Focus on Indiana Libraries :
Volume 71 Number 9, September 2017
Special Guest Columnist - Edra Waterman, ILF President Elect
Over the last several months, our Indiana Library Federation Board has deliberated important questions about the best way to organize our work to advance libraries in Indiana. Read More
In This Issue
  • President's Column
  • Conference Registration Links
  • ILF Annual Conference
  • IPLA Conference/Fall Forum
  • Submit your idea for 3 X 3
  • Teacher of the Year and YHBA
  • ILF Advocacy
  • CYPD Wrap-up
  • Supervised Visits in the Library
  • Great Things 
Note: Members have had challenges registering due to the hurricane-related power and internet issues with our online registration system. Please try again or contact the office by phone to register.
2017 ILF Annual Conference:
Creating Our Tomorrow
Registration is OPEN . This year's theme is Creating Our Tomorrow . Featured keynote speaker is Maggie Stiefvater . At this year’s Annual Conference, you can expect to see 70+ breakout sessions plus a combined ILF Book Awards Luncheon, new exhibitors, a new app and more!
When: November 13-15
Where: Indianapolis Marriott East
7202 E. 21st St., Indianapolis, IN
Registration Rates:  
Full Conference (rates go up Oct. 14)
Member - $180, Non-member - $275
One Day
Member - $160, Non-member - $255

Pre - Conference Sessions – On Monday, November 13, there will be three pre-conference sessions offered. All Pre-Conference sessions are $40 for members and $60 for non-members. Here is a snapshot of the sessions.
  • Back to Basics - 10am-4pm
  • Video Marketing: A DIY Experience 1-4pm
  • ALA Advocacy Bootcamp 1-4pm
  • ILF Luncheon - This year ILF will be holding a luncheon for attendees to network and hear about some innovative ideas from around the state. Cost is $45
  • ILF Book Awards Luncheon - ILF will be holding a luncheon to celebrate both the Eliot Rosewater and the Young Hoosier Book Awards. Cost is $45
  • Poster Presentations - Poster Sessions are a great way to get involved at the ILF Annual Conference, showcase your expertise. All attendees of the 2017 conference are eligible to participate in the poster session and are not required to be a current member of ILF. Abstracts should be submitted to Megan Zanto ( at the ILF office by September 25, 2017 for review.
  • Accommodations - Already registered? Book your hotel room NOW! The group rate ends October 6.
For more information or to register click here .
IPLA Conference and
Legislative Fall Forum
Library staff are welcome at either full-day session or both on October 4-5. Seating is limited.

IN Public Library Association (IPLA) Conference 9am-4pm
Registration Rates: Member - $60
Non-member - $80
  • Immigration 101: What Library Staff Need to Know about Executive Orders, Court Orders and ICE
  • Eligibility Programs: Understanding the Poverty Guidelines and Special Criteria for Healthcare, SNAP, TANF, etc. in the Changing Environment
  • The Role of the Library in Indiana
External speakers for each session.

Legislative Fall Forum 9am-4pm
Registration Rates: Member - $40
Non-member - $60
  • Discuss and prioritize policy issues
  • Provide input in ILF's advocacy plan
  • Take-home advocacy plan
Special Guest: TBD, IN Dept. of Workforce Development Commissioner

Where: Hamilton East Public Library, Fishers Location, Five Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN 46038. Hotel is in Hamilton Town Center.

Click here for more information or to register.
Silent Auction

What might you donate to the Annual Conference Silent Auction? 

Popular items include themed baskets, local food & wine, library-themed items, jewelry, book bundles, and child-themed gifts.

Proceeds support ILF's Scholarship programs. Silent Auction Donation Form
Submit your entry for ILF's 3x3 Contest
Indiana Library Federation invites applications for the second annual "3 X 3 Contest." Do you have an innovative, responsive or collaborative idea that aligns with the goals of the ILF Strategic Vision ? Submit your idea by 10/6 for a chance at $1,000 to implement your idea. Learn more and apply.

Trina Evans from Kokomo-Howard County Public Library won in 2016 for "Outdoor Classroom" to increase community engagement (in photo above).
Teacher of the Year Kathleen Rauth
loves YHBA
Certified school librarian Kathleen Rauth is one of 10 finalists for the Indiana Teacher of the Year . We caught up with this busy woman at the Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) selection meeting in September. Be sure to attend the ILF Book Awards Luncheon on Nov. 15.
ILF Strategic Vision
The Indiana Library Federation Board of Directors approved a five-year vision and shorter-term work plan . We invite you to join in the efforts to advance library services for the benefit of Indiana residents. Consider volunteering with ILF . Or email us .
ILF Advocacy 
Interim study committees are underway at the Indiana General Assembly. ILF Executive Director Lucinda Nord testified at the importance of rural broadband a the 9/14 hearing of the Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications . Read her prepared comments.

ILF and our contracted lobby firm Bose Public Affairs continue to monitor committees, including upcoming studies about Tax Incremental Funding , Every Student Succeeds Act and more.

Don't forget to complete the survey that helps us shape our ILF Policy Priorities. Deadline 9/29. FMI, see also Advocacy Update from 9/15 .
In case you missed the CYPD Conference...
Best CYPD Conference EVER!
Awesome! Thank you
Great info on current issues
These are just a few of the comments we received about the Children and Young People's Division Conference, attended by over 220 dedicated library staff. " With Libraries and Justice for All " provided a theme to address some pressing issues faced by children, teens and families. Watch a montage of the photos. Watch video
Thanks to the CYPD Leadership Team of Jena, Misty, Angela, Emily, Amanda, Lindsey, Beth, Robbi, Theresa, Cindy and Nicole (Beth & Michael missing from photo)
Congrats to Pitch This! finalists and winner Kristen Kirk for "pop-up library for teens"
Four finalists pitched their innovative ideas through four slides in four minutes to 200 CYPD attendees in the first Pitch This! Challenge . We congratulate and thank these library leaders pictured with ILF President Dr. David Peter (center):
* Susan Bednarz , Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
* Kristen Kirk , Morrison-Reeves Public Library
* Jeanette Lehr , Monroe County Public Library
* Deborah Gaff , Bartholomew County Public Library

Kristen Kirk edged out her fierce competition with her pitch for "pop-up library" for teens. Her library received a $400 mini-grant to implement the idea.
Supervised Visits in the Library
The leadership of the Children's and Young People's Division (CYPD) identified the need to understand the types of supervised visits that are happening in libraries. Children and teen librarians want to provide the best library experience for some of the most vulnerable children in our communities.

Indiana Library Federation initiated a collaboration with IN Department of Child Services , starting with an interactive dialogue at the CYPD Conference. During the lively session, we identified areas of confusion, perspectives from children, providers and libraries. We brainstormed ways that we may partner. The key takeaway is for library staff to provide services to children, families and providers as you would for any other patron . The visit is a great time to introduce the child and parent to storytime, first library card, resources and more. By law, DCS-contracted providers are not allowed to share any information.

ILF has convened an ad hoc workgroup that is developing a set of tools for use in libraries. We also plan a follow-up session at the Annual Conference. Thank YOU for caring about children and families who have experienced abuse and neglect. More info coming soon .
Great Things Are Happening in Indiana Libraries
Two of the ten finalists for Indiana Teacher of the Year are School Librarians!
Congratulations to school librarians Kathleen Rauth at IPS Center for Inquiry and Lena Darnay of Pike Township High School for being TWO of TEN finalists for the Indiana Teacher of the Year by Indiana Department of Education. Read more .

Library Receives Grant to Digitize Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Documents
The Bartholomew County Public Library has received an $11,000 grant digitize historic materials related to the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller family and 301 Washington Street, the former site of Irwin’s Bank and of Irwin Management Company. The project, titled “301 Washington Street: Cornerstone of Columbus, Indiana,” is a partnership between Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives and Bartholomew County Historical Society.  Read More

Muncie Neighborhood Projects Get Lift
A $250,000 grant from Lowe's Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) will support neighborhood revitalization efforts in Muncie. Greater Muncie, IN Habitat for Humanity says it was the only Indiana organization to receive part of the company's $1.75 million national commitment. Read More

Washington Library Looks to become County Wide
The Washington Carnegie Public Library is looking to make some big changes in the coming year. During an informational meeting Library Director Teresa Heidenreich formally announced the library will no longer provide contract services that allowed residents in Steele, Veale and Washington Townships usage of the library. Read More

Indiana Pacers Trainer is on the Run for the Greenwood Public Library
Josh Corbeil, the head athletic trainer and senior director of medical operations for the Indiana Pacers, is competing in a Rugged Maniac race to raise money for the Greenwood Public Library.  Read More

Eckhart director receives Jack Randinelli Remembrance Recognition Award
At this year's Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Festival, which takes place every year on the weekend before Labor Day in Auburn, Ind., Eckhart Public Library Director Janelle Graber was presented with the Jack Randinelli Remembrance Recognition Award. Read More

From department store to library APL began new chapter when taking over Sears site 30 years ago
By Bill Hartley,The Herald Bulletin
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Anderson Public Library’s residence in its present location.
On Oct. 26, 1987, the library opened its doors for the first time in the newly renovated former Sears, Roebuck and Company building that it presently occupies at 111 E. 12th St. Read More

Information and Library Science department ranked second in the world
The Information and Library Science department was named second in the world by the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities published by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy in China. Read More

40 years with Wakarusa library comes to an end
BY Paige Mallory Passman, The Elkhart Truth
How many people can say that they worked a job for 40 years? Marcia Parcell of Wakarusa can. Read More
Quick Links
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* Calendar - note that you may print a month 
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* monthly reports from Bose Public Affairs
* discounts at conferences and events
* eligibility for certain awards, honors and scholarships
* serving in leadership within ILF--Volunteer to help with your favorite goal area in the Strategic Vision
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