Focus on Indiana Libraries :
Volume 73 Number 2, January 23, 2019
In this issue of your  Focus on Indiana Libraries
  • Featured "Great Things": Read 'n' Feed
  • Leader's Column: Kristi Howe
  • Great Things in Indiana Libraries
  • Advocating for Libraries
  • What YOU can do

What you missed in prior issues
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Guest Leader Column:
Vigo County Public Library Director and Advocacy Committee Co-Chair Kristi Howe
There are many definitions for the word advocacy, but I would like to share the definition provided by the American Association for School Librarians.

Advocacy is the on-going process of building partnerships so that others will act for and with you, turning passive support into educated action for the library program.

There is so much to break down in that definition! On-going process, building partnerships, others will act for and with you…these really illustrate the challenges we face and need for relationship development.  Read More
Featured Great Things in Indiana Libraries

Pendleton Community Library builds community relationships through combination bookmobile/food pantry

Each Thursday in Pendleton, you may glimpse the Pendleton Community Library’s Read ‘n’ Feed trailer out in the community. This combination bookmobile and mobile food pantry has been in operation for nearly 10 years now.  Read ‘n’ Feed is the only food pantry in Pendleton, serving a community of over 4,000. The Read ‘n’ Feed trailer goes out every week and makes three stops. The stops last about 45 minutes, and during that time, patrons are invited to take non-perishable food items, bread and produce as well as check out library materials . Read More
The Hoosier Gardener: Seed swaps, libraries help gardeners grow
In a tradition that’s been around for millennia, people swap seeds. Read More

'The opposite of lost': IU library claps back at The New Yorker over Sylvia Plath story: Indiana University's Lilly Library is fact-checking The New Yorker
After the magazine published a story on its website Jan. 7 entitled "A Lost Story by Sylvia Plath Contains the Seeds of the Writer She Would Become," the Lilly Library, a world-renowned repository for rare books and manuscripts on the Bloomington campus, was perplexed.  Read More

This Indianapolis librarian isn’t afraid to get rid of classic books
Center for Inquiry School 2 librarian Kathleen Rauth packs her library with diverse books. Read More

A new look for Indianapolis Public Library website
The Indianapolis Public Library's website has a new look, one that should make is easier to search for books and materials and take advantage of other services.  Read More

An inside look: Zine Day at the Monroe County Public Library
The Bloomington community became immersed in the art of zine-making during Zine Day on Jan. 19 at the Monroe County Public Library. Read More
Advocating for Libraries
The Indiana General Assembly is debating many bills that affect libraries. The biennial budget includes funding for Indiana State Library, internet connectivity for schools and libraries, INSPIRE-Indiana's virtual database and much more. Several bills aim to increase teacher pay--which would include teacher librarians.

Indiana Library Federation advocates for all Indiana libraries through its 2019 Policy Priorities ,

How you can help
  1. Stay informed - Be sure to subscribe to weekly ILF Advocacy Updates, where we provide detailed updates, access to talking points and tools and calls to action.
  2. Develop library supporters and champions - Invite people to experience what your library has to offer.
  3. Third House/Meet Your Legislator Events - Plan to attend the event in your area. See calendar.
What YOU can do:
Show us a picture.
The modern library is not a warehouse of books with shushy librarians--definitely not what your parents and grandparents remember. Send us a photo or story of something someone in your community would be surprised your library loans or a service your library offers.
Professional Development:
Call for Programs
Indiana Library Federation offers a range of professional development opportunities to develop knowledge and skills and to network with others across the library community. Members receive substantial savings on registration fees.

The Indiana Library Federation's  2019 Call for Programs  is a combined form for our seven major professional development events throughout the year, including: regional conferences, Youth Services conference, and Annual Conference. An individual or group may submit sessions for one, a few, or all of these conferences through this form. ILF would like to invite our members, unit leaders, and external experts to submit topics specific to their interests. 

Please direct any questions concerning the form to Mandy Rentschler at 317-257-2040 ext. 102.
Help share the library message every time you drive!
As a part of our strategy to elevate libraries, ILF is providing license plate covers to members for staff, trustees and friends. ILF designed them to apply to all libraries.

  • Public and Academic Library Institutional Members 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 . Staff are eager to spot others in parking lots and on the road.
ILF Photo and Video Gallery:
Lake County Public Library staff are working on a project they call Bookface Friday . Assistant Librarian, Max Jackson found the hashtag on Instagram. He saw how popular the hashtag had become and approached marketing clerk, Kelley McDonnell about creating some of the photos at the Lake County Public Library.

The library now post a #bookfacefriday every Friday on both Instagram and Pinterest! They try to get as many library employees involved as they can and say it has proven to be quite a bit fun for all! 
The benefits of your ILF membership include:
  • Reduced rates for ILF events throughout the year;
  • Opportunities for professional growth and continuing education;
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities with colleagues;
  • A strong legislative and advocacy program—critically important as the Indiana General Assembly writes the biennial budget during the 2019 session and the 116th session Congress funds the Institute of Museum and Library Services;
  • Eligibility for participation in leadership, projects, awards and scholarships; and
  • Support and resources to promote intellectual freedom.

As a member, we encourage you to get involved in our programs, projects and conferences . Opportunities include attendance at eight conferences, series of virtual exchanges, three book award programs ( Young Hoosier Book Award , Eliot Rosewater Book Award and Read Alouds ), divisions and more. 

Renew by January 31 with PROMO code RENEW19. Consider giving the gift of ILF membership to an emerging librarian or staff member in your library. Contact the office whether someone has "join" or "renew" status.
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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