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Human Resource Workshops Offered

May 18th, 2011 Comments off

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

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

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

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


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Attend MLA Webcast: “Shifting Skills to Navigate the Changing Horizon at RPLS

March 29th, 2011 Comments off

Rolling Prairie Library System has been selected as a GMR sponsored site for the upcoming MLA Webcast: “Shifting Skills to Navigate the Changing Horizon: Finding Our Way in New Biomedical Research and Health Care Environments” webcast. Thanks to this grant this event is free and open to the public.

You and anyone that you know would be interested in attending this webcast on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time, are cordially invited to attend at Rolling Prairie Library System headquarters: 345 W Eldorado Street, Decatur, IL 62521. You are encouraged to register in L2, but registration is not required. – Registration for L2.


Part I: Overview of the Changing Horizon: Brief history, Definitions and Driving Forces (e.g. funding sources, legal requirements)


  • New data sharing – data sharing in the cloud
  • Data curation
  • Mandates for public access to data (NSF, NIH data sharing plans)
  • Scholarly communications / scholarly publishing
  • Institutional, domain, researcher repositories
  • How institutions play a role

Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs)

  • Building collaboration, new roles for researchers
  • Systematic reviews and librarians
  • What is the role of the library?
  • How to locate and be involved 

Electronic Health Records (Meaningful use)

  • Look at changing requirements
  • Consumer information
  • MedlinePlus Connect and other patient-integrated tools
  • HL7 info buttons, integrating clinical resources into the EHR
  • How to talk to vendors
  • Regional Extension Centers
  • Community College training networks – new jobs, skills 

Part II: New and/or Expanded Opportunities Available

  • What has been done?
  • Examples
  • Question and Answer Session

 Part III: New and/or Enhanced Skills and Tools Needed 

  • Panel Discussion
  • What new skills are needed: people, business, research, computer/technology and teaching?
  • What you can do now with your current tool set?

Part IV: What and who is out there to help? Where to get training?

  • Training opportunities to re-tool yourself
  • Additional training options
  • Association-sponsored and/or regionally funded professional development opportunities
  • Regional initiatives, e.g. NN/LM NER eScience Initiative 

 Part IV: Conclusion

  • Next steps, long term view


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 feel free to contact me, if you have any questions.


Doris McKay, Consultant/Webmaster

Rolling Prairie Library System

345 W Eldorado Street

Decatur, IL   62522

Phone: (217) 429-2586 x 115

Fax: (217) 428-1852


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“Reading: Why It Matters to Children and Families”

March 1st, 2011 Comments off

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

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

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

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

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Request for Proposal – ISLMA conference

February 10th, 2011 Comments off

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

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What’s New @ WJIL: Planning for Summer Reading

February 3rd, 2011 Comments off

It’s true the snow is still flying – really flying here in Illinois- but this is still the perfect time to start wishful thoughts for warm weather and the summer reading programming that comes with it. Illinois has a rich tradition of supporting summer reading through the ILA iRead program, but you can still warm up your library’s summer reading program with a creative spark from the resources and ideas listed in the most recent edition of “What’s New @ WJIL”

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Register now for the 10th Annual Information Literacy Summit!

February 1st, 2011 Comments off


* Monday, April 18 — Illinois State University (Normal)

* Tuesday, April 19 — Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills)

* Wednesday, April 20 — John A. Logan College (Carterville)

Breakfast & check-in begins at 8:30

Program 9:00-3:30.

Randy Hensley, Professor and Head of Instruction of Newman Library, Baruch College, City University of New York, will be the keynote speaker at all three Summit locations.


$35 (includes breakfast, lunch and materials)


* Librarians who are involved with teaching and learning in almost any aspect.  Academic, school, public and special librarians attend.

* Teachers and other educators who want to discuss information literacy, student research and student use of information.

CPDUs available.

More information and online registration is available at:

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ISLMA Offers Professional Development Opportunities

February 1st, 2011 Comments off

ISLMA has two professional development opportunities for school librarians coming up in February.

Why Web Junction Illinois? — 2/15/11

Linking for Learning 3rd Edition: Your Resource for a Stellar Library Program — 2/21/11

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Library Support Staff Certification Offers Registration Assistance Awards

February 1st, 2011 Comments off

Released by the American Library Association – Allied Professional Association
January 31, 2011
For more information call Nancy Bolt at 303 642 0338 or email Nancy.

As part of a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) program, a program of the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association, will be offering Registration Assistance Awards of $175 to library support staff, half of the fee to register to become a candidate for library support staff certification.

The LSSC Program offers library employees the opportunity to achieve recognition for their experience, enhance library service, and increase skills and knowledge in areas like the foundations of librarianship, technology and communication.

The Awards are being offered jointly by the LSSC program, several state library agencies across the US, and the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table of the American Library Association.

The participating state library agencies are the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records; the District of Columbia; the Idaho Commission for Libraries; the Mississippi State Library; the Oregon State Library; Pennsylvania Office of the Commonwealth of Libraries; the Washington State Library; and the Wyoming State Library.

Each state library agency will offer between two and four Registration Assistance Awards.  Library support staff who are interested in becoming certified should contact the state library agency in these states.  Each state will be setting its own deadline to receive applications.

The Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT) of the American Library Association will also announce its participation in the Awards in the near future.  Library support staff will also be invited to submit applications to LSSIRT.

Nancy Bolt, Co-Project Director of LSSC comments,  “Research in Maryland and Minnesota has shown that certification results in library support staff who have a more comprehensive understanding of library service, are more confident, and contribute more to library operation and success.  And ultimately, it results in library users that are better served.”

To be eligible to participate in LSSC and thus receive an Assistance Award, applicants must have a high school degree or its equivalent and have worked for the equivalent of one year (1820 hours) as a library staff member or volunteer within the last five years.

Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) provides a path to recognition and awareness of the critical role that library support staff play in the delivery of quality library service.  To achieve certification, support staff must achieve six of ten competency sets either through development of an online portfolio or taking LSSC approved courses.  The competency sets are:  Foundation of Library Service; Technology; Communication and Teamwork; Access Services, Adult Readers’ Advisory Services; Cataloging and Classification; Collection Management; Reference and Information Services; Supervision and Management; and Youth Services.

Detailed additional information is available on the LSSC website: or by contacting Nancy Bolt at 303 642 0338 or by email.

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MLA Webcast: ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library

November 3rd, 2010 Comments off

The MLA Webcast: ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library is being offered for free at Rolling Prairie Library System on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm Central time, thanks to a grant from GMR. All librarians are welcome to attend. Please register in L2.

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

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College of DuPage LTA Spring 2011 Classes

November 1st, 2010 Comments off

College of DuPage LTA Spring 2011 Classes now forming!

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

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

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

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COD’s program is now certified in seven areas for the Library Support Staff Certification from the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association

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Try It! Illinois 2010

September 24th, 2010 Comments off

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

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

Try-It! Illinois 2010 will be posted at

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

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

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

September 24th, 2010 Comments off

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

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Geek the Library

August 20th, 2010 Comments off

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

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

The 4 Southern systems present this timely workshop:

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


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

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Read for a Lifetime

August 13th, 2010 Comments off

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

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What’s New @ WJIL

August 12th, 2010 Comments off

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