Focus on Indiana Libraries :
Volume 73 Number 6, March 28, 2019
In this issue of your  Focus on Indiana Libraries
  • Member Feedback Samples
  • Great Things in Indiana Libraries
  • Advocating for Libraries

What you missed in prior issues
ILF Informational Links

Our members are from all types of libraries throughout the state. In lieu of a guest column today, we are offering a sample of feedback to the ILF Office received in the last month. 

On Membership in ILF:
  • Thank you for everything you do for libraries! I’ve learned a lot more about what ILF does lately and I think it is because of your transparency. The weekly newsletters and emails are so helpful. – Vanessa Martin, Director Greensburg-Decatur County Contractual Public Library
  • Every dollar of my membership is worth it for ILF advocacy work alone. – Julie Elmore, Director, Oakland City-Columbia Township Public Library
  • Your great work on our behalf more than justifies the cost of our library's institutional membership in ILF. Lisa Guedea-Carreno, Director, Elkhart Public Library

On Participating in Statehouse Day:
  • I wonder if often in library issues we will be the only direct encounter, the only information they receive. This is a powerful opportunity for us to make a difference. – Kristi Palmer, Interim Dean, IUPUI University Library
  • It was a great day and very good insight and conversation. These were the longest opportunities we had ever had to really talk and engage in the processes with our Legislators. Thank you for planning the day! - Melissa Merida, Director of The Floyd County Library
  • It was a great day to connect with our legislators and reconnect with colleagues from the library community. – Michael McCullough, Shelby County Public Library and former school librarian  
On ILF’s Advocacy work:
  • I have a new respect for advocacy. – Margo English, Director, Owensville Carnegie Public Library
  • Thank you for being an ally who understands the urgency of our current situation and who has a vision for working toward a thriving future. – Faith Brautigam, Director, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
  • I shudder to think how we would end up if we didn't have you all working for us and advocating for libraries. THANK YOU!!! – Paris Pegg, Director, Morrisson-Reeves Library

Learn more about ILF membership or ILF Advocacy.

Library to offer 3-D printing, Digital Den for teens, adults
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library will begin offering 3D printing for patrons. Read More

Author Visits with Brownsburg students
Brownsburg sixth-grade students were treated to an author visit and were recently able to spend time with bestselling writer Rob Buyea who spent two days in their classrooms. Read More

Loogootee Breaks Ground On New Library
The small city of Loogootee broke ground Thursday on a new library that will be three times the current facility’s size. Read More 

Indiana Schools Excel in STEM, Thanks to State Support
The modern classroom looks a lot different today than it did even five or 10 years ago. Read More

Rural America in spotlight at Marshall Library: Traveling Smithsonian exhibit to include local component
A traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit about a century of change in rural America will feature a local component on a health care initiative having an impact halfway around the world.  Read More

PRESERVING PAINTINGS: Library’s Hoosier Art Collection dates back to 1905, valued at nearly $700,000
In addition to housing an extensive book collection, the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library also is the home to an extensive art collection that’s valued at nearly $700,000. Read More

Family Literacy – A Holistic Approach to Lifelong Learning and Student Success
It can be tough to plan programs that engage the whole family. Finding a format that can appeal to both children and adults isn’t easy.  Read More
Regional Conference Registration is now open!
We have 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 Registration is closed
  • April 5         Crawfordsville Public Library New Registration Deadline - March 30
  • April 10       Ivy Tech Richmond
New Registration Deadline - April 3
  • April 22       Mishawaka-Penn-Harris PL Registration is closed

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.
National Library Week is April 7-13 Have you ordered your "We [heart] Our Library" Yard Sign?
Diane Huerkamp with Rep. Mayfield
We invite all to participate in a  Yard Sign campaign this April . Plan to place yard signs in your community 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.

National School Library is April. If ordering signs without customization, support your school library by sharing 1-2 with your school. The main goal is to see as many signs around the state at the same time.

There are many vendors that print and ship signs at different rates, with optional customization. We are familiar with two companies that have agreed to prioritize signage for our members:
  • The Signage is the company used by the Friends of Pendleton Community Public Library. The Signage offers a online order form. Order soon to ensure your signs arrive in time for placement.
  • is a company used by public libraries in Knox, Pike and Davies counties. Here is an order form.
Advocating for Libraries at the Statehouse
Indiana Library Federation's members and advocates are in regular communication with lawmakers about bills important to libraries. Details about bills are included in our weekly ILF Advocacy Updates and in our member-only bi-weekly Virtual Advocacy Updates.

How you can help
YHBA Voting Begins April 1

Voting for the 2018-2019 Young Hoosier Book Awards (YHBA) begins April 1 and runs through May 1, 2019. Winners will be announced by May 15. Enter your student's votes on or after April 1.
Nominate Your Peers!

Nominate a person, library or organization for an ILF Award.

Who demonstrates excellence in Indiana public, academic or school libraries ? Who goes out of their way to advance literacy, marketing, intellectual freedom or library advocacy?  Learn more  about eligibility, past winners or criteria. 

Help support the future of librarianship by helping outstanding teachers and library staff pursue the Master of Library Science at IU or IUPUI or the AS through Ivy Tech. Help us promote ILF Scholarships.

Please consider nominating your peers or library! Deadline for nomination packets is June 30 . Awards are presented at our Annual Conference in November.
Budget Workshop set for May 16 at Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Grab your budget information and laptop and join us for a one-day workshop on Budget Preparation.

Are you a new director who feels overwhelmed by the budget process or a director who has always relied on another staff member to complete the budget for your library? This workshop is for you!

  • tax levies
  • tax rates
  • assessed valuation
  • the entire budget process

Complete your library budget step by step, form by form. Registration rate: Members - $50/Non-members - $65. Register now! Space registration is limited.
Congratulations to the planners of the Rosie author visits, RosieCon, and Ben Davis High School. When high school students meet authors, it can be a life-changing experience. Here are a few photos from RosieCon. Click here for more information about the Eliot Rosewater High School Book Award.
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