Focus on Indiana Libraries :
Volume 72 Number 17, December 7, 2018
President's Column

Time sure flies when you are having fun!

This will be my last column as President of Indiana Library Federation. Read More

Edra Waterman, ILF Board President 2018
Director, Hamilton East Public Library
In This Issue
  • Renewal Promo ends 1/31
  • 2019 Conference Dates
  • License Plate Covers
  • Contest Winners
  • Preparing for the Legislative Session
  • Ronald McDonald House Donations and Member Service Opportunities
  • Request to Report Challenges
  • Clarification on Sales Tax Exemption
  • Great Things in Libraries

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

Mark Your 2019 Calendar
ILF is working to finalize all conference dates by yearend. More coming soon.
Libraries at the Statehouse - March TBD

Regional Conferences
  • April 2, Ivy Tech Sellersburg
  • April 5, Crawfordsville Public Library
  • April 10, Ivy Tech Richmond
  • Week of April 15, University of Southern Indiana (USI)
  • April 22, Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

Youth Services Conference - Aug. 25-26, Carmel

Annual Conference - Nov. 3-5, Indy
Where is your license plate cover?
Attendees of the ILF Annual Conference received a license plate cover. Don't let these sit on a shelf--PLEASE INSTALL THEM.

  • Public and Academic Library Institutional Members are will receive shipments with enough to give to each staff member, trustee, Friends group member and volunteer.
  • School librarian members may request for school library staff and volunteers in their district, as we aim to consolidate shipments.
  • Affiliate members may request as well.

RENEW today and request a total number of license plate covers for staff and volunteers.

This is the PERFECT marketing tool for the introvert. Put on your vehicle and be a messenger for libraries.

Email us a photo of yours or tag us at @ilfonline .

Contest Winners Announced

ILF Congratulates winners of its photo/video contest in categories:

* Responding to Community Needs - Plymouth Public Library (above)
* Information Literacy - Plymouth Public Library (top right)
* Open Interpretation - Mady and Me Photography (at right)
* Video - Emily Wilt - Video on Library Databases

In the coming months, members may look to ILF for a stock of photos and graphics, in addition to the Libraries Transform Indiana images , for use in their own libraries.
Annual Conference
Poster Session Winner
Tara Foor from Southport High School in Indianapolis is our 2018 Poster Session winner with her poster, Applying Virtual Reality to Today’s Reality . Tara uses virtual reality in her library to connect students with people and places they might not have the opportunity to visit. Tara said her administrators really support her and teachers are requesting her assistance in using virtual reality in their classrooms. Congratulations, Tara!
How you can prepare for the legislative session
Your ILF Advocacy Committee is finalizing the 2019 Policy Priorities as we head into the budget-writing session of the Indiana General Assembly. We encourage you to take three steps to prepare:
  1. Review the list of newly elected legislators in the report from Bose Public Affairs. Additionally several longer-serving legislators have new leadership positions. See committee leadership announcements from the House and Senate.
  2. Explore opportunities to meet with your legislator in the coming months. Attend a Third House session. Network at parties. Invite policymakers and influencers to a special event at the library.
  3. Your "WHY?" - What is your library doing to contribute to Indiana and its residents? Why should legislators maintain policies that support libraries? Perhaps you are educating the workers of the future? Or you are increasing the literacy of residents? Or you are increasing the "quality of place" for local residents? What's your WHY?

Advocacy is one of ILF's key services to members. We will release the 2019 Priorities and Statehouse Day registration in the next issue. Note that ILF is providing the November Bose report to all; future reports are "member only" benefits.  
ILF and Ronald McDonald House at Riley Hospital
ILF is seeking a volunteer or a team of volunteers to lead fundraising efforts to sustain a tradition of providing magazines and periodicals for the families who spend nights at Ronald McDonald House when their children are in Riley Hospital . We have also had conversations with the part-time librarian at Riley about the need for picture books for the children and family visitors in the hospital. To volunteer to lead these efforts, please email us .

Or readers may donate online to support the reading materials at Ronald McDonald House.
Seeking Volunteers

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

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 and in early 2019.
Special Request from your Co-chairs of the ILF Intellectual Freedom Committee

We know that many libraries face questions, challenges or inquiries about content from parents, administrators, patrons and taxpayers. Most often, these are resolved quietly and in alignment with intellectual freedom.

Please take five minutes to report any challenges that your library encountered in 2018 to the ALA online challenge reporting form before December 31, 2018—even if easily resolved. We receive counts, and when you give permission, high-level summary data from ALA, which helps us avoid duplicate survey requests to you. Remember that:

  1. Anyone can report censorship incidents and challenges to library materials or services. You don't have to be a librarian; and
  2. Reports can be made confidentially and anonymously.

Finally, we offer a reminder that now is a good time to review your collection development, donation and reconsideration or challenge policies . Best practice calls us to develop relationships and talk about these policies –before we have a challenge. Learn more .

Don’t hesitate to contact us or the ILF Office with questions or to talk through issues.

Chad Heck , JD MLS CETL
Librarian, Pike Freshman Center

Nazareth A. Pantaloni , III, JD, MS, PhD
Head, Copyright Program, Indiana University Libraries
Clarification on Sales Tax Exemption for Public Libraries
Effective July 1, 2018, sales of tangible personal property by a public library or a nonprofit formed to support a public library (e.g., a “ Friends of the Library ” group), are exempt from the state gross retail tax if the property sold consists of:
(1) items in a public library’s circulated and publicly available collections, including items from the library’s holdings; or
(2) items that would typically be included in the public library’s circulated and publicly available collections and that are donated to a public library or to a nonprofit formed to support a public library by individuals or organizations. 
In other words, nonprofits formed to support a public library do not have to collect and remit sales tax on their normal sales of used books, videos, and other items from a library’s collection. However, this exemption does not apply to any other sales of tangible personal property by a public library (e.g., food and beverages, furniture, and artwork). The sale by nonprofits formed to support a public library of these other types of tangible personal property would be subject to the rules outlined in Section III above.

Indiana Department of Revenue is expected to issue an updated bulletin within the month.

Library working to digitize trove of Civil War materials
“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

New library branch coming to Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood
A major boost is coming to the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood. Read More
MCPL, Other Public Locations Consider Stocking Naloxone
The Indiana State Department of Health is offering the opioid overdose antidote naloxone to libraries and other public gathering places. Read More

South Bend commits to downtown library project
The city’s common council Monday night took two actions enabling the St. Joseph County Public Library to move forward with an ambitious Main Library renovation and expansion projected to cost $36 to $38 million. Read More

Devastation documented: 'Life and Limb' shows Civil War toll
"No tongue can tell, no mind conceive, no pen portray the horrible sights I witnessed."
The quote is from an unnamed wounded soldier in 1862 during the Civil War, and it is among the horrors of the war presented in a visiting exhibit, "Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War," from the National Library of Medicine. The six panels will be displayed through Dec. 29 on the first floor of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. Read More

‘Finding Christmas’ story walk set to begin
Curling up with a good book on a cold day is great, but the Jasper Public Library has crafted another way for local families to get in a good read. Read More

La Porte County Schools Team Up for Week of Code
All La Porte County public schools will partner to celebrate a Week of Code December 3rd - 7th. The Hour of Code started as a worldwide effort designed to introduce students to computer science and demystify "computer coding." Read More

Pet therapy welcome relief for IU McKinney students
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law students headed to the library for final exam cramming were met with a pleasant surprise Wednesday when several furry, four-footed friends greeted them at the door. Read More

Grant to Support Science, Literacy Efforts in Muncie
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS has awarded a $175,000 grant to Ball State University's public television station. Read More

Muncie Public Library receives grant to expand digital STEM program for kids
Muncie Public Library has received a $7,204 grant to extend its award-winning Digital Climbers STEM program to include Kennedy Library. Read More

Indiana Authors To Speak Around The State As Part Of Novel Conversations Speakers Program
More than 25 cities and towns will host 12 Indiana authors over the next few months as part of a statewide speakers program. Read More

From parks to festivals: Lilly Endowment will spend $48.8M to make Indy a better, cooler place
The Thomas Taggart Memorial has made a sad splash on more than one of Indiana Landmarks' 10 Most Endangered Lists. Read More
ILF Photo and Video Gallery:
ILF's Photo/Video Contest ran from October 1 through November 28, 2018. Thank you to all those who submitted photos or videos.

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