Focus on Indiana Libraries
Oct. 7, 2020| Vol. 74 No. 19
Great Things Are Happening in Indiana Libraries
Mural underway at Floyd County Library
A new mural is bringing a message of inclusivity and inspiration to the Floyd County Library while promoting the library’s services.
(Photo credit at right: Bill Hanson, News and Tribune)

Public library is fifth location for Bloomington Mask Drive
Opening a face mask station at the Monroe County Public Library has special meaning for Nola Hartman, co-founder of Bloomington Mask Drive, since she spent 43 years as a reference librarian in the building at 303 E. Kirkwood Ave. Read More

Indiana Library Federation - Key Updates and Registration
ICYMI - In case you missed it the Update from the ILF Board Officers on 9/18, check out the 30-minute video or the slides. Officers provide an update, outlook for the future, membership survey results, finances, and future for ILF.

Now is the time that we start planning to fill open and expiring terms on various leadership roles throughout ILF for 2021. We have OPEN seats needing ILF members to lean into leadership!
  • Committees - Advocacy, Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Justice and Inclusion, Book Awards (YHBA, Rosie, Read Aloud Indiana--some have wait lists), Communications, Intellectual Freedom, Professional Development
  • Division Leadership Teams - Management, Public Services (relaunching this--yay!), Youth Services, Technical Services
  • Affiliation Advisory Boards - AISLE, IPLA, IALA, ILSTA
  • Workgroups - Small groups work on specific tasks, such as updating the AISLE Rubric, Broadband Adoption Task Group, and Remote assistance from the library (telehealth, legal assistance, court access).

Interested in learning more about any of the above? Complete the volunteer form and/or contact Lucinda Nord. ILF works to match member leaders to positions that fit your skills, interests, and availability.
Upcoming ILF sessions

Monday Meet-ups with School Librarians on Oct. 26, Nov. 9 & 23, and Dec. 7. Thanks to the AASL Past President's Grant, we will continue our discussion of applying the National School Library Standards in the new normal AND ways to update the AISLE rubric.

Expert Office Hours with the Architects on Oct. 14 will provide a deeper dive on healthy library space during and post pandemic.

Member public library directors continue to meet Mondays at 10 AM ET.
Register for 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference
November 17-18

The 2020 ILF VIRTUAL Annual Conference, scheduled for Nov. 17-18, will be jam--packed with live and pre-recorded sessions. Registrants will have access to recorded content after.

Our theme is Everyone Counts, and you will see this theme in sessions about authentic inclusion and best practices in serving all people, including special sessions about survivors of abuse, people with disabilities, multi-lingual access, and more including:

  • Peace Learning Center will present a workshop on creating space for dialogue
  • A full genealogy track to help all types of library staff help patrons and students discover their family stories
  • Management training sessions throughout the conference
  • Racial justice and inclusion sessions that aim to inspire personal and group reflection on strategies for authentic inclusion and action beyond statements of values
  • Technology sessions to improve your virtual programs and learning
  • Ability to interaction with other attendees, with speakers, exhibitors and sponsors
  • Sessions revealing the new lists for Read Aloud Indiana, Young Hoosier Book Award, and the Eliot Indiana High School Book Award, as well as featuring several authors, including Sophie Blackall, Alan Gratz, and Maurice Broaddus.
Check out all the live and on-demand sessions in the Preliminary Program, then register for the conference.
Maurice Broaddus, Indiana Authors Award recipient for 2020 (and school librarian) will be a featured author, made possible by our partnership with Indiana Humanities.
The Virtual Conference allows us to extend attendance to library staff who might not otherwise be able to attend. Therefore, we are offering many special rates.

PERSONAL MEMBERS - Personal members enjoy low rate of $150.

GROUP PRICING - Institutional members (public and academic libraries who are institutional members) and K-12 School districts may send groups of 5 for a steeply discounted rate of $500. Other institutions may send groups of 5 for $750.

STUDENT, TRUSTEE, FOIL, RETIREE MEMBERS have a special rate of $50.
Helping Hoosiers affected by loss of job or income
Helping Hoosiers
Since April, hundreds of library workers have participated in the ILF Helping Hoosier Trainings so that we may help our Hoosier neighbors who have lost jobs or income in the pandemic. We aim to continue updating you on key changes to services.
Housing Needs
An estimated 248,000-313,000 Hoosiers are at risk of eviction as the eviction moratorium ends. (See 9/8 IndyStar article.) The CDC issued a new moratorium which requires specific processes. Learn more here at the Indiana courts site.

Some communities are starting book studies Matthew Desmond's book, Evicted. A book study guide will be available 10/12 here, or register for the Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition webinar series.
Helping neighbors with food
As pandemic unemployment dollars were reduced, many families who were making ends meet previously may be in greater need of food. Refresh your memory about how your neighbors may apply for SNAP or access a food pantry in your area. many libraries also partner with food banks and pantries on food distributions.
Libraries provide food referrals, food distributions, and even food pantries.

Photo at left shows how Plainfield Public Library uses its Little Free Library to help meet the needs.
Volunteers needs to help Food Banks and Food Pantries
Volunteers are needed as Indiana's National Guard members concluded their deployment with food banks on 9/30. Volunteers may sign up at or reach out directly to the Food Bank in their area.
Member-Only Access To Tools and Resources
Your ILF membership get you access to so much more than a discount to a conference. Have you checked out the Online Learning? For any of the opportunities below, please contact us if you need assistance logging in. 

Be sure to update your member profile
What's your area of work? Management? Youth Services? Technical Services? Marketing? Do we have both your home and work email and physical addresses and cell phone numbers? As we work to deepen our relationship with our members, it is important to be able to reach you. We do not share your personal information.

Training Series open to Members

The Advocacy Micro-training series developed in preparation for the ILF Legislative Fall Forum is available to members. Institutional members are invited to show or make available the series to staff and trustees.
Library Advocacy Training Series
Use your ILF Login and Password to access the entire series of 9-17 minute trainings.
  • Library Advocacy 101
  • Library Districts, Cards, and Deserts
  • How ILF Works in Advocacy
  • Public Library Funding
  • Libraries and the State Budget
  • Resource Sharing
  • Communications and Advocacy
Member News
New Hires and Promotions
  • Grier Carson is the new Associate Director for the Monroe County Public Library.
  • Stephanie Asberry is the new Deputy Director of Statewide Services at the Indiana State Library.

  • Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center School Librarian, Diane Rogers was nominated as a #WayneSuperhero for going above and beyond in assisting teachers with technology and preparing online lesson plans.

  • Debbie Rzepczynski will be retiring as the Library Skills Trainer for the Lake County Public Library at the end of October. Debbie has been working in libraries for 40 years, starting out as a Page at the Dyer Branch of the library. Debbie has also been a vital part of the ILF Annual Conference for years, serving as audio and technology guru.

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