IHLS Member Connection - December 12, 2017

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December 12, 2017


Act NOW to Protect Net Neutrality

A free and open internet is vital to core American values. The FCC is about to vote to kill net neutrality. We joined over 150 organizations asking Congress to stop the FCC from ending #netneutrality http://bit.ly/2nUf7Ac. Here is the main thing that libraries need to worry about.  We want to keep the decision of what is appropriate to view on public computers up to the libraries and not the internet service providers (ISPs). With the vote scheduled for December 14, we strongly urge Congress to stand up for the communities you serve by protecting net neutrality. Contact your elected representative here: Write a letter


Survey: Cataloging Maintenance Center

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) receives a grant from the Illinois State Library to provide cataloging services and training for IHLS and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) members. IHLS staff operate the center. IHLS and RAILS are very interested in making sure our members know about the CMC. We are also interested in learning about other member cataloging needs that the CMC may be able to meet in the future. 
You can help by filling out this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W398GZL 
It should take about 10 minutes. We are looking for one response from all IHLS and RAILS libraries of all types (academic, public, school, and special), and the deadline is Wednesday, December 20.


Walmart Grant Helps Illinois Libraries with 21st Century Technology

IHLS received a generous Walmart State Giving grant to assist bringing 21st century technology to small rural libraries in central and southern Illinois. Libraries were selected to participate in this program based on their membership in IHLS, population, and the amount of their income from property taxes and grants. More information on the grant and a list of participating libraries has been posted on our website.


E-Rate Form 470 Filing Session

Need help filing your E-Rate Form 470? Join Steve Futrell of E-Rate Funding Services to create and complete your FY2018 FCC Form 470 in the E-Rate EPC portal! If you missed the sessions this week, there are two coming up in January:

  • Jan 4 – IHLS Champaign
  • Jan 5 - Marion Carnegie Library  

For more information on the requirements, what to bring to each session, and to register, go to: LibraryLearning (L2)


Job Postings

IHLS has an opening for a Human Resources Generalist at the Edwardsville office and a Membership Coordinator that can be out of any office. Find these positions as well as job openings at other libraries on the Library Jobs tab of the IHLS website. To add a job posting to the IHLS jobs page for your library, send information to webmaster@illinoisheartland.org.


Municipal Minute: Local Governments Must Formally Adopt Sexual Harassment Policies

In a recently passed piece of state legislation (PA 100-0554), government entities in Illinois are now required to adopt sexual harassment policies with very specific components. These are outlined in Ancel Glink’s Municipal Minute of November 20, 2017. In order to be compliant, agencies need to adopt such policies by January 15, 2018.
The Illinois Library Association and the Illinois State Library are working on resources that will walk public libraries through the creation of these policies, so please pay close attention to information sent to you on this topic.
Please note: IHLS libraries can sign up for free Municipal Minute emails about local government and municipal law by Ancel Glink lawyer Julie Tappendorf on FOIA, land use, civil rights, social media, and litigation. It’s a great resource to keep us informed of legal issues that impact libraries!


Vendor Discount Page Updated

Gale Virtual Reference Library has been added to the Vendor Discount page on the IHLS website.

IHLS Holiday Closings

Please note that all Illinois Heartland Library System offices will be closed:

  • Friday, December 22, 2017 (Christmas Eve – Observed)
  • Monday, December 25, 2017 (Christmas Day)
  • Friday, December 29, 2017 (New Year’s Eve – Observed)
  • Monday, January 1, 2017 (New Year’s Day)  

Delivery will not be provided. See our Office Hours page for a listing of IHLS Holidays.

December 5 Members Matter Recording

Did you miss the Members Matter meeting on December 5th?

  • Leslie Bednar gave an update on the November 28 board meeting.
  • Traci Edwards gave a SHARE update which included two new libraries going live: Carrollton Public Library (January 4) and Golconda Public Library (January 9).
  • Susan Palmer gave a delivery update.
  • Debra Aggertt, Illinois State Library, gave an update on several events and upcoming grant deadlines.
  • Cristy Stupegia, LaSalle Public Library discussed the library’s “Noise v. News” program. Videos have been shared on their YouTube channel.
  • Kate Marek, Director of Dominican University’s School of Information Studies, discussed the possibility of forming a cohort group within IHLS. 

Listen to recording
Do you have a topic for the next meeting on February 6, 2018, at the IHLS Champaign office? Contact Ellen Popit (epopit@illinoisheartland.org | 618-985-3711 ext. 624).



IHLS Emergency / Weather Closings

The Office Hours page on the IHLS website includes the IHLS procedures for closing due to emergencies or inclement weather. If you have not already done so, visit this page to sign up for the IHLS Text Alert System service. IHLS will send out text alerts for weather delays, building closings, and route changes.

Library Closings

The Library Closings page of the IHLS website includes:

  • Polaris Library Closings Form - This form lets us change settings in Polaris so your closed days are not counted against your patrons for return dates and late fee assessments.
  • No Delivery Days Form - This is for our Delivery Team. This form allows your delivery hub to know which days you DO NOT want them to deliver to your building.
  • Unscheduled/Emergency Closings - The purpose of this form is to let other libraries know when your library is closed. This should not include dates that are regular holiday closings for your library and this does not alert IHLS of your unscheduled closing.  


ILLINOIS READS! A Reading State of Mind

The ILLINOIS READS project is a state-wide reading and writing advocacy program sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council. The Illinois Reading Council and ILLINOIS READS Honorary Chairman, Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, have announced the book titles for 2018.
To help build excitement about the special launch event in Du Quoin, Illinois, on March 10, 2018, they are pleased to announce the “I Love Reading” Essay Contest.  All contestants should write an essay explaining why they love reading. For more information, check out the Essay Announcement and the Illinois Reads Contest Directions. Essays are due to illinoisreads@illinoisreadingcouncil.org no later than January 10, 2018.


Submissions are open now through Jan. 8

Submissions are open now through January 8 - If you know an author who lives in Illinois and their book is self-published work in an adult fiction genre, please consider submitting to the project. There is more information at: http://soontobefamous.info/im-an-author-what-do-i-need-to-do/.

Librarian Judges Needed - Please apply. It is a great opportunity to read some new works by Illinois authors. Please visit http://soontobefamous.info/want-to-be-a-judge/.

Live and Learn Construction Grant Program Applications due January 12

The archived grant information webinar for the Live & Learn Construction Grant Program is now available on the program website under the Informational Webinars heading at the following link - http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/livelearn_construction.html.  The State Library is accepting application for this public library construction grant program with applications due by January 12, 2018. For questions or additional information, please contact Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901 or mshaffer@ilsos.net, or Pat Boze at 217-782-1891 or pboze@ilsos.net at the Illinois State Library.

Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant Applications due January 15

The FY18 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant application and FY16 Expenditure Report forms are available at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html
The application and the FY2016 expenditure report(s) are due January 15, 2018 and must be sent at the same time! More Information

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

A list of available grants are posted on the IHLS website. Here you will find information on grants suitable for libraries that you might be interested in applying for.
Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program – Deadline: December 31, 2017
  • 2018 Summer Learning Resources Grants – Deadline: January 1, 2018
  • 2018 Teen Summer Intern Program – Deadline: January 1, 2018
  • The American Dream Literacy Initiative – January 2, 2018
  • Live & Learn Construction Grant – Deadline: January 12, 2018
  • Loleta D. Fyan Grant – Deadline: January 12, 2018
  • Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant – Deadline: January 15, 2018
  • 2018 Innovative Librarians Award – Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Innovative Reading Grant – Deadline: February 1, 2018
  • The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries – Deadline: February 1, 2018
  • Inspire Collection Development Grant (AASL) – Deadline: February 1, 2018
  • Inspire Special Event Grant – Deadline: February 1, 2018
  • Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant – Deadline: February 1, 2018

Be sure to check out the Ongoing’ grants on the bottom of the list.


In the News


Registration Open: National Library Legislative Day 2018

Held in Washington, D.C. on May 7-8, 2018, National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day educational event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters and patrons to Washington, D.C. For more information and to register, go to: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld

Rural and Small Libraries annual conference

September 13-15, 2018 | Bank of Springfield Center, Springfield
More Information: arsl.info

Upcoming Events in LibraryLearning (L2)

Register in L2: www.librarylearning.info
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

  • SHARE Reports (includes SimplyReports), IHLS Champaign
  • E-Rate Form 470 Filing Session, Mascoutah PL

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

  • SWAYS Meeting, Fairview Heights PL

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • MEPL – Metro-East Public Library Management Meeting, Fairview Heights PL

Thursday, January 4, 2018

  • E-Rate Form 470 Filing Session, IHLS Champaign

Friday, January 5, 2018

  • E-Rate Form 470 Filing Session

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

  • SHARE Catalogers Training Session, Adobe Connect

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

  • SWAYS Meeting, Hayner PLD (Alton) 


Free Webinars & Workshops


These are the guys from IHLS and RAILS who make Statewide Delivery happen. And happen oh so smoothly! Way to go!! And thank you.


The IHLS Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who stopped by the IHLS Board Networking Event on November 28 at the Illinois State Library.
The next networking event is Tuesday, January 23, at the Effingham Public Library. 
We would love to see you there. Please register in L2.