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ILF publishes two major publications: Focus on Indiana Libraries, a monthly newsletter reporting on ILF events and topics of interest in the Indiana library community and Indiana Libraries, a professional journal, which is produced twice a year.

Focus on Indiana Libraries

Focus on Indiana Libraries is now an e-newsletter of the Indiana Library Federation. Its purpose is to act as a statewide publication for disseminating current news and information of interest to people working in and with Indiana libraries. The content of Focus is determined by its editors to reflect the interests of the library community and to assist the Federation in communicating with the library community. The major emphasis is on timely reporting of news and issues relating to Indiana libraries.

All correspondence, should be directed to the Managing Editor.

Tisa M. Davis, ILF for Focus on Indiana Libraries
941 E. 86th Street, Suite 260
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
Phone: (317) 257-2040, ext. 102
Fax: (317) 257-1389

Publication Schedule: Focus on Indiana Libraries is published 11 times a year, monthly with the exception of November/December which is a joint issue. The publication is delivered electronically and is archived on the ILF website.


Indiana Libraries - publication on the Indiana Libraries journal has been suspended at this time.

Indiana Libraries is a professional journal for librarians and media specialists. Beginning with Volume 29, No. 1, Indiana Libraries is an Open Access journal and can be accessed at

Practitioners, educators, researchers, and library users are invited to submit manuscripts for publication. Manuscripts may concern a current practice, policy, or general aspect of the operation of a library.

General Issues: Indiana Libraries invites the submission of short articles by librarian authors from Indiana and beyond. The journal is distributed to member of the Indiana Library Federation and indexed in LISTA, LLISA and Library Literature.

For information and to discuss ideas for article topics, contact the Indiana Libraries editors:

Gregory K. Youngen
Editor, Indiana Libraries
Cunningham Memorial Library
Indiana State University
Terre Haute IN 47802

Tisa Davis, Indiana Library Federation
941 E. 86th Street, Suite 260
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
Phone: (317) 257-2040, ext. 104
Fax: (317) 257-1389

Instructions to Author(s):

Style: Manuscripts should follow the parenthetic citation style of documentation modeled by the American Psychological Association (APA). The current edition of the APA manual is the 6th. Online information about using the APA Manual is available at Articles should be double-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides. Font should be 12 point Times New Roman. Pages should be unnumbered. Manuscripts should be original and not published elsewhere. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all materials including quotations, references, etc.

Length: Contributions of major importance should be 10-15 pages double-spaced. Rebuttals, whimsical pieces and short essays should be 2–7 pages, double-spaced. However, articles of any length may be submitted. (Graphics, charts, and tables are not included in the page count.) Charts and tables should be submitted separately from text.

Graphics/Photos: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use graphic materials (illustrations, images, photographs, screen captures, etc.). Submit camera-ready graphics/photos electronically as a jpeg or a pdf at 300 dpi or higher resolution. Authors may submit photos of themselves and photos that illustrate the manuscript.

Submitting manuscripts: Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word attached to an e-mail message addressed to

Manuscripts will be acknowledged upon receipt and a decision concerning use will be made within thirty days after the date of receipt. The editor reserves the right to revise all accepted manuscripts for clarity and style. Edited articles will be returned to the authors for review. Those articles not returned to the editor within 7 days will be published as revised by the editor or assistant editors.

Order of Information in Submission:
1. Title of article
2. Name of author(s).
3. Text of article with references to source material in APA parenthetic notes
4. References for source material in APA format
5. Institutional affiliation, job title, and contact information for author(s) including phone number, email address, and work address.
6. Short bio of author(s), about 3-4 lines for each author.

Text Format Requirements:
1. Use 12-point Times New Roman for all text.
2. Submit files as Word (.doc) as an attachment to e-mail.
3. Submit graphics/photos as an attachment(s) to e-mail.
4. Save files with distinctive names (i.e., your last name, or a word or phrase specific to the article content) rather than with generic ones which anyone might use (i.e., indianalibrariesarticle.doc or reference.doc).
5. Once your article is accepted for publication, please print and sign this copyright agreement and send to Tisa Davis at or fax to 317-257-1389.

See Also:
1. The Librarian's Guide to Writing for Publication (Scarecrow Press, 2004)
2. APA Style Home at


Communications Committee

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
August 2016 Communications Committee Minutes PDF (158.3 KB) Administration 11/4/2016
Indiana Libraries Journal: Editor job description DOCX (15.23 KB) Administration 9/16/2014
Indiana Libraries Copyright Notice PDF (97.92 KB) Administration 8/9/2013
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