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IHLS Transition Board Personnel Committee

April 28th, 2011 Comments off

The Personnel Committee of the Transition Board will meet Wednesday May 4th at 6:30 pm via telephone conference call and Adobe Connect Web Conferencing.  The agenda and information on how to connect to the meeting are included in the following link:    Personnel Committee Agenda

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Transition Board Agenda — April 25, 2011

April 21st, 2011 Comments off

The Illinois Heartland Transition Board will be on Monday April 25, 2011 via video conference.  The meeting starts at 6:000 pm.  Video Conference Locations are :  Lewis & Clark Library System; Lincoln Trail Libraries System; Rolling Prairie Library System; Shawnee Library System; Illinois State Library; and Eastern Illinois University, Gregg Technology Center.  The agenda is Transition Board Agenda 4. 25.2011

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April 7 Transition Board Agenda and Documents

April 7th, 2011 Comments off

The Transition Board will meet on April 7 at 6 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Effingham, Illinois.  The following is the Agenda and the Board Documents:

Combined TB files 04072011.

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Transition Board Agenda and Documents — 3/28/11

March 28th, 2011 Comments off

The Agenda for the Transition Board was posted on March 25, 2011.  The document in this post has the agenda and the board packet including documents for the Board to consider and take action on.

Transition Board Agenda & Documents 3.29.11


Minimum Wage

August 3rd, 2009 Comments off

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour effective
July 24, 2009. Many states also have minimum wage laws. In cases where an
employee is subject to both state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee
is entitled to the higher minimum wage. Illinois is one of the states with a
higher minimum wage law, which is currently $8.00 per hour effective July 1,

 For more information on the minimum wage law in Illinois, see the
following link:

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FY 2010 Budget Update

August 3rd, 2009 Comments off

The LTLS Board of Directors and LTLS management have
been watching the state budget situation closely as I assume you have been. 
As you know a budget has been passed, but the details have not been worked out
in the Secretary of State’s office and the Illinois State Library.  At
this time we do not know how our members and how LTLS as an organization will
be impacted by the budget.  It is a
stressful situation to simply watch and wait, but the LTLS staff continues to
focus on providing a high level of service to our members.  We remain
positive that we will be able to continue to provide the same services to you
in FY2010 as we do now with little if any interruption or change in
services.  LTLS is also watching
our cash flow; at this time LTLS is still waiting to receive one final payment
of our FY09 state funds.  We expect to receive this money in full
according to the state library staff. 
A careful examination of our cash on hand shows that because of good stewardship
of our financial resources we will be fine for the next few months.  The
possibility exists, however, that there may be longer delays in receiving the
remaining FY09 and FY10 payments.  

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Consumer Product Safety Commission

February 2nd, 2009 Comments off

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today released an announcement to the Federal Register staying implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) until February 10, 2010.  Click here to read the announcement.

Libraries now have a little room to breathe, but this announcement is not an end to this problem. Since we know children’s books are safe, libraries are still asking to be exempt from regulation under this law.

While the CPSC and Congress continue to toss the burden of responsibility back and forth, libraries are caught in the middle. ALA will continue to work with members of Congress and the CPSC to ensure that a year from now, this matter is resolved once and for all, and America’s libraries remain open and welcoming to children.

Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director
ALA Washington Office

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ALA Older Adults Task Force

February 2nd, 2009 Comments off

The ALA OLOS (Older Adults Task Force) is in the process of completing a Toolkit on the topic of Older Adults.

The Task Force will be including a "model libraries" and "best practices" section in the publication.  And, they 
would like to include representative programs from around the United States and Canada. The plan is to include at least one program from every state and province.

Initially the Toolkit will be printed but go online soon thereafter.  They would like to encourage you to showcase a "model" or "best practices" older adult services program in this resource. To be included, please send the following information:

–Program Name, Library Name, City/State, Web Site, Contact Person, Brief Description of Program.

In addition, please include one or more of the following "tags" so that can be categorize the program:

–Technology, Programming, Outreach, Bookmobile, "Senior Spaces," Baby Boomers, Special Needs and Collection Development. Or, create a tag that your program might be listed under.

Information can be e-mailed to:  The deadline for submission is Thursday, February 12th.

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February 2nd, 2009 Comments off

20 grants of $500 each will be awarded through the Lt. Governor’s Illinois Rain Garden Initiative to plant rain gardens. The initiative empowers students and communities to confront local flooding concerns, restore native Illinois prairie habitats, and learn about green solutions to storm water management. Public institutions, non-profit groups, and schools may apply by the March 2 deadline. For more information and application materials, click here or contact Jamie Campbell at 312-814-6671

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January 16th, 2009 Comments off

The State Library is awarding 25 scholarships for employees of Illinois libraries to attend the "On the Front Lines Conference: Agents of Change" (OTFL). This conference for all front line staff will be held March 16-18 at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Each scholarship will pay for the recipient's conference registration, lodging, and a per diem for food and travel. 

The deadline for scholarship applications is January 31, 2009, and awards will be announced in mid-February.

For the latest information about OTFL speakers and events, and to register for the conference, go to L2 , the library learning calendar. Check back regularly for updates. 

If you have questions about OTFL or the scholarships, please contact Gwen Harrison or 217-785-7334 at the State Library. 

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Children’s Books and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)

January 12th, 2009 Comments off

In August 2008, the 110th Congress passed the Consumer
Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) to protect children under 12 from
exposure to lead following widespread reports about the dangers of children’s
toys coming in the United States from China and other places.  This new
law is administered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and will
likely start to take effect in February 2009 (although even this latter date
appears to be changing.)

Within the last few days, ALA and others in the “book”
community (other librarians, publishers, teachers, booksellers, etc.) became
extremely concerned after seeing that the CPSC intended to include books in the
definition of “products to children” that would need to be certified as safe. 
This concern was heightened by a letter from the General Counsel of the CPSC –
a letter that states that books are not exempt from the law.

However, ALA has been in discussion with attorneys, other
associations and the sponsors of the original bill.  Our analysis is that
neither the law nor the legislative history indicates any Congressional
intention to include books and even textbooks in the law.

Please stand by – there is no need to take action at this
time.  The situation is extremely fluid and every day this week ALA has
received new and sometimes contradictory information.  The ALA Washington
Office is taking measures to ensure this ruling (CPSIA) will not affect
libraries and has sent a letter to all Congressional offices alerting them to
the fact that we believe CPSC General Counsel has erroneously interpreted the
CPSIA to include books. ALA is also monitoring the potential impact on other
types of library materials as well.

Several key Hill offices have contacted the CPSC
Commissioners and the General Counsel.  We believe that the
misunderstanding may be cleared up, so the Commission can focus on children’s
items that are truly dangerous.

If we can’t get this resolved, we will need everyone who
wants children to continue to have access to safe children’s books to contact
the Commission and Capitol Hill – but, for now, we can stand by until we hear
more from our Congressional supporters.

Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director
ALA Washington Office

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ISL Tech Tools Survey

November 11th, 2008 Comments off

The Illinois State Library asks libraries to take a few minutes to tell them a little bit about your library use of participatory technology tools, sometimes referred to as Web/Library 2.0 tools. ISL wants comments to help build continuing education opportunities. It should take no more than five minutes to complete the survey.

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Library Bus Tour Survey

November 7th, 2008 Comments off

Lewis & Clark Library System is gauging interest in a bus tour that will take us to one of the most innovative libraries in the country—the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Along the way, we’ll visit other libraries of all types doing amazing and innovative things.

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November 5th, 2008 Comments off

The Washington Office of the American Library Association (ALA) will be participating again in the Google Policy Fellowship program for the summer of 2009. The first class of fellows worked for ten weeks this past summer at ALA Washington and at other public interest organizations involved in debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright reform, online privacy, and open government. In particular, ALA encourages master’s and doctoral students in library and information studies with an interest in national public policy to apply for this fellowship. We expect 2009 to be an especially exciting time to be in Washington…

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ALA Seeks Stimulus Funding

November 3rd, 2008 Comments off

The American Library Association (ALA) is asking Congress
for $100 million in stimulus funding to aid the nation’s working families
during the current economic crisis. 
Aid is sought to stem the bleeding of critical library services that
help Americans with job searches, small business development, financial
literacy and other essential assistance in hard economic times.

 Public libraries are facing the most severe cutbacks in
decades as budget shortfalls hit cities, towns and rural areas across the
country, according to the association. 
From Los Angeles to Boston, libraries are cutting hours and services;
some are even facing the threat of closure at a time when their support is
needed most.

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October 31st, 2008 Comments off

The Big Read is accepting application from non-profit organizations to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2009 and June 2010. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read will receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, financial support to attend an orientation meeting, educational and promotional materials, inclusion on The Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national initiative. Approximately 400 organizations from across the country will be selected by a a panel of experts.

To download the Guidelines & Application go to

Questions? Call Art Midwest at 612.238.8010 or e-mail

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Ask?Away Sign-Up

October 31st, 2008 Comments off

As of January 1, 2009, the highly acclaimed Ask?Away Illinois virtual reference service will only be available to libraries that have paid to be members. 

Tomorrow, November 1, is the last day to join or continue service for your patrons beyond December 31

Contact Natalie Tagge or call Natalie at 217-557-6329 to renew or sign up.

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Check out these ALA Resources

October 31st, 2008 Comments off

Some news from the American Library Association to help get the word out about ALA activities and library news to more people in libraries, ALA members or not:

  1. American Libraries Direct, a weekly email newsletter highlighting library-world news and resources as well as ALA opportunities, is now available to everyone.  It used to be just for ALA members, but now is open for subscription to all.  To read more or sign up check out the ALDwebsite.
  2. American Libraries, the monthly print magazine that goes out to all ALA members, now has a blog written by editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel.
  3. The current issue of American Libraries is also now available for free to everyone in as a PDF on the American Libraries website.  You used to have to be a member and log in to read it.  It has to be read through the ebrary reader, though, so you will have to download the ebrary readerand if you're using Firefox 3 you need to do a second step to work around a compatibility problem.

I would like to say congratulations to ALA for moving toward open access for its materials.  With the exception of the ebrary reader requirement (ookie), all of this is happy sunshine type stuff.

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Booktruck Video Contest

October 31st, 2008 Comments off

BOOKTRUCK "EXPRESS YOURSELF" VIDEO CONTEST FROM DEMCOWin a camcorder, camera, booktruck & more! Sing a song! Perform a skit! Read a poem! Take your booktruck with you for Saturday errands! It's up to you…get creative! Just show us how much your booktruck means to you. Submit your video by January 9, 2009.

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October 31st, 2008 Comments off

James Quisenberry, Public Library Trustee member of the LTLS Board, is on the committee working on revising the Library System Standards. The current system standards were developed in 1991 and many things have changed in library cooperation since that time. Background materials about the parallel efforts to revise the library system standards and administrative rules are available via the Illinois State Library website or WebJunction Illinois.

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Style from the Stacks: Project Runway at ILA

October 11th, 2008 Comments off

Book jacket met evening jacket. MARC records met Marc Jacobs. The library world met the fashion world on Thursday, 25 September at the ILA Annual Conference.

Conceived by 2008 ILA Annual Conference Program Committee member Maria Pontillas of the Glenview Public Library, the event was based on the popular Bravo Television series, Project Runway. Library staff members were encouraged to submit design proposals inspired by libraries and literature.

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Lincoln Bicentennial Flag

September 12th, 2008 Comments off

February 12, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln. Organizations throughout the country will mark this historic event, and because of Lincoln’s connections to the state of Illinois, our state will be the focus of many bicentennial celebrations. The Illinois State Library and Illinois State Archives are the two divisions within the Secretary of State’s office that have tangible connections to Lincoln.

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Serving Our Public: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries

September 10th, 2008 Comments off

Your Voice is Needed: Reviewing the Public Library Standards for Illinois

In 2006 the ILA Executive Board appointed a task force to revise the existing Serving Our Publics: Illinois Public Library Standards. The task force has been meeting, writing, debating, and now it is time to listen to the Illinois library community about their ideas and concerns towards the proposed library standards.

There are three ways you can add your voice to the Public Library Standards:

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ILA Annual Conference

September 8th, 2008 Comments off

The 2008 ILA Annual Conference is just two weeks away and there are a number of free events that we encourage all to attend.

The exhibits are free and will open Wednesday, September 24, from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, September 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Complimentary exhibits passes will be available at the ILA Registration Desk at Navy Pier during the conference. There are currently 142 companies signed up to exhibit in 163 booths; the last time ILA was at Navy Pier in 2006, there were 128 companies in 149 booths. Please note that exhibits will not be open on Friday, September 26. Parking is directly below exhibit hall B at Navy Pier . . . so carpool, rent a bus, or take public transportation, everyone is welcomed.

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NoveList® & NoveList® K-8 | NoveList Plus & NoveList® K-8 Plus

September 8th, 2008 Comments off

NoveList and NoveList K-8 is an online readers’ advisory service that helps librarians and readers find fiction books based on books they have read or topics in which they are interested. Readers can search for books by title, author or by simply describing a book they would like to read. NoveList K-8 is especially useful for teachers and students looking for new books or stories that have a particular appeal.

NoveList Plus & NoveList K-8 Plus is an online readers’ advisory service that contains information on fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages which can be searched using subject headings. Users can find books in a variety of ways including searching by title, author, or plot.

NoveList & NoveList K-8 or NoveList Plus & NoveList K-8 Plus is available to ILLINET member academic, public, special and high school library buildings and to middle and elementary library buildings. The Office of the Secretary of State, Illinois State Library pays 50% of each library building (location) fee.
The enrollment period begins October 1, 2008 – September 30, 2009.
The enrollment form is located at: .

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New from ILA

September 8th, 2008 Comments off

) The October 2008 ILA Reporter is on the ILA Web site

2) The 2007-2008 ILA Annual Report is on the ILA Web site

3) The 2008 ILA Annual Conference Program Book is on the ILA Web site

4) The 2009 iREAD Catalog is on the ILA Web site

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Mortenson Center for International Librarians Annual Lecture

August 25th, 2008 Comments off

Teresa Hackett
Manager, eIFL-IP (Electronic Information for Libraries – Intellectual Property)

Title: Libraries Advocating for Access to Knowledge: our role in the global A2K movement

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
4:00pm in the
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Room 126
Reception following lecture.


Access to knowledge (A2K) is essential for the functioning of open and democratic societies, economic development and innovation, culture and creativity. As the mission of libraries is to provide access to the world’s cultural and scientific knowledge for current and future generations, libraries are natural partners in the global A2K movement. With comparisons drawn with the beginnings of the environmental movement more than fifty years ago, A2K is an umbrella that has brought together diverse groups, including consumer and disability organisations, the free software community, public health activists, as well as libraries, united by the common desire for fair access to knowledge and knowledge-based goods in the digital age. The lecture will examine the role of libraries, especially from the global south, in this nascent movement.

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ALA Emerging Leaders

July 28th, 2008 Comments off

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2009 class of Emerging Leaders. Applications can be found at The deadline to apply is July 31.

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July 28th, 2008 Comments off

Join the library support staff on October 2-3, 2008, for the Reaching Forward South Conference to be held at the Northfield Inn in Springfield, Illinois. This year’s theme is: “Library Support Staff: A True Treasure” and the keynote speaker is Karen Schmitt. The fee for the entire conference is $65.

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Electronic Resources Support for FY2009

July 16th, 2008 Comments off

TO: The Illinois Library Community
FROM: Anne Craig, Director, Illinois State Library
SUBJECT: Secretary of State/Illinois State Library Electronic Resources Support for FY2009

As many of you know, the budget appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly for the State of Illinois has recently received significant cuts by the Governor to balance FY2009 (July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009) expenditures and revenue. The budget for the Secretary of State’s Office was cut by approximately $26 million. The Illinois State Library, along with all departments within the Secretary of State’s Office, must cut expenditures in order to accommodate these significant budget reductions.

The Secretary’s longstanding commitment to excellent service to the residents of our state remains foremost among all other considerations. Unfortunately, one of the specific appropriation reductions to the office’s budget was the reduction to the budgetary allocation that supplies funding for electronic resources and the delivery of library materials throughout the state.

Because the office recognizes the importance of the delivery service of library materials, we have worked to ensure that even with the significant budget cuts this landmark program will not be disrupted.

However, as a result of the budget reductions, statewide subscriptions supported by the Secretary of State’s Office for the following electronic resources must be cancelled, effective immediately:

Periodical Abstracts
Wilson Select Plus

We realize that the budget reduction may impact services to library patrons statewide, but we want to reaffirm the office’s commitment to maintaining and supporting a robust delivery service of library materials.

Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns.

Anne Craig
Director, Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1796
fax: 217-785-4326

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Public Library Survey

July 15th, 2008 Comments off

The Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs recently distributed a survey to library directors and board presidents, please take a moment to complete the survey. The survey seeks responses regarding the library’s role in economic development. This survey is a key component in the evaluation process for the Building Rural Libraries and Communities LSTA grant project. If you have any questions, please contact Rose Chenoweth at Alliance Library System,

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WILL-TV Offers Digital TV Presentation

July 7th, 2008 Comments off

WILL-TV, public television for central Illinois, is interested in working with public libraries to help educate people about the digital TV transition. Analog television is going away on February 17, 2009. Will you need a new television? Do you need a converter box? What kind of antenna do you need? It depends … and a lot of people are confused by the options. WILL-TV has developed a PowerPoint presentation about the digital TV transition as well as fact sheets, brochures and Web pages ( If your library is in the WILL-TV coverage area and you would like to schedule a presentation for your community, please contact marketing director Kate Dobrovolny

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LSTA Grant Discussion

March 21st, 2008 Comments off

On Thursday March 27th at 3 pm LTLS Consultants would like to invite you to LTLS to discuss the 2009 LSTA Grant Offerings. The discussion will include: grants in general; ideas that you have for grants and ideas that we have. In addition, LTLS would like to discuss our new Digital Gems service that any or all of you could be part of. For the past several years we worked with individual libraries and organizations to assist with some digitizing projects. As a result we are launching a new web site Digital Gems by the end of June and would like to add some of your digital gems to this site. We want to prepare a grant to promote the heritage of East Central Illinois and we are actively seeking small collections to digitze including photographs, scrapbooks documents and other items.

Come talk to us about digital gems and items you might contribute.

Come talk to us about your ideas for local LSTA grants

Come talk to us about System wide LSTA grants.

We want each of your ideas – bring your friends and if you have digital gems bring a local historian, a museum staff member or board member and have a good time thinking about possibilities.

We will meet at 3 pm on March 27th and look forward to talking with all of you. Please email Janet Hamilton ( regarding you attendance. Hope to see you.

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Traveling Exhibit

March 6th, 2008 Comments off

Since 1997, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has developed traveling panel exhibitions for display at schools, libraries, and historic sites.

Composed of interlocking panels with graphic reproductions of rare documents, images, and interpretive text, these exhibitions circulate nationwide, providing an introduction to critical topics in American history for students, teachers, and the public. Traveling exhibitions are FREE OF CHARGE (shipping included).

The Institute is pleased to offer a new traveling exhibition, Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times. The exhibition, which incorporates letters, photographs, and images from Lincoln’s presidency and Civil War soldiers and their families, is available to academic and public libraries only. If you are interested in hosting this exhibition, please apply by March 25, 2008. Questions about the exhibition may be directed to Susan Saidenberg at

For more information, and to download an application form, please visit:

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT VIA EMAIL OR REGULAR MAIL (NO FAXES) BY MARCH 25, 2008, TO: Susan F. Saidenberg, Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 19 West 44th Street, Ste. 500, NY, NY 10036, / 646-366-9666.

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Advocacy and the Modern Librarian

March 3rd, 2008 Comments off

To help ALA advocates “speak up” about the library message, the ALA Washington Office is offering a series of new resources in the coming months, including webinars, podcasts, online classes and materials to make your federal grassroots lobbying experience as easy and painless as possible. Join us for our first “Speaking Up!” webinar on Thursday March 6th at 4:00pm eastern.  You can learn more and register at

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ISL Announces Construction Program

September 21st, 2007 Comments off

The Illinois State Library FY 2008 Public Library Construction Grant program has been announced. The program information is available on the State Library web page. The required letter of intent may be faxed, postmarked, or delivered to the State Library by October 19, 2007. Full applications must be postmarked or delivered to the State Library by December 14, 2007. Please refer all inquiries to: H. Neil Kelley at 217-782-1891 or or Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901 or

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OCLC Symposium @ ALA

June 23rd, 2007 Comments off

Each year at the American Library Association Conference OCLC sponsors a half day symposium on a topic of critical interest to our profession. This year the issues were information property law, copyright digital communications, intellectual property and user privacy rights. It was a thought provoking afternoon as usual. If you are looking for the lastest information on the electronic privacy. Take a look at the Electronic Privacy Information Center Web Site.

The best quote of the afternoon was from Siva Vaidhyanathan who said “We should know more about our government than our government knows about us.” Pretty powerful.

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Libraries Help Save Money

June 6th, 2007 Comments off

This is was found in a blog entitled Personal Financial Advice. It provides good examples of how libraries save all of us money. Check it out at

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