Focus on Indiana Libraries
February 18, 2020| Vol. 74 No. 4
Discovering a 'foreign language'
Thirteen-year-old Maggie Blande has recently taken a liking to U.S. history, in particular, founding father Alexander Hamilton.  Read More

21st Century Tech to Preserve 12th Century Knowledge
A consortium of universities, including Indiana University Bloomington and Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, has received a more than $280,000 grant to digitize and catalog a series of manuscripts dating back to Medieval times.  Read More
Call For Programs: Submit Your Proposal Today
The ILF Professional Development Committee needs your help in identifying potential speakers for sessions in management, youth services, tech services, hands-on technology, marketing, customer service, and more for academic, public, school, and special libraries. Suggest a speaker or submit a session.

With ILF's 2020 theme of Everyone Counts , we plan to provide high-quality sessions about diversity, inclusion, qualitative and quantitative data, self-care, family history, and all the basics of the modern library. This year, we are pleased to feature conflict resolution training from Peace Learning Center at all conferences, and a genealogy pre-conference at Annual.

Legislative Calls to Action
Our ILF Advocacy Update from Friday, 2/14 , highlighted a few calls to action.

SB410, the library bill, passed the Senate 49-0 and is anticipated to be heard this Thursday, 2/20, in the House Local Government Committee. We are asking library supporters to thank their State Senator and to ask their State Representative to support SB410 as passed by the Senate. To take action or to learn more, visit our ILF Action Center . See also ILF Policy Priorities for details about SB410.

We also call attention to the ask to contact our members of Congress about federal funding , as it supports more than $3 million each year for Indiana.

Members may participate in bi-weekly Virtual Advocacy Updates .
Volunteer for ILF
ILF still needs a few members to step forward for committees and leadership opportunities. Specifically, openings exist for:
  • Regional Conference Planning Teams - especially NW, NC, and Central regions;
  • Intellectual Freedom and Communications Committees, Division Leadership Teams, and AISLE and IALA Advisory Boards.
Please complete the form to let us know your interests.
Our Statehouse Day Sizzle Reel - Check it out!
Thanks to the ILF members who met with 78 legislators, including 50 Representatives and 28 Senators, on 2/10/2020.
Learn and Share Together in ILF Virtual Exchanges
ILF prioritized increased member engagement in 2020. We offer a range of Virtual Exchanges to ILF members. Each session is designed with about 10-15 minutes of formal content, followed by an open dialogue and sharing. Some content is archived. We encourage participants to use their cameras to build relationships with each other.

All Virtual Exchanges are open to all ILF members and encourage two-way communication. Meet committee and division leaders and other ILF members across Indiana.