Focus on Indiana Libraries :
Volume 72 Number 10, August 30, 2018
Guest Leader Column: Fun committee and the "conference experience"

Annual conference registration time is upon us again. This will be my fourth annual ILF conference and as I look forward to it I am also reflecting on the first conference I attended as a new-comer. Four years ago I moved to Indiana from Wisconsin and I didn’t know anyone or have any connections. My first annual conference came just a few months after my move and I was anxious about the experience. Keep reading
In This Issue
  • Guest Leader Column
  • Critical Role of Trustees
  • Indiana General Assembly Study Committees
  • Legislative Fall Forum
  • Remaining Nonpartisan
  • Conference information
  • Submit your poster idea
  • Great Things in Libraries
  • Video Gallery - Youth Services Conference

(In Case You Missed It)
The Critical Role of Trustees
L ibrary Board Trustees discussed their "Triple A" role in advancing libraries at a meeting of the Northern Indiana Library Board Association (NILBA) on 8/29:
  • Advisory and Administrative - developing library policy, hiring and evaluating the director and ensuring good fiduciary practices;
  • Advocacy - telling the library story with community and policy leaders; and
  • Aspiration - taking time each month to focus on mission, vision and values--not just the policies and funds.
After a great discussion of the invaluable work of trustees, ILF shared an update about how ILF is responding to trends and preparing for the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
The photo above includes four trustees and director from the Lake County Public Library.

The NILBA group, hosted this year by Pulaski County Public Library , invited experts from RAILS , a supporting service organization to Illinois libraries. Thanks to Joe Filapek and Veronda Pitchford of RAILS for sharing their expertise. Many thanks to the 71 committed trustees and directors for investing in their professional development and networking.
Indiana General Assembly
Study Committees are meeting

Pension Oversight reviewed the financial health and projections for INPRS, the state's retirement system on 8/21. Did you know that a 1% PERF and TRF COLA costs $201 million? (See slide 56 of the presentation .)

Fiscal Policy reviewed sales tax policy as it relates to hospitality, alcohol and new economy (see IN Tax Foundation presentation , NCSL Slides or NCSL recommendations) .

The Education Committee discussed school counseling issues.

Your Indiana Library Federation monitors interim study committees to anticipate potential legislation in the upcoming 2019 session. For example, the Fiscal Policy Committee will discuss Local Income Tax (LIT) distributions on 9/20 . LIT percentage of operating funding of public libraries ranges from 0% to more than 80%. How much does your library rely on LIT? See list .
The Funding Landscape
ILF Legislative Fall Forum
October 4, 9:30-3pmET

Join your library colleagues, the ILF Advocacy Committee and Amy Cornell from Bose Public Affairs for an interactive day to discuss public policy affecting libraries and our advocacy strategies.

During this session, participants will:
  • Review ILF policy priorities and activities, building on the work from last year’s fall forum event;
  • Discuss the 2018 School Library Report and our next steps;
  • Understand the current funding landscape for public libraries in Indiana (property and local income tax, state budget); and
  • Explore the impact of local and state relationships on funding and library-friendly policies.

Registration Rates are $20 for ILF members and $40 for non-members .
Remaining Nonpartisan While Helping our Patrons and Students
Libraries play a critical role in providing access to information and the internet. Communities rely on libraries for voter education and for help with voter registration.

With the October 9 voter registration deadline and November elections fast approaching, it is important to remember how libraries must remain nonpartisan in activities and communications. What does that mean? Nonpartisan means that we cannot support or oppose any candidate for elected or appointed office . Remind staff to:

  • Distinguish personal from professional actions. Are you active in a political campaign or on certain political social media? Make sure you are using your personal email account and personal time for these types of communications.
  • Ensure that no library resources are used to support or oppose a candidate or party.

Libraries can remain nonpartisan AND help with voter education about civil rights, the election process, policy issues, fact-checking and credible sources of information. Helpful tools and checklists are available through Indiana Secretary of State , Nonprofit Vote, Campus Vote Project, an older post from American Library Association or a new post in American Libraries .
Have you requested your library's support for attendance at the 2018 ILF Annual Conference?
Holocaust Survivor and Forgiveness Advocate Eva Kor will keynote our annual conference on Nov. 14. The Story of Eva will premier on public television in October. A new discussion guide toolkit is available and ideal for libraries and schools. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a living legend.
Register for the ILF Annual Conference   - Nov. 13-14 in Indy with 2 keynotes (Eva Kor and Vanessa Allen-McCloud), 70+ sessions and more. Social activities are planned for both nights of Nov. 12 and 13.

The IN Public Library Association (IPLA) Pre-Conference on Mon., Nov. 12, will provide participant deep dive options of 1) strategic planning and 2) discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace. Register for the pre-conference . Note it is a separate registration with discounts for members and full conference registrants.

Book your hotel by Oct. 12 for group rate.
How creative is your poster or display?

ILF Annual Conference attendees may submit an idea for a poster or interactive display that may include technology, three-dimensional objects, photo display and/or attendee interaction. Submissions should follow the conference theme of Lead. Educate. Advocate. All attendees of the 2018 conference are eligible to participate in the poster sessions and are not required to be a current member of the Indiana Library Federation. Check guidelines and apply by October 1. The winner will receive a 2019 conference registration.
Silent Auction Items Needed
Do you have a passion or creative streak for making gift baskets? Or perhaps you have a connection with a specialty store in your community.  Best selling items include baskets of specialty or themed items (spa, food, wine, holiday, college bling).  Help us grow the field of librarianship . Your support of the silent auction helps support future librarians with academic scholarships. Complete this form to let us know what your are donating . Or  email us  to volunteer to help.
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If you have experienced difficulties logging in or registering on our website, please contact the ILF office at 317-257-2040, x 104.

State Budget Committee OKs new Lowell state police post, IUN library improvements
The State Budget Committee on Wednesday approved spending for a new state police facility at Lowell and mechanical system improvements at the Anderson Library and Conference Center on the Indiana University Northwest campus in Gary. Read More

Gov. Holcomb names Lighty as new Executive Director of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced that he has selected S. Chandler Lighty to be the new executive director of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration. Read More

Suicide prevention talk this month at public library
Those interested in learning how to recognize warning signs and techniques to prevent suicide can attend a talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Monroe County Public Library. Read More

IU library professionals create a warm and welcoming space at The Rise
When Indiana University's Bloomington Librarian Professional Council was looking for a way to give back last year, the partner organization that rose to the top of its list was Bloomington staple The Rise -- Middle Way House's transitional housing program for domestic violence survivors. Read More

South Bend Launches 'Digital Inclusion' Center
The city of South Bend has launched an effort aimed at growing "digital inclusion." Read More

Wilma Moore's memory honored with scholarship
An Indiana University alumna and an Indianapolis leader in education, libraries and history, Wilma Moore's impact was felt in several institutions -- IUPUI, the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at Indiana University, the Indiana Historical Society and Indianapolis public libraries, just to name a few. Read More

Vincennes University Granted Funding For Renovations
Vincennes University could soon start making some big changes to their campus, after state lawmakers award them with a generous grant. Read More

Managed Health Services (MHS) Partners with Indy Reads, Circulation and Lyft to Promote Literacy for Members
Managed Health Services (MHS) is partnering with Indy Reads, a nonprofit that offers literacy training and education, Circulation and Lyft to support members with low literacy and encourage them to take literacy classroom training. Read More

Diving deep: New after-school program at library aims to improve STEM skills
Can you get to the bottom of the ocean using science, technology, engineering and math skills?

Instead of just watching cartoons or playing video games after school, the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library has started a program where kids in third- through seventh-grade can actually learn while still having fun. Read More

Homecoming dress event planned
Local teens can pick the perfect homecoming dance attire at an event this weekend. The Johnson County Public Library is hosting a homecoming dress event.  Read More

The Public Library: Where Latino Kids Can Learn Spanish
Every Saturday, a room on the second floor of the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) becomes an international classroom and community known as La Escuelita Para Todos, the Little School for All. About 40 children attend with their parents, most of whom were born in Mexico.  Read More

PALNI Awards Two Library Innovation Grants for 2018
Two proposals received PALNI Library Innovation grants in 2018, one from Franklin College focusing on wellness and one from Butler University focusing on Augmented Reality (AR).  Read More
ILF Photo and Video Gallery:
2018 Youth Services Conference: Inside Out
Check out all the fun & learning from the 2018 Youth Services Conference ! Surveys show participants loved:
* keynotes from "wonderful" Tiffany Jackson and "hilarious" Kelly DiPucchio
* the new venue in Muncie
* hot topics and trends (multi-sensory programs, coding, pop culture programs, sexual harassment, school violence)
* trivia night with 70 new friends
* ILF progress and partnerships
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