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January 2018
New year, new ILF

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope you are all recovering from the holidays and are ready for a great year.  2017 was a busy year for our Indiana Library Federation, culminating in a new vision and mission that will guide us as we hit the ground running in 2018. 

Our Advocacy committee is working diligently to follow legislation that may affect libraries and librarians of all types.  Stay tuned for more information on Library Legislative Day at the Statehouse, and consider making your voice heard as part of that event.  I encourage all members to read ILF’s Advocacy Updates, and feel free to reach out to the office or any committee member with questions or comments.  

Our new, streamlined committee structure is up and running, with many opportunities for everyone to find their niche.  Be sure to take the opportunity to read through ILF e-mails and newsletters for callouts and information on how to get involved in something you are passionate about.  We need you!

Our 2018 Call for Programs is posted on the website.  2018 is the first year we are using a single form for all of our conferences, and we are very excited to see what kind of feedback we get.  We not only have a traditional program proposal form, but you can share names of suggested topics or presenters as well.  This gives ILF staff guidance when reaching out to potential presenters on topics of great interest to our members.   Send feedback early and often!  

I am deeply honored and grateful to be your 2018 ILF President.  I look forward to an exciting and productive year of leading, educating, and advocating to advance library service in Indiana!



December 2017

To the members of the Indiana Library Federation, the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Office Staff.

And here we are.  The end of the 2017 Indiana Library Federation Year. Stopping to review this year, I can only be pleasantly surprised. Some of the key events for this year have moved us to adopt a strategic plan, and update our mission and vision statement. This was truly a year for and of great change. But it's been needed change, to ensure that the Indiana Library Federation is a viable federation that is responsive to changes in the library landscape, regardless of public, school, academic, special collection. Our strength lies in our common mission and vision. 

Our mission reflects our common focus, to lead, educate and advocate. We have been advocates at the Statehouse and at the Federal Level. We continue to meet with the key stakeholders and make the case to fulfill out mission, for the benefit of Indiana residents. We continue to stress our vision, where Indiana residents have the knowledge and skills to thrive. Even in the midst of restructuring our bylaws and governing documents, our mission and vision have always been at the forefront of each and every opportunity.

While some would voice a need to slow change down, it is imperative, at this time in our State, to continue to boldly seize the initiative. Meetings with Governor Holcomb, and grant opportunities have given us access to the key decision makers. These opportunities would not have surfaced if we were not bold in our undertakings. We have finished a very successful and engaging CYPD conference, IPLA conference, Fall Legislative Forum and Annual Conference. These successes are due in no small part to you and your participation. Truly, we continue to build on our successes.

But we are not content to rest. Boldly stepping forward to strengthen our finances, we have, with the astute insight of Lucinda Nord, our Executive Director, streamlined our day to day expenses. Through the wonderful efforts of the Indiana Library Federation office staff, David Cochran, Tisa Davis, Brittany Snow and Megan Zanto the administrative operations, business and financial operations, communications, and special projects have exceeded expectations. 

And now, with a new board of directors poised to assume the mantle of leadership of our Indiana Library Federation, I know that we will continue to grow and position ourselves to lead, educate and advocate to advance library services for the benefit of Indiana residents. To Robyn Young, Past President, know that it was truly an honor to serve with you. Your insight and knowledge have been key, in my opinion, to positioning us with the new Strategic Vision. To the board members who will be continuing, your professionalism and dedication will provide the support and voice for us to continue. To those who will end their term on the board, I can say unequivocally that I have been the better for having known you. 

It has been been my joy to participate in the seemingly continuing meetings. While it has been, roughly 570 hours of board meetings, committee meetings, both in person and via telephone, I can say that I have a new found appreciation for each and every one of you. I have been impressed by the members of the Legislative Advocacy Committee, who carefully and deliberately ensure that our advocacy plan represents us, the Indiana Library Federation. Special thanks to Jos. N Holman and MacKenzie Ledley who served as co chairs this year. Your leadership with this committee has aided greatly in keeping our advocacy plan focused, relevant and moving.

Throughout this year, I have visited public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries. At each library I've visited, the library staff (professional, paraprofessional and support) have shared the stories of their libraries, their patrons. You have no idea how fulfilling that has been for me to hear the stories, and then share those stories with others. And, not to forget our Indiana State Library, I have the utmost respect for Jake Speer and his wonderful staff. They all have been so helpful when ever I've stopped by.

To Edra Waterman, Indiana Library Federation President for 2018, I have enjoyed this year, listening to your wonderful vision for libraries. I rest in the knowledge that you will continue to propel our Indiana Library Federation forward, accepting whatever opportunities may be present, and engaging the membership across the state. I will look forward to taking the seat on your left, as Past President.

Reflecting back on this past year seemed to echo the opening lines of Dr. Seuss' "Oh the Places You'll go!" ... I have truly been to great places, and the year has been a study in motion! Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken," gave me my personal mission for this year "I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference."  I end this year as I started, honored and humbled to serve you as President of the Indiana Library Federation.

I would leave you with this quote from Robert K. Greenleaf's monograph, "Servant As Leader:"

“Not much happens without a dream. And for something great to happen, there must be a great dream. Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams. Much more than a dreamer is required to bring it to reality; but the dream must be there first.” 

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. David M. Peter
Indiana Library Federation President 2017
ILF Member
ALA Member
Friend of the Vigo County Public Library


November 2017
Post Conference Reflection

WOW! Where do I begin? There are so many different memories of the Annual Conference, each one that has added to my overall experience ... from bag pipes, to Maggie ... to Awarding and Honoring the stellar libraries and librarians .... to the wonderful conversations here and there ... to renewing old friendships, and making new friends ... to presenting the Legislative Advocate Award to Rep. Brown ... each of these was made possible by YOU! YOU are the heart and soul of the Indiana Library Federation. 

So, with that as my introduction ... let me say how thankful I am for each and every member, for the passion and dedication they bring to the libraries and patrons all around this state. 

Let me offer a great thanks to the members of the Indiana Library Federation Board of Directors ... you go above and beyond all expectations to provide the leadership and representation that collectively make this THE largest state library federation, period. 

And to the wonderful and responsive ILF Staff ... you continue to amaze me with your exemplary professionalism at each and every moment. I am so thankful for all of the support and assistance you have given me this year. You are the KEY to our success!

Thanksgiving will be here sooner than expected .... at this time of year, I ask each of you to give thanks for all that we have, all that we serve, and all the potential of tomorrow. Tell those at your libraries, and around your tables, how thankful you are for each and every one of them. The simplest words that we can share with people are "Thank you" .... go ahead, it's really easy to do. Who knows, you'll feel good, and you'll brighten the day of those around you.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” 
― Marcel Proust

Until next time,



October 2017

Well, here it is. October. Where has this year gone? If you stop and think for a minute, your Indiana Library Federation has been exceptionally busy!  We have approved our new strategic vision, with a new mission and vision. Thanks to your tireless support, ILF is better poised to meet any new opportunities and challenges that come our way. We are stronger fiscally due to the policies and office practices of the staff. We are streamlining many of the office practices. We are so much better thanks to the office staff and our Executive Director, Lucinda Nord.


I am looking forward to seeing you all at Annual Conference. Oh, and we are ALWAYS in need of volunteers.  You make the difference in all we do.


So, what are you reading? This is a perfect opportunity to read Edgar Allen Poe. Or perhaps The Wizard of Oz. Remember it was a book before it became a movie. Or perhaps some Arthur Conan Doyle? The Hound of the Baskervilles is always a scary read. 


Setting here at the table with the rest of the board,  I listen to the musical sounds of the voices, sharing ideas and chatting with this group of friends. These are strong friends of Indiana libraries. Their voices, from the public libraries, school libraries and academic libraries join together.


Hope to see you next month at annual conference! I am looking forward to just catching up and hearing the wonderful ways you and your library are improving the lives of Hoosiers!


Until next month,




September 2017 - While ILF President Dr. David Peter was away, Special 

Columnist Edra Waterman, ILF President Elect filled in.

Over the last several months, our Indiana Library Federation Board has deliberated important questions about the best way to organize our work to advance libraries in Indiana.  ILF surveyed members, facilitated conversations, listened with our hearts and minds, and we learned. We have spent hours of extra board meetings in passionate debate shaping our mission, vision and work plan for the future.

In August, the ILF Board approved a five-year Strategic Vision and a more detailed, focused Work Plan. We placed a stake in the ground about what we want to achieve for libraries, for library staff and for all residents of Indiana. We outlined specific measurable goals in six areas. Part of our plan is to strengthen our organization internally to be more effective and nimble and to operate by nonprofit best practices. 

In the coming days, you will receive information and a ballot to change our by-laws to comply wi
th nonprofit law and best practices. 

On behalf of the ILF Board, I call on every member to please support these by-laws changes with your vote. To all of our stakeholders, I invite you to pick a favorite goal area in the Vision, get involved, and help ILF advance library services for the benefit of all Indiana residents. 
Thank you for your support of Indiana Library Federation.

-Edra Waterman, ILF President Elect


August 2017 - August, and the start of school

School is starting, or has started. Getting into the normal routines is so important. Another routine to get into is reading. I’ll confess that I’ve been a reader for a long time. I can remember going to the public library and checking out two books, taking them home and reading them, and then returning them the following week. Reading has just been a part of my life. I’ll say that reading has given me opportunities to grow and learn. I’ve traveled around the world of literature, been witness to countless episodes of history, and explored the vast universe. Books, and the love of reading, have made me what I am today.
I’m working on several genealogical projects. I’ve visited the Rockville Public Library, Plainfield-Guilford Township Library, Knox County Public Library, and the Vigo County Public Library. I’ll also go to the Indiana State Library. The wonderful librarians are always ready for any question, and will search to answer a question from me. They’re always very interesting individuals, and when I’ll stop and just talk with them, it’s easy to see and celebrate the role that librarians play in our daily lives. Oh, and yes, I’ve got a list of libraries to visit!
To the librarians who introduced me to books many, many years ago I can say with confidence, “You have opened my eyes to the wonderful world of books.” And to the librarian at the State Library who helped me to find another resource for my genealogical journey, thank you. It’s so easy to say, “Thank you,” to the librarians in our lives. They are the so important to our daily lives.
See you in the library!
Dr. David M. Peter
ILF President 2017


 July 2017 - Summer of Change and Opportunity

As I’ve now entered a new season of life, retirement, I’ve been anxious to do things I’ve just not been able to do. I was always a reader, but due to the requirements of the job, I just didn’t feel like I was able to read enough. I visited the Vigo County Public Library to download the Libby app for my iPad. After some wonderful assistance from the Reference Librarian I was ready! Spent some time browsing the online catalog and have now downloaded Kevin Gutzman’s “Thomas Jefferson-Revolutionary,” and A. W. Tozer’s “The Pursuit of God.” To think how technology has grown and rapidly changed to give us access to an untold collection of books makes me so thankful. Change in technology has impacted and transformed our lives. 

Regardless of whatever season we may find ourselves in, we know that change is an inevitable part of our lives. We can embrace change, or reject the unstoppable change. As I’ve been downsizing, I donated many physical books that I’d collected over the years. Many I had read maybe once, and a few had been read more than one time. Limited space limited my physical collection. And now, I’ve got “books” on my iPad. And, I can even read my local newspaper on my iPad as well. 

So, a Summer of change is upon us. What changes are you making? Oh, I think I’ll spend some time reading today. It’ll be a great day!

Dr. David M. Peter
President, Indiana Library Federation

June 2017 - Classic summer reading
Well, I was asked a question the other day that gave me opportunity to stop and think. Think about books that I’ve read and re-read multiple times. These books have made an impact on me, and I have and continue to find them good reads even now. Yes, I have several of them in paperback, the remains of a college class years ago.

Robert M. Pirsig, from 1974, Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance
Robert James Waller, from 1992, The Bridges of Madison County
William Peter Blatty, from 1994, The Exorcist
Richard Adams, from1972, Watership Down

These were some of the authors who have died this year.  And their books have no doubt been read, and have made an impact on the lives of the readers.  As Summer is on the brink of beginning, find a book, an old book and read it. Granted, some of them have not been made into a movie, yet. Nor have they been serialized for quick and easy consumption.  These are books that you can read in bits of time.  Read one as the next few months pass. You’ll be better for the classics. If not, you will at least be an interesting conversation starter at backyard gatherings.

Until we meet again,
Dr. David M. Peter
President, Indiana Library Federation

May 2017 -  Things to do this Summer
So, Summer is almost here! I’ve always looked forward to Summer. Reading. Catching up on things I’ve started to read, but haven’t finished reading. I attended a friend’s graduation from Law School. Walked around the campus, wandering through libraries … libraries have been a place for exploration, for inquiry, for reflection, for growth and for so much more. 
We are all library champions. We support the libraries and the librarians. I’d ask you to be more than a champion. Become an advocate for your library. Write a letter to your local newspaper, sharing the role and importance the library has on you, your family, and your community. Attend library board meetings. Attend city and county government meetings. Share your voice and your story. We are fortunate to live in a place where our voice, our collective voices can be heard. Together, we have added our voices and the biennial state budget reflects the importance of libraries. Send a thank you to your state representatives for their support of the budget! 
This Summer, read a book. Share that book. Become a library advocate. Share your library story!
Dr. David M. Peter
President, Indiana Library Federation

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,
David Peter
President of the Indiana Library Federation

February Message 2017
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

January Message 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.

Take care,

Dr. David Peter
Indiana Library Federation President, 2017


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