Agenda posted for 06.30.2011 IHLS Transition Board Meeting

The Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board Agenda for 06.30.2011 has been posted. PDF Version of IHLS Board Agenda for 06.30.2011 Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors June 30, 2011; 6 pm Hilton Garden Inn; Effingham Illinois AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Roll Call – Recording Secretary 3. Public Comments If a […]

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IHLS Applications Review Committee Agenda Posted

Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board Applications Review Committee June 30, 2011  5:00 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, Effingham IL Call Meeting to Order—Karen Bounds Review Offers Made to Internal Staff Executive Session—Personnel issues related to employment Review Position Classifications Adjournment

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Grant Opportunity – Deadline Thursday, June 30th

The Illinois Youth Recreation Corps is a grant program to help not-for-profit entities and units of local government (including all types of libraries) employ 16-19 year-olds for up to 60 days this summer. Grants will fund wages for jobs that provide recreational opportunities in areas including (but not limited to) physical activity, arts, and learning. […]

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Libraries Selected

Sixty-five Illinois public libraries have each been chosen to receive almost $4,000 worth of equipment, hardware and software to help businesses and entrepreneurs in their communities create new economic growth opportunities.  The “Business and Libraries: Working Together” technology packages are the result of a $300,000 grant to the State Library from the U.S. Small Business […]

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Agenda Posted for IHLS Board Meeting 06.15.2011

Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors June 15, 2011; 7 pm Helen Mathis Public Library; Effingham Illinois AGENDA   Call to Order Roll Call – Recording Secretary Public Comments – If a member of the audience desires to speak to the Board, sign in and give to a System Staff member.  When making […]

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Agenda Posted for IHLS Board Orientation 06.15.2011

IHLS Board Orientation Helen Matthes Library 100 East Market Avenue Effingham, IL 62401 Wednesday, June 15, 20115:00 PM Call to Order Welcome—Tom  Turner The System and the Illinois State Library—Greg McCormick Roles and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors and the System Director— Jan Ison Background: How we came to this point!—Leslie Bednar Bylaws, Policies […]

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Agenda Posted for IHLS Applications Review Committee 06.15.2011

ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM TRANSITION BOARD Applications Review Committee June 15, 2011; 3:30 – 5:00 pm Helen Mathis Public Library, Effingham, Illinois 1. Call Meeting to Order – Karen Bounds 2. Review the Transition Board Actions regarding offering positions 3. Positions to be considered for offers 4. Executive Session – Personnel issues related to employment […]

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Agenda Posted for IHLS Transition Board Meeting for 06.09.2011

  Agenda June 9, 2011 The Agenda for the June 9, 2011 meeting of the Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board. June 9, 2011 Agenda in PDF format June 9, 2011 Documents in PDF format [Due to the file size it is posted on IHLS.] The Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board strives to ensure […]

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IHLS Legal Notice for Property, Casualty and Liability Insurance

LEGAL NOTICE ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM INVITATION TO BID PROPERTY, CASUALTY AND LIABILITY INSURANCE Sealed bids will be accepted by the Illinois Heartland Library System for various property, casualty and liability insurance coverage for the coverage period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The coverage shall become effective July 1, 2011. We invite bids […]

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IHLS Application Review Committee Agenda for 06.07.2011 Posted

The Illinois Heartland Library System Application Review Committee Conference Call Meeting June 7, 2011 1:00 p.m. Conference call in Number 1-800-444-2801 Pin number 3892694 be Connect Room: URL:http://wjil3.acrobat.com/r13898509/ Call Meeting to Order – Continue the Review of Job Descriptions Executive Session – Personnel issues related to employment Adjournment

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IHLS Application Review Committee Agenda for 06.06.2011 Posted

The Illinois Heartland Library System Application Review Committee Conference Call Meeting June 6, 2011 1:00 p.m. Conference call in Number 1-800-444-2801 Pin number 3892694 be Connect Room: URL:http://wjil3.acrobat.com/r13898509/ Call Meeting to Order – Continue the Review of Job Descriptions Executive Session – Personnel issues related to employment Adjournment

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IHLS Transition Board Minutes for 05.09.2011 Posted

PDF version of May 9, 2011 minutes. Place:         Hilton Garden Inn, Effingham, IL Date: May 9, 2011 Attending: Karen Bounds, Valerie Green, Janet Hasten, Amy Ihnen,  Katie Marsh, Linda McDonnell, JoAnn Nabe, Mary Ann Pohl, Bill Randall, Miranda Shake, Diane Steele, Anieta Trame, Tom Turner, Nina Wunderlich Absent: Rochelle Funderburg Other’s Present: Greg McCormick, Lawren […]

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IHLS Logo Design Opportunity

IHLS LOGO DESIGN OPPORTUNITY: Are you creative? The Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board invited individuals to submit designs for a professional logo for the system. The Board and staff are interested in seeing concepts, designs and ideas that will provide a brand for the system showing the interdependence of member libraries in providing service […]

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Transition Board Continues Its Work

The Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors met on Thursday, May 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Effingham. With a full agenda the meeting began at 6 pm. The minutes of the May 9 meeting were read, corrected, and approved. A financial report on the cash flow of the systems was reviewed […]

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Agenda Posted for 05.31.2011 Executive Committee Meeting

ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM Executive Committee MAY 31, 2011; 6:00 – 7:00 pm Electronic Meeting with Conference Call Electronic Meeting Sign in: http://wjil2.acrobat.com/ihlsexcom: Conference Number(s): 1-800-444-2801: Participant Code: 3892694    Call Meeting to Order – Tom Turner    IHLS Annual Plan – Val Green    IHLS Budget – Diane Steele    Adjournment

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IHLS Transition Board Agenda for 05.26.2011

The Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board strives to ensure that its meetings are accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability and require assistance to observe or participate in this meeting, please contact any of the current Library Systems at least 48 hours prior to the start of the […]

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Applications Review Committee Meeting Agenda for 05.24.2011 Posted

The Illinois Heartland Library System Applications Review Committee is meeting agenda for Tuesday, May 24, 2011; 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Effingham, Illinois. ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM Applications Review Committee Agenda for MAY 24, 2011; 5:00 – 8:00 Hilton Garden Inn, Effingham, Illinois 1. Call Meeting to Order – 2. Review […]

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Human Resource Workshops Offered

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 […]

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IHLS Personnel Committee Meeting Agenda for 05.18.2011 posted

ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM PERSONNEL COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL MEETING – May 18, 2011 6:30 P.M. Conference call in Number 1-800-444-2801 Pin number 3892694 URL:http://wjil3.acrobat.com/r13898509/ AGENDA Attendance noted as each calls in Notes from 5/11 meeting From previous meetings/Juliette creating Employment Definitions – Sec. IV of original doc., Part C, job classification based on other criteria […]

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IHLS Minutes for the 04.25.2011 meeting posted.

Illinois Heartland Library System Minutes for the videoconference meeting held 04.25.2011 have been posted. (PDF version of 04.25.2011 minutes)  Place:             Illinois State Library Video Conference LCLS Video Conference LTLS Video Conference RPLS Video Conference SHLS Video Conference Eastern Illinois University, Gregg strong>Date: April 25, 2011 Attending: Karen Bounds, Valerie Green, Janet Hasten, Amy Ihnen, […]

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Illinois Heartland Library System 2011 Board Of Trustees Election Slate Posted

ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM 2011 BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION SLATE Voting is done by an online survey. The link to the voting ballots is emailed directly to each member library (anticipated date: May 10 or 11, 2011). Contact your system for information about who will receive the email at your library. Voting deadline: 5/23/2011. IHLS […]

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IHLS Personnel Committee Meeting Agenda for 05.11.2011 Posted

ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM PERSONNEL COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL MEETING – May 11, 2011 6:30 P.M. **New Conference call in Number 1-800-444-2801 Pin number 3892694 URL:http://wjil3.acrobat.com/r13898509/ AGENDA I. Attendance noted as each calls in II. Notes from 4/27 and 5/04 meetings III. New section to review – Sec. IX of original doc. A. Working Conditions – […]

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IHLS Final Version of Agenda Posted for 05.09.2011

The final version of the agenda and associated documents for the Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board meeting for 05.09.2011 at 6 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Effingham, IL has been posted. Final version of Agenda and associated Documents in PDF format. TBResolution2011-22 (Employment Definitions) in PDF format. TBD 2011-24 (Position Descriptions) in […]

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IHLS Transition Board Agenda for 05.09.2011 Meeting Posted

Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors May 9, 2011; 6 pm Hilton Garden Inn; Effingham Illinois Documents for 05.09.2011 Meeting in PDF format. TBD 2011-24 in PDF format. AGENDA Call to Order Roll Call – Recording Secretary Public Comments If a member of the audience desires to speak to the Board, sign in […]

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IHLS Nominating Committee Minutes from 04.28.2011 Posted

Minutes, Nominating Committee Date: April 28, 2011, 2:00pm Location: Phone Conference 1) Meeting called to order at 2:00pm 2) Roll call Present: Diana Brawley Sussman , Committee Chair, Carbondale Public Library Deanne Holshouser, Edwardsville Public Library Nancy Huntley, Lincoln Library Kim Keller , Bryan-Bennett Library Bev Obert , Committee Liaison, Rolling Prairie Library System Committee […]

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IHLS Nominating Committee Agenda for Meeting on 05.06.2011

Nominating Committee Agenda:  Date: Friday, May 06, 2011, 10:00 a.m. Location: Phone Conference Dial-in Number:                1-605-475-6350 Participant Access Code:  62901 Visitors welcome. 1) Call to order 2) Discuss and resolve any issues that arose with proposed slate or election process. Add or delete candidates as needed to comply with geographic balance or legal by-laws. 3) […]

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IHLS Search Committee Meeting Agenda for 05.03.2011 Posted

Illinois Heartland Library System Search Committee Tuesday, May 3, 2011 7 PM. Agenda Call meeting to order Minutes of the Previous Meeting Update from conversation with Greg McCormick Review Search Firm Responses Agree on Next Steps.

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IHLS Transition Board Personnel Committee

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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IHLS Nominating Committee Meeting 04.28.2011

The Nominating Committee for the Illinois Heartland Library System has posted its Agenda for the 04.28.2011, 2pm conference call Meeting (PDF).

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IHLS Personnel Committee Meeting 04.27.11 Agenda

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

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Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Judges Needed

The Illinois Emerging Writers Competition (http://illinoiscenterforthebook.org/projects/projectsb.html) was created by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White to promote creative writing and  provide a unique opportunity to recognize new literary talent.  The competition offers two divisions – the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the James Jones Short Story Award-and is open to any Illinois resident […]

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Public Per Capita – Budget Amendments

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

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2010 Census Maps

The U.S. Census Bureau has placed 2010 Census maps on the Web.  The data may be particularly helpful for public library districts that will have to compare their district boundaries to census geography to arrive at their population figure for annual Illinois State Library Public Library Per Capita grants.  There are four types of 2010 […]

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Public Library “Business Packages” Follow-up

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Illinois State Library will provide more than 60 Illinois public libraries with “business packages”.  The packages include laptops, multimedia projectors, camcorders, software and training videos to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in local communities. The business packages will be made available to public […]

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IHLS Transition Board Agenda for 04.25.2011

Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors 6:00 – 8:30 pm; April 25, 2011 Locations: Illinois State Library Video Conference LCLS Video Conference LTLS Video Conference RPLS Video Conference SHLS Video Conference Eastern Illinois University, Gregg Technology Center AGENDA Call to Order Roll Call – Recording Secretary Public Comments If a member of the […]

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Transition Board Agenda — April 25, 2011

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 […]

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Nominations for IHLS Board of Trustees Elections

Dear System Members, Please take a moment to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZKS87ST by WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011. Your responses will help the nominating committee find potential candidates to serve on the Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Trustees. A slate of candidates will be developed with a goal toward geographic equality. Voting will take place […]

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White, Durbin Announce SBA Grant For Public Library “Business Packages”

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and United States Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Illinois State Library will provide over 60 Illinois public libraries with “business packages” that include equipment, software and training videos to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in local communities. Senator Durbin obtained a $300,000 grant through […]

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ISLMA/LBSS ENDOWMENT FUND GRANT

The Illinois School Library Media Association/Library Book Selection Service will issue its third annual book grants this year.  Public and private school libraries as well as public libraries registered in any of the Illinois Readers’ Choice awards programs—the Monarch Award, the Bluestem Award, the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award, and the Abraham Lincoln Illinois […]

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Search Firm Invitation to Bid

At the April 7, 2011 Meeting of the Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors, the decision was made to retain the services of a search firm or consultant to assist in the process of hiring an Executive Director for the Illinois Heartland Library System.  In compliance with (30 ILCS 525/) Governmental Joint Purchasing Act, […]

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WilsonSelect Plus Information for FY2012

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

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Transition Board Mtg. – Search Committee – April 11th

The Search Committee from the Transition Board will be meeting on April 11th, starting at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be virtual.  The agenda and how to access this meeting are included in this post. AgendaSearchCom4.11.2011

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Snapshot Day! on Wednesday, April 13th

SnapShot Day is less than 1 week away!  What is your library doing to prepare??? This is an important event for letting our state legislators know what libraries do for their communities every day.  For more information go to:  http://www.ila.org/snapshot/.  

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Planning Panel Agenda for 04.08.2011 Meeting

Planning Panel Agenda for 04.08.2011 (PDF) for meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Effingham.

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Transition Board Agenda April 7, 2011

Here is the agenda for the Transition Board for April 7, 2011. The meeting will be held at the Garden Inn in Effingham beginning at 6 pm.

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Southern System Resource Sharing Policy

The Southern System Planning Panel will be meeting on April 8 to consider approving the final version of the Resource Access Policy.  This important policy covers the areas of interlibrary loan, reciprocal borrowing, resource access, and the system automation programs. Please review the Resource Access Policy by April 7 and post any comments online that […]

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

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 […]

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Draft Planning Panel Minutes for 3.23.2011 Meeting

Planning Panel Draft Minutes for 3.23.2011 Southern System Planning Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Hilton Garden Inn Effingham, IL 62401-1972 Attending:

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Transition Board Agenda and Documents — 3/28/11

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  

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Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board Meeting Agenda for 03.29.2011

Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors Organizational Meeting 6:00 pm; March 29, 2011 Hilton Garden Inn, Effingham, Illinois AGENDA This is the Organizational Meeting of the Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board. The Transition Board is comprised of 15 members appointed by the Boards of Lewis and Clark Library System, Lincoln Trail Libraries […]

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Agenda for the 03.23.2011 Planning Panel Meeting

Southern System PlanningMarch 23, 2011Hilton Garden Inn1301 Avenue of Mid AmericaEffingham, IL 62401 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Meeting PurposeThe purpose of this meeting is to further the work of the panel toward the Goal/Outcome as approved by the individual system boards. Desired Outcomes of Planning Meeting — By the end of the meeting: Review […]

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Southern System Planning Panel Agenda for 03.11.2011

Southern System PlanningMarch 11, 2011Videoconference with sites atIllinois State LibraryLewis and Clark Library SystemLincoln Trail Libraries SystemRolling Prairie Library SystemShawnee Library System 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Meeting PurposeTo Review the Application for Merger due at ISL April 4, 2011 Desired Outcomes of Planning Meeting — By the end of the meeting: the application for […]

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Implementing Library Snapshot Day

Free webinar provides info on how to implement Library Snapshot Day The Committee on Library Advocacy will present a free webinar on Library Snapshot Day from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Library Snapshot Day is an event that provides library staff a simple means to show the value of […]

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Circulation Desk For Sale

Moyer District Library is selling their circulation desk. The desk is 17′ long and 31 1/4 ” wide.  They also have 2 round 4′ tables, 2– 3′ x 6′ tables and 1-8′ x 42″ table.  All are light stain with a laminate tops. If you are interested please contact Sharon Heavilin. 217-784-5343  

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“Reading: Why It Matters to Children and Families”

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 […]

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LINC Regional Meeting

Pat Boze gave a presentation regarding the merger process and the status of the automation system.

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Planning Panel Agenda 2.25-26.2011

Southern System PlanningFebruary 25 & 26, 2011Hilton Garden Inn1301 Avenue of Mid AmericaEffingham, IL 62401 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM February 25, 20118:00 AM – 11:30 February 26, 2011 Meeting Purpose The purpose of this meeting is to further the work of the panel toward the Goal/Outcome as approved by the individual system boards. Desired […]

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Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community

THE ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY Diversity Program Presents “Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community” DATE: March 24, 2011 TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PLACE: Lewis & Clark Library System 6725 Goshen Road, Edwardsville, IL 618-656-3215 Registration is free at L2 https://www.librarylearning.info PRESENTERS: Ms. Vandella Brown, Manager, Illinois State Library Diversity […]

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Southern Systems Planning Panel Input Needed!

The Southern Systems Planning Panel is working diligently, in conjunction with individual system boards, to move forward to a merged system that will be in place July 1, 2011. To that end, we would like to solicit comments from the membership on several of our working documents. The planning panel will meet on Friday and […]

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

“Books Build Better Brains: Wanderings at the Intersection of Children’s Literature and Early Brain Development.” Lecture by Dr. Dipesh Navsaria Friday, March 4th 7:00pm Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Rm 126 501 E. Daniel, Champaign Reception to follow in the East Foyer and room 131. *Illinois educators are eligible to receive CPDU recognition […]

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Adult Literacy Grant Application Now Available —Webinars Next Week

The application for FY2012 Adult Literacy Grants is now available online.  Applications are due April 15.  There are three separate literacy grant categories: Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring programs provide one-on-one instruction for adults to improve their reading, math, writing and language skills. Family Literacy programs equip parents and their children, together and separately, to improve […]

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Youth Literature Festival Writing Contest

Illinois Women’s Basketball Coach Jolette Law is encouraging students to “Make A Slam Dunk with Their Writing” in the 2011 Youth Literature Festival Writing Contest. Illinois children in kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible to enter. All entries must be postmarked by March 11, 2011. Complete information on the Writing Contest (including the entry form) […]

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Request for Proposal – ISLMA conference

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 […]

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IMPORTANT UPDATE—New Public Library Construction Act Grant Program

The rollout of the new Public Library Construction Grant Program has been put on hold because of a recent court ruling. The Live and Learn Construction Grant Program (see below) is NOT affected by the court ruling. Thanks to the public libraries that filed Statements of Interest for FY2011 Live and Learn Public Library Construction […]

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ISLMA Professional Development Opportunities

ISLMA has two professional development opportunities for school librarians coming up in February! Why Web Junction Illinois? — 2/15/11Register Linking for Learning 3rd Edition: Your Resource for a Stellar Library Program — 2/21/11 Register

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Library Support Staff Certification Program Offers Registration Assistance Awards

Released by the American Library Association – Allied Professional Association – January 31, 2011For 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 […]

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Go Green @ Your Illinois Library

Title: Go Green @ Your Illinois Library Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CST Location: Stephen J. Warner Conference Room, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, One Hazelwood Drive, Champaign This webinar is an abbreviated version of the one-day workshop that was held at The Field Museum in Chicago on October 22, […]

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Illinois Library Trustees: Charting a New Course in Times of Change

Attention Library Trustees! This year the Illinois Library Association is bringing its popular trustee workshop SOUTH! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 26, 2011 and head to Springfield. The workshop is entitled: Illinois Library Trustees: Charting a New Course in Times of Change. The event will be held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and […]

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Our Authors, Our Advocates PSAs Now Available

Authors are natural allies of libraries. Especially in these challenging times, they understand the key role that libraries and library staff play in the economic, social and educational fabric of our nation. They can speak passionately on the importance of not only sustaining, but increasing support for libraries. My presidential initiative, Our Authors, Our Advocates: […]

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Public Libraries – Apply Now for a Penny Severns Literacy Grant

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library Literacy Office invite public libraries to apply for a FY11 Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant. The Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grant Program consists of local projects throughout Illinois that provide activities to improve the basic reading, math, writing skills or […]

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The Center for Children’s Books Tenth Annual Book Sale

The CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS is proud to announce its TENTH ANNUAL BOOK SALE! Thousands of inexpensive, brand new children’s books will be available, including board books, picture books, easy and transitional readers, chapter books, series fiction, young adult novels, activity books and kits, nonfiction series, mass-market paperbacks, and more! Pre-Sale — Sun, February 20th, […]

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2011 Midwinter Meeting Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. A list of all the 2011 award winners follows: American Library Association announces  youth media award winners http://ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pr.cfm?id=6048 […]

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Penny Severns Literacy Grant Update

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

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FY 2011 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR)

The Illinois State Library is pleased to release the Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) FY2011 using the Bibliostat Collect software for data collection. The web-based IPLAR is accessible at http://collect.btol.com. To access the Bibliostat Collect site, you will need to know your library’s Illinois State Library (ISL) User Name and Password.  Your library’s User […]

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Live and Learn Construction Grant Update

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

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New Public Library Construction Act Grant Program

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

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My First Library Card: A New Year’s Message

My First Library Card: A New Year’s Message Last week I had the pleasure of witnessing my son’s receipt of his first library card. The sheer excitement of a small piece of paper that opens up countless opportunities cannot be understated. Regardless of library type, it opens a world of possibilities for recreation and study. […]

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Proposed Membership Criteria

The Legal, Governance and Membership subcommittee is requesting comments on the proposed membership criteria for the new system. Please download the (PDF) document.

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Mission Vision & Values

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

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Survey of Membership Summary

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

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Agenda for the Southern Systems Planning Panel Meeting 12.2.2010

Southern System Planning Thursday, December 2, 2010 Lincoln Trail Libraries System 1704 West Interstate Drive, Champaign, IL Phone  217-352-0047 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM Meeting Purpose The purpose of this meeting is to further the work of the panel toward the Goal/Outcome as approved by the individual system boards. Desired Outcomes of Planning Meeting By […]

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Project Compass – libraries and workforce development videos

Over the first year with Project Compass, WebJunction heard about the many successful ways in which public library staff around the country have responded to the needs of the unemployed. They also heard that library staff could use more training and knowledge to augment their ability to help the struggling workforce. And of course, they […]

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Public Library Days and Dates to Remember 2011 – 2012

Public Library Days and Dates to Remember 2011 – 2012 on WebJunction Illinois Public Library Days and Dates to Remember calendar for 2011 and 2012, starting with Trustee election petition filings December 13, 2010 to December 20, 2010 under the newest election law changes, and many more deadlines to come has been added to WebJunction […]

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Proposal for the make up of New Board.

The Legal, Governance & Membership Subcommittee of the Southern Systems Planning Panel is seeking comments on the proposed make up of the new board. Please download the (PDF) document.

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Live and Learn Construction Grant Applications Now Available

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library are pleased to announce that FY 2011 Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grant Program applications and related information are now available from the State Library’s website. Any libraries interested in applying for a Live & Learn Public Library Construction Grant should […]

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2011 ILEAD U Applications Due November 15

Applications are now available to become participants, mentors and/or instructors for next year’s ILEAD U sessions. Applications must be postmarked by November 15. The applications are available online from the ILEAD U website. ILEAD U is the State Library’s initiative to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory […]

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Big Read Contest

Libraries participating in the 2011 Big Read in Central Illinois have partnered to present a contest asking individuals to share a story, poem, video or piece of artwork or mixed media that expresses the influence of music in their lives. The Under the Influence: Music that Inspires Expression Contest is open to individuals ages 13 […]

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Read for a Lifetime

It’s shaping up to be another terrific year for Read for a Lifetime, the State Library’s popular reading program for high school students. If you haven’t submitted a participation form yet, you’ll find them online at State Library’s Read for a Lifetime website. Please return forms to Jeanne Urbanek at the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn […]

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Blue Books Available

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

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FY 2011 Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grant Program

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library are pleased to announce that FY 2011 Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grant Program applications and related information are now available from the State Library’s website. Any libraries interested in applying for a Live & Learn Public Library Construction Grant should […]

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

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 […]

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What’s New @ WJIL

ILEAD U is the Illinois State Library’s initiative to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program. Made possible through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant, the first cohort of 8 ILEAD U teams met for their final […]

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College of DuPage LTA Spring 2011 Classes

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 […]

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Update on System Funding

Thanks to all of you that sent in emails supporting library system funding.  Each system will receive some of their monies from last fiscal year in the next few weeks. Lewis & Clark Library System – $188,015.98 Lincoln Trail Libraries System – $143,273.72 Rolling Prairie Library System – $136,320.00 Shawnee Library System – $248,531.34 Again, […]

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Try-It! Illinois Is Underway

The eleventh annual Try-It! Illinois statewide database trial is underway and runs through November 30.  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 […]

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Illinois Blue Books Available

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

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

Take Action Now Important library services that many Illinoisans take for granted could come to an end as early as this December when library systems run out of money. These systems, which have been running off reserve funding since the beginning of the fiscal year (July 2010-June 2011), will run out of money in December […]

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Strategic Plan Survey

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

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Illinois Library System Presidents & Directors – Next Meeting

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

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Public Per Capita – Due Oct. 15th

Just a friendly reminder that the Public Per Capita and Equalization grant is due on October 15th. Please don’t forget to attach your Technology Plan.  If you have already submitted your grant and you forgot to send your Technology Plan in — you can still submit it by sending it to Mary Downing attention at […]

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