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ShLS FY 2010 Library System Annual Report LLSAP Annual Report

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

ShLS FY 2010 Library System Annual Report LLSAP Annual Report adapted from Appendix F of the zILLANE Study.

RPLS FY 2010 Library System Annual Report LLSAP Annual Report

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

RPLS FY 2010 Library System Annual Report LLSAP Annual Report adapted from Appendix F of the zILLANE Study.

LTLS FY 2010 Library System Annual Report LLSAP Annual Report

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

LTLS FY 2010 Library System Annual Report LLSAP Annual Report adapted from Appendix F of the zILLANE Study.

LCLS FY 2010 Library System Annual Report LLSAP Annual Report

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

LCLS FY 2010 Library System Annual Report LLSAP Annual Report adapted from Appendix F of the zILLANE Study and an Appendix.

LLSAP Proposal 8.26.2010

October 27th, 2010 Comments off

The Southern System Automation Managers seek to develop an LLSAP proposal (PDF) for consideration by the Southern System Planning Panel Resource Sharing committee. This plan includes basic philosophy as well as options for the future.

60 Seconds of Tech Podcast #3

March 23rd, 2010 Comments off

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Equal Justice For All

January 27th, 2010 Comments off

During January, I was given the opportunity to participate in the Self-Represented Litigation Network’s Training on Public Libraries and Access to Justice in connection with the Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) Conference. The training is co-sponsored by Legal Services Corporation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The two-day conference addressed how public libraries can provide access to free online legal information to their patrons. The conference was a unique opportunity for participants to meet with legal and court experts to discuss strategies for integrating access to free legal information into library programs, including what information to post on library Web sites, how to talk about the content with library patrons, how to work with partners to make sure that needed content is developed, how to share what they have learned statewide, and how to use successful programs to advocate for the importance of public libraries as gateways to government institutions.

Fifteen teams from across the country were selected to attend the conference. The Illinois team consisted of Debra Aggertt, Illinois State Library; Peggy Busceni Grady, 19th Judicial Circuit; Robin Helenthal, Bloomington Public Library; and myself.  We learned about the broad range of currently available free online legal resources, customer-friendly legal tools developed by courts, bar associations, and law libraries, and legal aid programs that support people without access to legal aid or counsel.

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC), funded by the Federal government, is charged with providing civil legal aid for the poor in the nation. Established by Congress in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. Here in Illinois, the LSC works with Illinois Legal Aid to provide legal self-help information at the state and county levels. Madison and St. Clair are among the 37 counties who already have local legal self-help centers. Over the next three years, the remaining counties will open centers.

What does this mean for Illinois libraries? When patrons contact the library with legal questions, such as: How do I change my name? Change my child support? Create a will?  the library can refer the patron to either Illinois Legal Aid for assistance or one of their free forms or your area’s self-help center. A few simple things your library could do to further aid patrons with these questions might be to add a link to both locations onto the library’s Web site (Illinois Legal Aid marketing) or ask your county’s self-help center to present a program(s) at the library on their resources. Over the next months, you will be hearing more about the legal resources available for your patrons.

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A song in the key of B safe

April 16th, 2009 Comments off

Mike Hayman and his student singing troupe from Collinsville Middle School created this video about using technology responsibly.  Have look, and share it with the youth in your library (or sing about it, whatever your prefer).


ALA Distributes Issue Papers

March 30th, 2009 Comments off

Ever at a loss for words when an official questions why the library needs more computers? Or when the school superintendent says the students have the school library, why do they need the public library?

The American Library Association (ALA) has created two wonderful responses for  you to use, Job-seeking in U.S. Public Libraries and Supporting Learners in U.S. Public Libraries about students using library resources.

For years, the ALA Office for Research & Statistics has tracked technology use in public libraries. Their Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study gathers a range of data concerning technology access in U.S. public libraries. The new briefs are based on this study.

Library staff are encouraged to use these papers as educational tools with library boards, mayors and other elected officials, newspaper reporters, among others to highlight the library’s support of the community. Or attach copies to the library’s budget and annual report.

How will you use the informational Issue Papers to support your library?