IHLS Member Connection - February 1, 2018

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February 1, 2018

In This Issue:

Members Matter – February 6

Our first Members Matter meeting for 2018 will be held at our Champaign Office on Tuesday, February 6th from 10:00 a.m.---12:00 p.m. and we’d love to see you there!
Join our Executive Director, Leslie Bednar as well as Operations Director, Susan Palmer and Ellen Popit, Members and Grants Director for some system updates. This event will be a great chance to meet our new SHARE director Cassandra Thompson, who can tell you about her first two weeks on the job! The State Library typically joins us and gives an update on what’s happening at their office. Content will include a presentation by the “Serving Patrons with Dementia” group from the northern part of the state, as well as information on an online LTA program and updates on a Dominican cohort.
These meetings have proven a wonderful networking opportunity for all of us! We’re also interested in extending the meeting and continuing the conversation over lunch with anyone who would like to join the group! We’d love you to join us, but if you can’t make it to the Champaign Office, please consider joining via Zoom. You can register at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=25956 

IHLS Board Seat Interest Survey

The IHLS Board of Directors Nominating Committee is preparing for the 2018 election cycle and has opened the nomination process. The following positions on the board are up for election this year:

  • 1 Public Librarian Representative (3-year term)
  • 2 School Library Representatives (3-year term)
  • 2 Public Library Trustee Representatives (3-year term each)  

More information, including the link to the survey, has been posted on the IHLS website. If you are interested in appearing on the election ballot please complete the survey by Wednesday, February 15.


IHLS Legislative Meet-Ups

Are you attending one of the ILA Legislative Meet-ups? If so, the ILA Advocacy Committee has shared: Making the Most of Your Legislative Meet-Up



There are plenty of great opportunities for learning and networking coming up in the next several months!  We truly hope that our members can take advantage of these.  One in particular to highlight is Elevate!  Elevate is a statewide library initiative to recruit and nurture future Illinois library leaders. The program is a joint project of Illinois Heartland Library System, the Illinois Library Association, the Illinois State Library, and Reaching Across Illinois Library System.
Effective leaders play to their strengths. This one-day program is for library staff who want to understand the fundamentals of strengths-based leadership, including gaining insights into their own strengths. Participants will identify a leadership project that they hope to take on in their own library or with the community they serve and receive advice from a mentor as well as from fellow participants. Together, this program will allow participants to learn what their strengths are and how they can apply those strengths to leadership in a real-world project.
Illinois libraries of all sizes and types make a big impact on their unique communities and Elevate should represent this diversity. Future leaders from all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special) and all parts of Illinois are encouraged to apply. Applicants are not required to hold any specific positions in their library, but should have an interest in developing as a leader. An MLIS is not required.
The registration fee for the program is $75 per participant. This fee covers materials and meals. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses. Participants will have a few hours of mandatory pre-work prior to the one day workshop in order to best utilize our time together.
Applications are due Friday, February 23. Notifications on status of applications will be sent by March 9.
Visit ila.org/elevate to submit your application.


Required Delivery Count Week
February 19-23

It is almost time for the next quarterly count week. Great news! ALL libraries will only have to count items that have a hand-written label on them which includes gift/donation items. You can find a link to the count form on the IHLS website on the delivery page. Thank you again for your cooperation and assistance. Quarterly Delivery Count Form (PDF)


Member Spotlight - Golconda Public Library

Congratulations to the staff at the Golconda Public Library. On January 9th they went live on Polaris! Patrons have been anxious to see how the program works. With only two library staff members, they have been busy and are feeling a little overwhelmed. Since they use to write down so many things for the annual report, etc., they love the idea that Polaris keeps track of so many things for them. Maxine Houser, Director, said, “I believe this is a good choice that we have made to use Polaris once we are comfortable with the changes. Changes are always scary at first.”



Fourteen grants were added to the Grants page of the IHLS website in January. Be sure to check them out! The grants posted are selected from a variety of newsfeeds and databases to provide IHLS members with another source of funding. They are selected for posting because they fit the needs and interests of some, if not all, IHLS member libraries.
Highlights:  Lowe’s Toolbox for Education for schools, Dollar General Summer Reading Program for all libraries, Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge grant for all libraries. Please check out the grants page for information on the many grants and offers listed.
New to grant writing? Need a little help? Have questions about grant writing? Contact Ellen Popit, IHLS Membership and Grants Coordinator [618-985-3711, ex 624 | epopit@illinoisheartland.org] or Chris Dawdy, IHLS Grants Specialist [cdawdy@illinoisheartland.org]. They would be happy to direct you to resources that will help.


Continuing Education

If you are looking for continuing education opportunities for you or your staff, there are several sources that do not break the budget. Free is always good.

LibraryLearning (L2)

Several cataloging classes have been added to LibraryLearning (L2) and library staff may be interested in webinars on Dealing with Angry Customer Behaviors and Public Libraries and Healthy Communities.


Be sure to check: Free February Webinars for Library Staff
Shelving with Dewey has recently been updated in the Course Catalog and provides a great introduction for any library staff, assistants or volunteer needing to learn how to shelve items by the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.

ILA Resources and Technical Services Forum meeting

Come and meet to discuss issues, trends and questions related to technical services and collections work. They will also discuss technical services program proposals for the 2018 ILA conference in Peoria. If you'd like to discuss something specific, feel free to email Lindsay Braddy (lbraddy@skokielibrary.info) with agenda topics or questions. For your convenience, two events have been scheduled in the IHLS area:


Association for Rural & Small Libraries announces conference keynote

ARSL is pleased to announce that the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, will be a keynote speaker at the ARSL Annual Conference in Springfield. Carla Hayden is the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library.
ARSL’s conference is slated for Sept. 13-15, 2018 at the Bank of Springfield Center (formerly Prairie Capitol Convention Center) with an opening reception at the Illinois State Library.  Registration will begin in April. Watch for more information as it develops on the ARSL website and by following ARSL on their Facebook page. This is a great opportunity to attend a national event at a reasonable price.

Mark Your Calendar


February 6 Members Matter Meeting at Champaign Hub
February 19-23 Required Delivery Count
February 23 Legislative Meet-Ups – Breakfast in Edwardsville
February 23 Legislative Meet-Ups – Luncheon in Effingham
February 23 Elevate – Application Due
March 10 Southern Illinois Reading Festival in Du Quoin
March 16 ILA Conference – Call for Programs
March 20-24 PLA Conference, Philadelphia, PA
March 27 IHLS Board Networking Event, Decatur Public Library
March 31 Annual Library Certification
March 31 ILL ILLINET Traffic Survey
April 3 Members Matter Meeting at Carbondale Hub
April 17 IHLS Member Day in Effingham
April 28 Elevate Leadership Program at Lincoln Public Library in Springfield