Focus on Indiana Libraries:
Volume 71 Number 2,  February 2017
ILF President's Column

Sorting and sifting through my notes from ALAMW, I noticed several themes that emerged. First, the future of libraries is a constant theme for many people. Everyone is looking for some sort of guidance and insight on how to position themselves to be viable for the patron of tomorrow. Read More
  Register today for Statehouse Day
The Library Day at the Statehouse will be Tuesday, March 14, 10:30am-3pmET

Whether visiting the statehouse for the first time or returning as an experienced advocate, join us. We are hopeful that SCR14, a resolution celebrating 125 years of ILF, will be heard. Learn more and register here.
     Our Legislative Advocacy 
Celebrate progress on our three highest priorities! The House version of the State Budget includes $500K more for internet connectivity for libraries and stable funding for INSPIRE databases. We continue to advocate for effective school libraries and certified librarians in K-12 education.

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 and by staff to advance our  ILF Policy Agenda View Legislative Updates.
  Welcome Board Members
Please join us in welcoming two new ILF Board members. Rebecca Lemons will be serving in an At-Large position. Beka is the director at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. She has been an ILF member since 2014 and has presented at many ILF events.

Joining the ILF Board as Assistant Treasurer will be Mike Williams. Mike is the Indianapolis Public Library-Central Branch Manager. He has been a member since 1992. 

Thanks to former Treasurer Kevin Petsche of IUPUI and former at-large member Heather McNabb of Evansville-Vanderburgh PL, Steve Pearl, a trustee from Avon-Washington Township PL, and Amber Arnold for their service.
  Calling on Leaders
 Many thanks to those who responded to the "call" for leaders. We still need volunteers to step up for the following:
* Academic - 1 Board, 6 IALA Board
* Trustee - 1 on Board 
* Committee members
  - Annual Conference 
  - Awards, Honors and Scholarships    
  - Publications/Communications

If interested, please email Lucinda with "I want to serve" in the subject line and describe your interest.  

Envisioning the Future of Indiana's Libraries and ILF
On February 3, seventy library advocates kicked off our strategic visioning process with visions of "the perfect day" in their library in 2027. Participants from different types of libraries identified shared visions, goals and challenges
    Strong consensus exits for ILF work on statewide communications about the importance of libraries, strong lobbying and advocac y work and streamlining the ILF structure to carry out the vision. A Steering Committee will review the full notes, seek additional engagement from members and key stakeholders, and make recommendations to the Board. Read the summary or learn more.
    Update from ILF Finance Committee and Board
    In 2016, ILF contracted with an external accounting firm to complete a formal financial review. The firm recommended, and the ILF Board approved, several recommendations to bring ILF in line with nonprofit best practices, including aligning the membership year, board term year and fiscal/tax reporting year. Members will receive a ballot/electronic survey to approve the change, which does not affect membership; rather, it changes the financial reporting to government agencies like the IRS. Read a letter from officers, review the ballot and members may vote here. Or learn more during the 2/24 call/online meeting.
    Great Things are Happening...
    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
    Nominate your favorite Hoosier author for the 2017 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award
    Nominate your favorite Hoosier author for the 2017 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award! Four winners will be selected, each receiving a cash prize, plus a $2,500 grant for their hometown Indiana public library.  Visit to nominate an author through March 17. 

    Please share this info via email and on social media to encourage other bibliophiles to participate! Find the Indiana Authors Award on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #INauthor to join the conversation.

    If you have management responsibilities...
    Seeking speaker and exhibitor referrals
    ...please share your specific professional development needs. Whether you have management in your position description, you want to move up in the future or are assigned specific management tasks, complete this survey to help the Management Division shape learning opportunities.
    Conference planning is underway. Have you seen or heard of a great speaker (no or low cost) at another conference? Is there a vendor you wish you could meet at our conference?   Email Megan with ideas. See our Requests For Information (RFI) for Exhibitors and Speakers.
    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
    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’s 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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