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Adult Literacy, Education and Workforce Development  - As Indiana employers struggle to meet the workforce demands today and in the future, Indiana libraries are viewed as part of the solution. In 2017, seventeen Indiana libraries hosted employer input sessions as a part of Indiana's Skill Up initiative. ILF was selected by Indiana Department of Workforce Development to lead the adult literacy study as required in SEA108. These efforts have sparked new energy in the role that libraries play in adult literacy, education and workforce development. Watch this space!

 

Bicentennial Project - In 2016, ILF partnered with the Newspapers in Education Foundation to provide every elementary school library in Indiana a free copy of So you think you know Indiana?, authored by Nelson Price in celebration of the Bicentennial. Contact ILF for one of the few remaining copies of this special book. 

 

Book Awards

Awards and Honors - The Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, the Indiana library community recognizes ILF personal, institutional, and trustee members, as well as others, who have contributed to the excellence of Indiana libraries or media centers in an extraordinary manner. The contributions recognized have taken place throughout the State of Indiana in hundreds of public, academic, corporate and network libraries and school media centers, from the largest to the smallest of settings. The ILF Board of Directors and the ILF Awards, Honors & Scholarship Committee need the assistance of the library community to help identify these exemplary and tireless members of the library community in order to determine award recipients. All awards presented are ratified by the ILF Board of Directors.

Scholarships - The Indiana Library Federation offers four scholarships for those seeking a degree in Library Science. 

The Esther Schlundt Memorial Scholarship Fund is named in honor of an outstanding reference librarian at Purdue University. This scholarship provides scholarship funding for one or more applicants entering or currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate degree program in library and information science or seeking a Library Technical Assistant Associate Degree. This scholarship is typically awarded in the amount of up to $1,000 for students pursuing the graduate degree and up to $750 for students seeking the Library Assistant Associate degree. 

The Sue Marsh Weller Memorial Scholarship Fund
provides funding for at least one scholarship for applicants entering or currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited program of graduate study specializing in children's librarianship with plans to work with children or youth. This scholarship is typically awarded in the amount of $1,000. 

The William Gresh Memorial Scholarship
provides funding for at least one scholarship applicant entering or currently enrolled in a program to receive educational certification in the field of Library Media Services. A scholarship of up to $1,000 is awarded to use toward an MLS.

David Dickey Continuing Education Award honors and recognizes individuals who are new to the academic library profession seeking support for continuing his/her education. An award of up to $250 may be awarded annually for a person to attend a professional conference, such as the ILF annual conference, or to obtain additional training. 

 

 

 

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