Focus on Indiana Libraries :
Volume 72 Number 11, September 13, 2018
President's Column

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month . Each year, libraries all over Indiana and the US pull out all the stops to get cards in the hands of as many new people as possible. There are giveaways, stunts, prizes, photo ops, and benefits galore. It’s a fun time, and a great opportunity to remind everyone of the fantastic benefits that come with your library card every month and day of the year. Read More
In This Issue
  • President's Column
  • Supervised Visits in the Library
  • School Library Report
  • Seeking Volunteers and Board Candidates
  • Legislative Fall Forum
  • Conference information
  • Great Things in Libraries
  • Video Gallery - Welcome video for new school library members

(In Case You Missed It)
Your ILF Listens and Takes Action
Dear ILF Member and Stakeholder,

We take our role as your state library association very seriously. We listen to members, monitor industry trends and engage key stakeholders in important dialogue that leads to action and results.

We are proud to share TWO important documents that relate to the important role that libraries play in developing healthy, educated and resilient children: the 2018 Status Report on Indiana School Libraries and the Best Practice Guide for Supervised Visits in Libraries . We encourage you to read and share them with staff and key stakeholders. Your state association and library community members are working to make our state better for young people and for our state's future.

Thank you for all you do. We welcome your feedback.
Supervised Visits
The opioid crisis has resulted in 16,000 children involved with Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) due to abuse or neglect. Children's librarians observed some challenges with visits in the library, which initiated a partnership with IN DCS and its contractors. After months of dialogue and learning, we are pleased to release the Best Practice Guide for Supervised Visits in the Library .

We encourage public libraries to discuss this at staff meetings. ILF can provide a slide presentation and samples. ILF is considering policy action related to library card access for foster children. Thanks to Director Stigdon and staff of DCS and to Nancy Hughes of Family Solutions for their support in this collaborative work.

What you can do
1) Share this Guide with public library staff and boards.
2) Meet the local DCS manager and key contractors, perhaps hosting a meeting in your library for your county.
3) Create your own local "tip" sheet to help providers and families.
School Library Report
Half of Indiana's school children and teachers do not have a certified school librarian in their school. One in six school districts has no school librarian. The funding for school library materials has not increased since 1989. These are just a few of the findings of the 2018 Status Report on Indiana School Libraries .

The report summarizes the staffing and features of Indiana's school libraries, as well as providing five recommendations. ILF's work plan includes membership, communications, professional development and advocacy. Watch this space for our next steps. Thanks to all who surveyed, responded and/or reviewed drafts.

What you can do
1) Share this Report with your library supporters (students, patrons, teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders). Help build awareness.
2) Explore collaborations across libraries (academic, public, school) on a project, professional development or an event.
3) Email us photos and stories of great things in your school library.
Have you considered serving in an on-site or leadership capacity with Indiana Library Federation? We are seeking several volunteers for one-time, short-term or all-year, long-term assignments.

Short-term needs :
Annual Conference volunteers  give shifts at the conference Nov. 12-14. Registered attendees may volunteer for a specific 1-2 hour block and avoid conflicts with desired session topics.
* Computer / Technology inventory - Help us sort, inventory and update our technology equipment. Estimate 1/2 to 1 day in Indy office. Some technology experience required.

Long-term needs :
* ILF Committees  are composed of academic, public and school library staff as well as Friends and Trustees. Committee commitments vary from a few meetings a year to 2-4 hours every month. Most committees allow participation by conference call and online meeting. Academics, Friends and Trustees are especially needed.
* ILF Board - The ILF Membership Committee is developing the slate for 2019. We are seeking candidates in several positions, including Vice-President and Assistant Treasurer. Board candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to ILF and Indiana's libraries.

Email us  with "Volunteer" in the subject line and describe your interest. Or submit the  volunteer form online  at the bottom of the membership page.
The Library 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 .
Have you requested your library's support for attendance at the 2018 ILF Annual Conference?
Join us on Tuesday, November 13 as Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud ,CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana speaks about implicit bias and way to make your library more welcoming.
Dr. Allen-McCloud has worked as an administrator at Purdue University Calumet, South Suburban College and the Gary Community School Corporation. In 2010, Dr. Allen-McCloud was appointed President and CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, which covers Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties. She serves on several national boards, supports civic and charitable endeavors, promotes education, life skills strategies and career advancement.
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. Review the updated program .

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.
Oct. 1 Deadline for Poster Submissions
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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Indiana University programs highly ranked in annual Academic Ranking of World Universities
Indiana University Bloomington programs in library and information science, communication, public administration and business finance ranked among the top 10 in the world, according to the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities.  Read More

Carmel Clay Public Library events to promote smart decisions in the digital world
The Carmel Clay Public Library will hold four events this month in conjunction with Indiana Digital Citizenship Week.  Read More

Brookville Library annex grand opening is Sept. 16
"For the second time in its 116-year history, Brookville’s Carnegie Library has doubled in size," notes Franklin County Public Library District director Susan Knight.  Read More

United Way program offering early childhood literacy grants
United Way of the Wabash Valley’s Success By 6 initiative is offering early childhood literacy project grants to local educators and organizations. Read More

“I Didn’t Expect to See That at the Library” – Fun Palace Engages Community
On October 7, 2017, the Huntington City-Township Public Library became the first public library in the United States to host a Fun Palace.  Read More

Cunningham Memorial Library changes exceed student needs
Starting in the Fall 2018 semester, there will be a variety of changes made to the Cunningham Memorial Library.  Read More

Experts hold cyber-safety forum
Helping parents and educators keep kids safe online was the topic of a workshop in Newburgh Monday night.

The Indiana youth institute, Warrick County Cares, and the Warrick county school corporation hosted the event at Newburgh Chandler Public Library. Read More

Schools don't have 'libraries' anymore. Here's what Fishers students have instead.
The library at Sand Creek Intermediate in Fishers gets loud, but no one shushes students.  Read More
ILF Photo and Video Gallery:
Welcome, New School Library Members!
We celebrate and welcome new members from school libraries!

We invite new (and long-time) members from School Libraries to view the 6-minute video recorded by ILF Vice President Susie Highley . We aim to launch a new series of short videos and resources--for school librarians and library assistants.

Have a suggestion? Offer to record a session? Contact us .
Members Only benefits
ILF Members have access to
* discounts at conferences and events
* eligibility for certain awards, honors and scholarships
* serving in leadership within ILF-- Volunteer today
* certain voting rights (election of the ILF Board of Directors, etc.)

Forgot your login or password?    Contact 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. 
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