Focus on Indiana Libraries :
Volume 73 Number 3, February 12, 2019
In this issue of your  Focus on Indiana Libraries
  • Featured "Great Things": TRAC
  • President's Column
  • Great Things in Indiana Libraries
  • Advocating for Libraries
  • What YOU can do

What you missed in prior issues
President's Column:

ALA, Connections, and Jeopardy!

(Photo above: Alex Trebek and ILF Board President Susie Highley)

Well, January was an eventful month—and I’m not talking just about the weather! In the middle of the month, I flew to Los Angeles for tapings of “Jeopardy!” and will appear on the February 13 episode. I recently returned from ALA Midwinter in Seattle. In thinking back about the past few weeks, a theme of sorts arose: the power of connections.

While in Seattle, I was able to attend the chapter leaders’ forum and AASL assemblies. I reconnected with some people, but was also able to meet and learn from many others from across the continent. At the forum, we received updates on such things as advocacy (including virtual legislative days), intellectual freedom, conference and membership successes, and partnerships with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; they have program grants available, often awarded to public libraries. Read More
Featured Great Things in Indiana Libraries

TRAC (Tech Resources for Awesome Careers)

At the Bedford Public Library, middle school students can explore career pathways through a career-based STEM progam called TRAC. Tech Resources for Awesome Careers (TRAC) allows students to engage with technology by showcasing an exciting STEM career with a local employer.

In one such program, students worked in groups to build "smart home" air conditioners with a local HVAC provider. Students were then asked to program their A/C units. Students have also worked with VR, drones, modular robots, CAD, injection molding, mechanics and more.

According to Director of Operations, Nathan Watson, the TRAC programs occur monthly in all three district middle schools. In total, the Library does about 31 progams a month to nearly 670 students.
Morrison plans Brady Gang, Minneman talk at library
The Monticello-Union Township Public Library will host retired Indiana State Police Trooper, historian and author David Morrison as part of its Geneaology 101 programming series.  Read More

Earliest records of fruit fly genetics research donated to Indiana University
As the site of three world-renowned resources on fruit fly genetics, Indiana University Bloomington has been called the "mecca" of fruit fly genetics.  Read More

Longtime WWPL Children’s Services manager to retire
Longtime Westfield Washington Public Library Children’s Services Manager Vicki Parker will retire after 35 years with the library.  Read More

University Library to launch Books on Demand
Just like you would your own Spotify playlist, you will soon be able to contribute to building the book collection at University Library for yourself and the IUPUI community.  Read More

Unusual Indianapolis museum will house $6+ million of treasures from 'Fahrenheit 451' author
Marrying science fiction, space exploration, intellectual freedom and the human heart is no simple feat. But 30,000 pounds of letters, photos, manuscripts, books and paraphernalia at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies offer insight into how the "Fahrenheit 451" author accomplished it.  Read More

Library offers sensory friendly films
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 16 percent of American children are on the autism spectrum. As these numbers continue to grow, many businesses and organizations are working to find ways to create safe and accepting environments for children and their families. One idea the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library is sponsoring is sensory friendly films.  Read More

Dramatic Valentine's Day reading to bring love letters to life at IU's Lilly Library
A few of the several thousand letters held in the collections of Indiana University's Lilly Library will come to life this Valentine's Day at an event hosted in partnership with IU's Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance.  Read More

Spacious new Sugar Creek library now open
For Jeanette Sherfield, the new building is both library and lighthouse. Sherfield, the manager of the Sugar Creek Branch of the Hancock County Public Library, noted the way the new 15,000-square-foot facility shines like a beacon, built the way it is to take advantage of natural light, and with lots of lights illuminating the shelves of books, magazines, public computers and seating spaces.   Read More

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills
ALA and Grow with Google launched a national tour of public libraries this week as part of a new partnership to expand resources and services promoting economic opportunity in cities and towns across the country. Read More

American Library Association Announces Caldecott And Newbery Medal Winners
At its annual conference in Seattle, the American Library Association gave out its prizes for children's and young adult literature. Its awards include the prestigious Caldecott and Newbery medals.  Read More
Advocating for Libraries
Indiana Library Federation has been active in responding to three bills before the Indiana General Assembly. The biennial budget, HB1001, includes funding for Indiana State Library, internet connectivity for schools and libraries, INSPIRE-Indiana's virtual database and much more. ILF recently testified on HB1001, the budget bill; HB1343, Libraries; and HB1052, Local Income Tax. ILF is monitoring and positioned for action on other bills that would affect libraries. Details are included in our weekly ILF Advocacy Updates and in our member-only bi-weekly Virtual Advocacy Updates.

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 ore review our Advocacy Updates or register for 2/25 virtual update.
  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. Contact us with questions or additional session info.
What YOU can do: Send us your stories
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 for our Featured Stories section.
Regional Conference Registration is now open!
We have five excellent regional conferences planned for April.

You are invited to attend any conference that is convenient for you due to location or date.

  • April 2         Ivy Tech Sellersburg
  • April 5         Crawfordsville Public Library
  • April 10       Ivy Tech Richmond
  • April 16       Evansville Vanderburgh PL
  • April 22       Mishawaka-Penn-Harris PL

This year’s overall professional development theme is “Libraries, Where Everyone is Welcome.” We are focusing strongly on inclusivity and diversity.

You can view one-page programs and register now. Please note that preliminary programs will be updated as we finalize content descriptions for a few session. This year’s member rate is $45 and the nonmember rate is $55 (includes lunch). An institutional member can take advantage of the member pricing IF they send more than two of their staff to the conference. Please complete a group registration form so that we can ensure you receive the correct pricing. We ask that you share the information about regionals with your staff, coworkers, neighbors, etc.
"We [Heart] Our Library" Signs
We invite your university to participate in a  Yard Sign campaign this April . Ideally, library lovers across Indiana will place yard signs throughout their communities for at least a two-week period in April, either April 1-14 or April 7-20 , to help us elevate libraries. National Library Week is April 7-13, 2019. This is timed perfectly with the final weeks of the Indiana General Assembly, where legislators are making final decisions about support for libraries and INSPIRE.

While you can certainly work with any vendor, we have worked to make it easy for you. The Signage  is the company used by the  Friends of Pendleton Community Public Library . The Signage allows you to order a standard sign or a sign customized with your logo. The main goal is to have as many signs as possible throughout the state at the same time. Consider offering this as a project for your students, interns, faculty, library assistants, etc.  

Basic Information:  The Signage has created a special ordering process to allow libraries and library lovers to order units of 10 “We [HEART] Our Library” 18x24 double-sided yard signs for $100. Additional charges are for shipping ($20 for every 30 signs, or 3 units) and logo customization ($30 one-time fee). Be sure to have your logo and tax exemption files ready to upload with your order. The signs will be printed and shipped to your address with stakes. Order soon to ensure your signs arrive in time for placement.
ILF Photo and Video Gallery:
The Avon Education Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to the Avon High School Library to purchase new furniture. The grant was submitted by Robyn Young and the Avon High School Library Advisory Committee . The new furniture will replace large computer desks and will consist of comfortable and flexible seating areas.
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