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Social Software for Libraries

January 6th, 2010 Comments off

Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services are pleased to announce a dynamic monthly series of online workshops you can enjoy right at your desktop on these hot topics.

The first conference on Social Software for Libraries is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9.  Meredith Farkas of Norwich University and columnist for American Libraries, will be the opening keynote speaker at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time, 10:00 Central, 9:00 Mountain, and 8:00 Pacific.  She will address "Building Collaboration, Participation, and Community in Libraries."  Farkas will talk about how social software is opening up new opportunities for reaching out to patrons, providing library services, and transforming our websites.  Other speakers for this inspiring  day-long conference include Lauren Jensen talking about Facebook; Joe Murphy speaking on Twitter; Rhonda Trueman talking about Second Life; Beth Duttlinger on Technology Training Wheels; Rebecca Teasdale on YouTube; Alison Miller on tagging technologies; and Matt Gullett on sharing the story using social media.

A full informational flyer can be found at

More information on and registration for  these workshops can be found at

Register at

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, or Tom Peters at TAP Information Services at

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National Leadership Grant

January 6th, 2010 Comments off

The Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) announces its National Leadership Grants which support projects that have the potential to elevate museum and library practice. The Institute seeks to advance the ability of museums and libraries to preserve culture, heritage and knowledge while enhancing learning. IMLS welcomes proposals that promote the skills necessary to develop 21st century communities, citizens, and workers. The deadline is February 1, 2010 with $50,000-$1,000,000 of grant funds available. For complete details and to apply visit

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What’s New @ WJIL

December 18th, 2009 Comments off

Two new timely courses have been added to the WebJunction Illinois Course Catalog. Remember, these courses are available anytime, anywhere and are free to registered users of WJIL. Enroll by visiting the WJIL Course Catalog and clicking on LE@D as the Featured Course Provider.

Financial Management in Tough Times (LE@D)

You’ve just been told that your budget is being cut by 10% next year. Or perhaps you must submit a budget showing a 20% or even 30% reduction in the upcoming fiscal year.

What services do you cut?
Can the budget be cut without laying off staff?
What is the long-term result of budget cuts?
What about outsourcing?

Is it possible to improve library service to the community while cutting the budget?

Budget cuts can be beneficial to a library and a community. We must examine what our libraries do and how effectively/efficiently we do it. It’s time to responsibly make the right decisions and make the necessary changes to negatively affect the minimal number of people in our community. And, in the process, we may find that our informed decisions have actually IMPROVED library services!

Supervision without Micromanagement (LE@D)

Why is effective library supervision so hard, even for the smart, nice, and experienced library employee? Library supervision in itself is hard because:

Humans are not books to be processed
Being the boss does not mean you have earned the trust and respect of the staff
Supervision requires a different set of skills
People who do it well make it look easy

Whether you are a supervisor in waiting or an experienced library manager, this course will will illustrate the techniques, courtesies, and responsibilities necessary for you to improve your library’s productivity and workplace relations.

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What’s New @ WJIL

December 11th, 2009 Comments off

What do patrons think are the important factors in the success of your library? The Researching Communities to Prepare for the Future study interviewed over 140 residents in 15 communities across Illinois, to discover what communities want from their libraries in the future. In this What’s New @ WJIL you can learn from the results, read the Community reports and train your staff on the top 6 factors for a successful public library.

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VHS Kwik Cases Available

December 2nd, 2009 Comments off

Danville Public Library has approximately 375 VHS security Kwik cases
available for free.  Please contact Audiovisual Librarian Mike
Boedicker at or call 477-5223 x123 if interested.

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What’s New @ WJIL

November 25th, 2009 Comments off

In this issue of What’s New @ WJIL we’re talking about setup, maintenance, management, and troubleshooting of your computer network. Use the Technology Systems & IT section of the Competencies to find learning resources related to Networking, learn more about bandwidth management, join a “car talk fashion” online discussion about Library computing and get information on how to monitor the performance of your network.

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Busting the WJIL Myth in 15 Minutes a Day

November 20th, 2009 Comments off

Chances are if you're a fan of the Discovery channel you may have seen the show called Myth Busters where two very smart dare devils take on common myths and urban legends to determine if they can confirm or "bust" the myth. The most fun is when they bust a popular myth – like the one we've all heard about tooth fillings that can pick up radio signals.

This article attempts to bust a myth that might not be quite so well known, but is probably fairly common in the Illinois library community. The myth goes something like this: "I just don't have time to use WebJunction Illinois. I have too many things on my plate to take the time to browse a web site for interesting information. Besides, there's nothing there that can help me in my job."   Read more…

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DVD / CD Cases Available

November 5th, 2009 Comments off

Champaign Public Library has a large quantity of DVD/CD Kwik
Security cases available to give away.  If your library is interested, please contact Marsha Grove at

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New E-mail Address for WebJunction Illinois

November 2nd, 2009 Comments off

WebJunction Illinois has a new e-mail address, To make it easier to contact WebJunction Illinois for any issue or question, we have combined all the WebJunction e-mail access points into one easy to remember e-mail address,

To assure fast and effective response, is monitored by the WebJunction Illinois Assistant with back-up monitoring by Lewis & Clark Librart System staff and Independent Contractors. The WebJunction Illinois Assistant will either resolve your question or as needed, refer it to the appropriate person for completion. Please update your contact information to reflect our new e-mail address, thank you.

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MLA webcast: Cut the Cord: Connecting to Our Mobile Users

October 30th, 2009 Comments off

You are invited!

MLA webcast: Cut the Cord: Connecting to Our Mobile Users
When:  Wednesday, November 18, 2009 (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)    
Where: RPLS Training Room (In Person), 345 W Eldorado St, Decatur, IL
Cost: Free

Learning Objectives
The goal of this webcast is to familiarize information professionals with current and emerging mobile technologies, innovative initiatives using mobile devices, useful mobile software applications, and funding options for projects using mobile devices.

Program Objectives
   * describe mobile technology and its value for librarians and health care professionals
   * demonstrate mobile technology devices and innovative applications
   * explore programs that illustrate the potential of mobile technology for health professionals
   * discuss funding opportunities to create and sustain mobile technology programs

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.

To register:

For questions, contact Doris McKay at

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Correction to Survey Form for “ISL Capital Needs Assessment Survey”

October 30th, 2009 Comments off

Public libraries received email earlier this week regarding the requirement to complete the "Capital Needs Assessment Survey". All public libraries are asked to complete the survey, even if you are not planning any capital improvement projects.

The survey form initially available for download had a small permissions error — data input into the form could not be saved.  The form has now been corrected. You can tell if you have the corrected form by looking at the purple box at the top of the form.  If it says "You can save data typed into this form.", that is the corrected version.  If you need a new copy, you can download the corrected survey form

After you have filled out the survey, click "Email" at the top of the form.  You will see instructions on submitting the form to the ISL as an email attachment.

The ISL website has more information about the survey and answers to frequently asked questions.

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CLaSS and CLaSS+ Released

October 28th, 2009 Comments off

The Continuous Learning Subscription Service (CLaSS) provides continuing professional development to LTLS members more effectively and with a variety of improvements. CLaSS makes all of the continuing education programs available to LTLS members for an annual fee. CLaSS+ provides all continuing education and LINC training to our automated libraries for one annual fee.

To order and for pricing information, click here.

For frequently asked questions, click here.

Look for the FY2010 calendar in your email! 

For more information about ordering CLaSS, contact Donna Schaal at 217-352-0047 ext. 204 or email at

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APA Publication Manual to be replaced

October 28th, 2009 Comments off

Did you purchase the new APA Publication Manual, 6th ed., 1st printing?  Due to a large number of errors discovered by users and the ensuing public outcry the American Psychology Association has agreed to replace the 1st printing with the 6th ed., 2nd printing at no cost.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports, "Anyone who gets in touch with the Association between November 2 and December 15
and asks for a replacement will receive a free copy of the emended second
printing, according to Rhea Faberman, Director of Communications."  To request a replacement copy, contact the APA's Service Center at (800)
374-2721 or (202) 336-5500. The Service Center's mailing address and hours are also available.

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LTLS Libraries Receive Gates Foundation Grants

October 20th, 2009 Comments off

Six LTLS member public libraries have received Opportunity Online grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of a larger statewide grant awarded to the Illinois State Library.

LTLS libraries receiving Opportunity Online grants include Douglass
Branch Library (CPL), Newman Regional Library District, Oakwood Public
Library District, Paris Carnegie Public Library, Rantoul Public
Library, and Westville Public Library District.

The grant will provide funding to "increase and sustain free, quality public access to computers for their
patrons. These Opportunity Online hardware grants will help libraries upgrade and add public computer workstations for patrons in communities
with high concentrations of poverty and where a library’s public
computers are at risk of becoming outdated with limited capacity for

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Reminder: Public Per Capita Grant Due

October 13th, 2009 Comments off

Just a friendly reminder that the public per capita grant is due either postmarked on or before October 15, 2009 or delivered to the Illinois State Library no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 15, 2009.

Please remember to send LTLS a copy, attn:  Donna Schaal.

Thank you!

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“We the People” Book Grant

October 9th, 2009 Comments off

"We the People" Bookshelf Grant from NEH and ALA
Deadline: January 29, 2010
The We the People Bookshelf, a collection of classic books for young readers, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) We the People program, in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office.

The theme for the 2009-2010 Bookshelf is "A More Perfect Union". A total of 4,000 public and school (K-12) libraries will be selected to receive the "A More Perfect Union" Bookshelf, a set of classic hardcover books for young readers, all related to the theme. The set includes sixteen books in English appropriate for reading levels from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Applicants may choose to receive some of these books in Spanish translation. Three bonus selections will appeal to audiences of all ages. Libraries will also receive supplementary materials for programming, including bookplates, bookmarks, and posters. Awards will be announced in April 2010.

The “A More Perfect Union” Bookshelf grants are part of the NEH's We the People initiative, which aims to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through libraries, schools, colleges, universities, and cultural institutions.

Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online now at

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2010 iRead Guide

October 9th, 2009 Comments off

Your 2010 iREAD Resource Guide is in the mail!  Look for it to arrive at your library within the next two weeks. The Resource Guide is being produced and distributed free to all Illinois public libraries with funds from the 2009 Barack Obama Commemorative License Plate sales.  If you want to order additional copies of the 2010 iREAD Resource Guide, the cost is $25 and orders may be placed on the ILA Web site or by mail or fax.

All of the 2010 Scare Up a Good Book! incentives and prizes for children, young adults, and adults are now available at the iREAD online store.  Remember, place your order before November 7th to avoid the late fee.

As a coordinated, self-supporting effort between Illinois librarians and the Illinois Library Association every purchase from iREAD supports library advocacy.

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IFLA President to Present Mortenson Center Distinguished Lecture

October 9th, 2009 Comments off

2009Tise Ellen Tise, President of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) will present the 19th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, October 22nd at 4:00 p.m. in Room 126 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

The lecture will be entitled, "Isolation and Information Famine Stifling Africa's Growth".  The lecture is free and open to all.  A reception will follow the lecture.  GSLIS is located at 501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign.

See the Mortenson Center website for more information about the lecture.


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What’s New @ WJIL

October 2nd, 2009 Comments off

Many of you may be attending the ILA Conference for 2009 where the theme is “Transformation: See Tomorrow Today.” The programming for this year focuses on how libraries are transforming, how transformation impacts them, and what we can do to create the transformation we want and need. This issue of What’s New @ WJIL gives you a number of options for supplementing your conference experience both before and after with WJIL resources, learning, and information related to the conference programming.

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Bus Trip to ILA Exhibits/Secretary of State Jesse White

October 2nd, 2009 Comments off

LTLS is coordinating an exhibits-only bus trip to the Illinois Library Association Conference in Peoria!

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 7:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The price will be $25-$35 depending on how many sign up. The more that join us the less the cost will be! Entry into the Exhibitor's Hall is FREE. Cost of this event is for bus transportation only.

This year the general assembly has cut system library funding, public per capita funding, and school per capita funding. Jesse White (Secretary of State) will be speaking – for a very brief time – at the ILA Exhibitor's Hall at 10:30 a.m. on October 8th, and ILA needs librarians to come to Peoria to show their support to Jesse White for his efforts in funding Illinois libraries. When Secretary White sent his budget in this year, he asked for an increase in those particular grant line items. Instead, the grant line items were cut by 50%. The Illinois State Library then utilized their annual LSTA grant monies from the federal government to subsidize the cuts. So, instead of 50%, the library system budgets were cut 16.5%; public per capita grants were cut 16.5%; and school per capita grant were cut 3%. LTLS needs your help to send a message to Springfield that libraries and system services are valued by the public and needed in the schools!

If enough people sign up, we will leave from the LTLS parking lot in Champaign, IL, at 7:15 a.m. and the bus will start its return home at 2:00 p.m. You may bring food and drink items on the bus both ways. Also, you may wish to bring a couple of empty bags to take items home with you…..brochures, books, etc. tend to add up!

This is a great opportunity to advocate for libraries and to visit library vendors! Please join us!

Registration is available online: or email If you have questions, contact Donna Schaal at 217-352-0047 ext. 204 or

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ILEAD U: Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover

September 30th, 2009 Comments off

The Illinois State Library has been awarded a grant by the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.  The ILEAD U: Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover – The 21st Century Technology Tools Institute for Illinois Library Staff grant consists of several opportunities for you and the libraries you serve to play a tremendous role. 

A video Conference has been scheduled for October 2, 2009, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. to chat about the details that surround this grant opportunity.  Lincoln Trail will be connecting to this video.

All library members are invited to attend this question and answer session. 

More information regarding ILEAD U:  Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover – The 21st Century Technology Tools Institute for Illinois Library Staff is located at:

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Borders Literacy Donation Program

September 25th, 2009 Comments off

For the seventh consecutive year, Secretary White, the Illinois
Literacy Foundation and 34 BORDERS superstores and 14 Waldenbooks
stores are uniting to raise money from customers to enhance literacy
appreciation and awareness for local literacy initiatives.

Monday, October 5th through Sunday, November 1st, BORDERS customers are
being asked to donate at least $1 at the time of their purchase to
raise funds for a local literacy organization. Each BORDERS store is
partnered with a local literacy program, and each store will give
customers the opportunity to add one dollar or more to their purchase
to benefit the local literacy program. The Illinois Literacy Foundation
selects the recipient literacy organization.

"As State Librarian
overseeing literacy efforts in Illinois, I am proud to support this
effort each year, and I commend the Illinois Literacy Foundation and
BORDERS for their tremendous efforts to raise vitally needed funds and
enhance literacy efforts," White said.

Over the past six years,
BORDERS customers' donations have resulted in thousands of books and
related materials being placed in libraries, schools, youth groups,
senior adult day centers, shelters, pre-schools, resource centers and
local literacy programs.

The Illinois Literacy Foundation is a
non-profit organization that promotes literacy through partnerships
with the private sector and corporate community. Learn more about the Literacy Foundation.

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2010 iRead Update – Scare Up a Good Book!

September 24th, 2009 Comments off

The 2010 iREAD Product Catalog is now available online at the ILA Web site.  (  Please note the new retro-style poster for adults that highlights  Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, and Horror genres.  The poster is a fitting compliment to the expanded adult section in the iREAD Resource Guide.

The 2010 iREAD Resource Guide and CD will be distributed free to all Illinois public libraries in October 2009.  The Resource Guide is being produced and distributed free with funds from the 2009 Barack Obama Commemorative License Plate sales.  If you want to order additional copies of the 2010 iREAD Resource Guide, the cost is $25 and orders may be placed on the ILA Web site or by mail or fax.

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Try-IT! Illinois to start Oct. 1st

September 21st, 2009 Comments off

State Library has announced the tenth annual statewide database trial, Try-It! Illinois.
Try-It! Illinois will provide free trial access for Illinois libraries to 25 selected vendor databases from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2009 for evaluation.

Illinois librarians and users can request login and password information at the TryIT! Illinois website by completing the request form at the top of the page.  Login and password information will also be available from the regional library systems after Oct. 1.  For further information, please contact Gwen Harrison or call Gwen at 217-785-7334.

The vendors taking part in this year's Try-It! Illinois are:
BioOne, CABI, Capstone Publishers, H.W. Wilson, Encyclopedia
Britannica, EBSCO, GALE/CENGAGE, Greenwood & ABC-CLIO (merged),
MangoLanguages, Marshall Cavendish Digital, Morningstar, OCLC, Plunkett
Research, ProQuest, Questia School, Rand McNally, ReferenceUSA, Rosen
Publishers, Standard and Poors, Taylor and Francis, The World and I,
TumbleBook Library, ValueLine, World Book

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What’s New @ WJIL

September 16th, 2009 Comments off

A digital branch or reference service brings human interaction to the computer age, so that patrons can get information and answers from library staff via digital communication tools such as email, chat, IM, and live online events. WebJunction Illinois provides a host of resources for the library reaching out with virtual reference including standards, sample policies, case studies, learning and an Illinois community of virtual reference providers for you to join.

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Celebrate Teen Read Week

September 10th, 2009 Comments off

Read Week (October 18 – 24) is a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library
Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library
Association. It is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians,
educators, booksellers, and other concerned adults. The 2009 theme,
"Read Beyond Reality @ your library", encourages teens to read something
out of this world, just for the fun of it, including sci-fi, fantasy,
virtual realities, and much more. Registration is open until September 18th.

For more information on Teen Read Week, visit

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What’s New @ WJIL

September 10th, 2009 Comments off

Illinois online workshops now available in Streaming Video Format

WebJunction Illinois has always been the home to a number of archived online workshops conducted throughout the state. Benefiting from those workshops just got easier! Without having to configure your computer to access the web conferencing software, you can now watch the streaming video of helpful workshops including a Personnel Management series, WJIL tutorials, Building Maintenance workshops, Programapedia training and more. Visit BlogJunction Illinois for more information.

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What’s New @ WJIL

September 1st, 2009 Comments off

Technology in the library introduces a new imperative to create and articulate policies and procedures for the appropriate use of the technologies, whether applied to staff, patrons, or other users. In this issue of What’s New @ WJIL you’ll find a number of resources that will help you in identifying, developing and implementing effective technology policies.

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Facebook Page on System Funding

August 18th, 2009 Comments off

A Facebook page, "Restore Funding for Illinois Library Systems" has been created to support Illinois libraries and to focus attention on the recently announced 16.5% budget cut to Illinois regional library systems.  To add the page to your Facebook profile, visit this link, and select "Become a Fan".

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HB211 Update

August 17th, 2009 Comments off

The Governor has signed HB211 which amends the Local Library Act to enable the dissolution of certain so-called "paperless" libraries, or "libraries in name only". If the library board of a library governed under the Local Library Act fails to hold regular meetings, or to pass a budget appropriation or levy a tax, or otherwise fails to perform the duties of the Local Library Act, the citizens of the library now have a means of dissolving the library through a petition and court order.  This would open the possibility of residents obtaining non-resident services or the area annexing to another library service area. For more information, see the full text of Public Act 096-0500.

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FY2010 Budget Update

August 12th, 2009 Comments off

Today the Illinois State Library released the following announcement regarding the FY2010 budget to the library community:

As you know, the State of Illinois is facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit.  Cuts and shortfalls have become part of every Illinois constitutional officer's Fiscal Year 2010 budget package.  The Office of the Secretary of State is no exception.

Secretary White's longstanding commitment to excellent service to the residents of our state remains a top priority. In fact, Secretary White's original FY10 budget request included an increase of approximately $1 million to the Illinois State Library.  Unfortunately, the General Assembly's budget process resulted in substantive cuts to library programs such as the public library per capita, the school library per capita, and the library system per capita grants.

In order to minimize the impact of these cuts to long-standing library programs such as delivery, our office will use Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funds from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to provide some relief to libraries.  Therefore, in Fiscal Year 2010, the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library will shutter the LSTA competitive grant program.  Funds from IMLS will instead be used to lessen the effect of the cuts.

Secretary White's priority remains preserving the landmark program of delivery of library materials to the citizens of Illinois, and to maintain critical resource sharing services.  I hope you will join with me in thanking the Secretary for his leadership in this most difficult time. 

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Wilson Select Plus Group Purchase Deadline

July 31st, 2009 Comments off

Reminder:  The enrollment period for the statewide group purchase of Wilson Select Plus for 2009-2010 will end on September 14th.  Detailed information, including pricing, FAQ, and agreement form, is located on the Illinois Library Systems website. This offer, negotiated by ILSDO on behalf of all Illinois libraries,
makes this full text database available at a substantial discount.

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New ERMS Mailing List

July 31st, 2009 Comments off

New Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERMS) Interest Group email list available. CARLI has established a new email list for those interested in issues relating to electronic resource management and electronic resource management systems.  Topics of discussion might include:

-      Comparing homemade and commercial ERMs
-      Sharing experiences regarding ER licenses
-      Discussing patron authentication issues
-      Reviewing practices for publicizing ER holdings and ER trials
-      Discussing, interpreting, and using ER statistics

A subscription form is available.  Please contact with any questions!

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What’s New @ WJIL

July 30th, 2009 Comments off

In this WJIL Focus on Social Networking and Web tools find out how libraries are using the innovations of Web 2.0 tools to collaborate, communicate and connect. WJIL resources listed in this issue include a web 2.0 collaboration tools chart, tips for effective tagging, why blogs are important to libraries, twittering for marketing communications and an archive of the 23 Things Summit webinar.

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Guadalajara International Book Fair – FREE PASS Program Available

July 29th, 2009 Comments off

Acquisitions and selection librarians (must also be an ALA member) with an interest in Spanish language materials are eligible for financial support to attend the 22nd Guadalajara International Book Fair to be held November 28 – December 6, 2009.  Support includes 3 nights hotel stay, registration fee and $100 towards airfare.

ALA and the Guadalajara International Book Fair are partnering for the ninth year to provide support for ALA members to attend the Fair.  Get more information and the application form on the ALA International Relations Office website.  The application deadline is  August 17, 2009

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Stimulus Funding – Application Assistance Webinar

July 28th, 2009 Comments off

Libraries considering applying for BTOP Stimulus funding in the first grant round, with applications due August 14th, may want to attend an online webinar, "Nuts and Bolts: Broadband Grant Application Assistance" sponsored by the American Library Association and presented by EdTech Strategies president Linda Schatz and a panel of experts.  The webinar will be on Wednesday, August 5th from 12 noon to 1 p.m (CDT). Register online at The webinar will cover practical advice for submitting a successful application.  If you can not attend the webinar, the Q and A session will be archived at the ALA Know Your Stimulus website.

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Share Your PR Materials at ILA Inspiration Station

July 28th, 2009 Comments off

The ILA Marketing Committee is gathering public relations materials (newsletters, brochures, summer reading logs, bookmarks, program fliers) from all types of libraries for attendees to view and take home at the 2009 Inspiration Station at the ILA Conference. To submit materials for the Inspiration Station, please send at least 30 copies of your materials by October 2, 2009 to: Alissa Williams, Pekin Public Library, 301 S. Fourth St., Pekin, IL 61554.

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Stimulus Funding Opportunity

July 24th, 2009 Comments off

The Illinois State Library has announced that it is partnering with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) on a joint application for federal broadband stimulus funding for Public Access Computing Centers in libraries. If your library is interested in participating in this statewide application, contact Lawren Tucker at ISL by July 29th and complete the survey and certification form by July 31st. ISL and DCEO will submit the completed application by August 14th.

Below is the ISL announcement with details and links to the application guidelines.

Read more…

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Master’s Degree in Library Science from UW-Madison

July 6th, 2009 Comments off

Going to ALA in Chicago? 

If you have ever thought about getting your ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library science but aren’t able to leave your job or hometown, you probably have questions about distance education programs. If you will be visiting the ALA exhibits in Chicago in July, you can book an individual appointment with an admissions advisor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Saturday, July 11 through Tuesday, July 14th.  Appointments are available between 9 am and 5 pm (9-12 on Tuesday) and will take place at booth #3852.

Read more…

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Publisher Offers Library Gift Registry

July 2nd, 2009 Comments off

The Chelsea Green publishing company has announced an innovative new program help connect libraries to their communities.  The new Library Gift Registry Program works just like a wedding gift registry.  Registered libraries create an online "wish list" from the company's catalog of green and
sustainable living titles, and patrons or friends of the library can donate those books for 40% off the retail price, and
receive free shipping on their order. 
Once a wish list is created, users can visit the library's registry page online to make their donations.  Libraries can  register for the Gift Registry service on the Chelsea Green website,

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IMLS Launches “Libraries to the Rescue”

June 25th, 2009 Comments off

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal funding for grants to libraries and museums, has launched the Libraries to the Rescue series of podcast episodes to increase awareness of innovative library initiatives for helping people in today's tough economic climate.

Whether it's resources for job seeking, resume writing, starting a small business, updating skills, or many other areas, libraries are at the forefront in providing needed resources and services for their communities.  Libraries to the Rescue will compile information on these efforts in the form of resource lists and a series of podcasts with library leaders to help spread the word so others don't have to reinvent the wheel.  Listen to the audio podcasts or read the transcripts and view the resource materials at the Libraries to the Rescue website.

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Lending Kindles?

June 23rd, 2009 Comments off

Can a library purchase access to a digital e-book and lend it to their patrons?  What if they download it to a reader and then lend the reader (with the e-book pre-loaded) to the patron? ALA TechSource  has twittered that the Brigham Young University Library has temporarily suspended their newly launched Kindle pilot program while the university verifies that Amazon will not oppose the service.   Last month the library began offerng the innovative program to faculty using the Kindle Reader to expand interlibrary loan options. While the library was assured verbally by Amazon that this was within the
license terms, the University would like to have this in writing before
proceeding with the service.  Here's how it works:  when a BYU faculty member requests an item not owned by the library, but available in the Kindle format, the library purchases the item, downloads it to one of nine Kindle readers owned by the library, and lends the device to the patron.  The outcome will be worth watching to see if innovative projects like this can continue without legal concerns.

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Illinois Budget Update

June 22nd, 2009 Comments off

The Illinois state budget situation is extremely serious. The General Assembly has passed what is being called the "50% budget" and as a result, various state agencies and those receiving state funds are preparing for a "doomsday budget."  Terms being used to describe the Illinois finances and funding reductions are "dire" and "draconian."  This "50% budget" could potentially impact your library and the services you now receive from Illinois Library Systems and the Illinois State Library.

The following link will take you to a page on the Illinois Library Systems' web site that lists funding information taken from the known bills that contain funds for Illinois library programs and library systems:

Note: Library Systems receive approximately half of their funds from the General Revenue Funds and half from Live & Learn Funds.

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Illinois State Budget Negotiations Continue

June 20th, 2009 Comments off

 The Illinois Library Association provides the following summary of the current situation in Springfield regarding the FY2009-2010 state budget.  In addition, Illinois Library Systems have compiled a document showing the current
amounts budgeted and for what areas, based on the so-called "50% budget".  If there is no further agreement on increased budget amounts, and the already-passed 50% budget is signed into law, the budget cuts that would follow will affect state funded library programs dramatically. As you can see the primary missing piece is the General Revenue Fund appropriation.  If this funding is added to the budget it will likely be through an amendment to HB0313, which is a placeholder bill that currently appropriates $2 from the GRF.

"The 2009-2010 Illinois State budget negotiations continue, and the situation is dire.  The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2009, and there is an estimated $9.2 billion State deficit.  The Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1197 that essentially provides for a budget funded at 50 percent of the governor's budget proposal for the new fiscal year.  While this legislation has not yet been formally sent to the governor, if he chooses to sign the legislation, immediate draconian budget cuts would be required.  The Illinois Senate passed a significant income tax increase, but similar legislation failed in the Illinois House of Representatives.  In light of the extreme budget shortfall, ILA supports an increase in the state income tax.  However, even if an income tax increase were to pass both chambers, multi-billion dollar budget cuts would still be necessary.

The situation continues to be extremely fluid and uncertain.  The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield the week of June 22, but it is doubtful that a final budget will be approved.  After July 1, the failure to pass a budget and/or budget cuts resulting from Senate Bill 1197 will begin to impact 100,000's of Illinois citizens.  However, it is unclear when or if enough legislators will feel the pressure to enact a comprehensive budget solution.  ILA will continue to monitor and update the Illinois library community on the budget developments."

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Today Show segment on the Role Libraries Play During a Recession

June 11th, 2009 Comments off

The Today Show ran a segment on the important role libraries play during the recession, using data and resources provided by the ALA and public libraries:

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

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CE Survey

June 9th, 2009 Comments off

With the exception of the ALA bus trip to Chicago, Lincoln Trail has finished its continuing education calendar for the fiscal year.  Planning for next year has begun and we need your help.

If you haven't done so already, please take a moment of your time to answer the following survey.

Thank you in advance for your time.  We look forward to seeing you next year!

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White House Summer of Service Project

June 3rd, 2009 Comments off

A message from Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director to libraries and organizations serving youth ages 5-21.

Dear ALA Member,

The American Library Association has just been contacted by the White
House in partnership with the Corporation for National & Community
Service to get libraries involved in the President’s Summer of Service
program, scheduled to launch on June 22, 2009.

Summer of Service is a “national coalition of major youth-serving
organizations that are committed to engaging youth in service during
the summer months and recognize the potential of youth to identify
issues, develop projects, and provide lasting benefits to the
communities in which they live through volunteer service.” Libraries
and other organizations that work with youth ages 5 to 21 are
encouraged to participate.

Beginning the week of June 8, 2009, libraries and other organizations
will be invited by the White House to list their local volunteer
opportunities online. On June 22, the White House will announce the
initiative to the public at large. The initiative will conclude on
September 11, 2009.

Read more…

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WolframAlpha – Numerical Search Engine

May 27th, 2009 Comments off

Wolfram Research, a company based in Champaign that is best known for its Mathematica software, has launched WolframAlpha, a new computational search engine.  It is a discovery tool for anything numerical, and very different from Google.  Want to compare the GDP of the US and Mexico?  Just visit the website and enter "GDP US Mexico".  Want to know the weather in Champaign on January 1, 1973?  Enter "January 1, 1973 weather champaign il".  It was cloudy and windy, high of 32 degrees.  Going on vacation to Europe? Enter "convert 100 us dollars to euros". The per capita income of Coles County?  Enter "Coles County, Illinois income per capita".  Of course, you can enter any math formula, too.  For more inspiration, see the gallery of examples of more things WolframAlpha can do.  It should come in handy for those hard-to-find reference stumpers at the library.

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Public Library Per Capita – Additional Resources

May 27th, 2009 Comments off

Several additional helpful resources have been added to the Per Capita Grant resource list compiled by Rolling Prairie Library System.  Newly added are worksheets for the Building Maintenance Plan and the Envorionmental Plan.

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Skokie TeenNet Videos Promote Library

May 27th, 2009 Comments off

Skokie Public Library's TeenNet teen volunteers have produced 2 videos, one promoting the library's Teen Corner and one an interview with a local restaurant.  The videos earned first and second place respectively in the Skokie Village Cable Commission's Video Contest.  Great PR for the library, and a great way to involve teens in the library.  The teen video productions are mentored by librarian Frances Roehm.  Check them out on YouTube.  First Place: "The Teen Corner at the Skokie

Second Place "Sweety Pies: An Interview"

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Wilson Select Plus Group Purchase for 2009/2010

May 21st, 2009 Comments off

Lincoln Trail Libraries System is pleased to announce that the Illinois Library Systems and OCLC have secured pricing information for Wilson Select Plus for 2009/2010.

For libraries that do not currently subscribe to Wilson Select, we are also pleased to announce that you don't have to wait to start a subscription — you can begin right away at a pro-rated amount!

Illinois Library Systems have arranged very competitive pricing for this highly-valued database.  If you would like to purchase access to this database, please visit the Wilson Select webpage. There you will find pricing information, agreement form, answers to frequently asked questions and other information. The pricing is the most competitive offer available, showing once again that when Illinois libraries work together, we can accomplish more than we could on our own.

Interested libraries should complete and sign the Wilson Select Agreement prior to September 14, 2009 to ensure uninterrupted access to this resource.

If you would like further information, please contact Amanda McKay, Special Projects Coordinator, Illinois Library Systems, at 618.656.3216, ext. 143 or by email at

Wilson Select Plus provides online indexing and abstracting of a wide range of high-quality periodicals with all records pointing to full text articles.  It is updated weekly and has coverage from 1994 to the present.  There are over 1.5 million records from 2,393 sources.  We know that for many libraries, the Wilson Select Plus database is the only access patrons have had to full-text articles, making this resource vital to the people of Illinois in meeting their information needs.  A listing of over 2500 periodicals indexed by Wilson Select is available.

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Public Per Capita Grants – Different Requirements

May 18th, 2009 Comments off

Attention All Public Library Directors:

On May 7, 2009, the Illinois State Library sent out a new letter with the requirements for the next two years of the public per capita grant.

Please read the document for changes.  The grant document will be made available by July 1, 2009.

This letter dated May 7, 2009 replaces the original letter you received on March 26, 2008.

If you have any questions, contact Donna Schaal at or at 217-352-0047 ext. 204.

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Keeping the Public Informed: The Administrative Ready Reference

May 14th, 2009 Comments off

Attention all Public Library Directors:

The Illinois State Library is pleased to announce the long-awaited update of Keeping the Public Informed:  the Administrative Ready Reference.  The update can be found here:

When the Administrative Ready Reference CD product was released in 1999, it was considered a valuable support resource for public libraries and trustees. The new 2009 edition includes updates of key resources and introduces a new interactive platform for exchange of information, ideas and practice within the Illinois library community.

In addition to the documents (which are available in various file formats for ease of use and adoption in your library) this new version of the Administrative Ready Reference resides within the larger WebJunction Illinois repository of documents and services. 

One of the requirements for public libraries to receive a FY2010 Public Library Per Capita Grant from the Illinois State Library is for library staff and trustees to review the Administrative Ready Reference. Libraries that have already reviewed the former ARR as part of the grant process do not need to review the update.

Please share your comments and input about the ARR update with Steve Johnson, Project Director at

We thank members of the Illinois library community for their patience as this important document was being revised.  Thanks also to Shawnee Library System for managing the update.   The Illinois library community will benefit enormously from the ARR for many years to come, and we believe the update, like the original ARR, will serve as a model for the nation. 

Funding for Keeping the Public Informed: the Administrative Ready Reference was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the office of Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

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What’s New @ WJIL

May 8th, 2009 Comments off

This week it’s all about Illinois. There really is no place like home, and it’s amazing the things you can discover about the Illinois Library Community on WJIL. You’ll learn a bit more about where to find the Illinois focus on WJIL, how you can still learn from the “Tea for Two Plus You?” webinars, updates from previous LSTA recipients and – oh yes – what to do to get “home” if you ever stray past the rainbow’s edge! Must have information in What’s New @ WJIL: There’s No Place Like Home.

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Shawnee Library System Damaged by Probable Tornado

May 8th, 2009 Comments off

The Shawnee Library System headquarters in Carterville was damaged this afternoon by a probable tornado.  The building was damaged including roof damage and partial collapse of a wall.  All staff who were in the building took shelter and are safe.

Electrical service, telephone communication and Internet connectivity are all disrupted.   The library's website and the Plinkit server were not damaged, but both are offline pending restoration of electrical service to the area.  Shawnee staff are weighing options, including an offer from LTLS, to relocate critical servers to restore connectivity temporarily.

The websites of several LTLS member libraries are hosted on the Plinkit server, and are offline pending restoration of service.  The affected libraries are Mansfield, Tuscola, Newman, Casey, Gibson City, Oakwood, and Villa Grove Public Libraries, and Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital Library.

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IPLAR – Illinois Public Library Annual Report

May 5th, 2009 Comments off

For those public libraries that are starting their IPLAR, please remember that the URL for this has changed since last year.

Here is the new URL:

Thanks!  Donna

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What’s New @ WJIL

May 4th, 2009 Comments off

In this edition of “What’s New @ WJIL” you can check out the Librarian’s Helper, find out how to manage an online help desk using a TechAtlas feature, browse the latest WJIL resource pathfinders, learn more about a new employee buddy program and join the latest WJIL Illinois Group.

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Digital Preservation Forum

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

Mark your calendars!

The CARLI Digital Collections Users’ Group is pleased to announce their summer forum: “Ensuring Enduring Access: A Forum on Digital Preservation”

This forum will be held on July 21, 2009, at the iHotel in Champaign.   More information and a registration form will be available in the coming  months.

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New Children’s Lit Courses To Be Offered

April 23rd, 2009 Comments off

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is offering two new children's literature courses this summer. These courses are open to non-degree students via the community credit program. 

  • LIS590BKO The Picture Book: History, Art, and Visual Literacy  (July 13 – 17 in Chicago)
  • LIS490ACG African American Youth Literature (Summer Session 2 June 15 – August 6  on campus in Champaign)

See the GSLIS website for a full description and schedule details on both courses (click the link for "Summer 2009 Courses")

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Item Missing in Transit

April 23rd, 2009 Comments off

The Mahomet Public Library needs your help……the following item is missing in transit.  Please check your shelves for it.

Now That's What I Call Music:26
Call # CD/NOW
Item # 33031001024914
Owning Library: MAN
In transit from DAN since 12/31/08

Thank you!

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What’s New @ WJIL

April 13th, 2009 Comments off

With the recent release of the Technology Competencies on WebJunction Illinois, this issue of “What’s New” focuses on the technology resources, continuing education and tools that WJIL offers. View a screencast of TechAtlas, learn how to write goals for a technology plan, attend the TechAtlas Event Tracker webinar and add your two cents worth to the “101 Technology Success Tips.” You’ll find it all here:

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Copyright Issues for Pre-1972 Audio Recordings

April 6th, 2009 Comments off

The Library of Congress has released a report outlining the legal
status of early sound recordings held by libraries and archives. The
85-page report, "Copyright and Related Issues Relevant to Digital Preservation and Dissemination of Unpublished Pre-1972 Sound Recordings by Libraries and Archives", outlines the overlapping state and federal laws
governing "unpublished" sound recordings made prior to 1972 and steps that
libraries should consider in preserving and
disseminating these recordings. Unpublished means that the recordings were not distributed to the public, even though they may have been broadcast or performed.  Because the legal issues can be complex,
librarians should review this helpful report.   Unpublished sound recordings made prior to 1972 were not protected under copyright law, however the report points out that underlying content in such recordings may be protected.  The report has an excellent section using practical examples covering bootleg recordings, radio broadcasts, live performances, interviews, and a discussion of the library's ability to stream this type of sound recording on the Internet. An Executive Summary  and  Full Report (pdf) are available.

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What’s New @ WJIL

March 25th, 2009 Comments off

How you can still take advantage of the wildly popular Customer-Focused Library webinar, a new Library Law article, a guide for learning together and the “Tea for Two Plus You?” webinars. Read all this and more in this week’s “What’s New @ WJIL”

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Adobe Acrobat Vulnerability

March 17th, 2009 Comments off

Adobe has identified a critical vulnerability in version 7, 8, and 9 of Adobe Acrobat and
Acrobat Reader.   This vulnerability
can crash Acrobat and allow a remote attacker to gain control of the
affected system and affects Acrobat on Mac as well as PC. There are
reports that this issue is being actively exploited.  Users should immediately disable Acrobat Javascript on all unprotected Acrobat and Reader installations and upgrade all version 9 installations to 9.1 as soon as possible.  Updates for versions 7 and 8, will be issued by March 18th.

Read more…

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Fake “Dirty Bomb Blast” Emails Lead to Virus Infection

March 16th, 2009 Comments off

Please be on the alert for a new spam attack. Hackers are sending out spam emails posing as breaking news stories
about a bomb blast in your city, in the hope that you will follow the
link, play a fake video, and infect yourself with a virus.

The emails have subject lines like "Powerful Explosion Burst in [City] This Morning", "Why did it happen in your
city?", "Take Care!", "Are you and your friends in good health?", claim
that 18 people have been killed in an explosion and link to what
appears to be a Reuters-related news website.  If you go to that site, and play what appears to be a Reuters video, you become infected by the virus.  The site looks authentic and has Reuters logos, including a Reuters title logo on the fake video, making this a fairly sophisticated attack.

Particularly dangerous is that the emails are customized by geo-referencing the email address to a location in order to refer to a large city near the recipient.  So people in England may get emails saying the bomb blast was in London, while those in the US may get one mentioning Chicago.

Read more…

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What’s New @ WJIL

March 10th, 2009 Comments off

In this week’s “What’s New @ WJIL” we’re focusing on how you can sharpen your interpersonal and customer service skills using WJIL. Covering everything from communication with co-workers to library ethics and values, personal learning, mentoring and customer service in a multi-cultural environment, the WJIL courses and resources will help you in your quest to provide quality library services. We also invite you to check out the Community section and share your own “On a Positive Note” stories for publication on WJIL.

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2009 Institute for School and Public Librarians – Bradley University

March 9th, 2009 Comments off

Applications are being accepted for the 15th annual Institute for School and Public Librarians. This week of library related educational activities will be held Sunday, June 7 – Friday, June 12, 2009 on the campus of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

For more information about this institute, click here!

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What’s New @ WJIL

March 6th, 2009 Comments off

In the latest What’s New @ WJIL you’ll find an article by Nancy Maloney, our own Synergist and WJIL Subject Curator on Recharging the Corporate Library with Public Library Ideas. You’ll also find an introduction to LibX, the March Courses of the Month, an explanation of competencies and a WJ webinar featuring Illinois presenters.

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LSTA Grant Reviewer

March 6th, 2009 Comments off

The State Library invites you to nominate yourself as a grant reviewer for our FY2010 LSTA grants.

Every LSTA grant application is examined by a team of experienced reviewers. We are looking for reviewers who have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to run a successful grant project, and can jump into the review process with little training. Therefore, we require that you have written a successful LSTA grant application and/or have had experience managing a grant project.

Librarians from all types of libraries (school, special, academic, public and regional library systems) are encouraged to be a part of the review teams. Reviewers read applications within one category independently, and then come together as a group in Springfield during the week of June 15th.

If you have questions or are interested in nominating yourself as a grant reviewer, please send an email to Karen Egan ( by March 31st. Please include your contact information and qualifications, such as any past grant writing or project experiences.

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Public Per Capita Grant – Tech Atlas

March 6th, 2009 Comments off

Since the time that all public libraries were sent the FY09, FY10 and FY11 requirements for per capita grants, Tech Atlas has been upgraded and the URL has been changed. Here is the new URL. Those libraries that completed the Tech Atlas inventory to determine eligibility for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online grant, and only inventoried public use computers, should now inventory the rest of the computers in the library. This will provide an easy reference to check when an opportunity arrives to upgrade computers. If you have questions about Tech Atlas, contact Joe Sciacca at 217-352-0047 ext. 206 or

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Pew Generations Online 2009 Report

March 5th, 2009 Comments off

If you haven't seen the Pew report from February,the Generations Online in 2009 Report
is very interesting and challenges the assumptions and
stereotypes about online users young and old.  If you're looking for an
accurate portrait of what your users really are like in terms of online
behavior and knowledge, this is a must-read for every library staff

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Annual Book Prices Announced

March 3rd, 2009 Comments off

School Library Journal announces average book prices each March to help librarians plan their budgets.  For 2009, prices are up slightly (about 1%) from 2008 levels.  The price survey is compiled by Albert Greco of Fordham University Business School, an expert on the book industry.  The 2009 data is based on the assumption that the recession will begin to subside in the 3rd quarter of 2009.

Read more…

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Serving Our Public 2.0 Available

February 25th, 2009 Comments off

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) has announced the availability of "Serving Our Public 2.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries, 2009".  This is a revised edition and should be purchased by all LTLS public libraries. "Serving Our Public 2.0" is available to order online at $25 per copy for ILA members and $30 for non-members.   [Note: Please don't be confused by a link on the ILA website to "Serving Our Public Revised Edition".  That links to a small 2002 addendum to the out-of-print 1997 edition of Serving Our Public, not the new 2009 edition.]

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What’s New @ WJIL

February 24th, 2009 Comments off

Don’t reinvent the wheel, the MaintainIT Project of TechSoup provides a wealth of information from hundreds of librarian interviews on how they maintain public computers. WebJunction Illinois is a repository for all of this information, and in this edition of “What’s New @ WJIL” we’ll surface a few of these including the MaintainIT Cookbooks, Spotlights and Webinars.

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Grant Opportunity

February 19th, 2009 Comments off

Do you have a Dollar General within 20 miles of your library?  They have grants available for adult literacy, back-to-school, school library relief, family literacy, and youth literacy.  Find more information at:

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What’s New @ WJIL

February 12th, 2009 Comments off

Results from the Illinois public library construction survey, Publib’s favorite books of 2008, a WJIL Course Catalog spreadsheet and how you can use My WebJunction to customize your WJIL use. Find it all in the latest “What’s New @ WJIL.” Coming next…a What’s New focus on Technology and the MaintainIT Project.

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Lincoln Fingerprint Found on Letter

February 12th, 2009 Comments off

Ever wonder how long a fingerprint lasts? At least 146 years, it turns out.  A University of Miami (Ohio) student working on "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln", a project of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum discovered a hitherto unnoticed smudge on an 1863 letter written by Lincoln that turned out to be his fingerprint.  The project involves students in transcribing written Lincoln documents and other Civil War papers housed in libraries and archives.

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Thinking of Testing Your Books for Lead? Not so fast.

February 10th, 2009 Comments off

If you are thinking of getting a head start in understanding if your library's children's books have lead content above the level prescribed in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) by using a do-it-yourself lead testing kit to test some of your children's books, you should be aware that most lead testing kits for consumers are not designed to detect the small levels of lead that are specified in CPSIA, according to a 2007 study of lead test kits published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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What’s New @ WJIL

February 4th, 2009 Comments off

Illinois libraries have the well-deserved reputation for leading the pack when it comes to innovation, service and creativity. In order to fuel the fire for continued leadership WJIL is launching a Focus on Learning. In this Special Edition of What’s New @ WJIL you’ll find free opportunities to learn more from content and colleagues with the added benefit of no travel. Join a statewide learning cohort, reconnect with an old online learning friend (LibraryU), match library competencies with your online learning and prepare for the future by taking the time to learn today!

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Technology Survey

January 30th, 2009 Comments off

LTLS is conducting a Technology Survey to assist the Technology Advisory Committee in its preparation of a strategic technology plan for Lincoln Trail Libraries System.

The committee requests input from LTLS member Academic, Public and School libraries on this short survey by Tuesday, February 10th.

The survey is online at:

Thank you for your input into the LTLS Technology Plan.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Pat Boze: or Joe Sciacca:

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Economic Stimulus Legislation

January 28th, 2009 Comments off

The current language in the proposed economic stimulus legislation, "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.", before Congress does not include the authority for the states to provide funds to public libraries.  If you would like to see public libraries become eligible to receive funding, the Illnois Library Association suggests calling your US Senator and Representative to request an amendment to the draft legislation.

The House and Senate are expected to take action on this important legislation this week.

Read more…

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What’s New @ WJIL

January 26th, 2009 Comments off

Explore the latest "What’s New @ WJIL" to find out more about "The Joy of Computing: Planning for Success",  how SLA Illinois celebrates it's members, competencies that are now linked to the WJIL Course Catalog and an invitation from PALS and ShLS to join in a synergistic approach to programming.

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ALSC Award Winners Announced

January 26th, 2009 Comments off

ALA's Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) has announced the winners for 2009 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

A complete list of all awards and winners is available on the ALA website.

Read more…

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Willow Branch Township Library Seeking Children’s Chairs

January 8th, 2009 Comments off

Willow Branch Township Library is seeking five (5) children's chairs either wooden or plastic.  The chairs should be in good condition.  If you can help them out, please contact Heather Barrett at:

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What’s New @ WJIL

January 6th, 2009 Comments off

Customer service models for the Special Library, finding the “IT” factor, Library Spotlight on the Kankakee Public Library and fundraising and philanthropy during an economic crisis. It’s all in the latest “What’s New @ WJIL.”

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Gates Opportunity Online Grant Deadline Coming

December 26th, 2008 Comments off

LTLS public libraries that are eligible for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online hardware grants have until January 5th to complete the online TechAtlas inventory of public access computers. 

When you complete your inventory, please remember to check the “Inventory Complete” checkbox no later than January 5th.  Until you check the box, your inventory status will show as “In Progress”.

The Opportunity Online grants are designed to help public libraries and their communities build long-term
capacity for supporting free computer and Internet access.   Contact Joe Sciacca if you have questions on this grant.

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Libraries More Important Than Ever in Tough Times

December 22nd, 2008 Comments off

Tough economic times highlight the importance of libraries to our communities. NBC Nightly News produced an excellent piece on the increased use of libraries as part of their “Hard Times” series showing how people are coping with the economic downturn by turning to libraries more than ever and defending them when they are threatened by budget reductions. It’s a great reminder how much people depend on what we do. Check out the YouTube video below:

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Abraham Lincoln’s Commemorative Bookmarks

December 19th, 2008 Comments off

Many of you have remarked about how much you like the six bookmarks the Illinois State Library prepared to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday next February. All six bookmarks are now online, and you may print out as many as you like.

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IBM Predicts Next 5 in 5

December 15th, 2008 Comments off

IBM has released its 3rd annual “Five in Five”, a list of 5 innovative technologies that will change our lives over the next 5 years.   The list includes these concepts:

  • Energy saving solar technology will be built into asphalt, paint and windows
  • You will have a crystal ball for your health
  • You will talk to the Web . . . and the Web will talk back
  • You will have your own digital shopping assistants
  • Forgetting will become a distant memory

See the YouTube video press release for more food for thought:

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Eighth Annual Book Sale – Center for Children’s Books

December 12th, 2008 Comments off

The Center for Children's Books will hold it's Eighth Annual Book Sale at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, GSLIS Room 24, on the University of Illinois Campus, 501 East Daniel Street in Champaign, Illinois.

The Pre-Sale Event will be held on February 15, 2009 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets for the pre-sale cost $20. Those who are interested may call (217) 244-9331 or e-mail to reserve a ticket beginning February 2, 2009.

The regular event will be held Feburary 16 – 18, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day.


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.

  • $1.00 for paperbacks that retail for $5.00 or less
  • $2.00 for paperbacks that retail for $5.01 or more
  • $5.00 for hard-cover books

proceeds will benefit the Center for Children’s Books, a reference and
resource center for librarians, teachers, parents, scholars, and other

For more information, visit the GSLIS calendar at

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What’s New @ WJIL

December 11th, 2008 Comments off

Working with a greying population, new Library Law articles, ISLMA Wimba archives, how to find updates to the ISL website and tips for using the WJIL learning tools most effectively. You can find it all in the most recent “What’s New @ WJIL”

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Broadband Assessment Survey Help

December 10th, 2008 Comments off

Several questions have arisen from people filling out their Gates Foundation Broadband Assessment Survey, so we want to share these answers:

Question #1
NCES ID Number:  You can find this at  Enter your library name or zip code to locate your NCES record.  Your NCES ID is listed in the “Information” section as “Library ID”.

Question #4
How many Internet Connections:  This is the number of different connections to the Internet. For most libraries, this would be 1.  Having a combination of wired and wireless access for work stations within your network does not count as a second type of connectivity.  But if you have a T-1 circuit plus a separate wireless connection to the Internet, or if you have a T-1 and a fiber connection to the Internet, then 2.

If you answered 1 for this question, your last question is Question #14.  If you have 2 or more connections to the Internet, continue with details about your second connection starting at Row 103.

Question #7
Part of larger network:  If your library connects to ICN, enter X under “State Network”

Question #8
Speed of connection:  If you have a T-1, enter 1.544 MBPS for speed in Row 58.

Question #12
Who has authority:  If decisions about your Internet connectivity are made by your library, mark X in the “Library / System has authority” row.  The term “Library / System ” here means your library, not the regional library system.

If you have other questions about answering the survey, please contact Joe Sciacca.  Completed surveys should be sent via email with the spreadsheet attached to by December 12, 2009.

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What’s New @ WJIL

November 20th, 2008 Comments off

InfoPros as telecommuters, designing the digital experience, trustee webinar archives, an opportunity to celebrate Employee Learning Week with your staff plus tips on how to join in Discussions on WJIL. It’s all in the latest “What’s New @ WJIL.”

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Google Opens Access to Life Magazine Photo Archive

November 19th, 2008 Comments off

Remember LIFE Magazine?  It was once the visual record of the American Experience.  Most of the photos in LIFE’s vast archive, including hundreds of thousands of images that were not published in the magazine, have never been seen publicly…until now. 

Google has announced the availability of images from the LIFE photo archive, including photos and etchings produced and owned by LIFE dating all the way back to the 1750s.  About 20% of the entire archive is currently available, and Google will be adding the entire LIFE archive — about 10 million photos — during the next few months.

Browse the archive or search the collection via Google Image Search ( by adding the phrase “source:life” to any search term.  For example, to search for images about libraries, enter “libraries source:life” in the Google Image Search box .

Click on any thumbnail image to view a larger version, and for details on purchasing a high-quality print from LIFE.

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ISL Construction Grants Announced

November 18th, 2008 Comments off

The Illinois State Library has announced the FY2009 Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grant offering. 
Three categories of grants are available:
1. Remodeling For Accessibility – 50% match, grant award range $2,500 – $50,000.
2. Mini-Grants – no match required, grant award range $2,500 – $25,000
3. New Construction, Additions, Remodeling – 50% match, grant award range $25,000 – $125,000.

Key Deadlines: Letter of Intent due December 12, 2008; Full application due February 2, 2009.
Full grant information is located on the ISL website.

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National Financial Literacy Challenge

November 4th, 2008 Comments off

The National Financial Literacy Challenge is sponsored by the US
Treasury Department and Charles Schwab Foundation to promote learning
among high school youth about financial matters.  Teachers register
their school and students take a 35 question test online.  Students
getting a perfect score can win a $1000 scholarship prize.  Schools
with a perfect-scoring student receive $1000 for the school. 

Read more…

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Library Leadership and Management Association Seeks Library Public Relations Award Entries

October 31st, 2008 Comments off

The Library Leadership and Management Association is accepting entries for the 62nd John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award.

The award honors outstanding library public relations programs that support a specific project, goal, or activity, or a sustained, ongoing program (e.g. the promotion of a summer reading program, a year-long centennial celebration, fundraising for a new college library, an awareness campaign, or an innovative partnership in the community). Winning entries will receive $5,000 for their organizations from contest sponsor H.W. Wilson.

The contest is open to all libraries and agencies that promote library service. Entries can be for calendar year 2008 (January-December), school year 2007-2009 (Fall-Spring) or any special project that ends in 2008.

For an entry form and guidelines, visit the H.W. Wilson Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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MLA Webcast

October 23rd, 2008 Comments off

You are cordially invited to attend the MLA Webcast: Survival Tips and Stories: Expanding the Library's Services in Times of Disaster on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Rolling Prairie Library System, Decatur, IL in the training room.

Learning Objectives
The goal of this program is to provide a basic understanding of disaster planning and service continuity, assess the effect of disaster on health sciences library services, and provide a basic template for disaster planning.

* Understand the basics of service continuity
* Recognize other services the library can offer in the event of a disaster
* Understand the importance of risk assessment for your geographic area
* Introduction the importance of buddy or backup libraries
* Identitfy the public health aspects of a disaster and its impact on information services

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

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What’s New @ WJIL

October 15th, 2008 Comments off

Explore a toolkit for book censorship in schools, be inspired by the Tapestry of Freedom LSTA project, read the article “Cows, Fish and the Blues: How Three Small, Rural Libraries Strengthen their Communities,” and find out what Le puedo ayudar a buscar por esta información means by downloading “English/Spanish Library Conversations.” All this and more in the current “What’s New @ WJIL”.

Check it out at: along with highlights of upcoming and archived webinars.

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Public Library Per Capita Grant Deadline Coming

October 10th, 2008 Comments off

Just a quick reminder that the FY2009 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid grant deadline is near.  Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 15 or hand-delivered to the Illinois State Library by 4:30 p.m. on October 15.

Full details on grant requirements, what to include in the package, and where to mail your application are on the ISL website.  Contact Mary Downing ( or Jeanne Urbanek ( for more information.

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