staff at academic, public, school and special libraries.
* Institutional members (public and academic libraries) receive access to member-only resources, and certain discounts (staff may attend Regional Conferences and Fall Forum at the member rate). Public Libraries are reminded to request membership , as we no longer automatically invoice per the advice of auditors. Trustees of member public libraries gain personal membership access. See 2019 list .
* Affiliate members (partners, vendors) receive member-only access to ILF resources and discounts on exhibiting.
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Announces New CEO
The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Scott Kinney has accepted the position of the library's CEO-Director.

Scott Kinney is currently the Director of the Mobile Public Library located in Mobile, Alabama. Prior to his tenure in Mobile, Kinney served as Director of the Sweetwater County Library System in Green River, Wyoming and as the Director of the Chadron Public Library in Chadron, Nebraska. He will start mid-January.

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Check out all the fun & learning from the 2019 ILF Annual Conference which was held Nov. 4-5 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.
Mark your calendar for Nov. 16-18, 2020 in Ft. Wayne . Call for program and exhibitor registrations open in January.