Focus on Indiana Libraries
July 21, 2020| Vol. 74 No. 14
COUNT ME IN! Virtual Youth Services Conference - VIRTUAL
NOW VIRTUAL Mon-Wed, Aug. 17-19

Indiana Library Federation's 2020 Youth Services Conference is now VIRTUAL and will be held on afternoons, Mon. - Wed., Aug. 17-19. The virtual conference allows us to reach more people, offer additional opportunities to engage safely, and allow for a single participant to receive as many as  18 LEUs  (with TLEUs) of quality content. The Virtual Conference offers both  live  and  on-demand  sessions, with recordings available for 6 weeks.

Were you registered for the in-person conference? Check your email or contact the office for conversion to virtual.

Member @ $115 / Non-member @ $175
SPECIAL Institutional Member Group Discount: 
$400 for up to 5 staff of Institutional Member / $550 for up to 5 staff of Non-Institutional Member
$800 for up to 10 staff of Inst Member / $1,100 for up to 10 staff of Non-Institutional Member
photo credit: Reece T. Williams
ILF YS2020 features Leah Johnson , author of You Should See Me in a Crown . Ms. Johnson will share both a keynote and interview about "writing black joy."

Register today ! Peace Learning Center will lead interactive sessions on conflict management. Check out the updated program for sessions on literacy in the home, childhood grief, creating an efficient and effective team, teens in the library, dyslexia, virtual programming and more! We have tech experts from Butler University and IDOE to help improve virtual programming.

The ILF Youth Services Conference has a reputation for fun, interactive conference experience. Plan to turn on your camera, turn up your mic, and get ready for YS Virtual:  Count Me IN!   And yes, our YS exhibitors and sponsors provided cool prizes for the brain breaks.
Great Things Are Happening in Indiana Libraries
Valpo's learning plaza more than a place to read
A unique learning garden at the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library will feature colorful and whimsical features to attract visitors to relax, meditate or read. Read More

New Castle Library adds tools, museum passes to offerings for checkout
The New Castle-Henry County Public Library is rolling out a new collection for patrons to borrow. Read More

Book giveaway combats summer learning loss, helps kids talk about Black Lives Matter
When Ashley Thomas set out to buy books with diverse characters and themes around racial justice — books that might help kids understand the time they’re living through — she struggled. Read More
Accessibility Tools
The ILF Intellectual Freedom Committee reminds all that accessibility for people with disabilities is a key principle of information access. Here are a few tools you might consider:
Pandemic-related Resources and Tools
Join the Mask Up Hoosiers Campaign

The Governor's office calls on Indiana's libraries to join the #MaskUpHoosiers campaign . Find sample graphics and the poster to share why you (or your patrons) wear a mask.
Keeping up with changes

ILF continues to provide leadership and support through the pandemic.

ILF's Guidance for Reopening School Libraries Safely   was distributed by associations of principals, superintendents and school boards.

Updates from State agencies:
Weigh in on ILF's Policy Priorities
We heard you! Members told us it was hard to find certain tools and resources on our website. We are working to transfer the ONLINE LEARNING sessions into a single collection on our website . Choose from sessions in categories:
  • Public Services
  • Public Libraries
  • Management
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Marketing
  • General

Members may use their login and password to access over 30 sessions, many with additional resources. Forgot your login or password? Contact us .

Thanks to the 350 members, non-members, and stakeholders who completed the Membership Survey in June. In the coming months, we will roll out several improvements as a direct result of feedback on the survey.
Indiana Library Federation invites ALL who care about libraries to weigh in on our policy priorities for 2021. The ILF Advocacy Committee  is actively preparing for the 2021 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Given that we know some of the financial impacts on tax-generated revenues, the Committee is asking ILF members and stakeholders to respond to specific priority considerations. We want to build on our 2020 success in securing the future for libraries, despite the funding and policy challenges.

The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and asks you whether you support specific policies and how you prioritize them, as not all can be top priority.  Take policy survey now .
Member-Only Access To Tools and Resources
For any of the opportunities below, please contact us if you need assistance logging in. 

Volunteer Opportunities in ILF
Have you thought about volunteering to serve on a committee in ILF? Volunteer here . Megan Zanto, member engagement manager, will contact you to explore possible matches within the organization. Current open positions include Youth Services (SW), Technical Services , Advocacy and Intellectual Freedom Committees--especially looking for trustees, academics, and managers . It is not too early to be considering a leader term that begins in 2021.

Register TODAY for Online Learning
Register today for a few upcoming sessions. We feature Peace Learning Center for
* Implicit Bias on Thursday, July 30. Staff of Institutional Members may contact us to RSVP.

Answering questions about your Public Library Budget
Questions about your public library budget? ILF's Budget Tactical Team offers Expert Office Hours on 7/24 . If you have a question that is very specific to your library, you may consider emailing ILF staff or the Budget Team leaders. The ILF Expert Office Hours are available to institutional or personal members. Members must RSVP to receive the link to join the Expert Office Hours session. Members also have access to these PL Budgeting resources.

Special Updates from Bose Public Affairs
Bose Public Affairs provides weekly updates with inside information about COVID-related issues and resources. Visit the Advocacy News page , login with your password and scroll down. You may find issue from 7/17 .

Member News
  • Congratulations to Kelsey McLane on the birth of her daughter, Eowyn Lena McLane who was born on May 25 and weighed 6lbs 15oz.
  • Gideon Marcus LaBella arrived at Carey LaBella's household a few weeks early in June. He weighed a healthy 7lbs 14oz. His three older siblings were very excited for his arrival!

  • Jennifer Vermilion was named Director of the Gas City-Mill Township Public Library.
  • Willie Miller has been promoted from the Informatics/Journalism Librarian to the Associate Dean for Communications & Technology.
  • Mahasin Ameen has been promoted from Visiting Librarian to a permanent, tenure-track position with the title of Teaching & Learning Librarian.

  • Gemmicka Piper (Humanities Librarian) was recognized at the inaugural Celebration of Teaching and Engaged Learning for her participation in the 2018-2019 ACUE Course on Effective Teaching Practices.
  • The IUPUI Office for Women and the Division of Student Affairs announced Kindra Orr (Assistant Dean for Administration) as an Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leader in the “Veteran Staff” category for the 2020 Women’s History Month Leadership Awards.

  • Glenda Armstrong had nearly 50 years at IUPUI's University Library and was their longest serving employee. In her honor, the University Library has created the “Glenda Armstrong Community Contributor Award”. This award will be given to University Library employees who exemplify the same qualities that Glenda demonstrated.

Have some member news you would like to include in an upcoming Focus on Indiana Libraries ? Email Tisa with your news!