Focus on Indiana Libraries
December 18, 2019 | Vol. 73 No. 22
Briggs: Library books have never been easier to borrow. Publishers hate that.
Millennials get blamed for killing golf, napkins, Buffalo Wild Wings and pretty much everything else that once was good.  Read More

A New Chapter: Libraries are turning pages on the past and using tech to their advantage
Libraries may make you think of hushed tones and whispering librarians, but not anymore.
We looked into how they’re beginning a whole new chapter.  Read More
We Love Our Library Yard Sign Campaign
We invite all to participate in a Yard Sign campaign during the week of Valentine's Day and our Statehouse Day, when library advocates will meet with legislators at the Statehouse. Plan to place yard signs in your community for at least a one-week period, February 9-15, to help us elevate libraries. (In 2019, more than 25 libraries placed over 1,200 signs during National Library Week in April.)

Many vendors print and ship signs at different rates, with optional customization. Two companies have agreed to prioritize signage for our members: The Friends of Pendleton Community Public Library used The Signage, which offers a online order form . Public libraries in Knox, Pike and Daviess counties used, which offers this order form . Order by mid to late January for February use.

If you are participating this year, or if you have an idea to help promote libraries statewide, please contact us .
Public and School Libraries: Plan for Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27 (and watch your mail)
January 27 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the day Hoosier Eva Mozes Kor was freed from the Nazi camp. 
To commemorate, our collaborative partner WFYI in Indianapolis is donating a copy of the documentary, "Eva: A-7063" to every library branch in Indiana. All middle and high schools are receiving a copy of the toolkit. Watch your mailbox.

WFYI's hope is that in a statewide act of reflection and appreciation of this historic Hoosier, every library will screen the film on or near Jan. 27, followed by the short speech Eva intended to give that day at the camp ( video and script of speech found here ). After the screening, please add the "Eva: A-7063" DVD to the library's collection to make it available to your community for years to come.  
Please email WFYI’s Eva Impact Manager, Jessica Chapman, if your library is hosting a screening. WFYI will post your library's information at . Promotional images, logos, trailers and other marketing resources can be downloaded from this   link
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 , staff and members have 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.
  • Bookmark our Action Center (still under development; tools coming soon).
  • Communicate with legislators
  • Plan to attend Library Day at the Statehouse, tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11. You may register here if you know you will attend. More information is coming soon.
  • 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.
Host a conference in your facility or city?
ILF is finalizing 2020 meetings and 2021 conferences. If you would like us to add your library to the list for possible meeting or regional conference, or your city for possible Youth Services or Annual Conference, email us with "Conference Host?" in the subject line.
Annual Conference Photos, Nov. 2019
2020 Virtual Exchanges

Wednesday, January 15
10:00 AM

Join two public library directors ( Cheryl Dobbs, Greenwood Public Library & Lissa Krull, Nappanee Public Library ) as they discuss the love-hate relationship between statistics and how to track quantitative and qualitative statistics for non-statisticians. 
Library Snapshot Days

Library Snapshot Day provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos and stories that will increase public awareness and show the value of libraries to decision-makers. ILF has set aside the 10th of each month as Indiana Library Snapshot Day. We encourage you to participate by tagging photos, videos, infographics, and patron comments with  #INLibrarySnapshotDay . Encourage patrons to take their own photos and share their own content using the hashtag. Be sure to track statistics and collect patron testimonials, too! We are hoping that Snapshot Day serves as a reminder to our communities of Indiana libraries value and impact on their lives.
ILF Year of Photos, Jan. - Oct. 2019