Focus on Indiana Libraries :
Volume 72 Number 12, September 27, 2018
Guest Leader Column

Banned Books Week is upon us—one of the times of the year where librarians educate our populations about censorship and the freedom to read. Interestingly, in the current climate, there have been calls to ban books based not on their content, but on the character of the authors of the books. Read More
In This Issue
  • Guest Leader Column: Chad Heck
  • Poster, Photo and Video Contests
  • New ILF Staff
  • Legislative Fall Forum
  • Conference information
  • Silent Auction Needs
  • Poster Submissions
  • Postcard Winners
  • Seeking Volunteers and Board Candidates
  • Great Things in Libraries

(In Case You Missed It)
Storytelling through Photos and Graphics
Poster Contest
Only a few more days to submit your idea for a poster display at the ILF Annual Conference. We are looking for displays that "show and tell" great things happening in Indiana's libraries. 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.
Photo/Video Contest
Are you a photographer or videographer? Do you know someone who is? The Indiana Library Federation is seeking photos and videos that show diverse audiences in four categories toward the theme,  Libraries Look to the Future . Contest runs from October 1 through October 31, 2018. A $100 prize will be given in each category. For rules and more information click here. Please forward to art teachers and photography clubs.
Powerful Part-time Staff at ILF
We welcome Mandy Rentschler (pictured at left) as our new ILF Events Manager. Mandy left Indianapolis Public Library events four years ago to build her own event and brand management company, which she will continue. Mandy also serves as adjunct faculty in the IUPUI Tourism and Events program.

Megan Zanto will transition to the Member Engagement Manager. Megan started with ILF in 2014 in member services and accepted the challenge of conference management during the staff transition in 2016. Under Megan's leadership, we have improved net revenues and the quality of professional development while keeping costs affordable for members. Members: look for upcoming opportunities to engage in divisions and with ILF special projects. We are working to elevate the member experience as a part of our strategic vision.

For those who are counting, this brings our paid staffing up to 3.2 full-time equivalents. ILF is achieving more with the right mix of highly skilled staff.
Frequently downloaded

Check out the ILF Special Projects page where you will find new and frequently downloaded items. Note that we are adding materials regularly.
  1. Best Practice Guide to Supervised Visits in the Library and supportive materials and training slides.
  2. 2018 Status Report on Indiana School Libraries with and without appendices.
Last chance to register for the Legislative Fall Forum
October 4, 9:30-3pm ET

Need a better understanding of library funding? Want to learn how to advocate for your library? Want to help us determine ILF policy priorities? Registration Rates are $20 for ILF members and $40 for non-members . Register today!
Have you registered for the 2018 ILF Annual Conference? Group hotel rate ends Oct. 12
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.

Don't forget to b ook your group rate for Indiana Library Federation   by Oct. 12!
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) and holiday gifts.  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.
School Library Postcard
Outreach Winners
Congrats to first-time member Kevin Brooks from Northridge Middle School in Crawfordsville on winning the 2018 ILF Annual Conference Registration and to Julie Sheridan of North Gibson School Corporation and to Linda Godsey from Clarksville Community Schools for winning $25 gift cards. In August, ILF mailed postcards to all Indiana schools and asked school library personnel to complete a survey about preferences on professional development. Entries by Sept. 15 were eligible for the drawing.

Welcome to our new members and newsletter readers from Indiana school libraries. Check out the video welcome and tips from ILF VP Susie Highley .
Young Hoosier Book Award

Fifty-five volunteers gathered on 9/8 to select the top books for the next Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) list. Volunteers read, review and discuss which books are most likely to interest young readers in three categories: Picture Book (for K-2), Intermediate (for 3-5) and Middle Grades (6-8).

Your school or library may participate by including at least 12 YHBA books in your collection and allowing students to vote. Learn more.
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 finalizing 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.

Library has most successful summer program yet
The Barton Rees Pogue Memorial Library in Upland requested a budget increase of 5 percent for the 2019 year in hopes of funding prized programming, library resources, and a larger building down the road. Read More

National Voter Registration Day set at libraries
The Jackson County Public Library and Jackson County Clerk Amanda Lowery are partnering for National Voter Registration Day. Read More

Puzzled out at the Lilly Library
Students sat around a rectangular table situated in the Slocum Puzzle Room at the Lilly Library, toying with intricate mechanical puzzle pieces to better understand not just the solutions, but the puzzle itself. Read More

A new library in Bloomington will help the community
Within the next three years, the Monroe County Public Library plans to add a third branch to the southwest side of Bloomington. Architects have been hired, and the library is now asking for community feedback and holding public conversations about the addition. Read More

Muncie Public Library and Muncie Community Schools Featured in National Publication
A collaboration between Muncie Public Library (MPL) and Muncie Community Schools (MCS) was featured in the September 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal magazine. Read More

Floyd County Library to participate in Community Read: Program celebrates 200-year-old 'Frankenstein'
The Floyd County Library in New Albany has been awarded a Community Read grant of $1,000 from Indiana Humanities to participate in a statewide read of the classic novel "Frankenstein." Read More

Swapping books for digital files
The role of libraries in local communities has been forced to change.
Libraries now must invest in computers, librarian training on topics such as technology, and databases of scholarly articles. Read More

Indianapolis Library commissions letterpress work by UINDY art & design students
Two graduate students in the University of Indianapolis art & design program recently produced a commissioned letterpress work for the Indianapolis Public Library. Read More

Elkhart schools transform libraries into spaces for innovation
Elkhart schools are turning their libraries into centers for growth and innovation -- they're renovating and adding resources.   Read More

Overdose antidote training set for 4 Indianapolis libraries
An Indiana University-led partnership is bringing training sessions to Indianapolis this week on how to administer a medication that can reverse potentially fatal overdoses from opioid painkillers and heroin. Read More

Frame-by-Frame: Stop-motion animation workshop at Wells Library
On Monday afternoon, people on campus were invited to create their own movies frame by frame.  Read More
ILF Photo and Video Gallery:
YHBA Committee Chairs
Over 50 school and public librarians, teachers and staff met for Young Hoosier Book Awards (YHBA) Committee training and book selection on September 8 at the Shamrock Springs Elementary in Westfield.
Back row (L to R):
  • Karen Webb, Picture Book Chair, Honey Creek Elementary
  • Matthew White, Middle Grade Chair, MSD of Perry Township
  • Debbie Acord, YHBA Committee Co-chair, Adams Central Community Schools
Front row: 
  • Valerie Bassett, YHBA Committee Co-Chair, Shamrock Springs Elementary School
  • Karen Steinberger, Middle Grade Chair, Carmel Clay Public Library
  • Hanna Morgan, IPS CFI 70
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