Focus on Indiana Libraries:
Volume 71 Number 1,  January 2017
ILF President's Column
So here we are, January has quickly made us all aware of the unpredictable Indiana weather! This is always a good time for me to get caught up with my winter reading. I maintain a stack of books to read, a wide range of topics and representative of the changes in the library landscape. The Indiana Library Federation is off to a fast-paced start of the year. Read more from Dr. David Peter, ILF President
Quick Links
So much is happening at ILF. Here are a few quick links:
* Calendar - note that you may print a month 
* RenewJoin (only if never a member), or Donate
ILF Leader Vacancies - Submit Letter by 1/27/17
The ILF Board has three vacancies due to unforeseen circumstances. Additionally, we are seeking leaders for positions in Association and other unit leadership. While we know that the governance structure will change this year, we want to involve a full complement of volunteer leaders. If you are interested in serving in leadership or on the Executive Board of ILF, please email a letter of interest by 1/27/17. See details and guidance for letter
ILF Updates from the Statehouse
ILF members receive weekly legislative updates that include highlights of the prior week, bill lists, and summaries of actions taken by our contracted lobbying firm (Bose Public Affairs) and by staff to advance our ILF Policy Agenda. Our three highest priorities include:
* increased funding for internet connectivity for schools and libraries,
* stable funding for INSPIRE databases,
* effective school libraries and certified librarians in K-12 education.

View Legislative Updates from Jan. 6 and 13. 
The Future of Indiana's Libraries and of ILF
What would a perfect day in your library be like in 2027? How will your collection change? Your services? Your patrons? Your community?

This are question we are posing to 70 leaders and members during the kickoff of our Strategic Visioning process on Feb. 3. Participants will consider the future of libraries and identify potential roles for ILF in shaping that future. We hope to reach consensus on 4-6 strategic priorities for the organization. 

We want to assure members that we are intentional to ensure we have voices from all types of libraries and positions. All members have opportunities to provide input into the process--via survey, calls, meetings and at District Conferences. Thank you to the nearly 200 who already participated in calls or watched the recordings. Please note that we are posting updates, documents and recordings. A survey will follow soon. Contact Lucinda with questions or your vision for a perfect day in your library in 2027.  
New Feature: Great Indiana Libraries
We have created a new section in our newsletter to highlight some of the great things in Indiana Libraries. If your library has an an innovative or exciting event, program, or idea, please email them to Tisa
  • Creston Middle School Receives Indiana Humanities Grant
  • IndyPL Names Head of Center for African-American Literature & Culture

ILF joins coalition to advance Pre-K
Recognizing how Indiana's libraries support early education, the ILF Board approved joining the statewide advocacy coalition AllIN4Pre-K. 

What is the state of early education in your county?Check out the 2017  county profiles provided by the Early Learning Advisory Committee.  

Renew Today!  Notes about renewals
This is an exciting time to be a part of Indiana Library Federation! See our  2015-2016 Annual Report . We made incredible  progress  on our  ILF Work Plan  in just four months. Changes are happening in the library field, and we seek to envision and plan for a sustainable future for Indiana‚Äôs libraries.

We encourage you to join or renew your membership early
, as we want you to be a part of our  strategic visioning process  and  legislative advocacy

Special notes about renewing online and group renewals:

  • Forgot your login or password?  Call the office and we can tell you and/or reset.
  • A member from a prior year?  Please "renew." By clicking "join," you might create a duplicate account.
  • Blocked from renewal? We apologize to members who were prevented from renewing by our system in the last month. We believe we have resolved the issue. Please contact the office if you have any questions or issues.
Donate to ILF
ILF relies on charitable contributions in addition to sponsorships, membership dues and conference fees. Designate your contribution to specific awards and scholarships, to the Ronald McDonald House or to ILF general support. We post our IRS 990 and Annual Report for full transparency and accountability.

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