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ILF's COVID-19 Resources

Indiana Library Federation supports the library community as Indiana's public, school, academic, and special libraries respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Public libraries are specified in Back On Track Indiana Plan,  Stage 2and Executive Order 20-26which gave Indiana’s public libraries the ability to phase in services according to local needs, staff capacity, and the community’s situation. See ILF's response and FAQs.

Indiana’s libraries provide access to Librarians and digital resources to keep Hoosiers informed, educated, enriched, and entertained through this unprecedented time. Libraries offer Ask-a-Librarian, digital library cards that provide access to a world of eBooks, music, movies, games, online classes, and so much more.

Libraries are safely circulating materials through time quarantines and disinfecting processes. Libraries may have adjusted hours of operation due to staffing or may limit time in library to meet social distancing requirements. Many offer hold-and-pickup or "curbside service." Contact your local library for its services.  

Because internet access is limited and only 78% of Hoosiers have access to broadband, Indiana's public libraries extended Wi-Fi access beyond the walls of over 375 library branches. Check out our map of Wi-Fi extended to parking lots by Indiana's Public Libraries.  

By request, ILF prepared this School Library Reopening guidance as reentry committees are meeting. 

About the Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19)

Important guidance documents  

Help for people who lost jobs/income or experienced family changes because of COVID-19

Indiana's libraries are preparing to help residents who have lost jobs or income and/or whose families have had changes.    

Indiana Library Federation is working with IN Family and Social Services Administration, IN Department of Workforce Development, and other organizations to provide our Helping Hoosiers training series for libraries and fellow local units of government. 

Key links to apply for help

How Indiana Library Federation is supporting the library community in pandemic  ILF provides its pandemic response services to all people in the Indiana library community, regardless of personal or institutional membership in ILF during the crisis period. Email us if you lost the link or would like more information.

  • Communications –  ILF provides regular updates to the library community through daily online meetings, Newsletters, and direct email. ILF maintains detailed information on its website, including new Wi-Fi map and tools. ILF promotes the good work of our libraries internally in the library community and externally to key stakeholders. 
  • Planning Tools, Sample Policies and Practices – In mid-March, ILF published planning and assessment tools to help libraries plan the phases from emergency closure to reopening. ILF compiled sample policies, practices, and other resources and posted on a web page internal to Indiana libraries (open to all in Indiana libraries, regardless of membership in ILF).
  • Networking and Sharing – Initially, ILF facilitated daily online meetings with different staff in libraries, where participants shared challenges and emerging best practices, tools and tips, and emotional support. These sharing sessions are now monthly, as work groups are developing tools to re-imagine library services in the new normal.
  • Professional Development – In addition to modifying its August Youth Services and November Annual Conferences according to CDC guidance, ILF provides webinars, virtual exchanges, and Networking and Sharing events that qualify for Library Education Units/Professional Growth Points.
  • Advocacy – ILF regularly communicates with statewide organizations, policymakers, and state agencies to collaborate on best ways to serve Hoosiers. ILF monitors state and federal policies year-round and is positioned for action on behalf of libraries as needed. We are providing guidance about SEA410 which will be effective 7/1/2020.

Questions? Please email us. Please consider joining or renewing as a Member or giving a donation to Indiana Library Federation. 

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