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Grant Opportunity – Deadline Thursday, June 30th

June 28th, 2011 Comments off

The Illinois Youth Recreation Corps is a grant program to help not-for-profit entities and units of local government (including all types of libraries) employ 16-19 year-olds for up to 60 days this summer.

Grants will fund wages for jobs that provide recreational opportunities in areas including (but not limited to) physical activity, arts, and learning.

Participating employers must provide suitable facilities, materials, and management staff.  16-19 year olds are eligible to work through the end of August at the rate of $8.50/hour.

For questions, contact the Grant Management staff of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at 217-782-7481 or e-mail dnr.grants@illinois.gov.  Do not contact the Illinois State Library.

Organizations seeking a grant must complete and submit the application (IYRC2011EApplication.pdf) by 5pm on Thursday, June 30th.

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Libraries Selected

June 17th, 2011 Comments off

Sixty-five Illinois public libraries have each been chosen to receive almost $4,000 worth of equipment, hardware and software to help businesses and entrepreneurs in their communities create new economic growth opportunities.  The “Business and Libraries: Working Together” technology packages are the result of a $300,000 grant to the State Library from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).   Items provided to libraries include a laptop computer with Microsoft Office Suite; projector; screen; DVD player; camcorder with tripod; 2 audio headsets with microphones; DVDs for OSHA required training in both English and Spanish; Business Plan Pro, Sales and Marketing Pro, and Adobe Acrobat software; Acrobat training materials; jump drives; and books on starting and growing business. Participants were selected on the basis of the local unemployment rate, poverty level, proximity to a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SCORE or other business organization, and statewide geographic distribution.
The sixty-five libraries receiving packages are:

Acorn Public Library District, Oak Forest
Alpha Park Public Library, Bartonvile
Bellwood Public Library
Bensenville Community Public Library District
Berwyn Public Library
Bloomington Public Library
Bradley Public Library District
Brookfield Public Library
Cahokia Public Library District
Cairo Public Library
Charleston Carnegie Public Library
Chatsworth Township Library
Cherry Valley Public Library District
Chicago Public Library-West Englewood Branch
Cortland Community Library
Crystal Lake Public Library
Decatur Public Library
Du Quoin Public Library
Earlville Library District
Eldorado Memorial Public Library
Elmwood Park Public Library
Evans Public Library, Vandalia
Evergreen Park Public Library
Farmington Area  Library District
Flagg-Rochelle Public Library District, Rochelle
Fondulac District Library, East Peoria
Frank Bertetti Benld Public Library
Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin
Galesburg Public Library
Gilman-Danforth District Library
Grande Prairie Public Library, Hazel Crest
Greater West Central PLD-Augusta Branch
Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Public Library
Harrisburg Public Library District
Harvard Diggins Public Library
Hillsboro Public Library
Joliet Public Library
LaSalle Public Library
Lillie M. Evans Library District, Princeville
Manteno Public Library District
Marion Carnegie Library
Marshall Public Library
Mascoutah Public Library
Maywood Public Library District
Moline Public Library
Morton Public Library District
Mount Carroll Township Public Library
Newman Regional Library District
Niles Public Library District
North Suburban Library District, Loves Park
Paris Carnegie Public Library
Paxton Carnegie Library
Peoria Public Library
Reddick Public Library District
Sallie Logan Public Library, Murphysboro
Schaumburg Township District Library
St. Charles Public Library District
Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago
Sycamore Public Library
Talcott Free Library, Rockton
Towanda District Library
West Chicago Public Library District
West Frankfort Public Library
Westville Public Library District
Wilmington Public Library District

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Library Circulation Assistant

June 8th, 2011 Comments off

Full-time, 12 month position.  Lake Land College.  Sunday-Thursday, 12 noon -9:00 p.m.  Provide circulation and interlibrary borrowing and lending services, assist library users, maintain library circulation and patron records, and provide statistical information to the Director and Librarian.  Library experience preferred.  Associate degree preferred.  Testing required in Word, Excel, and Data Entry.  Application deadline:  6/20/11.  Submit LLC application, letter of application, resume, and transcripts to:  Human Resources, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon, IL.  61938.  www.lakelandcollege.edu EOE/AA.  Lake Land College is an inclusive environment committed to hiring and retaining employees who reflect our diverse visions and values:  Caring – Communication – Teamship – Innovation – Excellence.

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IHLS Logo Design Opportunity

May 31st, 2011 Comments off

IHLS LOGO DESIGN OPPORTUNITY: Are you creative? The Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board invited individuals to submit designs for a professional logo for the system. The Board and staff are interested in seeing concepts, designs and ideas that will provide a brand for the system showing the interdependence of member libraries in providing service to the residents of the area. While we know that the first thing that many people think of when they hear Illinois Heartland is a heart. We respectfully request no heart based logos be included. With your concepts, designs and ideas, please suggest colors, and why you recommend the colors you recommend.

Please return ideas in electronic format by June 8, 2011 to Bev Obert, bevo@rpls.ws; Jan Ison, jison@lincolntrail.info; Leslie Bednar, lesliebednar@lcls.org; or Ellen Popit, epopit@shawls.lib.il.us.

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Human Resource Workshops Offered

May 18th, 2011 Comments off

Lincoln Trail Libraries System is finishing up its continuing education calendar by offering 2 workshops regarding Human Resources.

The first is on Creating Meaningful Job Descriptions.  This workshop will be held at 1704 Interstate Drive, Champaign, IL, on May 23rd, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The second is on Managing Employee Performance:  What to do the other 364 Days of the Year after You Complete the Performance Appraisal Form. This workshop will be held at 1704 Interstate Drive, Champaign, IL, on June 2nd, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The cost for each workshop is $25.00.  If you attend both, the cost is $40.00.  If you are interested in attending please email:  Donna Schaal at dschaa@lincolntrail.info.

HR_Descriptions

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IHLS Personnel Committee Meeting 04.27.11 Agenda

April 26th, 2011 Comments off

The IHLS Personnel Committee will be meeting via conference call and Adobe Connect on Wednesday, April 27th.  For more information click on the agenda below.

Agenda-April 27

Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Judges Needed

April 22nd, 2011 Comments off

The Illinois Emerging Writers Competition (http://illinoiscenterforthebook.org/projects/projectsb.html) was created by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White to promote creative writing and  provide a unique opportunity to recognize new literary talent.  The competition offers two divisions – the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the James Jones Short Story Award-and is open to any Illinois resident 18 years of age and older.  Winners receive cash prizes and have their works submitted for review and possible publication in several Illinois literary magazines. The deadline to enter is June 30.

Judging takes place in July and August. If you or someone you know is interested in judging, please contact Bonnie Matheis at bmatheis@ilsos.net for additional information.

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Public Per Capita – Budget Amendments

April 22nd, 2011 Comments off

If you received a public library per capita, school library per capita or other type of grant requiring submission of a budget amendment, the amendment must be submitted to the State Library by May 1.  For questions about budget amendments, please contact Mary Downing at mdowning@ilsos.net , Karen Egan at kegan@ilsos.net , or Jeanne Urbanek at jurbanek@ilsos.net.

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2010 Census Maps

April 22nd, 2011 Comments off

The U.S. Census Bureau has placed 2010 Census maps on the Web.  The data may be particularly helpful for public library districts that will have to compare their district boundaries to census geography to arrive at their population figure for annual Illinois State Library Public Library Per Capita grants.  There are four types of 2010 census maps, and they are all in PDF format at the following URL’s:

Census Tract Reference Maps – http://www.census.gov/geo/www/maps/pl10_map_suite/tract.html
County Block Maps – http://www.census.gov/geo/www/maps/pl10_map_suite/cou_block.html
Voting District/State Legislative District Reference Maps – http://www.census.gov/geo/www/maps/pl10_map_suite/vtd_sld.html
School District Reference Maps – http://www.census.gov/geo/www/maps/pl10_map_suite/sch_dist.html

For each map select the state of Illinois, then select the county, then select the “000” or “001” index.  Each type of geography has corresponding data in the new American FactFinder2 (http://factfinder2.census.gov), including school districts.  Learn how to find the population statistic of a given Census Tract using American Factfinder2 at http://www.cubitplanning.com/data/american-fact-finder-census-tracts

The State Library does not have and will not have paper versions of these maps.

Additionally, 2009 Illinois county taxing district maps are available in PDF format at:

http://ediillinois.org/ppa/meta/html/00/00/00/02/92/25.html

Select your county, then select the library district map.  The 2009 maps are the most recent maps available.  New county taxing district maps will be available later this year.

If you have any questions or want more information about these maps, contact the ISL Map Room at 217/782-5823 or e-mail islmap@ilsos.net.

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Public Library “Business Packages” Follow-up

April 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Illinois State Library will provide more than 60 Illinois public libraries with “business packages”.  The packages include laptops, multimedia projectors, camcorders, software and training videos to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in local communities. The business packages will be made available to public libraries on long term loan.  We’re thrilled with the early response from libraries interested in participating.  Here are answers to some of the questions we’ve received so far.

1.      What kinds of plans should a library have for working with business, especially if they have not done so before?

We’re looking for ways libraries plan to cooperate with their business community, so examples might be attending Chamber of Commerce meetings, providing library meeting space for business groups, participating in Project Compass: Workforce Recovery, or providing training in business software.

2. How will a library’s proximity to a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or SCORE office affect a library’s chances of being selected to participate?

The Small Business Administration is interested in having libraries use the services of these offices if possible.  However, libraries can work with another business organization if there is no SBDC or SCORE office in your area.  What’s important is that you are in contact with your business community and plan to work with them.

3. Can my public library partner with another public library for this project?

Yes!  One library will need to be the lead partner and complete the Interest Indicator Survey (see below) and be responsible for the equipment and software, but a partnership that makes practical sense for your community is fine.  Simply explain the partnership in one of the text boxes in the Interest Indicator Survey.  Partners will receive only one equipment and software package.

Public libraries must apply for the packages by May 16.  Complete the “Interest Indicator Survey” form posted at (http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/what_we_do/busandlibs.html).

On Wednesday, May 4 from 1:30-2:30pm, the State Library will host a webinar to answer any questions you may have about these business package grants. You do not need a password and registration is not required.  Simply point your browser to http://isl.acrobat.com/r36212252/to join the discussion.  (Before using Adobe Connect, it is recommended that participants look at the Getting Started Guide and run the Adobe Connect Test Connection Wizard. This will ensure that all users have the Adobe Connect Add-on installed on their computers. Links to these resources are provided at Adobe Connect Connection: Test: https://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm)

For more information or if you have other questions, please contact Joe Natale (jnatale@ilsos.net, 217-558-4185) at the Illinois State Library. (SBA funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.)

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Search Firm Invitation to Bid

April 13th, 2011 Comments off

At the April 7, 2011 Meeting of the Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors, the decision was made to retain the services of a search firm or consultant to assist in the process of hiring an Executive Director for the Illinois Heartland Library System.  In compliance with (30 ILCS 525/) Governmental Joint Purchasing Act, notice will be posted in the Breese Courier (http://breezecourier.com/index.asp).

Invitation for Bid

WilsonSelect Plus Information for FY2012

April 12th, 2011 Comments off

For the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1, 2011, H.W. Wilson will be making some changes on how you access their product.  The name of the product has changed from WilsonSelect Plus to OmniFile Select.  One of the other major changes is that the library systems will no longer bill for their product in the future.  But good news….the pricing will remain the same for next year!

For more details about OmniFile Select and who to contact for re-ordering or to start a subscription read the attached .pdf document.

HWWilson

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Transition Board Mtg. – Search Committee – April 11th

April 11th, 2011 Comments off

The Search Committee from the Transition Board will be meeting on April 11th, starting at 5:30 p.m.

This meeting will be virtual.  The agenda and how to access this meeting are included in this post.

AgendaSearchCom4.11.2011

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Snapshot Day! on Wednesday, April 13th

April 7th, 2011 Comments off

SnapShot Day is less than 1 week away!  What is your library doing to prepare???

This is an important event for letting our state legislators know what libraries do for their communities every day.  For more information go to:  http://www.ila.org/snapshot/.

 

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“Reading: Why It Matters to Children and Families”

March 1st, 2011 Comments off

Lecture by Dr. Dipesh Navsaria at the Urbana Free Library
Saturday, March 5th, 1:30pm
210 W. Green St, Urbana

*Illinois educators are eligible to receive CPDU recognition for participation*

Want to know more about how reading affects children’s brain development? Dr. Navsaria is a pediatrician who incorporates books and reading into his medical practice by “prescribing” books to his young patients. He has been instrumental in expanding the Reach Out and Read program in Wisconsin, which specifically reaches out to children six months through five years of age and children growing up in poverty. Dr. Navsaria is a pediatrician at Madison’s American Family Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health who also holds an Masters Degree from the University of Illinois.

Sponsors: UIUC Center for Children’s Books, The Urbana Free Library

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Midsummer Knight’s Read @ LTLS

February 14th, 2011 Comments off

Join Kathi Kresol, 2011 iRead chair, Michele Wyss (iRead Chair for 2013) and Kristen Lawson, Allerton Public Library District, for this year’s kickoff to summer reading.   This year we have a great program for you to enjoy!

We will be making edible wands!  Having a wizard demonstration!  A book talk…..and showing you lots and lots of resources!

When:  February 23rd
Time:  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where:  LTLS Headquarters, Champaign, IL
Non-subscriber Fee:  $40.00

If you would like to attend this workshop, please send an email to Donna Schaal at dschaa@lincolntrail.info.

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The Center for Children’s Books invites you to our . . .2011 GRYPHON LECTURE

February 14th, 2011 Comments off

“Books Build Better Brains: Wanderings at the Intersection of Children’s Literature and Early Brain Development.”
Lecture by Dr. Dipesh Navsaria

Friday, March 4th
7:00pm
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Rm 126
501 E. Daniel, Champaign

Reception to follow in the East Foyer and room 131.

*Illinois educators are eligible to receive CPDU recognition for participation*

More about the speaker:
Dr. Navsaria is a pediatrician at Madison’s American Family Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health who also holds an MS from GSLIS, and he actively incorporates books and reading into his medical practice.  He’s also an active proponent of the Reach Out and Read program, and he was recently recognized by the governor of Wisconsin for his efforts on behalf of ROAR (<http://www.uwhealth.org/news/governor-doyle-lauds-reach-out-and-read-at-childrens-hospital/30081>).  He will be speaking on the effects of reading on brain growth in children.

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Adult Literacy Grant Application Now Available —Webinars Next Week

February 11th, 2011 Comments off

The application for FY2012 Adult Literacy Grants is now available online.  Applications are due April 15.  There are three separate literacy grant categories:

  • Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring programs provide one-on-one instruction for adults to improve their reading, math, writing and language skills.
  • Family Literacy programs equip parents and their children, together and separately, to improve their basic reading, math, writing or language skills.
  • Workplace Skills Enhancement programs provide on-site basic skills learning opportunities at the workplace to meet the educational needs of working adults.

The ISL Literacy Office staff will hold three Webinars to discuss the three grant applications.

Scheduled Webinars are:

Adult Volunteer Literacy, February 16, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Family Literacy, February 16,  1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Workplace Skills Enhancement, February 23, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Registration is required and you may sign up at http://www.librarylearning.info/?month=2&year=2011.

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Request for Proposal – ISLMA conference

February 10th, 2011 Comments off

Do you have an idea, a best practice, or a collaborative success story to share with your school library colleagues?  If so, please consider submitting a request for proposal (RFP) to present at the 2011 ISLMA conference.  Presentations can be for 1-hour sessions or _ day sessions. For submission information and RFP form, please go to the ISLMA website (www.islma.org) under the conference link.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE—New Public Library Construction Act Grant Program

February 4th, 2011 Comments off

The rollout of the new Public Library Construction Grant Program has been put on hold because of a recent court ruling. The Live and Learn Construction Grant Program (see below) is NOT affected by the court ruling.

Thanks to the public libraries that filed Statements of Interest for FY2011 Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grants. Completed grant applications are due February 18. Application forms are available at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/what_we_do/constructgrant.html.

You may still apply for a grant even if you did not file a Statement of Interest. For further information, contact H. Neil Kelley at 217-782-1891, nkelley@ilsos.net; or Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901, mshaffer@ilsos.net.

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The Center for Children’s Books Tenth Annual Book Sale

January 11th, 2011 Comments off

The CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS is proud to announce its TENTH ANNUAL BOOK SALE!

Thousands of inexpensive, brand new children’s books will be available, including board books, picture books, easy and transitional readers, chapter books, series fiction, young adult novels, activity books and kits, nonfiction series, mass-market paperbacks, and more!

Pre-Sale — Sun, February 20th, 2011 — 1-4 PM

Tickets are $20 – must call/email to reserve your ticket between February 1st and February 9th
East Foyer, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6211

Book Sale — Mon – Wed, February 21-23, 2011 — 10 AM – 6 PM

Center for Children’s Books, GSLIS Room 24, 501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6211

$1 for paperbacks that retail for $5 or less
$2 for paperbacks that retail for $5.01 or more
$5 for hardcovers

All proceeds support the Center for Children’s Books, a reference and resource center for librarians, teachers, parents, scholars, and other educators.

See our website for more details:  http://ccb.lis.illinos.edu/
Contact us at 217-244-9331 or ccb@illinois.edu.

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Penny Severns Literacy Grant Update

January 7th, 2011 Comments off

The Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant Application is available online and is due Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 4 p.m. A webinar grant information session was offered December 8, 2010, and can be viewed at the link provided above.

The Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant is funded by the Library Services and Technology Act, used in cooperation with local literacy programs, to serve low literate and limited-English proficient families. For more information, please call Beth Paoli at 217-785-6923 or e-mail bpaoli@ilsos.net.

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FY 2011 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR)

January 7th, 2011 Comments off

The Illinois State Library is pleased to release the Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) FY2011 using the Bibliostat Collect software for data collection.

The web-based IPLAR is accessible at http://collect.btol.com.

To access the Bibliostat Collect site, you will need to know your library’s Illinois State Library (ISL) User Name and Password.  Your library’s User Name is your ISL control number and ISL main branch number (00, zero zero NOT alpha “o”).  Your library’s Password is your ISL password for the main branch.  If you need assistance with your ISL User Name/Password contact Becky Hunter, Illinois State Library, bhunter1@ilsos.net, 217-782-7849, or 1-800-665-5576 x1.

Follow these guidelines for assistance:

CONTENT/SUBJECT MATTER AND EDIT CHECKS:  Ron Winner, Illinois State Library, rwinner@ilsos.net, 217-785-1168, or 1-800-665-5576 x1.

SOFTWARE/TECHNOLOGY ISSUES:  Bibliostat Help Desk, 1-866-785-9935.

OTHER TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS:
Make sure you are using the:
Correct URL:  http://collect.btol.com
Correct User Name and Password
Adobe version 6.0 or above for PDF printing

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Live and Learn Construction Grant Update

January 7th, 2011 Comments off

Thanks to the public libraries that filed Statements of Interest for FY2011 Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grants. Completed grant applications are due February 18 and are available at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/what_we_do/constructgrant.html. For further information, please contact H. Neil Kelley at 217-782-1891, nkelley@ilsos.net; or Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901, mshaffer@ilsos.net.

The Live and Learn program is in addition to the new Public Library Construction Grant Program that will be unveiled shortly.

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New Public Library Construction Act Grant Program

January 7th, 2011 Comments off

The rollout of the new Public Library Construction Grant Program will commence very soon.  If your public library has been waiting for the program announcement, and you believe you would be able to submit an application this spring, please send a simple Statement of Interest to the State Library via email.

Put the phrase “Statement of Interest” in the subject line, and place only the name of your public library and the phrase “Public Library Construction Act Grant application” in the body of the message.  Send the email to Becky Hunter at bhunter1@ilsos.net.

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Mission Vision & Values

December 8th, 2010 Comments off

The Southern System Planning Panel accepted the following Mission, Vision, and Values for the new organization from the Strategic sub-committee.  This document is now available for public comment and for concept concurrence.  At the February, 2011 meeting the document with revisions, as appropriate, will be forwarded to the panel for approval.

Mission Vision Values

Survey of Membership Summary

December 8th, 2010 Comments off

The Southern System Planning panel conducted an extensive survey of the membership of the library systems from mid October 2010 to early November 2010. The response to the survey was outstanding and demonstrated the interest in the planned merger between the systems.  Over 750 people took time to participate in the survey.

Survey Summary

Live and Learn Construction Grant Applications Now Available

November 5th, 2010 Comments off

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library are pleased to announce that FY 2011 Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grant Program applications and related information are now available from the State Library’s website.

Any libraries interested in applying for a Live & Learn Public Library Construction Grant should review the Program Overview as their first step in the grant process. The Program Overview will provide important information on the three grant categories: the eligibility rules; the required documentation needed; and a list of pertinent definitions of integral components of the program.

The Statement of Interest for those libraries seeking to apply for the grant is due by December 3, 2010, and should be submitted via email to Susan Goodman at sgoodman@ilsos.net.

Any questions concerning the program should be directed to either H. Neil Kelley at 217-782-1891; nkelley@ilsos.net, or Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901; mshaffer@ilsos.net.

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2011 ILEAD U Applications Due November 15

November 5th, 2010 Comments off

Applications are now available to become participants, mentors and/or instructors for next year’s ILEAD U sessions. Applications must be postmarked by November 15. The applications are available online from the ILEAD U website.

ILEAD U is the State Library’s initiative to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program. ILEAD U is made possible through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant.

If you’d like to create a team for ILEAD U but don’t have enough team members, or if you are an individual looking for an ILEAD U team to join, there’s a group for you. Access the group at http://il.webjunction.org/980/-/resources/ overview to discuss your community needs and team dynamics.

The first cohort of 8 ILEAD U teams met for their final session last week. Visit BlogJunction Illinois for a summary of ILEAD U Project successes like Lincoln Lawgs, Nibiru and Under the Influence.

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Big Read Contest

November 5th, 2010 Comments off

Libraries participating in the 2011 Big Read in Central Illinois have partnered to present a contest asking individuals to share a story, poem, video or piece of artwork or mixed media that expresses the influence of music in their lives.

The Under the Influence: Music that Inspires Expression Contest is open to individuals ages 13 and older. Contest entries will be accepted until January 7, 2011, and will be narrowed down to the top 12 finalists by a panel of judges from the various libraries. Once the 12 finalists are selected, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. Finalists can build support for their expression pieces by sending friends and family to the contest website.

Public votes will determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place contest winners. Prizes include: 1st place – Flip Video camera; 2nd place – iPod Nano; 3rd place – iPod Shuffle.  All of the 12 finalists will be invited to the kickoff event for the Big Read in Central Illinois at the University of Illinois Springfield on February 15, 2011, to accept prizes. Entries from the top three winners will be on display at the event.

Four of the participating libraries are now lending flip video cameras to card-holding individuals that would like to express themselves through this medium. Interested individuals or groups should visit the official contest website for further details.

This contest is inspired by the story of young Mick Kelly in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, the book selection for the 2011 Big Read in Central Illinois. The contest is made possible by a grant issued to the Illinois State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. A full list of events planned for the Big Read in Central Illinois throughout the months of February and March 2011 can be found on the Big Read website at http://www.neabigread.net/.

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Read for a Lifetime

November 5th, 2010 Comments off

It’s shaping up to be another terrific year for Read for a Lifetime, the State Library’s popular reading program for high school students. If you haven’t submitted a participation form yet, you’ll find them online at State Library’s Read for a Lifetime website.

Please return forms to Jeanne Urbanek at the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Bldg., 300 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701-1796. You can fax the forms to 217-782-1877. Jeanne’s email address is jurbanek@ilsos.net.

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Blue Books Available

November 5th, 2010 Comments off

The Illinois Blue Book, published by the Secretary of State’s office, is a comprehensive guide to Illinois state government and serves as an historical reference for years to come. The 2009-10 Illinois Blue Book is available by contacting: Secretary of State, Communications Department, 471 Howlett Bldg., Springfield, IL 62756, 217-785-8234.

The Blue Book also is available from the Secretary of State’s website.  Previous Blue Books also are available upon request.

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What’s New @ WJIL

November 2nd, 2010 Comments off

ILEAD U is the Illinois State Library’s initiative to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program. Made possible through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant, the first cohort of 8 ILEAD U teams met for their final session last week. Visit BlogJunction Illinois for a summary of ILEAD U Project successes like Lincoln Lawgs, Nibiru and Under the Influence.

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College of DuPage LTA Spring 2011 Classes

November 1st, 2010 Comments off

College of DuPage LTA Spring 2011 Classes now forming!

Spring classes are now forming for the College of DuPage Library & Information Technology Program.  Take classes online, on-campus, or a hybrid combo. Online tuition is currently the same as in-district, with an online fee.

NEW!  Medical Reference and Research LIBRA 1820 online this spring:

Call 630-942-2597 or e-mail sturzc@cod.edu for more information. Carol Sturz, Coordinator

More info: http://www.cod.edu/lta

COD’s program is now certified in seven areas for the Library Support Staff Certification from the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association http://ala-apa.org/lssc/

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Update on System Funding

October 29th, 2010 Comments off

Thanks to all of you that sent in emails supporting library system funding.  Each system will receive some of their monies from last fiscal year in the next few weeks.

Lewis & Clark Library System – $188,015.98

Lincoln Trail Libraries System – $143,273.72

Rolling Prairie Library System – $136,320.00

Shawnee Library System – $248,531.34

Again, thank you all for your continuing support!

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Illinois Blue Books Available

October 29th, 2010 Comments off

The Illinois Blue Book, published biennially by the Secretary of State’s office, is a comprehensive guide to Illinois state government and serves as an historical reference for years to come. The 2009-10 Illinois Blue Book is available by contacting: Secretary of State, Communications Department, 471 Howlett Bldg., Springfield, IL 62756; 217-785-8234.

The Blue Book also is available online. Previous Blue Books are also available upon request.

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ILA Urges You to Contact the Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes

October 20th, 2010 Comments off

Take Action Now

Important library services that many Illinoisans take for granted could come to an end as early as this December when library systems run out of money. These systems, which have been running off reserve funding since the beginning of the fiscal year (July 2010-June 2011), will run out of money in December unless the state releases appropriated library system per capita grants. We need your help to release this critically needed funding, and help keep library services operating as expected.

Library systems have not received 47 percent of system funding from the State of Illinois for FY 2010 (July 2009-June 2010) and have not received any system funds for FY 2011 (July 2010-June 2011). Many library systems have discontinued all but a few top priority services and have eliminated large numbers of system staff. A number of systems only have reserve funds to operate through December 2010.

Illinois library systems are critical to library services, annually delivering more than 30 million items, which are loaned to library users statewide. The online catalogs for more than 800 Illinois libraries are operated by the library systems and are used to circulate more than 45 million library resources per year to Illinois residents. Library systems also serve all 102 Illinois counties with Talking Book Program services for residents unable to read conventional print material due to a visual or physical disability.

Illinois library systems are actively engaged in merger negotiations, seeking new ways to reduce costs and continue top priority services. Without the receipt of payments appropriated in the library system per capita grant program, however, library systems that serve all types of libraries and millions of Illinois residents will stop services and close before mergers can be completed.

I am asking for your help in the release of payments to Illinois Library Systems. I will remember your assistance and support on Election Day.

Robert P. Doyle
Illinois Library Association
33 W. Grand Ave., Ste. 301
Chicago, IL 60654
phone: (312) 644-1896
fax: (312) 644-1899
e-mail: doyle@ila.org
www.ila.org

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Planning Process v. 6 – 10.18.10

October 18th, 2010 Comments off

Strategic Plan Survey

October 15th, 2010 Comments off

Library Systems in Illinois are faced with financial challenges that necessitate looking at every service offered by the system. The four Southern Systems (LCLS, LTLS, RPLS, SHLS) are in a collaborative planning process to develop a new structure for library cooperation.  We need your help by completing this survey in order for us to create a Strategic Plan.  The link to the survey is:

http://bit.ly/SouthernSystemPlanning

We are asking you the directors, staff, trustees, and agency administrators for input and direction as we re-envision a new future. This survey provides a key opportunity for the Southern System Planning Panel to learn what is important to you. Your responses to the survey will directly impact the Strategic Plan that is being developed. The survey results will be posted to Cooperation Today (www.cooperationtoday.org) and will inform the Planning Panel members as they develop of a service program.

Please complete this survey by November 1, 2010. Your help and thoughtful comments are invaluable to us.

Please share this survey widely.  We want as many people as possible to complete this.  It will take you approximately 10 minutes of your valuable time but we need your help.  Thank you.

Leslie Bednar, LCLS
Jan Ison, LTLS
Bev Obert, RPLS
Ellen Popit, SHLS

Report of the Planning to SD&P

October 15th, 2010 Comments off

On Thursday October 14, 2010, Rosanne Reidner and Jan Ison attended a meeting of the Illinois System Directors and Presidents. One the topics of the meeting was the Planning Process that the Southern Systems are engaged in. The following is a report of that planning from LTLS Board President, Rosanne Reidner:

The Southern System Planning Group is making great progress in the merger process. The committees have been formed: strategic planning, legal governance and membership, delivery and resource sharing.

I am serving on the strategic planning committee. Our subcommittee is charged with writing mission, vision, and value statements as well as goals and strategies. We’ll be reviewing the current plan of the southern systems and getting member input. Each system conducted SWOT analysis in order to provide further information. We have constructed a survey for members to provide the elements to write the mission, vision, and values statements. These surveys are going out immediately. Once the results are tabulated, we’ll have some idea what areas of concern and services are important to the members.

Over the past three months we have overcome our fears and mistrust. We are increasingly working together as one entity. The directors and acting directors are doing a great job of facilitating. They put in many hours of work in order to be able to keep the meetings running smoothly. They are unbiased and helpful. They are a great example of cooperation and they are to be commended for their work. Using the deadlines set forth for us in the October fourth letter from Anne Craig has been helpful in planning for the coming months. We also have set goals for ourselves in our individual committee meetings.

Cooperation Today” is the website for the member libraries to keep up on the work that the panel is doing. We recently reviewed its effectiveness and made suggestions for improvement. We’re using basecamp for working information within the panel. It has been most helpful to meet in person. We resolved to visit all of the system locations. We’ve been to Shawnee and Lewis and Clark. Next month is Rolling Prairie and then Lincoln Trail. It’s very helpful to actually see the system offices and realize how each system operates. It’s been most helpful to be able to work face to face in order to tackle this project. I can’t imagine trying to do so in any other manner.

I want to thank Anne Craig for being present at these meetings. Her presence has given us the confidence to proceed. She has answered questions without interfering in the process in any way. She has been helpful and supportive. It’s very difficult to work towards this goal as we are all invested in our library systems. I hope that we can create a system that will provide the patrons of Illinois with the library services they need in these difficult economic times.

Rosanne Reidner

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Illinois Library System Presidents & Directors – Next Meeting

October 7th, 2010 Comments off

The next meeting of the Illinois Library System Presidents and Directors will be held on October 14, 2010 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Library, the public library of Springfield, IL.  This meeting is open to the public.

For further information and the agenda, SP&DAgenda.

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Public Per Capita – Due Oct. 15th

October 7th, 2010 Comments off

Just a friendly reminder that the Public Per Capita and Equalization grant is due on October 15th.

Please don’t forget to attach your Technology Plan.  If you have already submitted your grant and you forgot to send your Technology Plan in — you can still submit it by sending it to Mary Downing attention at ISL directly as long as she receives it by Oct. 15th.

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iRead – Midsummer Knight’s Read Resource Guide

October 5th, 2010 Comments off

Last year, the Resource Guide was purchased for the public libraries.  Unfortunately this year, that donated purchase will not happen.

If you are interested in purchasing the Resource Guide, it is $25.00 for the paper version or $10.00 for the guide on CD.

Click here for more information.

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Reaching Forward South Conference, Oct. 7-8

September 27th, 2010 Comments off

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
The Reaching Forward South Conference for Library Support Staff is coming up October 7-8.  Have you submitted your registration?

The deadline has been extended until October 1. Submit your registration today!
For more conference information, please visit our web site:
www.ReachingForwardSouth.org

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2011 iRead – Midsummer Knight’s Read online store now open

September 27th, 2010 Comments off

The 2011 iREAD online store is now open.  Click here to shop for all your summer reading programming, incentives, decorations, and clothing.

Children’s artwork for A Midsummer Knight’s Read was created by David Catrow, illustrator of numerous notable books for children, including Kathryn Lasky’s She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.  The Young Adult art was created by Sara Kopke and the Adult art was designed by Patrick Girouard.

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Try It! Illinois 2010

September 24th, 2010 Comments off

Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian, and the Illinois State Library are pleased to announce that the eleventh annual Try-It! Illinois statewide database trial will be available October 1 through November 30, 2010.  Try-It! Illinois offers library staff and users an excellent opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources.  Thanks to partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.

You will need a login and password to access Try-it! Illinois.  Libraries are encouraged to share the Try-It! Illinois login and password with their library users, providing them the opportunity to use and recommend electronic resources for possible purchase at the local level.

Try-It! Illinois 2010 will be posted at www.finditillinois.org/tryit/

Contact Gwen Harrison beginning October 1 at gharrison@ilsos.net or 217-785-7334 to obtain the login and password.  The login and password have also been provided to regional library systems.

Do not post the Try-It! Illinois login and password on the Internet or in publicly archived electronic newsletters.  This is vital to the success of the trial and to maintaining the relationships that have been established with vendors.

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ILA’s First Virtual Conference, Wed., September 29th

September 24th, 2010 Comments off

If you’re not able to attend the ILA conference in person, sign up for the ILA’s first ever Virtual Conference on Wednesday September 29th.   The program will feature highlights from the conference, with a focus on partnerships and planning.  Find out more at

http://ila.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=285&Itemid=228

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School Per Capita Announced

September 14th, 2010 Comments off

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library are pleased to announce that the FY2011 School District Library Grant application and related documents are now available at the State Library’s website:

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/what_we_do/schoolpercapgrant.html

The School District Library Grant Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is designed to help provide more library books and materials for students of public schools in Illinois.  Last year, grants totaling almost $1.4 million were awarded to 715 Illinois public school districts. Nearly 2 million students served by school library media programs benefited from the grants.

Please read all materials carefully.  Contact Ron Winner at 217-785-1168 or rwinner@ilsos.net if you have questions.

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Agenda for 9-14-10 Meeting

September 8th, 2010 Comments off

Agenda for the September 14, 2010 meeting in Carterville, IL

Draft agenda 9-14-10

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Librarian: Science Liaison Librarian and General Reference – EIU

September 3rd, 2010 Comments off

Eastern Illinois University, Booth Library
Charleston, Illinois

Salary: $55,992 to $72,792
Status: Full-time
Deadline: 10/15/10

12-month, tenure-track position, Eastern Illinois University.

Provide quality public service with specific responsibilities in reference and library instruction, collection development and faculty liaison for selected sciences disciplines, dependent upon academic background and experience.  May include supervision of others.  Demonstrated planning and organizational skills, a public service orientation, and strong interpersonal and communication skills are required.  Candidates must possess an ALA-accredited MLS; second master’s preferred and required for assistant professor rank and for tenure.

Proposed starting date: January 10, 2011.

Review of applications begins October 15, and continues until campus interviews are scheduled.

Salary: $55,992 minimum annual salary for tenure-track assistant professor, dependent upon qualifications.

Send letter of application and current resume (with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references) to: Dr. Allen Lanham, Dean of Library Services, Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920-3099; or email (preferred) to pamanley@eiu.edu; or fax to 217-581-7534.

Eastern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.  Visit us at www.library.eiu.edu.

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Geek the Library

August 20th, 2010 Comments off

The Geek the Library public awareness campaign is designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries in today’s challenging environment and to increase awareness about public library funding. The campaign encourages libraries to engage with their communities and start important funding conversations.

Geek the Library was born out of the findings in From Awareness to Funding: a study of library support in America and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. OCLC has piloted the campaign with nearly 100 libraries in diverse communities over the past year—with encouraging results. Consumer research shows high appeal for the campaign and the potential to help reverse downward public library funding trends.

The 4 Southern systems present this timely workshop:

Date:  October 21, 2010
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Hilton Garden Inn, Effingham, IL
Cost:  $40.00

Register:  https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=10811

Join Jenny Johnson, Executive Director, Branding & Marketing Services – OCLC, and Jennifer Pearson, Senior Manager, Advocacy Programs – OCLC, for this exciting presentation that will provide the background and research that went into the campaign, the results of the campaign pilot and information on the current phase of the campaign making it available to all U.S. public libraries. They will provide information on how to participate and answer any questions you may have about the campaign.

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Read for a Lifetime

August 13th, 2010 Comments off

Another school year is underway, which means high school students can sign up for the State Library’s highly acclaimed and hugely popular Read for a Lifetime program.  Now in its 13th year, Read for a Lifetime was the first statewide reading program to target high school students.  The primary goal of the program is to promote the enjoyment of reading, by encouraging students to read both classic and contemporary literature, and rewarding them for their effort.  By participating in Read for a Lifetime, students will hopefully develop a love of books and reading that will last a lifetime.  Participating high school students read a variety of books; the titles are listed on our web site (see link below).  The list represents a mixture of classic and contemporary literature. Each student who reads at least four titles from the list during the school year receives a certificate of achievement signed by Secretary of State Jesse White.  To enroll your school or public library in Read for a Lifetime, please contact Jeanne Urbanek at jurbanek@ilsos.net. Everything you need to participate is available at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/whats_new/rfl.html.

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Opportunity Online – Gates Grant

August 13th, 2010 Comments off

Here’s important information for public libraries that benefited from the Opportunity Online grant, phase one:  the Tech Atlas inventory serves as the report documenting that the appropriate number of computers were purchased with Opportunity Online phase one grant funds.  Timely completion demonstrates good stewardship of grant funds.    Libraries participating in the program must complete their inventory prior to August 30th.   Please go to this website to update your library’s Tech Atlas inventory reflecting the  new Opportunity Online computers:  http://webjunction.techatlas.org/tools/ Anyone needing login or password help should contact the State Library’s Library Development Group at 1-800-665-5576 x1.

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FY10 LSTA FINAL REPORTS

August 13th, 2010 Comments off

Are you wrapping up your FY10 LSTA funded grant?  Please don’t forget to submit your final report by September 3 to the State Library.  The questions and information on how to submit your report are posted at:  http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/lda169.pdf

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What’s New @ WJIL

August 12th, 2010 Comments off

What are the best practices and planning for a digitization project? How can your staff gain the skills needed to launch or maintain a digital project and what are the implications of launching a long term digital preservation system in your organization? Find out how you can get the answers to these questions and more in the most recent edition of “What’s New @ WJIL.”

OCLC Contract Update

August 10th, 2010 Comments off

OCLC contracts are being prepared for mailing by the Illinois State Library and should begin arriving at libraries sometime next week.  Questions regarding contracts should be directed to Kathy Grimmett at 217-524-1272 or kgrimmett@ilsos.net.

Additionally, FY11 OCLC fee invoices were mailed out this week from Lincoln Trail Libraries System, the State Library’s billing agent for OCLC services.  Questions regarding invoices should be directed to Cristina Tackett at 217-352-0047 x217 or ctacke@lincolntrail.info.

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Revised Agenda for 8.12.10 Meeting

August 9th, 2010 Comments off

Revised agenda for the August 12, 2010 meeting in Effingham, IL.

Agenda8-12-10revised

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Public Libraries – Bonded Treasurer

August 5th, 2010 Comments off

Illinois Library Law requires public libraries of all types to have the Treasurer Bonded in an amount not less than 50% of the total funds received by the library in the last fiscal year.   75 ILCS 5/4-9 or 75 ILCS 16/30-45(e)  Some libraries have reported to the ILA Public Policy Committee (PPC) that they are having difficulty in either obtaining a bond from an insurance company or having a treasurer willing to answer the personal finance questions on the application for the bond.  PPC is seeking information to find out if this is a wide spread problem in the Illinois Library Community.  If your library is having either of these issues, please contact Bev Obert, Executive Director, Rolling Prairie Library System.  You can contact Bev by email at bevo@rpls.ws.  In your email, identify your library, librarians name and what your issue is with the surety bond.  Thank you for your help.

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College of DuPage LTA Program Fall Classes

August 2nd, 2010 Comments off

Fall classes are now forming for the College of DuPage Library & Information Technology Program.  Take classes online, on-campus, or a hybrid combo.

Check out the following pdf:  Download CODFall2010

Call or e-mail Carol Sturz, Coordinator, for further information.
LTA webpage:  http://www.cod.edu/lta
Ph: 630-942-2597 e-mail: sturzc@cod.edu
Join us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LTAatCOD

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Library Page Substitute

August 2nd, 2010 Comments off

The Champaign Public Library has an immediate opening for a Library page Substitute.

DEPARTMENT:    Circulation Services

STARTING SALARY:    $8.25 per hour

HOURS:    10-19 hours per week; days, evenings, and weekends

DUTIES:      Shelving and sorting library materials and assisting with check-in and inventory control of library collection.

A SHELVING TEST IS REQUIRED AND WILL BE GIVEN AT THE TIME OF INTERVIEW

QUALIFICATIONS:    •    Age 16 or above
•    Two years of high school

APPLICATIONS:        Apply online at www.champaign.org

DEADLINE:    Tuesday, August 3, 2010, by 5:00 p.m.

The Champaign Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider

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Planning Panels – Dates for Meetings Announced

July 30th, 2010 Comments off

The Planning Panels will begin their discussions on August 12, 2010 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 1501 West Fayette Avenue, Effingham, IL.

The panels will continue on September 14, 2010 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 1501 West Fayette Avenue, Effingham, IL.

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FY2011 Illinois Public Library Per Capita & Equalization Aid Grant application

July 28th, 2010 Comments off

The FY2011 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant application is now available at the Illinois State Library website:

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/what_we_do/equalizationgrant.html.

Per Capita Grant funding helps ensure that public libraries have some of the resources they need to address the needs of their patrons. Libraries count on Per Capita Grants for expenses such as paying for material, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid Grants are important because they help public libraries which have a low library tax base, and help ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Grant applications are to be legibly postmarked on or before October 15, 2010, or hand delivered to the Illinois State Library no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 15, 2010.

For additional information contact Mary Downing at mdowning@ilsos.net or Jeanne Urbanek at jurbanek@ilsos.net.

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New ILDS Label

July 23rd, 2010 Comments off

There is a new ILDS label which should be used for all ILDS delivery. 

Download the new label, here.

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Cooperation in Transition by Jan Ison

July 23rd, 2010 Comments off

The past two years have seen a lot of change in library organizations in the United States, and most of those changes seem to be related to funding. That, of course, is a sign of the economy. For libraries and other public institutions money problems are likely to continue for one to two years after the rest of the economy comes back. That is certainly what Keith Fiels, Executive Director of the American Library Association, Read more…

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Minutes for 7.14.10 Meeting

July 23rd, 2010 Comments off

Southern System Meeting
Vandalia, Illinois
July 14, 2010

Present
LCLS: Leslie Bednar, JoAnn Nabe, Diane Steele, Linda McDonnell, Erica Pyle, Amanda McKay, Juliette Douglas, Harriett Zipfel, Hugh Westbrooks, Kevin Becker, Ron Coleman, Bonnie Kilmurray
LTLS: Jan Ison, Allen Lanham, Roseanne Reidner, Pat Boze, Ramona Rollins
RPLS: Beverly Obert, Nina Wunderlich, Valerie Green, Dick Helton, Mike Szymkoski, Lacey Wright, Ann Adkesson, Julia Welzen, Anita Walters, Joan Rhoades, Nancy Huntley, Doris McKay, Sarah Hjeltness-Garley, Amy Ihnen, Lee Ann Fisher, Maria Dent
ShLS: Ellen Popit, Karen Bounds, Marian Albers, Judy Groom, Tambree Krouse, Troy Brown, Randy Domineck
ISL: Anne Craig, Lauren Tucker

Ellen Popit welcomed everyone to the meeting, asked those present to introduce themselves. Ellen also indicated that those around the table were System Directors and elected System Boards members. The meeting’s discussion would happen with those present at the table. However, there would be two opportunities for public comment from others, who were present in the public gallery, during the meeting.

Jan asked for the group to contribute to ground rules – on how meetings should be run. These included:

  • All comments are important
  • Don’t everyone talk at once
  • Be concise
  • Think of the citizens of the state
  • Stay on topic
  • Be realistic in comments
  • Vote/Consensus

Leslie asked if everyone had a copy of the financial comparison document and opened the discussion up for questions. There were questions about unemployment liability differences between each system, the CMC (Catalog Maintenance Center’s) grants and amount for FY2011, and LCLS’s IMRF liability. Others had questions about what is the CMC and whether it will continue to be funded. Leslie said that ISL has indicated both CMC grants will be funded in FY2011.

Ellen facilitated a discussion about the draft Goal/Outcome for the Planning Process. There was discussion about the shared automation (LLSAP) wording, with a suggestion to change the wording to ‘including providing shared automation services and delivery. The Goal/Outcome, with the slight wording change, was accepted by consensus.

Jan and Leslie reviewed the DRAFT – Planning Process document developed jointly by the four system directors for the meeting. The document incorporates design of a Planning Panel group process and steps through organization and processes that could be put in place to facilitate the work of the panel. This includes development of a web site location (Cooperation Today) for sharing documents, use of project management software to record milestones (Basecamp), recorders from each system who would jointly assist with notes and summarizing meetings. The plan includes consensus decision-making, which means everyone agrees, as opposed to some for/some against or a voting majority decision. There was a review of the proposed timeline. This is a working document that can be changed as we move forward.

There was then a facilitated discussion on each section.

Planning Panel– Planning panel will need to discuss how to get and receive input from system libraries so we know how to move forward with their interests in mind. Perhaps there should be a ‘roles of the member libraries’ section.

There was a suggestion that at each of the planning panel meetings to reserve time to allow each system to report on concerns from members to the entire planning panel. The following was added: each system panel group is responsible for reporting issues from their system member libraries; this may include using surveys as tools.

Process and Meeting Facilitators – Subcommittees should be planning panel members who can bring in expertise as needed. Not all expertise may come from the system staff; expertise could come from others who assist the subcommittee in gathering information. Subcommittee of the planning panel has final say in what to recommend, but can utilize expertise from others outside of the panel. It was also proposed that the Planning Panel could create other working groups as needed.

On the subject of meeting facilitators, several said ‘what directors did today is working very well’ – directors have knowledge of what is going. If someone is hired from the outside, they will still require a ‘leader’ from the group to give them direction, and this can be expensive. Rolling Prairie wants to maintain objectivity with a neutral facilitator and voted at a previous Board meeting that they wanted an outside facilitator. There was concern about how the meetings were going to work, but everyone likes the collective input of the four directors. There is concern for the four directors to continue to communicate and work together, as well as the amount of work involved. As long as the four directors can get along together, this process at today’s meeting is working well. Just want to make sure we can continue to move forward. We should continue to review the need for an outside facilitator during the process. Directors believe this is the work that they are supposed to be doing – it’s the directors’ job right now, to manage this process.
Proceeding Recorders – Directors and staff involved will take care of posting documents to Cooperation Today web site as well as compiling documents. Directors will designate staff as recorders– these people may change through the process. Staff member from each system will take notes and then share them with each of the other system recorders for review and sharing on Cooperation Today. Cooperation Today website will be used to post all public documents pertaining to the process. Basecamp (project management software) will be used to maintain workflow, assign tasks, and mark completed tasks. There must be mechanism for public to make comments to documents and submit issues and questions about the process.

Tools – add Face-to-Face meetings and online surveys to the list.

Givens – remove ‘must create ground rules’ because those were created at the beginning of the meeting.

Decision-Making – rearrange order as follows:

  1. The front line decision makers are the Planning Panel.
  2. The Planning Panel will operate by consensus for decision-making
  3. Key milestones of the planning process will go to Boards for decisionmaking
  4. Ongoing decision makers are the Boards of the Systems
  5. The ultimate decision makers are the member libraries.

Decision Points – change the word ‘Key’ to ‘Preliminary’

Additional Decisions –

  • Add Legal Consulting as needed (but must be a decision made on how this will be funded)
  • Financial Decisions for each system

Timeline – the timeline is aggressive but do-able.

There was additional discussion that the Planning Process ocument should be revised and revisited by the Planning Panel at every meeting.

Public Comment
Bev facilitated public comment sessions. Much of the public comment focused on the need for member library representation on the Planning Panel as well as continued need for an outside, neutral facilitator. There were also comments about the Panel size, Board quorum issues related to Open Meetings Act, structuring communications so library members can have knowledge about and input to the process, and how to relate information back to the member libraries.

After the public comment section, the group discussed assumptions and agreed on the following:

  1. All meetings will be held in accordance with Open Meetings Act
  2. All systems should provide access to the public documents concerning the process
  3. Documents should be made available on the Cooperation Today website and must be open for comments
  4. We are undertaking this process in a good faith effort
  5. Positions currently held by staff are not guaranteed
  6. Members of the Planning Panel are responsible to report to System Boards and bring issues back from those Boards to the Planning Panel
  7. Any assumptions made here are not set in stone.

Jan Ison updated the group on the status of Northern Systems.

  1. All five system boards had agreed to sign the Non-binding Letter of Agreement at their June board meetings.
  2. They agreed to contribute $10,000 each to the process.
  3. They plan to have a new governance structure in place by November.
  4. They plan to hire in January or February a new Executive Director for the merged system.
  5. Their first meeting is planned for the first part of August.

Obert facilitated the discussion on recommendations. The following recommendations were drafted to take back to the System Boards for official action:

  1. Board is asked to endorse the Goal/Outcome statement as amended.
  2. Board is asked to endorse and support the planning document in principle set out by this committee and as amended during the discussion.
  3. Board is asked to formally appoint 4 representatives and 1 alternate to the Planning Process group.

Once the recommendations were set, the group finalized the makeup of the Planning Panels. It was decided that each System would appoint 4 board members from each system for the planning panel. An alternate would be assigned, but would only participate as a voting member if one of the 4 members weren’t available. The alternate can come from either a Board position or a library member. Consider holding these meetings in the beginning of the month to accommodate for later in the month board meetings.

Additional Public Comment:
Still need facilitator
Leave it up to each system to determine 4 people. Not necessarily from the board, could also be member librarians.
Reword the comment about employment and be more positive. ”Juliette Douglas suggested that the wording of the “Assumption” regarding employment might be better framed in a positive light by saying, “All new positions will be filled through a competitive process.”” Those participating in the discussions accepted this rewording.

Jan reviewed the items placed in the ‘Bin’

  • Will ISL continue to fund two CMC’s if we merge?
  • Continually assess need for outside facilitator
  • Member library input – need more specific things to put in the planning process on how this happens.
  • Names of panel members and contact info on Cooperation Today web site. – www.cooperationtoday.info

Next steps:

  • Post documents on Cooperation Today web site
  • Plan for a first meeting of the Planning Panel during the first two weeks in August

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Planning Process – 7.16.10

July 20th, 2010 Comments off

Planning Process – Southern Systems
Version 2.0
Goal/ Outcome

By July 1, 2011 to create a new and revitalized cooperative library service organization that encompasses the libraries in southern Illinois that are part of the LCLS, LTLS, RPLS and SHLS library systems, as well as any contiguous libraries or library systems that wish to be part of this cooperative program.  The organization will support the primary resource sharing services for the people of Illinois including providing automation services and physical delivery.   During the process for creating a restructured program it is anticipated that the plan will address how to expand and enhance these programs as well as support other cooperative programs such as advisory and education services.  At the end of the development process it is anticipated that there will be one administrative organization formed by uniting the current organizations through a merger process.

Roles

Planning Panel – The planning panel is a group of representatives from the Library System Boards who will work together to create a new and revitalized cooperative library service organization.

  • Representatives from each of Boards of the Southern Systems
  • 4 representatives from each board plus a formal alternate
  • Panel as a whole should be multitype
  • Panel should represent the interests of the people of Illinois
  • Panel should represent the interest of all the libraries in the region
  • Panel needs to be open to new ideas and creative in its approach to cooperative activities.
  • Each System Planning Panel group is responsible for reporting issues from the System member libraries at each meeting.
  • Subcommittees of the Planning Panel will be created.  Those subcommittees may invite topic experts to assist them.
  • Panel may set up additional working groups as needed with composition of the group to be determined at the time of appointment.
  • Additional:

Process and Meeting Facilitators – The process and meeting facilitators for the Planning Panel will be the current directors and interim directors of the Southern Systems.

  • Jointly develop agendas
  • Serve as meeting conveners, facilitators and recorders
  • Be neutral in discussions
  • Act as resource staff for the Planning Panel but not during the time that they are facilitating or recording.
  • Respect each other and clarify processes prior to meetings so that they go smoothly
  • Meeting weekly or more to ensure that planning goes smoothly
  • Assist Subcommittees as appropriate

Proceedings Recorders — The proceedings recorders will be a designated staff member from each of the systems.  The recorders will utilize the notes that the meeting facilitators create and other notes to create formal proceedings notes for each meeting.

  • Jointly develop proceedings notes
  • Post proceedings on Cooperation Today website
  • Post proceedings on the BaseCamp project management site
  • Attend all meetings of the Planning Panel
  • Notes to be completed and posted no later than 5 working days following the meeting.

Tools:

  • Cooperation Today web site for the public posting of all formal documents and calendar of events (eg minutes,agenda, plans etc.)
  • BaseCamp for the project management part of the site
  • Adobe Connect for online meetings
  • Video Conferencing for online meetings
  • Conference Calls
  • Face to Face Meetings
  • Survey Tools (eg Survey Monkey)
  • Others as needed

Givens

  • Multitype Organization – Includes all types of libraries
  • Utilize an open and transparent meeting process

Assumptions

  • Every participant has an equal voice
  • All Meetings are open and in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act
  • Members of the Planning Panel will participate in discussions
  • Members of the “community” will be provided an opportunity to comment during an open comment time.
  • We assume we are working in good faith
  • Systems will link documents from the Planning Panel through the System website
  • Planning Panel members will report to the local system board and back to the Panel on issues.
  • All new positions will be filled through a competitive process.
  • Any assumption made here is not set in stone.

Decision Making

  • The front line decision makers are the Planning Panel
  • The Planning Panel will operate by consensus for decision-making
  • Key milestones of the planning process will go to Boards for decision -making.
  • Ongoing decision makers are the Boards of the Systems
  • The ultimate decision makers are the member libraries.

Preliminary Decision Points

  • System Boards agree to enter into the process
  • System Board formally appoint 4 representatives from the system board and an alternate who may be a non board member to the Planning Panel.
  • Planning Panel develops a Strategic Plan that includes Mission, Vision, Values as well as strategic directions
  • Current System Boards approve Strategic Plan

Additional Decisions / Issues

  • Service program based on Strategic Plan
  • Determine the size and make up of board.
  • Staffing
  • Current Facilities
  • Bylaws
  • Budget and Funding
  • Geographic Boundaries
  • Create Subcommittees
  • Legal Consulting as needed
  • Financial Decision — allocate agreed upon costs should they occur

Timeline

  • July 2010 – Representatives at July 14, 2010 meeting recommend that the groups enter into a joint planning process
  • July 2010 – Systems Board ratifies the recommendations of the Board representatives and appoints representatives
  • November 2010 — Strategic Plan Approved by the Boards
  • July 1, 2011 – Restructured Organization begins

What’s New @ WJIL

July 20th, 2010 Comments off

If you’ve ever visited the WebJunction Illinois Course Catalog you may have been overwhelmed by the vast number of courses (0ver 600) offered for free to registered users of WJIL.

In an attempt to narrow down the fire hose of opportunity to a more targeted stream of continuous learning we have now added links to a series of Course Sets covering some of the most popular subject areas. Visit the newly redesigned WJIL Course Catalog page to see all Course Sets currently available as well as easier access to Illinois Course Catalog Quick Links.

Related Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/278dcw8
Related Full URL:  http://webjunctionworks.org/il/blog/index.php/2010/07/20/course-sets-a-starting-point-for-your-e-learning/

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Novelist/Novelist Plus and OCLC’s FirstSearch Database Package

July 16th, 2010 Comments off

As of September 30, 2010, the current E-RICH subscription to Novelist/Novelist Plus for ILLINET libraries coordinated by the Illinois State Library will expire. The subscription will not be renewed by the Illinois State Library.

Additionally, EBSCO recently acquired OCLC’s NetLibrary Division. EBSCO plans to maintain and enhance the NetLibrary platform and will integrate NetLibrary e-books into the EBSCO host platform. Service to libraries will not be interrupted. Additionally, OCLC is no longer a reseller of vendor-owned databases; they plan to discontinue the sale of these third party databases once current subscriptions have ended.

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Public Per Capita Grant Due Date

July 9th, 2010 Comments off

This year’s public per capita grant will be due on October 14, 2010.

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What’s New @ WJIL

July 9th, 2010 Comments off

This summer make a resolution to dive into the free learning opportunities available to you as a registered user of WebJunction Illinois. Find out more about how to market your library by enrolling in a variety of courses from the WJIL Course Catalog, or take an hour from your day to attend one of the upcoming WebJunction webinars on topics such as technology planning, rural library trustees and tips on navigating the WebJunction site. You won’t find a better continuing education bargain this summer than what WJIL has to offer!

Related tiny URLS:

Upcoming Webinars: http://tinyurl.com/35frm3h
Marketing Courses: http://tinyurl.com/325gkxe

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What’s New @ WJIL

June 9th, 2010 Comments off

Go to BlogJunction Illinois for valuable information on new courses and resources, recent discussions and informative webinar archives added to WebJunction Illinois this month.

Hot topics for June:

http://webjunctionworks.org/il/blog/index.php/2010/06/09/hot-topics-on-wjil-june-7-2010/

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Reaching Forward South

June 2nd, 2010 Comments off

The Reaching Forward South Conference will be held at the Northfield Inn in Springfield, IL on October 7-8, 2010.  The theme this year is "Spread Your Wings."

Cost is $70.00.

Keynote speaker is Kitty Pope (Executive Director of Alliance Library System).

To register, or for more information, go to:  http://www.reachingforwardsouth.org/conference2.shtml

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What’s New @ WJIL

June 1st, 2010 Comments off

As our profession contemplates the future of libraries, a recurring theme surfaces: that the public trust and faith in the institution is not so much about information retrieval or document management as it is about the intangibles—the relationships, the place, the environment for learning. It is top-notch customer service that will sustain and grow libraries. In this edition of “What’s New @ WJIL” you’ll find the tools that can help you build a top-notch reputation for customer service in your library.

http://webjunctionworks.org/il/blog/index.php/2010/05/27/whats-new-wjil-focus-on-customer-service-interpersonal-skills/

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Iroquois West CUSD #10 – Item Giveaway

May 19th, 2010 Comments off

The Iroquois West CUSD #10 library would like to give away the following items:

    Current Biography 1946-1999

    Readers' Guide Unabridged bound  Vol 46-56 (1986-1996)

    Abridged Readers' Guide bound  Vol 48-58 (1997-2007)  & paperback copies as well

If interested contact, Diane Gustafson at dgustafson@iwest.k12.il.us.

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Find-A-Book

May 17th, 2010 Comments off

Many libraries are about ready to launch local summer reading programs. The iREAD Summer Reading Program offered through the Illinois Library Association remains one of the best ways to engage young people in summer reading.

Secretary White, together with the Illinois State Board of Education, is also urging libraries to promote summer reading through the Find-a-Book website. The website provides quick and easy access to a list of books that will match a student's reading level and interests, as well as the nearest libraries carrying each title. Learn more here.

Check out the website at:  http://www.lexile.com/findabook/

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Privacy Rights in a Digital Age – videoteleconference

April 27th, 2010 Comments off

Join the Director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, Barbara Jones, to learn about a new ALA initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age.  This session will explore how libraries can assist patrons in thinking critically and making more informed choices about their information privacy.  Choose Privacy Week, a week-long awareness campaign and celebration, will take place May 2-8, 2010, and Barbara will be showcasing some of ALA's ideas and promotional materials.

Lincoln Trail will be hosting Barbara Jones. 

When:  May 6, 2010
Time:  3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Who:  Invite anyone who is interested in privacy rights
Register:  https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=10081

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16mm projector needed

April 27th, 2010 Comments off

The Moyer District Library is looking to purchase or borrow a 16mm projector.  If anyone has one or knows where they can get one, contact Sharon Craig at sharoncraig74@yahoo.com or 217-784-5343.  Thank you.

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Two Storytelling Workshops in Urbana, IL

April 21st, 2010 Comments off

Saturday, May 1, 2010 with Ben Rosenfield, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

"That Reminds Me of a Story! Enhancing Your Storytelling" – Learn how to enhance your storytelling with the inclusion of asides and "stories within stories," creating richer tales, more fun, and deeper understanding of the characters and plot; thereby leading to better performances, more colorful stories and joyful participation.

Saturday, May 1, 2010 with Ben Rosenfield, 7:00 p.m. Adult concert

Storyteller Ben Rosenfield performs tales from his childhood in the hills of southern Ohio, as well as his own imagination. As a veteran teacher, school principal, and teacher trainer, Ben has emphasized
storytelling to increase student achievement in reading, writing and the literacy skills necessary for success. He is also a talented potter, and some of his merchandise will be on sale at the workshop
and concert.

For further information: Camille Born, 217-493-2675 or cbwstories@gmail.com.

For more information and registration information, Download Ben Workshop Brochure.

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant

April 21st, 2010 Comments off

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Back to School Grants provides funding to assist school libraries or media centers in meeting financial challenges. Funding is available in the following areas: implement new or expanding existing literacy programs, purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, or purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs. Grants up to $5000 are awarded. The deadline to submit is May 21, 2010. For more information visit:

http://www.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/b2s_grants.aspx

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ALA Releases 2010 State of America’s Libraries Report

April 14th, 2010 Comments off

ALA has released the 2010 State of America's Libraries Report.

The report shows the value of libraries in helping Americans combat
the
recession. It includes data from a January 2010 Harris Interactive poll
that
provides compelling evidence that a decade-long trend of increasing
library use
is continuing—and even accelerating during economic hard times.

However, the report also shows that increased library use did not
lead to an
increase in funding for libraries. Research by the ALA and the Center
for
Library and Information Innovation at the University of Maryland
suggests a
“perfect storm” of growing community demand for library services
and shrinking resources to meet that demand.

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What’s New @ WJIL

April 9th, 2010 Comments off

This issue of  "What’s New @ WJIL"  helps to answer the question "What’s marketing got to do with it?" when it comes to libraries. From the "Customer-Focused Library" to  "The Role of Marketing in Revitalizing Library Services in Rural Communities" and a free course in "Merchandising that Works" you’ll find plenty of creative and thought provoking ideas to market your library and get the word out about your valuable services.

Related Link: http://webjunctionworks.org/il/blog/index.php/2010/04/09/whats-new-wjil-focus-on-marketing/

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Privacy Rights in a Digital Age – videoteleconference

April 9th, 2010 Comments off

Join the Director of ALA's
Office for Intellectual Freedom, Barbara Jones, to learn about a new
ALA initiative that invites library users into a national conversation
about privacy rights in a digital age. This session will explore how
libraries can assist patrons in thinking critically and making more
informed choices about their information privacy. Choose Privacy
Week
, a week-long awareness campaign and celebration, will take
place May 2-8, 2010. Barbara will be showcasing some of ALA's ideas and
promotional materials.

Library directors, trustees and the general public with an interest in privacy are welcome to attend.

Registration will be taken at:  http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=10081

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Wikis Go to the Library: A Workshop for Librarians and Teachers

April 9th, 2010 Comments off

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $45
CPDU Credits: 3

*Location:*
Graduate School for Library and Information Science Building, Room 126
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820

*Description*

*Why wiki?*
Feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of creating your own website? Are you wondering how to generate easy-to-update user guides and other library tools of the trade? Or are you interested in finding ways for groups of people to collaborate on creating content? Wiki software might be just what you need.

*What's a wiki?*
Wiki software allows multiple people to create and edit web pages. Wikis typically support text, photos, graphics, video, and links, are are easy to update.

*I want a wiki!*
In this hands-on workshop, participants will set up their own wiki using Wikispaces, and will learn about how wikis can be used in libraries, schools, and other settings.

*Presenter: *
Frances Jacobson Harris is the librarian at University Laboratory High School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a professor of library administration at the University Library. She team teaches a required computer literacy course sequence for eighth- and ninth-grade students, which includes information literacy and Internet ethics components. Frances has presented and published on topics related to young adults, Internet ethics, and digital information. She is the author of /I Found It On the Internet: Coming of Age Online/, published by the American Library Association (2005). She can be reached at francey@illinois.edu or through her library website http://www.uni.illinois.edu/library.

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ISLMA – 2010 Conference

April 9th, 2010 Comments off

The Illinois School Library Media Association needs presenters for its 2010 Conference Bridging the Gap: Linking Learners and Libraries on Oct. 28-30, 2010, at Pheasant Run Resort. RFPs are available at
http://islma.org/conference10.htm

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Teens and Technology

April 6th, 2010 Comments off

Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services are pleased to announce the third in a dynamic monthly series of online workshops librarians can enjoy right at their desktops on hot topics.  The latest conference on Teens and Technology is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13.  Kelly Czarnecki from the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County is the keynote speaker.  She will talk about “A Great Fit: Teens, Technology and Libraries!”  Kelly’s talk will take a look at how libraries throughout the country are engaging teens with technology and why. Then she will address ways (low budget!) that libraries can integrate more technology programs and services for teens in their library and community and convince their administrators along the way.

Other speakers for this inspiring  day-long conference include:

  • Dodie Ownes, Editor of SLJTeen on “Teens and Technology”
  • Marianne Mancusi, Author of Gamer Girl
  • Beth Gallaway, Trainer/Consultant on “Jumping on the Gaming Bandwagon: Advocacy, Best Practices and Current Trends”
  • Angie Green, Alliance Library System, “Digital Literacy”
  • Cynthia Hart, Virginia Beach Public Library, “Geeking Out @ the Library”
  • Beth Gallaway, “Web 2.wh0a: Trendy Tech to Use with Teens”

A full informational flyer can be found at http://www.alliancelibrarysystem.com/TrendyTopics/workshop3TrendyTopicsTeensApril2010.pdf.
Register at http://www.eventbee.com/view/trendytopics/event?eid=65537

Registration for librarians for the one day conference is $40; for students $30; and for groups $100.

For more information on these workshops please contact Lori Bell at ALS, lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com or Tom Peters at TAP Information Services at tpeters@tapinformation.com.

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2010 Illinois Library Laws

March 22nd, 2010 Comments off

ILA has published its biennial update of Illinois Library Laws.   LTLS did not participate in the pre-publication group buy as we have in the past.   We do recommend that you purchase the item for your library.  For information and to order go to http://www.ila.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=90.

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Deadline Extended For NEH / ALA Programming Grant

March 17th, 2010 Comments off

The
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the ALA Public Programs Office
have extended the deadline for public libraries to apply for a $2,000 grant to
support programs that incorporate the Picturing America collection.  Applications
will be accepted through April 26.  Grant guidelines and instructions are available on the Picturing America website.

Read more…

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MLA webcast: Now’s the Time: Understanding the Electronic Health Record Maze and Health Sciences Librarians’ Roles

March 16th, 2010 Comments off

You are cordially invited to attend the MLA webcast: Now's the Time: Understanding the Electronic Health Record Maze and Health Sciences Librarians' Roles Wednesday, 3/24/10 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Rolling Prairie Library System in the training room.

Learning Objectives
The goal of this program is to clarify the terminology surrounding the emerging electronic health information environment and to illustrate how and why health sciences librarians can and should become engaged with the efforts to achieve the national 2014 goal of instituting an electronic health record for each person in the United States.

Program Objectives
To remove the ambiguity and confusion revolving around the electronic health environment.

Technology, management, and the exchange of health information will be discussed.

To illustrate the emerging electronic health information environment by profiling working electronic medical records (EMRs), electronic health records (EHRs), and personal health records (PHRs).

To highlight the recent involvement health sciences librarians have had with EMRs, EHRs, and PHRs. 

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NLM-N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Please register in the L2 calendar http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=9858.

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Electronic Health Record Management Webinar

March 11th, 2010 Comments off

You
are cordially invited to attend the MLA webcast: Now's the Time: Understanding
the Electronic Health Record Maze and Health Sciences Librarians' Roles

on Wednesday, March 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Rolling Prairie Library System in
the training room.

The goal of this program is to clarify the terminology surrounding the emerging
electronic health information environment and to illustrate how and why health
sciences librarians can and should become engaged with the efforts to achieve
the national 2014 goal of instituting an electronic health record for each
person in the United States.

You can register for this event on L2.

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NLM-N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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What’s New @ WJIL

March 4th, 2010 Comments off

Three new courses from the UNT LE@D program have been added to the WebJunction Illinois Course Catalog: Mentors and Protégés: Creating Successful Workplace Programs; Strategic Planning: Quick, Cheap, and Decent; Strategic Planning: The Five-Minute Introduction. These online courses are available for free to registered users of WJIL. For more information visit BlogJunction Illinois.

Related URL: http://webjunctionworks.org/il/blog/index.php/2010/03/02/mentors-proteges-and-strategic-planning-3-new-courses-added-to-the-wjil-catalog/

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Thank you, Barb!

February 26th, 2010 Comments off

On Thursday, February 25th, Barb Lintner presented her last iRead program for Lincoln Trail.  For all her hard work and dedication to the iRead program, and for her willingness to share her knowledge with others in the Lincoln Trail area, LTLS thanks her!

Cookie cakes were enjoyed by all!

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ALA 2010 Best Lists

February 25th, 2010 Comments off
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Date Change – Center for Children’s Books Workshop

February 18th, 2010 Comments off

On February 27, 2010, (previously advertised on the 20th of February) the Center for
Children's Books will be sponsoring "Award-Winning Books of 2009,” a
morning workshop for librarians, teachers and book enthusiasts
facilitated by Kate Quealy, assistant editor of the Bulletin for the
Center for Children’s Books.

For more information, check out our flyer: http://tinyurl.com/awardbook2010

To register online, visit: http://tinyurl.com/webregister

Contact:
Corrie Ball
Outreach GA
The Center for Children's Books
504 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 244-9331
ccboutreach@illinois.edu
http://ccb.lis.illinois.edu

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Paula T. Kaufman wins 2010 Hugh C. Atkinson award

February 4th, 2010 Comments off

Paula T. Kaufman, University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), has been named the 2010 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

Kaufman will receive a cash award and citation during the joint ACRL / Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Awards Program, at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 26, at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

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The American Dream Starts @ Your Library Grants

February 1st, 2010 Comments off

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2010

The American Library Association (ALA) received a $750,000 two year grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to continue “The American Dream Starts @ your library”. This new round of funding will help 70 public libraries in Dollar General communities expand their literacy services for adult English language learners.

To be eligible, the applicant institution must be a public library or a public library with a bookmobile providing literacy services for adult English language learners, and must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center, or corporate office. Each funded library will receive a onetime $5,000 grant.

To learn more about the American Dream Starts @ your library, the mini grants and to apply online, please visit http://www.americandreamtoolkit.org/.

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Center for Children’s Books – Workshop

February 1st, 2010 Comments off

On February 20, 2010, the Center for Children's Books will be sponsoring "Award-Winning Books of 2009,” a morning workshop for librarians, teachers and book enthusiasts facilitated by Kate Quealy, assistant editor of the Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books.

For more information, check out our flyer: http://tinyurl.com/awardbook2010

To register online, visit: http://tinyurl.com/webregister

Contact:
Corrie Ball
Outreach GA
The Center for Children's Books
504 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 244-9331
ccboutreach@illinois.edu
http://ccb.lis.illinois.edu

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Center for Children’s Books – Book Sale!

February 1st, 2010 Comments off

Thousands
of inexpensive, brand new children's books will be available, including
board books, picture books, easy and transitional readers, chapter
books, series fiction, young adult novels, activity books and kits,
nonfiction series, mass-market paperbacks, and more!

$1 for paperbacks that retail for $5 or less
$2 for paperbacks that retail for $5.01 or more
$5 for hardcovers
All
proceeds support the Center for Children's Books, a reference and
resource center for librarians, teachers, parents, scholars, and other
educators.

Date:  Monday, February 15, 2010 through Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Start Time on Monday is 10:00 a.m.

Address:  501 East Daniel, Champaign, IL

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Computers in Libraries 2010 Conference

January 22nd, 2010 Comments off

A group discount is being offered to ILLINET member libraries for the Computers in Libraries 2010 Conference (CIL) in Arlington, Virginia April 12-14. The rate is $244 for the three-day event–more than 50% off the regular price. Additionally, the Internet@Schools East Conference 2010, April 12-13, is being offered at the discounted price of $109. Attend both conferences for the combined price of $244. No discount rates are available for pre or post-conference seminars and workshops. To receive the discount, a completed registration form must be returned to Jill Heffernan at the Illinois State Library by March 10.

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System Standards (Draft Document)

January 22nd, 2010 Comments off

The Library System Standards Committee has released the first complete draft of the revised standards document for review and comment. The draft is available on the Library System Standards blog and includes introductory material, the standards, and a glossary. Please review the draft and add your comments. Your input is very important to the process.

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Libraries and Workforce Recovery

January 6th, 2010 Comments off

The numbers show that people turn to libraries in tough times. As part of Project Compass, a grant-funded partnership of WebJunction and the State Library of North Carolina, research has been conducted to assess these increased patron demands on libraries and responses to those needs from state libraries and local public libraries. On January 28th join the free webinar Libraries and Workforce Recovery for an overview of this research, an introduction to the project and to a new area of Workforce Resources on WebJunction Illinois with library specific resources and responses to these tough times.

Explore immediate, easy and effective tactics that can be implemented on a shoestring or non-existent budget to respond to patron workforce development needs. Hear about strategies for "triaging social services" and for ways to analyze your library's services in relation to existing community social services. Discover new ways to create partnership with other agencies in your community to leverage workforce development efforts.

Additional information on the project and the January 28th webinar is posted on BlogJunction Illinois at the following URL:

http://webjunctionworks.org/il/blog/index.php/2010/01/06/project-compass-libraries-providing-direction-in-tough-times/

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