IHLS Member Connection - November 1, 2017

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November 1, 2017


IHLS Offices Closed Veteran’s Day

All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Please note:  Delivery will run on Veteran's Day. If you do not want delivery, please contact your Operations Manager as soon as possible.

Required Delivery Count Week – November 12–18, 2017

It is almost time for the next quarterly count week. Great news! ALL libraries will only have to count items that have a handwritten 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.


Job Postings

In addition to the SHARE Director, IHLS has an opening for a Courier Driver at the Edwardsville 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.

FOIA Hotline Expanded

The RAILS' FOIA Hotline has been expanded to include inquiries related to the Open Meetings Act (OMA). IHLS members can utilize this hotline to receive answers to basic FOIA/OMA questions from a qualified attorney at no cost. The FOIA/OMA Hotline is limited to public library directors or designated FOIA/OMA officers. See more information.




It was great to see everyone at the Illinois Library Association (ILA) annual Meeting and the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) conference. If you were not able to attend these conferences or you are not on Facebook, you might not have seen the new and exciting IHLS backdrop and podium. This is part of updating our brand identify and getting the word out on who we are and what we do.

ILA Photo (left to right):  IHLS Backdrop and Podium, Ian Anderson, Shelley Stone, Traci Edwardsville, and IHLS Board President Sandy West
ISLMA Photo (left to right): Holly Gallagher, David Little, IHLS Board Treasurer Sara Zumwalt, Alexandria LaFaye, and Susan Palmer


Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups allow IHLS members, with similar professional specialties, the opportunity to meet, connect, ask questions, and share ideas. Check out the listing of Special Interest Groups on the IHLS website. If your special interest group is not on the list and you would like to be added, please contact Angela Thompson (athompson@illinoisheartland.org | 217-352-0047 ext. 720). 
Also, contact Angela to have your meeting listed on the LibraryLearning (L2) calendar.

Try-it! Illinois Underway

Try-It! Illinois is going on through November 30. This annual statewide electronic database trial offers the over 1,800 library agencies, their staffs and patrons an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. There is no charge for accessing these during Try-It! Illinois. To obtain the login and password, visit Try-It! Illinois

Live and Learn Construction Grant Program

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

The FY18 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant application and FY16 Expenditure Report forms are now 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.

  • Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services, and More Grant – Deadline: December 1, 2017
  • Demco New Leaders Travel Grant – Deadline: December 4, 2017
  • 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
  • Live & Learn Construction Grant – Deadline: January 12, 2018
  • Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant – Deadline: January 15, 2017
  • The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries – Deadline: February 1, 2018
  • Inspire Collection Development Grant (AASL) – Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • Pamela J. Farris Rural Classroom Library Award – Deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program – Deadline: March 31, 2018
  • Amber Brown Grant – Deadline: April 15, 2018
  • Preservation Assistance Grants – Deadline: May 28, 2018 

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

‘Like’ Us on Facebook

IHLS has a Facebook page! Once you Find Us on Facebook be sure to ‘Like’ us. Visit us there, become a fan, and share it with your friends! The articles in the ‘In the News’ section of the newsletter are usually posted here first.

In the News

If there is a news story about your library, email the link to jpernicka@illinoisheartland.org with “Member Connection” in the Subject Line so it can be included in the next newsletter.

Family Reading Night – November 16, 2017

Family Reading Night is an annual statewide event held the third Thursday in November to encourage families to spend quality time reading together. 


iSchool: Input sought for curriculum planning

The iSchool at Illinois is conducting a brief survey intended to identify core skills and knowledge areas for the MS in library and information science program. They are interested in which skills and knowledge areas you perceive to be most needed in the field now, and in the near future. Your responses will help them as they review and continue to revise and improve their curriculum to ensure their graduates are well prepared for the job market. Your responses are important. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Please access the survey and respond by Friday, November 17.
*This survey is being shared broadly by email as well. Please respond only once and indicate that you are responding at the invitation of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Call for Proposals - Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference

Mark your calendars for the 5th annual GLRSC: Charting Our Course Together on June 7-8, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, OH. This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to trade information and network with other colleagues. Do you have a new idea or success story to share?  The committee is accepting program proposals through January 12, 2018.


Upcoming Events in Library Learning

Register in L2: www.librarylearning.info
Thursday, November 2, 2017

  • SHARE Reports (includes Simply Reports) – IHLS Edwardsville
  • Drupal in an Hour – GoToWebinar
  • Cataloging in Connexion Workday, Rochester PL

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

  • Free Form Free For All – Talent Showcase, Forsyth PL
  • Free Form Free for All, Forsyth PL

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

  • SWAYS Meeting, Mississippi Valley LD Collinsville

Thursday, November 9, 2017

  • Barcoding I—Searching and Matching, IHLS Champaign
  • Barcoding II—Item Records, IHLS Champaign

Friday, November 10, 2017

  • Veteran’s Day

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  • SHARE Catalogers Training Session, Adobe Connect
  • Developing Metadata for DPLA, Skokie PL

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

  • Trends in Safety and Security, GoToWebinar

Thursday, November 16, 2017

  • Think Like a Startup, GoToWebinar 


Free Webinars & Workshops

Free November Webinars for Library Staff


Member Spotlight

Congratulations to Tammy Dieken and the students of Iroquois Middle School in Onarga, IL.
On Tuesday, October 17, they went LIVE on Polaris!

Last week the Litchfield Public Library hosted an "active shooter" bloodbourne pathogen training for libraries in
Montgomery & Macoupin counties. Over 40 people attended.
Front: Debbie Hendricks (Mt. Olive Public Library), Barbara Gentry (Farmersville Waggoner Public Library), Shirley Blankenship (Virden Library-Grand Prairie Of The West), Sherry Hesterburg (Girard Township Library), Deb Young (Doyle Public Library)
Back: Montgomery County Undersheriff Rick Robbins, Sara Zumwalt (Litchfield Public Library District), Debby Lehman (Nokomis Public-Library), Mary Newman (Benld Public Library), Kelsey Lasswell (Bunker Hill Public Library District), Janet Howard (Carlinville Public LIbrary), Holly Hasquin (Brighton Memorial Library District)

Sara Zumwalt was named Litchfield's "veiled non-profit" for 2017.
The honor is given annually to the person who has displayed volunteerism and commitment to the Litchfield community for many years. Nominees are vetted by a committee of Rotary members and past winners of the VNP honor. A poem, containing clues and hints about the honoree's identity is published in the newspaper, and the winner is announced at the Halloween parade.
This marks the 69th year for the veiled non profit in Litchfield. Shown with Mrs. Zumwalt is former honoree Lonnie Bathurst (VNP in 2015).


If you would like something to appear in the next newsletter, please contact Julia Pernicka, Communications Coordinator (jpernicka@illinoisheartland.org | 618.656.3216 ext. 442).