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Applications Review Committee Meeting Agenda for 05.24.2011 Posted

May 20th, 2011 Comments off

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 charge and agree on a process
    3. Executive Session – Personnel issues related to employment
    4. Adjournment

IHLS Minutes for the 04.25.2011 meeting posted.

May 17th, 2011 Comments off

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, Katie Marsh, Linda McDonnell, JoAnn Nabe, Mary Ann Pohl, Bill Randall, Miranda Shake, Diane Stele, Anieta Trame, Tom Turner, Nina Wunderlich

Absent:

Rochelle Funderburg

Other’s Present:

State Library—Diane Yeoman, Elizabeth Letterly, Joan Rhodes, Anne Craig, Greg McCormick, Lawren Tucker.
RPLS—Bev Obert, Louise Green, Richard Helton, Mike Szymkoski
ShLS—Christine Fine, Ellen Popit
LTLS—Donna Schaal, Ramona Rollins
LCLS—Amanda McKay, Juliette Douglas, Leslie Bednar
EIU—Jan Ison

Call to Order:

Called to Order at 6:19 pm

   

 

Agenda Item

Discussion and Decisions

1. Public Comments

 No members of the public wished to comment.

2. Minutes

It was moved by Green and seconded by Bounds that the April 6, 2011 minutes be approved as written. Grammatical errors were corrected during discussion. Minutes passed with amendments during a roll call vote.

3. Financial Report

Steele provided the report of the total Area and Per Capita funding received so far. Requested that all business managers present cash flow as of April as well as a status update of the LLSAPs funding. Question posed by Steele about what committee will work on the budget. It was determined that the Finance Committee would do this work. She asked that the Finance Committee seek consensus on line item reserve fund.

4. President’s Report

Turner met with the search committee via call and Adobe Connect. The initial bid request has been placed. Results will be reviewed on Thursday.

5. Staff Report

System Directors are meeting April 26 to continue discussions about the budget for next year.

6. Committee Reports

Nominating Committee—Dianna Brawley Sussman sent out a questionnaire to solicit nominations.

 

Facilities Location Committee—No report presented.

 

Search Committee—Turner noted that bids were due April 25 and the group will be reviewing them on Thursday.

 

Personnel Committee—Wunderlich reported a discussion held between the committee and Juliette Douglas regarding the difference between a code versus a manual. The bylaws stipulate that it is a code.

 

The Personnel Committee then presented two resolutions to be considered by the board.

 

Illinois Heartland Library System Work Week:

Wunderlich motioned and Randall seconded that Resolution No: TBR 2011-17 along with supporting Document No: TBD 2011-11 pass as presented. There was no discussion. The resolution passed with a roll call vote.

 

Illinois Heartland Library System Paid Holidays:

Steele motioned and Marsh seconded that Resolution No: TBR 2011-18 along with supporting Document No. TBD 2011-22 pass as presented. There was discussion regarding how many paid holidays state employees receive. It’s either 12 or 13, depending on whether it is an election year. The resolution passed with a roll call vote.

7. ISL Report – Greg McCormick; Lawren Tucker

Tucker  presented a report regarding the letter to Turner on April 20, 2011. The application to merge has been received and reviewed. The letter on April 20, 2011, addresses a few items that need to be included to make the application complete. Once those are received, final determination can be made about the ability to merge.

8. Unfinished Business

Illinois Heartland Library System Benefits

Document No: TBD 2011-12 is for informational purposes and will be discussed at the next meeting.

 

Illinois Heartland Library System Salary Scale

Document No: TBD 2011-13 is for informational purposes and will be discussed at the next meeting.

               

Illinois Heartland Library System Pay Period

Document No: TDB: 2011-14 is for informational purposes and will be discussed at the next meeting.

 

9. New Business

Membership Grievance Policy

Steele moved and Trame seconded that Resolution No: TBR 2011-13 along with supporting Document No: TBD 2011-18 be passed as presented. During discussion, several grammatical changes were proposed. The resolution passed as amended with a roll call vote.

 

Freedom of Information Procedures

Green moved and Bounds seconded that Resolution No: TBR 2011-14 along with supporting Document No: TBD 2011-19 be passed as presented. There was no discussion. The resolution passed as amended with a roll call vote.

 

Resource Sharing Policy

Bounds moved and Nabe seconded Resolution No: TBR 2011-15 along with supporting Document No: TBD 2011-20 be passed as presented. There was no discussion. The resolution passed as presented with a roll call vote.

 

LLSAP Funds Policy

Pohl moved and Nabe seconded Resolution No: TBR 2011-16 along with supporting Document No: TBD 2011-21 be passed as presented. During discussion, several grammatical changes were proposed. The resolution passed as amended with a roll call vote.

 

Illinois Heartland Library System Staffing Assumptions

Marsh moved and Bounds seconded that Resolution No: TBR 2011-19 be passed as presented. During discussion, Nabe questioned the use of the word tenure. Turner defined it as longevity. Nabe questioned whether it was the most appropriate word. “Years of Service” was offered as a replacement. Wunderlich questioned the phrasing “highest scale.” Nabe questioned whether that bullet should have a qualifier of “as funds are available.” The resolution passed with amendments with a roll call vote.

 

Compensated Absence and Sick Leave

Pohl moved and Trame seconded that Resolution No: TBR 2011-20 be passed as presented. The resolution passed without amendments with a roll call vote.

 

Illinois Heartland Library System Employee Medical, Dental, Life, Vision, Employee Assistance Program

Ison presented a bid prepared by the business managers. It is one bid that asks for two things; one that asks for the best insurance offerings amongst all of the Systems and one that asks for the minimum offered by the current Systems. Douglas mentioned that from a conversation with McCormick that the specifications should be tight enough so that the low bid can be accepted. Having two plans makes following this recommendation difficult. The business managers are recommending a single bid. McCormick confirmed that it doesn’t seem possible to request a bid for two separate plans. The concern for a single bid was that what if the lowest bid was still too high. McCormick said that in that case, all bids would be rejected and an emergency procurement would need to happen. Business managers will forward recommendation onto executive committee.

Green moved and Shake seconded that that Resolution No: TBR 2011-21 be passed as presented with approval of the final document of the executive committee and executive directors. During discussion Wunderlich asked if the first paragraph was being disregarded. Green confirmed that this is how she made the motion. The resolution passed with a roll call vote.

10. Announcements

Bednar announced that LCLS has a prospective tenet. IHLS will be included in the language of the contract so that future payments will be made to IHLS. Bednar also announced that a prospective buyer has been found for a parcel of land owned by LCLS, but this deal is expected to close before June 30. LCLS will retain the proceeds in their name.

 

The next meeting will be on May 9, 2011, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Effingham, Illinois.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:32 pm.

Organization 2.0: Building the Participatory Library

May 3rd, 2010 Comments off

Web 2.0 technologies are often a short spark rather than a slow burn (Friendster, anyone?). While many institutions like libraries have been successful in implementing these technologies as part of their online presence, the web is also littered with inactive library blogs, lifeless virtual library communities, and out-of-date Facebook pages.

To help ensure that yours is one of the success stories, join us for this free ALA TechSource webinar.

Panelists:

John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience, Darien Library (CT).

Meredith Farkas, Head of Instructional Initiatives, Norwich University (VT)

Blyberg and Farkas are both veteran writers and presenters involved in many efforts to implement 2.0 technologies in libraries. This webinar will give you a chance to hear about social networking implementations in a variety of library contexts, and to talk with the presenters about their own experiences and suggestions for best practices in implementing new technologies.

Don't miss what is sure to be an informative session.
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The Future is Mobile! Is Your Library Ready?

April 23rd, 2010 Comments off

The future is mobile. Is your library ready? a free online symposium, May 20, 2010 1-4 pm (ET)

No travel. No cost. Just insight.

The future of information services and mobile technology is tightly intertwined. That's why OCLC and Library Journal have come together to present a free online symposium on the future of mobile.

  • How will better connection speeds affect services and functions?
  • What will the rise of the smartphone mean to personal computing?
  • How will upcoming mobile trends impact your library, your users, and our culture?

Join our panel of mobile industry experts and librarians and find out.

Register today at: http://www.oclc.org/innovation

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Joe Sciacca’s Retirement Reception

April 23rd, 2010 Comments off

Joe
LTLS will be hosting an Open House for Joe on April 26, from 3:00 to 6:00pm at 1704 W. Interstate Drive, Champaign, IL.

Remarks will be made at 3:30.

LTLS would also like to gather stories or anecdotes about Joe and his service to the Lincoln Trail area. Please leave your comments by clicking this link.

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Goble to Address the Evolution of e-Science in Annual Windsor Lecture

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Carole Goble, professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, will present the Spring 2010 Windsor Lecture at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at 4:00 p.m. on May 3, 2010. A reception will be held in the GSLIS east foyer immediately after the lecture.

Goble’s lecture, “2010: An e-Science Odyssey, an epic drama of adventure and exploration,” will trace the evolution of e-Science (or Cyberinfrastructure) and explore timely questions such as:

• Did semantic e-Science work out?
• What are the prospects for open notebook science?
• What will it take for scientists to really share data and really add metadata?
• How will Web 2.0 affect the capture, curation/reviewing, and analysis of data and of publications?
• What do these developments mean for information specialists?

In discussing changes in the scientific method, Goble will draw on her personal experience with multiple e-Science projects to take stock.

Read more…

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Joe Sciacca’s Retirement Reception

April 16th, 2010 Comments off

Joe
LTLS will be hosting an Open House for Joe on April 26, from 3:00 to 6:00pm at 1704 W. Interstate Drive, Champaign, IL.

Remarks will be made at 3:30.

LTLS would also like to gather stories or anecdotes about Joe and his service to the Lincoln Trail area. Please RSVP and leave your comments by clicking this link.

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Missing Copy of Soul Moon Soup

April 9th, 2010 Comments off

Charleston Middle School Library's copy of Soul Moon Soup by
Lindsay Lee Johnson was not returned from LTLS cataloging on Thursday,
April 8, as it should have been.  We are concerned that it was sent to
another library by mistake. 

If you have received this book in error, please return it to Leigh
Ann Cloud's attention at Charleston Middle School Library.

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Joe Sciacca’s Retirement Reception

April 9th, 2010 Comments off

Joe
LTLS will be hosting an Open House for Joe on April 26, from 3:00 to 6:00pm at 1704 W. Interstate Drive, Champaign, IL.

Remarks will be made at 3:30.

LTLS would also like to gather stories or anecdotes about Joe and his service to the Lincoln Trail area. Please RSVP and leave your comments by clicking this link.

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Oakwood Public Library’s Copy of Everyday Life in the Renaissance Still Missing

March 17th, 2010 Comments off

Oakwood Public Library's copy of the following book is still missing (missing status first posted in LINC Update, December, 2009). The LTLS Cataloging Center received it in mid-October, 2009.

Everyday Life in the Renaissance
by Kathryn Hinds. Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, c2010. ISBN:
9780761444831. 

If you have received the book by mistake, please return it to Beth Kent at Oakwood Public.

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Missing Copy of Bodie Thoene’s Vienna Prelude

March 2nd, 2010 Comments off

Central Citizens Library District's copy of Vienna Prelude, ISBN
9781414301075, is missing following its arrival at the LTLS
Cataloging Center. The library sent it to the Cataloging Center at least several months ago, possibly as
long ago as late April-early May of 2009.  If you have received a copy
of this book by mistake or claimed it from the orphan list, please
return the book to Kerry Weaver, telephone: 815-694-2800, email:kweavs@yahoo.com.

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Librarians Talk with Legislators about Value of Libraries

March 1st, 2010 Comments off

Elaine Steingrubey, director at Morrison-Talbott Public Library, and Erica Pyle, director at Columbia Public Library, and I traveled to the Sparta and Okawville offices of Representative Reitz and Senator Luechtefeld to talk with them about the value of libraries and their importance to the legislators’ constituents.  We also shared with them the SNAPSHOT activities in their libraries and here at the System.  Having those stats and comments made an impression on the legislators in a meaningful way.  Both legislators gave us all the time we wanted and helped us to understand what will need to be done to improve Illinois’s economic climate and repair the damage done to the budget.  I will be booking visits to other LCLS legislators and will be contacting directors to come along.  It was a very enlightening experience for the three of us.

Call for Papers – IFLA-pre-conference

March 1st, 2010 Comments off

We are pleased to announce a Satellite Meeting in conjunction with the World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLAGeneral Conference and Assembly, "Open access to knowledge – promoting sustainable progress", 10-15 August 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden. The pre-conference Satellite Meeting “Open Access to Science Information: Trends, Models and Strategies for Libraries” will take place in the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) Conference Centre,Chania, Crete, Greece at 6-8 August 2010.

Call for papers

We invite people to submit papers on the following topics:

Libraries, Open access and heritage, Organizational changes,Open resources management and quality, Users and services, Staff contribution and staff enrollment, Copyright and licenses, Technological support: preservation, migration, sustainability and interoperability; Institutional Repositories enhancement, Academic authors’ contribution, Open Access Journals and libraries journal subscription policies.

The language of the session is English. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in duration. There will be additional time for questions and discussion.

Interested colleagues are invited to submit a proposal for a paper, a workshop or a session on the topics listed above which should not be more than 500 words long. Also, a short curriculum vita of the author(s) is considered important.

Proposals should be sent to:
Satellite Meeting Chair: Dr. Anthi Katsirikou, University of Piraeus Library, Greece
Satellite Meeting Secretary: Ageliki Oikonomou, MSc, University of Piraeus Library, Greece

For more information: www.ifla-sat-chania.com

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Penny Severns’ Summer Family Literacy Grant Info.

February 18th, 2010 Comments off

There will be a meeting about the Penny Severns' Summer Family Literacy Grant. The meeting will be an online presentation using OPAL. This grant information session will be recorded. A link to the recorded session will be emailed several days following the live session.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Presenters: Cyndy Colletti & Beth Paoli, Illinois State Library Literacy Office
Registration:  Registration is required.  Please register at this website.

At this on-line meeting, Literacy Office staff will go over the application and programming requirements concerning the grant application. This email will be your only notification.

APPLICATION FORMAT INFORMATION:

This grant is being offered as a pilot for Illinois State Library online grant application. The online grant application is in its final stage of development.  An email will be sent when the online version of the application is available.  Until the online version is available, a PDF version of the application  will be available on the ISL's website.

Please begin working on developing partnerships and your proposal.  You may find the PDF at the web site. You may print this document, the cover page and the instructions prior to the grant information session for note taking purposes. If the PDF version is not available at the web site, the online version will be visible.  When available, this version will be the required format. 

The Penny Severns’ Summer Family Literacy grant offering is being funded through federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds; therefore, these funds are exclusively available to public libraries. It is a program designed to assist libraries to recruit low-literate and limited English proficient families as the target audience, and to develop reading related, need-based library programs, events or activities involving low-literate and/or limited English proficient families.  Programming must include the following components:  reading enrichment for low literate or limited English proficient adults, reading enrichment for the children of those adults, interactive, literacy-based, activities in which the parents and children learn together, and related library activities for the target families’ participation.  In addition, libraries may purchase materials to support family literacy activities and are encouraged to develop relationships with adult literacy agencies to provide reading enrichment and literacy activities.  Libraries demonstrating formal cooperation with adult literacy provider agencies will receive increased consideration for funding in the competitive application review process.

The online application and must be submitted to the Secretary of State Illinois State Library Literacy Office in an electronic format.  No paper copies will be accepted.  The due date of the application is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2010.

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Synergy 2010 Participants Announced

February 17th, 2010 Comments off

Congratulations to Ryan A. Franklin, from the Mattoon Public Library for being selected to take part in Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2010, the statewide library community's movement to recruit and nurture future Illinois library leaders.

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Better World Books/NCFL Libraries and Family Award

February 12th, 2010 Comments off

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The Better World Books
Libraries and Families Award available from the National Center for
Family Literacy has announced that the application is now
available online.
Through this opportunity NCFL and Better World Books will reward and
enhance existing family programming and expand literacy-building
practices of families in library
settings.

One $10,000 grant will be awarded in each of these categories:
· local Friends of the Library programs
· public/academic libraries
· urban libraries

The winners will also receive scholarships to NCFL's 2010 National Conference on Family Literacy that will take place April 11-13 in San
Antonio, Texas.

The deadline to apply is March 3, 2010.

To learn more about the award and to apply, visit www.famlit.org/BWB-library-award.

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Snapshot Day: Wrap Up!

February 11th, 2010 Comments off

Snapshot

Thanks to all the libraries who took part in "Snapshot of a Day in the Life of Your Library" on Wednesday. Make sure to fill out the Online Reporting Form (Survey Monkey) to report your results. Please post your pictures to the Flickr Group too!

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Free Webinar on Tech Trends from ALA Midwinter

January 13th, 2010 Comments off

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TechTrends: MidWinter 2010
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A look back at ALA Midwinter meeting from a library technology perspective. Our panel of experts will analyze and discuss what they learned and what trends stood out at the conference.

Panelists:

  • Jason Griffey, Head of Library Information Technology, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and ALA TechSource and
    American Libraries
    blogger
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    Open Source Implementation Coordinator, Bibliomation Inc., and ALA TechSource blogger
  • Greg Landgraf, Associate Editor,
    American Libraries
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    American Libraries

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LITA seeks volunteer acquisitions editor

December 4th, 2009 Comments off

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) invites applications for the member volunteer position of Acquisitions Editor.   Applications are due Dec. 31, 2009.  

The Acquisitions Editor is charged with developing topics for LITA publications, soliciting suggestions for publications from LITA members and others, interacting with authors to produce the publications in manuscript format and coordinating the editorial review of manuscripts by members of the LITA Publications Committee.

Read more…

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ALA partners with Safeway Inc. to launch cereal box initiative

October 28th, 2009 Comments off

Lifelong_L Libraries are everywhere, rooted in nearly every school, campus and community, but they are are about to take front and center in a new place: the breakfast table.

The American Library Association (ALA) is working with Safeway Inc., on a roll-out of the first two of five Safeway-brand cereal boxes with back-panel content about libraries and librarians. The boxes will launch this October and will be available at Safeway’s 1,500 stores across the nation.

” We are proud to partner with the American Library Association and collaborate in the creation of educational panels for our line of Safeway Brand cereal. This is a way we can support the efforts of the ALA and bring education and enjoyment to our consumers,” said Mike Minasi, Safeway president, marketing.

“We want to thank Safeway for presenting us with a unique opportunity,” said ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. “The cereal boxes will bring information about some of the exciting ways to enjoy libraries – and about the value of libraries — straight into people’s homes.”

The first boxes to feature the library-related content are Toasted Oats and Honey Nut Toasted Oats. There will be a staggered launch for the rest of the panels.

Read more…

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Synergy 2010

September 24th, 2009 Comments off

Synergy:  The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2010 is the statewide library community's proactive movement to recruit and nurture future Illinois library leaders.  Objectives include self-assessment; discovering and developing personal values; identifying the local, state and global environment; fostering and expanding skills and tools for personal, professional and positional leadership; creating a cohort group; establishing mentoring relationships; and developing a vision of and beyond the field of librarianship.

Librarians selected to participate in Synergy:  The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2010 will commit to a yearlong process, beginning with the first session at Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center through intersession activities and ending with the session at the Hickory Ridge Marriott Conference Hotel.  Each site has been chosen for its unique Illinois flavor and for the natural progression, geographically, personally, professionally, as Synergy and its participants travel across the state.

Information about and the application for Synergy 2010, the Illinois Library Leadership Initiative, have been posted at: http://il.webjunction.org/synergy  Applications must be postmarked by Monday, November 30, 2009.

Please call Vandella Brown at 217-785-9075,   Cyndy Colletti at 217-524-3529, Pat Norris at 217-524-5867, or Ellen Popit at 1-800-455-4374 ex. 2024 with any questions.

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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.

http://webjunctionworks.org/il/blog/index.php/2009/09/01/whats-new-wjil-focus-on-technology-policies/

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Booklist Online rolls out lively and informative reference blog

July 7th, 2009 Comments off

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Booklist Online announces the addition of Points of Reference to its growing family of blogs. Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts from academic, public and school libraries post about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services.

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Random Fun Fact

July 6th, 2009 Comments off

Shortly after noon on July 8, 2009, a once in a lifetime event will occur: 12:34:56 7/8/9. Or, twice, if you stay awake past midnight and don’t observe military time. 🙂

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U.S. libraries responding to country’s changing populations

April 2nd, 2009 Comments off

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As the nation’s population continues to become more diverse, hundreds of libraries will showcase their multicultural programs and services this April 30th during national El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day). This year marks the 13th anniversary of the observance also known as Día, and libraries across the country will host Día celebrations with family programs, including bilingual story hours, book giveaways, and other literacy events.

Read more…

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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.

http://webjunctionworks.org/il/blog/index.php/2009/02/10/whats-new-wjil-february-10-2009/

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Libraries Dodged a (Lead) Bullet from CPSIA

February 10th, 2009 Comments off

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has postponed by one year enforcement of the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 – Public Law 110-314 (CPSIA) on allowable lead content in products made for children under 12.  Originally scheduled to take effect on February 10th, the regulations caused great distress for libraries.  Libraries would have been forced to restrict access to items, including children's books, produced before 1985 that had not been tested and found to have acceptably low (under 600 ppm) lead levels. 

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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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Order LexisNexis Library Express Online

January 15th, 2009 Comments off

Illinois public libraries may now order their discounted subscription to LexisNexis Library Express through the Library Partnership Trust.  Library Express provides the same critical research results accessible to professionals for you and your patrons.  This powerful, easy-to-use, Web-based service includes access to over 6,000 premium news, business, and legal sources. 

This special discount through the Library Partnership Trust is for a full three-year subscription to LexisNexis Library Express.  If your start date is other than January 1, 2009, the annual subscription fee for your first installment payment will be prorated.

Read more…

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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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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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Management Musings

December 11th, 2008 Comments off

I’m always looking for additional ways to enhance my colleagues and my own management skills and tools. When I read about a Developing Great Managers conference, I was intrigued to find out more.

First, though, I’d like to share how I actually discovered that there is such a thing as a management conference. As an American Library Association member, I’m on a few electronic lists of various topics. One of my favorite lists is clenert (continuing library education network and round table). Mary Ross, a CLENERT board member and former manager of staff development at the Seattle Public Library, sent a message to the clernert list about a Webinar on Learning for Learning Professionals. In that message was information about ASTD’s Employee Learning Week (ASTD = American Society for Training & Development). So, I went to the ASTD web site to learn more. While there, I came across several interesting items, but the one that really drew my attention was under Upcoming Events (Developing Great Managers Conference). Once at the Web page for the conference, I decided to view the conference agenda and from there discovered the conference facilitator’s and the two guest speakers’ Web sites. And finally, I felt compelled to share this journey with you so that you could decide if this information is useful to your situation.

Lisa Haneberg is the conference facilitator, she is the author of several management titles, and she has a management blog called Management Craft.

Terry Starbucker has been in the business world for more than 25 years in various leadership positions. He is constantly learning about leadership and is willing to share his ideas, experiences, and knowledge. His Website is pretty interesting.

David Zinger shares himself at Employee Engagement Zingers. He is a leading expert on both employee engagement and strength based leadership. His approach mixes current research with practical approaches in order to achieve results.

While I did not attend the Developing Great Managers conference, I feel that I benefited from it nonetheless. Having discovered the people and their Web sites outlined above, I have new tools to assist me in my continuing quest to be the best that I can be and to help those around me be the best that they can be as well.

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PLA offers budget and finance workshop for public librarians

December 10th, 2008 Comments off

The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering public librarians an opportunity to learn practical skills and knowledge that will help them better manage their libraries' budgeting process.

The Budget and Finance workshop, taught by Sandra Nelson, is scheduled for Jan. 14-15, 2009 in Decatur, Ga., and features an intensive, small group environment. Participants will learn how to link the budget process to the library’s strategic planning priorities; how to assign budget responsibilities, identify typical budget categories and prepare a program budget from a line-item budget. They will also learn how to complete a cost-benefit analysis, establish fiscal controls and manage cash flow.

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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 http://nces.ed.gov/globallocator.  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 Illinois@LRWsupport.com by December 12, 2009.

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Hello world!

November 26th, 2008 Comments off

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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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 (http://images.google.com) 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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Time is running out to join AskAway…

October 21st, 2008 Comments off

LAST DAY TO JOIN ASKAWAY: NOVEMBER 1, 2008

If you are still wondering about whether to join, here are the Top 5 Reasons to join Ask Away:

Top 5 Reasons to Renew ‘Ask Away’

1. ACCURACY ~ reliable answers from professionals
2. COVERAGE ~ 24/7 gives your patrons coverage after library hours
3. FOLLOW UP ~ transcripts of chat sessions are emailed to patrons
4. COST ~ lowest price of any virtual reference service
5. JOIN NOW  — PAY LATER when 2009 billing comes from LTLS

The Ask Away deadline is fast approaching.  DON’T DELAY.  TIME IS SHORT.
Contact Natalie Tagge at the ISL 217- 557-6329 ntagge@ilsos.net today.

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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 (mdowning@ilsos.net) or Jeanne Urbanek (jurbanek@ilsos.net) for more information.

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Programapedia: The Synergistic Approach to Programming

October 8th, 2008 Comments off

This LSTA grant funded project was created by staff of the Prairie Area Library System (PALS) and the Shawnee Library System (ShLS). Programapedia is a wiki that provides access to library programming and presenter resources for use by any library. The online profiles that make up Programapedia may provide information including program description, costs, feedback from other librarians, and presentation materials, as available. Anyone may view the entries and utilize the data contained in Programapedia.

However, initially, only members of PALS and ShLS may add new data if they have been approved as an author. Later in FY2009, full access to Programapedia will be opened up to all Illinois library systems. Programapedia can only become a richer, more robust resource as more librarians contribute their knowledge and experiences. In the meantime, we encourage all librarians to immediately start using Programapedia to generate ideas and find presenters for their library programming needs.

Check it out at:  http://www.programapedia.org

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, 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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HALPR Scores Incorrect

October 3rd, 2008 Comments off

If you use the data from the HALPR Index, just published in the October issue of American Libraries, please be aware that due to a processing error the data, as originally published, was incorrect, resulting in libraries receiving the same ranking in 2008 as they did in 2006.  Corrected data has been posted on the HALPR website.  Further information about the error is available on the ALA website.

The HALPR Report (Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings) ranks US public libraries on a variety of measures by size of library.

The corrected data for Illinois indicates several LTLS public libraries are ranked highly among their peers.  Champaign Public Library (97th percentile), Urbana Free Library (96th), Bement (94th), West Union (93rd), Arthur (89th), Marshall (85th), Tolono (84th), Cissna Park (84th), Newman (83rd), Mansfield (81st), Villa Grove (81st), and Gibson City (81st).  Congratulations to all!

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ALA provides free National Gaming Day @ your library activity resources

September 29th, 2008 Comments off

Hundreds of libraries across the country are preparing to
celebrate the American Library Association’s (ALA) first annual
National Gaming Day @ your library on Nov. 15, 2008.  ALA invites
libraries of all types to join in the celebration by registering for
two national gaming activities: a national video game tournament and
board game challenge. Libraries also can develop their own National
Gaming Day activities by using free resources from the ALA Gaming
Resources  Web site at http://gaming.ala.org/resources.

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Synergy 2009

September 22nd, 2008 Comments off

Applications are now being accepted for Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2009. Synergy is the statewide library community’s proactive movement to recruit and nurture future Illinois library leaders.

Information about Synergy including selection criteria, a list of frequently asked questions, an application checklist and dates for the three 3-day Synergy conferences is available.  The application deadline is Friday, November 28, 2008.

The Shawnee Library System, the Illinois State Library and the Illinois Library Association are sponsoring the 2009 Synergy Initiative.

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Weekly Poll

September 5th, 2008 Comments off

Be sure to check out our new survey below, or on our home page.

You can also view results from previous weekly polls.

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Book Arts Workshop

August 20th, 2008 Comments off

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce NEW DATES for the following book arts workshop. This workshop is open to the public.

TITLE: Working with Leather: Exposed Sewn Binding

DESCRIPTION: In this workshop, students will learn the basics of working with leather binding, including tooling and multiple color inlays and paring. On the second day, a small blank book will be created by sewing with an exposed style stitch over cords or straps. No previous experience with working leather will be needed, but basic binding experience preferred.

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Weekly Poll

August 8th, 2008 Comments off

Be sure to check out our new survey below, or on our home page.

You can also view results from previous weekly polls.

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Weekly Poll

August 1st, 2008 Comments off

Be sure to check out our new survey below, or on our home page.

You can also view results from previous weekly polls.

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New Features

July 25th, 2008 Comments off

Have you had a chance to read the new feature articles yet?
ALA 2008
Fresh Perspectives on Library Issues
What is the Future of Libraries?
Metadata Creation
Beyond Gaming Tournaments
We will have new features again in early August.

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Second Life 101

July 21st, 2008 Comments off

Are you new to Second Life? Having trouble navigating, flying and getting dressed? If so, this course is for you. Second Life IS a whole new world, and we invite you to join Barbara (Puglet Dancer) Galik for four fun and interactive sessions that will assist you with Second Life Basics, acquaint you with educational and other great places to go, teach you how to design an avatar – virtual persona – and give you the skills you need to enjoy Second Life.

Read more…

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Weekly Poll

July 11th, 2008 Comments off

Be sure to check out our new survey below, or on our home page.

You can also view results from previous weekly polls.

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Parkland has for give-away the following

July 10th, 2008 Comments off

1. Congressional Quarterly Almanac
   1965 – v.21 thru 1985 – v.41
   1989 – v.45 thru 1995 – v.51
   1997 – v.53 thru 1998 – v.54

2. America votes (Election Research)
   1966 – v.7 thru 1998 – v.23

3. Book of the States
   1974/75 thru 1988/89

Please contact Frances Drone-Silvers, fdrone-silvers@parkland.edu

if interested.

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Weekly Poll

July 3rd, 2008 Comments off

Be sure to check out our weekly poll below, or on our home page.

You can also view results from previous weekly polls.

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Lewis and Clark Library System Filtering Video on UTube

April 3rd, 2008 Comments off

The topic is filtering in public libraries. Using clips from actual librarians, this video makes the case for keeping the choice to use Internet filters in the hands of the librarians and the communities they serve.  Lewis and Clark Library System produced a video describing some of the issues.  Amanda McKay, formerly of LTLS, was the producer of this product.  Enjoy.

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Building Rural Libraries and Communities: Planning for the Future

January 3rd, 2008 Comments off

Western Illinois University Libraries, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Alliance Library System, and Western Illinois Entrepreneurship Center will be sponsoring a workshop on making your library a vital resource for community and economic development. For more information and registration information, go to: http://www.alliancelibrarysystem.com/article.cfm?id=1961

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National Endowment for the Arts New Reading Study

November 19th, 2007 Comments off

To Read or Not To Read gathers statistics from more than 40 studies on the reading habits and skills of children, teenagers and adults and expands the investigation of the NEA’s landmark 2004 report, Reading at Risk.

Among the key findings:

Less than one-third of 13-year-olds are daily readers, a 14 percent decline from 20 years earlier. Among 17-year-olds, the percentage of nonreaders doubled over a 20-year period, from 9 percent in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004.

Reading scores for American adults of almost all education levels have deteriorated, notably among the best-educated groups. From 1992 to 2003, the percentage of adults with graduate school experience who were rated proficient in prose reading dropped by 10 points, a 20 percent rate of decline.

Nearly two-thirds of employers ranked reading comprehension “very important” for high school graduates. Yet 38 percent consider most high school graduates deficient in this basic skill.

Literary readers are more likely than nonreaders to engage in positive civic and individual activities—such as volunteering, attending sports or cultural events, and exercising.

View the News Release.

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Free Magazines

November 13th, 2007 Comments off

The Illinois Leadership Center at the University of Illinois is looking to donate magazines that they have collected throughout the years. Some of the magazines include:

Diversity Inc.
Harvard Business Review
Training and Development
Fast Company
Leader to Leader

These magazines’ year of publication range from 2001-present.

Please contact Jose Ramos at: Leadership@ad.uiuc.edu if you are interested or if you know any other venues that might want them. Thank you very much for your time.

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New Feature Articles on the LTLS Home Page

October 26th, 2007 Comments off

The following articles have been posted to the LTLS home page (http://www.lincolntrail.info):

About OCLC
WorldCat Local – A Perfect Partnership
OCLC Reports provided to the library community
OCLC Training offtered at LTLS
WebJunction Illinois – Information Portal for Illinois Libraries

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SYNERGY 2008

October 19th, 2007 Comments off

Dates have been announced and applications are being accepted for Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2008.

Synergy is the statewide library community’s proactive movement to recruit and nurture future Illinois library leaders. Objectives include self-assessment; discovering and developing personal values; identifying the local, state and global environment; fostering and expanding skills and tools for personal, professional and positional leadership; creating a cohort group; establishing mentoring relationships; and developing a vision of and beyond the field of librarianship.

Librarians selected to participate in Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2008 will commit to a yearlong process. Three three-day seminars will be held: April 1-3, Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, Utica; August 5-7, Pere Marquette Lodge, Grafton; and November 18-20, Hickory Ridge Marriott Conference Hotel, Lisle. Each site has been chosen for its unique Illinois flavor and for the natural progression, geographically, personally, professionally, as Synergy and its participants travel across the state.

Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2008 applicants are responsible for compiling and submitting their complete applications to Ellen Popit, Committee Chair, at Shawnee Library System. Applications must be post marked by Friday, November 30, 2007. All applicants will be notified in regard to their application by late January 2008. Questions about Synergy may be directed to Patricia Norris, Vandella Brown or Cyndy Colletti at the State Library (1-800-665-5576 Option #1) or Ellen Popit (1-800-455-4374 extension 2024).

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Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: Straight Talk

October 18th, 2007 Comments off

Join us at RPLS Headquarters, 345 W Eldorado St., Decatur, IL for this MLA webcast sponsored by GMR. This is a FREE workshop.

Goals: Without doubt dramatic changes over the past several years in scientific, technical, and medical publishing have opened a Pandora’s box of questions, confusion, and complexity for library patrons, researchers, and librarians and have become the subject of much discussion. The Medical Library Association (MLA) continues its engagement in the conversation and speaks to the issues in its Webcast, “Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: Straight Talk”.

Objectives: Introduce, define, and explain significant models of scholarly publishing. Explore the impact of open access on hospital libraries, academic libraries, and authors.

Discuss practical examples of new models of scholarly publishing and describe actions from both university and hospital perspectives to support new approaches.

Wraparound discussion Session I 12:30 p.m., central time
Webcast 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., central time
Wraparound discussion Session II 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., central time

For more information and registration, go to:
http://www.rpls.ws/Ce/index.asp?Action=Details&EventID=2978

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Creating More Inclusive Libraries

October 8th, 2007 Comments off

LTLS is proud to announce a new online video series entitled, “Creating More Inclusive Libraries”. Within these web pages, you will discover the video version of Susan O’Halloran’s “Walking the Talk” program. There are three sessions. Each session has four segments. After each video segment, LTLS has given you downloadable handouts to use in your organization. Some of the handouts are for small group work and some are to help you raise awareness of yourself and your biases.

The videos are in QuickTime.

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

Check it out at: http://librarydiversity.info/Inclusive.html

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Epilogue: The Last Word on the “N” Word

October 1st, 2007 Comments off

The “N” word. A single word that tells an entire story. The story of racism in America. A story of degradation and destruction. It is a story that still is unfolding and challenging us with so many questions. What are we to do with this word? Bury it? Diminish it? Reclaim it? Is it even possible for the word to be reclaimed by the very people it has been used to degrade?

Join critically acclaimed author, Jabari Asim, Editor in Chief of The Crisis magazine, and author of “The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why.”

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Tyron Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

The talk will be followed by a book signing by the author.

Sponsored by:

African American Studies and Research Program
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
American Indian Studies Program
Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Program
Center on Democracy in a Multicultural Society
Department of History
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
Krannert Art Museum
Students Transforming Oppression and Privilege (STOP)

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Call for Participants!

September 25th, 2007 Comments off

The Second Annual Diversity Fair, sponsored by DEMCO and the Illinois Library Systems Directors Organization, will be held on Thursday, October 11 from 2:00-3:30 during the Illinois Library Association 2007 Annual Conference in Springfield. The Diversity Fair is a chance for conference attendees to learn about programs and initiatives around the state that address diverse user populations. Participants in the Fair will be provided with space for a poster or table-top display and will have the chance to interact with conference goers to explain more about their projects. There will also be prizes awarded to the top three displays!

To register your library for the event, please take a few moments to complete the brief submission form, which can be found here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=5VOXWvX1pjTPAS7l_2fFmuOg_3d_3d. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda McKay at amandamckay@lcls.org or 618-656-3216, ext. 143.

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WebJunction IL – Ribbon Cutting

September 24th, 2007 Comments off

Meet at the crossroads of WebJunction Illinois for…Information. Need to know how to write a disaster plan for your library? Looking for a sample materials selection policy? Want to know how you can beef up your youth services programming? Interested in the topic of blogging in special libraries? You’ll find it all and much more on WebJunction Illinois < http://il.webjunction.org >.

Register with WebJunction Illinois between September 21st and October 5th and we’ll enter your name in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Plan today to explore this new resource for the Illinois Library community and attend the official ribbon cutting on October 11, 10:30 am at the Illinois State Library Booth at ILA.

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Survey for Dominican University GSLIS Program

September 17th, 2007 Comments off

The Dominican University GSLIS program would greatly appreciate participation in a survey by librarians and/or students in a library science program. Dominican University in River Forest (near Chicago) is considering whether to offer a doctoral program in Library and Information Science. The survey should take less than ten minutes. Everyone who participates will be eligible for a drawing for one of five gift cards from Starbucks Coffee. Submit the survey on or before Friday, September 21, 2007.

The survey can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=OGS3zPFP1uWEkRVOUPZwNw_3d_3d.

If your computer doesn’t automatically link, you may need to cut and paste the URL into your computer’s browser. If you have questions, please contact librarycomm@librarycomm.com.

The Dominican University GSLIS program thanks you in advance for your help.

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Kankakee Public Library Event

July 12th, 2007 Comments off

On Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 p.m. former Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan will appear live at the Kankakee Public Library, 201 East Merchant Street in Kankakee, to sign the book she penned with Dan Monroe, At Home With Illinois Governors: A Social History of the Illinois Executive Mansion.  The event is co-sponsored by the Kankakee County Museum, the Junior League of Kankakee County, and the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago.  Visitors will be given the rare opportunity to acquire copies of Mrs. Ryan’s book signed by three former Illinois governors – George Ryan (of Kankakee), Jim Thompson, and Dan Walker.

For more information please call the Kankakee Public Library at 815-939-4564.

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Free: Revised Biodiversity of Illinois Series of CD-ROMs

June 27th, 2007 Comments off

LTLS has a set of three revised CD-ROMs from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Volume I Aquatic Habitats, Volume II Woodland Habitats, and Volume III Prairie and Edge Habitats. Contact Janet Hamilton at jhamil1@lincolntrail.info to request this set.

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Mozes

June 25th, 2007 Comments off

Need a new way to connect with your young adult users? Try checking out Mozes. Mozes helps you connect with groups of people via text message. This service originally started as a way for fans to connect with bands, but libraries have also started to use it as well.

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Registering Your “Conveyance”

June 20th, 2007 Comments off

Does your library have an elevator?

The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Division of Elevator Safety requires the registration of all existing and newly installed "conveyances" with the state.  "Conveyances" includes elevators, escalators, platform lifts, power-driven stairways and stairway chairlifts.   The Division of Elevator Safety website provides additional information and also a downloadable  "Registration of Conveyances" form and instructions for submitting your registration.

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Train the Trainer, “Walking the Talk” workshop

June 19th, 2007 Comments off

LTLS will once again sponsor a Train the Trainer, “Walking the Talk” workshop. The workshop will be held in Springfield, IL at the Prairie Capital Convention Center on July 24. For more information and registration information, see the flyer. Download WalkTheTalkFlyer.pdf

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EBSCO Free Trial for Illinois Public Libraries

June 12th, 2007 Comments off

Great news! EBSCO Publishing is offering free access for Illinois public libraries to several of their premier databases. The premise of this trial is for participating libraries to preview the databases and report back as to which would of interest to your library. It is anticipated that this process will result in access to popular EBSCO databases at discounted rates. This trial, arranged on behalf of the Illinois Library Systems and the Library Partnership Trust (LPT), runs until July 15, 2007.

The databases available on this offer are:

Home Improvement Reference Center
Auto Repair Reference Center
Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Consumer Health Complete
Salud en Espanol (Consumer Health Complete Spanish version)
Points of View Reference Center
Literary Reference Center
History Reference Centers
Science Reference Center
NextReads

Links to the databases and feedback form, along with contact information can be found on the Library Partnership Trust website at: http://www.lptrust.org/offer_detail.aspx?psID=9.

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LSAA Awards

June 6th, 2007 Comments off

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science has announced it’s 2007 honorees. Congratulations to Mary Wilkes Towner (MS ’88), Urbana Free Library, who will receive the Distinguished Service Award.

The other honorees include: Kathryn Harris (MS ’71), Distinguished Alumni Award; Robin Brenner (MS ’03), Leadership Award; and Helen Linda (MS ’07), Student Award.

The four recipients of the 2007 Library School Alumni Association Awards will be honored at the June 24, 2007 GSLIS and LSAA Alumni Reception during the Annual American Library Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations!

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Lost: The Cold Six Thousand Audiocassette Set

April 26th, 2007 Comments off

VA Illiana Health Care System Library has found a set of 9 audiocassettes in a plastic bag entitled The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy, Random House audio books, 2001. The following information is on each cassette: 5-01 B&T 81549. If you are missing this set, contact Nancy Vaglica at nancy.vaglica@va.gov or 217-554-5605.

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