Focus on Indiana Libraries
March 3, 2020| Vol. 74 No. 5
Floyd County Library event teaches kids about African American inventors
The Floyd County Library was a hub of creativity Friday as local kids engaged in interactive activities and learned about important figures in African American history.  Read More

Valpo library gets $500,000 grant for garden plaza project
A library is a place for minds to flourish and grow, so it is only fitting the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library System is creating a Garden Plaza to encourage great thoughts to soar. Read More
Register for Regional Conferences

We have five excellent regional conferences planned for April. We are featuring conflict resolution training from Peace Learning Center , many TLEU sessions, and much more.
You are invited to attend any conference that is convenient for you.

You can view two-page programs and register now . A few sessions are still being finalized. This year’s member rate is $50 and the nonmember rate is $65 (includes lunch). An institutional member can take advantage of the member pricing IF they send more than two of their staff to the conference. Please complete a group registration form so that we can ensure you receive the correct pricing. We ask that you share the information about regionals with your staff, coworkers, neighbors, etc.
Final Call: 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. (Note that we are seeking academic librarian volunteers to provide their content areas in their profiles if willing to help review in a peer review process.)

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.

Legislative Updates:
SB410 passed, final week of state legislature, and federal call to action
SB410, the library bill, passed the Senate 49-0 and passed the House 89-0 on Monday, 3/2. We encourage you to share your appreciation to legislators through our ILF Action Center . See also ILF Policy Priorities for details about SB410.

Today, 3/3, is the 3rd reading deadline, where bills must pass the second chamber. The conference committee process will resolve differences in bill language passed by the chambers. ILF continues to monitor tax- and education-related bills still under consideration.

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 Virtual Advocacy Updates .
Public Library Budget Preparation Workshop
May 19, at New Palestine
This workshop provides step-by-step, line-by-line guidance on how to plan for and prepare your annual budget. While most beneficial for newer PL directors , all directors, finance managers, and trustees are welcome. We still encourage attendees to participate in the budget session held by Indiana State Library. Register .
Public Library Sustainability 2030
March 30, via virtual exchange
After the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly, the ILF Board charged the PL2030 Committee to explore various aspects of long-term public library sustainability. PL2030 Committee leaders will share data analysis and tools for exploring ways to thrive in the future. RSVP for ILF Members.
Awards, Honors and Scholarships Oh, my!

It's time to nominate a person, library or organization for an ILF Award.

Who demonstrates excellence in Indiana public, academic or school libraries ? Who goes out of their way to advance literacy, marketing, intellectual freedom or library advocacy?   Learn more  about eligibility, past winners or criteria. 

Help support the future of librarianship by helping outstanding teachers and library staff pursue the Master of Library Science at IU or IUPUI or the AS through Ivy Tech. Help us promote ILF Scholarships .

Please consider nominating your peers or library ! Deadline for nomination packets is June 30. Awards are presented at our Annual Conference in November.
Lissa Krull, who helped invigorate Nappanee library, moving on
After serving the Nappanee community as library director for more than 10 years, Lissa Krull is moving on. Krull has accepted a position with Midwest Collaborative for Library Services as a library strategist. Read More
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.