April 2017 - In acknowledgement of our volunteers
Albert Schweitzer is quoted as saying, “Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don't live in a world all of your own.”
With each act of volunteering, you are helping someone who needs you. Granted, you may never know the measure of your impact, but know this: you are valued, and your contributions of your time and your talents help make the Indiana Library Federation the fulfill the role of promoting all libraries in Indiana and fostering the professional growth of our members.
Thank you may seem like just two words, but know that it conveys much more …
Thank you for your time and your talents,
Dr. David M. Peter
Indiana Library Federation President 2017
March 2017 - March Message
March has come roaring in … with the wild weather we have seen the first several days of the month, I hope that the month ends like a lamb (in light of the Farmer’s Almanac). Bills have “crossed over” between the House and Senate, so we are past a major milestone! It’s been very good to read and click through the links in the Legislative Update from ILF. I’m looking forward to Library Day at the Statehouse on March 14. We are extremely fortunate to live in a country where we are given opportunities to speak with our elected representatives, and let them know what is important to each of us. After living overseas, and traveling in the Army, and later as a Contracted Employee, I can assuredly say that the rights we have, freedom of speech, of assembly, of the press and of religion are unique and are so interwoven into the fabric of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights that we must exercise these rights! Speak up and speak out!
The Strategic Vision day was such a resounding example of thinking and looking forward. It’s always a challenge to think strategically, but it is so necessary to sustain the federation, and to affirm and reaffirm the value of libraries to our city, county, state and nation.
I finished reading Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. The book is cleverly divided into three books; the first, resistance, second, combating resistance, and third, beyond resistance. For me, Pressfield helped me identify what was standing in the way of change. He then provides ideas and simple strategies to overcome the resistance. Ending with ways and strategies to move beyond, and perhaps above, resistance to see more opportunities than obstacles.
Next on my list is Jorge Luis Borges’ On Mysticism.
We are getting ready to start District Conferences. Make it a priority to attend (if you’re able) and meet, learn, collaborate, connect and grow with your peers.
As always, if you have any concerns, or ideas feel free to reach out. I am here.
Until next time,
President of the Indiana Library Federation
Sorting and sifting through my notes from ALAMW, I noticed several themes that emerged. First, the future of libraries is a constant theme for many people. Everyone is looking for some sort of guidance and insight on how to position themselves to be viable for the patron of tomorrow. From looking at libraries as entrepreneurial centers, to innovation centers, everyone is seeking their unique place in their community. Second, there were three sub themes for the Symposium of the Future of Libraries that were extremely interesting and relevant for us all. Positioning our library as a seat or center for social innovation asks us to truly think of our core functions differently: how we connect to our patrons, how we build patrons, and how can we change patrons all ask us to reflect inward and look outward to see how we can create, or recreate, ourselves as social places (more, I believe than Ray Oldenburg’s notion of the “Third Place” from The Great Good Place, 1999). Civic innovation may for some be a bit more distant to grasp for our libraries. It’s easy for us to talk about the access we provide, but do we do more? Do we inform, engage, connect AND empower our patrons? Do we provide space for diverse ideas? Do we challenge our time-honored traditions as we look towards the future? And finally, looking at libraries as seats of educational innovation may give us ways to continually improve our services. Do we provide those skills necessary for employment? Have we taken our literacy programs and expanded them to focus on skill development and enhancement?
It was truly a wonderful time in Atlanta. A lot of time to listen, talk, think, and reflect on libraries in general, and look deeper at the future of libraries. Sorting through my notes on “Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries,” and will work on a synopsis of those notes.
In closing, as I review notes from Finance Committee Meetings, Legislative Committee, Awards, Honors and Scholarship Committee, Annual Conference Committee, and Board Meetings, I can report that this organization, YOUR Indiana Library Federation, works hard and tirelessly to continue to promote all libraries in Indiana and foster the professional growth of you, our members.
Until the next time,
Dr. David Peter
Indiana Library Federation President 2017
So here we are, January has quickly made us all aware of the unpredictable Indiana weather! This is always a good time for me to get caught up with my winter reading. I maintain a stack of books to read, a wide range of topics and representative of the changes in the library landscape. The Indiana Library Federation is off to a fast-paced start of the year. With the Indiana General Assembly opened we are watching to see how the landscape of and for Indiana libraries may change. Our Legislative Committee is to be commended for watching and engaging our elected officials. Next on the landscape for us is the Strategic Visioning Day on February 3, 2017. Around 70 of our members, leaders, and key individuals will meet and spend the day looking to the future.
We are definitely off to a fast and intentional start to the year. The semester has started for all, and we are now seeing more students and patrons. I'm always glad to see students in the library. It's my hope that the start of this semester brings to each of us promise and potential: the promise we made not only to ourselves, our patrons, but to our vocations ... we promise to serve, to provide the best service to each and every question, and make people, help people to realize that the library is there for all; the potential to contribute to the success of each student, each patron.
Do stay in touch with your Indiana Library Federation. Find a way to get engaged with us all this year. We are delighted to see you, enriched by your conversation and contributions of your time and your talents.
It's my promise to you that I will stay in touch, posting here and sharing what I see with you. I'll let you know what I'm currently reading.
Dr. David Peter
Indiana Library Federation President, 2017