Focus on Indiana Libraries :
Volume 72 Number 16, November 21, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving from ILF!

Click below to check out just a few of the photos from the 2018 Annual Conference .
In This Issue
  • Conference Highlights
  • Photo and Video Contests Extended to Nov. 28
  • Awards, Honors and Scholarships Announced
  • Indiana General Assembly
  • Member Service Opportunities
  • Great Things in Libraries

(In Case You Missed It)
ILF Annual Conference Highlights

Over 700 attendees came together to learn about new trends, to connect with colleagues and to celebrate library services for Indiana.
Here are a few highlights:
  • This year's conference started with an IPLA Pre-conference covering Strategic Planning and Workplace Harassment.
  • Keynote speaker, Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud started our Tuesday morning with a presentation on diversity and inclusion.
  • Thanks to our technology sponsors Old National Bank and Five-Star Technology Solutions, LLC we were able to have on-site technology sessions and an open computer lab.
  • A panel discussed ways libraries Lead. Educate. Advocate. to the future at a luncheon on Tuesday.
  • The Indianapolis Children's Opera performed a selection from their fall opera, The Not-So Ugly Duckling during the lunch break.
  • ILF awarded 12 awards and 8 scholarships at the Awards and Honors Banquet.
  • The Fun Committee lead our first-ever Conference Trivia Night.
  • Wednesday Keynote speaker, Eva Kor shared her story of forgiveness to a standing-room only crowd.
  • Poster sessions outlined project management, virtual reality in the classroom, library amnesty days and digital collections.
  • Attendees were able to connect with over 70 exhibitors over a cup of coffee or a snack.
  • Popular authors signed books for fans in between sessions.
  • Externally recruited experts educated attendees about cyberattacks and how to protect your patrons, exercising your hospitality intelligence, HIP and Gateway to Work, Genetic Genealogy, responding to anxiety surrounding school violence and more.

Registered attendees will receive a link to the conference evaluation, slides, handouts and LEU/PGP forms.

Many thanks to our sponsors including ENA, Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Bose Public Affairs, MCLS and AVC Technology and IU's SICE ILD and IUPUI's SOIC LIS. And many thanks to the Library Fund, a fund of the Indianapolis Foundation for supporting attendance by 51 eligible librarians.
Photo / Video Contest - Deadline Approaching
The deadline for the ILF Library Photo/Video Contest has been extended! NEW deadline is November 28 , 2018 . A $100 prize will be given in each category. For rules and more information click here.

If you allow photos in your library, post this for your patrons and staff to participate. See photos submitted to date by searching for #ILFLibraryPhoto and #ILFLibraryVideo on social media. Post your own favorite photos from your school, academic or public library!
2018 ILF Awards, Honors & Scholarship Winners

The Indiana Library Federation recognizes outstanding library staff, supporters and libraries through its annual awards, honors and scholarships program. Honorees were recognized at the Annual Awards Banquet on Nov. 13 in conjunction with the Annual Conference.

Congratulations to these award winners:
  • Rep. Thomas Saunders, Library Advocacy Award
  • Lawrence (Larry) Acheff, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2016-2017 ILF Board Officers, Federation Leadership Award
  • Sandy Francoeur, NEW Read-Aloud Champion Award
  • Jon Davis, Hoosier Intellectual Freedom Award
  • Kathleen Rauth, Outstanding School Librarian Award
  • Paul Moffett, Outstanding Librarian Award
  • Mardy Grzegorek, Outstanding Support Staff Award
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Collaboration Award
  • Monroe County VITAL Program, Tom Zupancic Literacy in Libraries Award
  • St. Joseph County Public Library, Programming Award
  • Vigo County Public Library, Outstanding Library Award

We congratulate Chloe Day and Shelby Hatfield Couch on winning the Sue Marsh Weller Memorial Scholarship and Angela Evans , Kathryn (Katie) Farmer , Jason Habegger , Abby Koop , Kendra McFarland and Allison Nolan on winning the Esther Schlundt Memorial Scholarship as each pursue a Master of Library Science from IU Bloomington or a Master of Library and Information Science from IUPUI. Look for the nomination process in the spring to nominate someone you know.
Indiana General Assembly gearing up for session
The Indiana General Assembly held its Organization Day November 20, welcoming 18 newly elected legislators. Republicans retain super-majorities in both chambers, with 67-33 in the House and 40-10 in the Senate. See the report from Bose Public Affairs , with support by Hannah News, for bios of new legislators.

As legislators embark on writing the biennial budget, increased support for IN Department of Child Services and teacher pay are among top funding priorities for legislators. Legislation about bias crimes, medical marijuana and online sports betting will likely grab the media spotlight.

The Indiana Library Federation will release its 2019 Policy Priorities in December, as Advocacy is one of ILF's key services to members. Note that ILF is providing the November Bose report to all; future reports are "member only" benefits.  
ILF Book Award Lists
The ILF Book Award Programs announced their lists for the new year.

Eliot Rosewater Awards page and look for the list or annotations . Librarians may start ordering for the 2019-2020 nominees .

Young Hoosier Book Awards (YHBA) page and look for the list or annotations . Here is the 2019-2020 list or annotations for ordering.

Seeking Volunteers

ILF is seeking volunteers to help plan regional conferences in 2019, tentatively planned to be held in Richmond, Mishawaka, Crawfordsville, Evansville and one other location TBD.

We also seek leaders to serve on ILF Committees , Division Leadership Teams , Advisory Boards and special projects .

Submit the volunteer form . The ILF Board will be confirming appointments at its December meeting.

Indianapolis Public Library’s Fall Fest features unique guests
Local traditions such as Indianapolis Public Library’s Fall fest color cities. The upcoming Fall Fest, headed by the library’s African-American history committee, features local performers and notable guests, including Dr. Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the famous Super Soaker toy. Read More

Williamsport Library honored with four-star rating
The Williamsport Public Library has been honored with one of two four-start ratings given out by the Library Journal of America. Read More

LIS alumnus empowers organizations, teachers, and students with technology
Librarian, media specialist, teacher librarian. The title, along with the role, has evolved from the days when ordering books, checking them in and out, and teaching students the Dewey Decimal System was their main function. Read More

Indy Pride, Inc. and Indianapolis Public Library working to create LGBTQ+ exhibit
Indianapolis will be home to one of the largest collections of LGBTQ+ archives in the United States for a public library. Read More

Faces of IUPUI: James Kendrick
James Kendrick has been on staff at University Library for more than 30 years, during which he earned his bachelor's degree from the School of Science and is now pursuing a master's degree from SPEA. Read More

Community Leader
Fremont, Indiana is Middle America, quaint, historic. patriotic. The very definition of small town life but with some big town amenities. Read More

 Indy Library to Break Ground on New Branch
The Indianapolis Public Library will Tuesday break ground on its new Brightwood Branch on the city's east side. Read More

Digitizing history: Library partners with historical society to bring Civil War documents online
“I am in the shade, under a tree, on the side of a mountain, above a rippling brook, overlooking the town, in sight of three thousand troops, writing on the head of a drum. My health is good, so are the boys — we are all in fine spirits.” Read More
ILF Photo and Video Gallery:
Did you participate in ILF activities in 2018? Find yourself or your colleagues in the quick video of photos from ILF activities January through October.
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