IHLS News: Moving Forward Together - March 20, 2017

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March 20, 2017


**Official Vote** IHLS Board Elections 2017

Voting is now underway for the 5 open seats on the IHLS Board of Directors.
Seats to be filled are:

  • 1 Academic Library Representative
  • 1 School Library Representative
  • 1 Special Library Representative
  • 2 Public Library Trustee Representatives 

The sample ballot contains the same information as the official ballot. Please read through this sample carefully prior to voting. Once your vote is submitted it cannot be edited.   
If you are the one person voting on behalf of your member library (and all of its branches or locations), follow this link, to cast your member library's vote:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IHLS17Board
VOTING DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017


IHLS Board Meeting – March 28, 2017

The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. at the IHLS Edwardsville office. The Board meeting will also be available at several videoconferencing (VTEL) sites. When available, you will find the agenda and board packet here.


Connect with Leslie & Lesley – March 29, 2017

Give us a half hour, and we’ll fill you in on what is happening at IHLS. The next Connect with Leslie meeting is Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. Leslie Bednar, Executive Director, will start with a recap of the most recent board meeting and include an update on other IHLS items. Members will be able to participate and there will be a Q&A session at the end.
Lesley Zavediuk, SHARE Circulation & Resource Sharing Specialist, will join the call to talk about eResources that are available to all IHLS members.
This meeting will be conducted electronically using Zoom. Please register in L2 at: http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=24660

March 7 Members Matter Recording

Did you miss the Members Matter on March 7? In additional to Leslie Bednar, Ellen Popit, Chris Dawdy, and Susan Palmer covering the IHLS Board Meeting and highlighting what was happening at the system, other topics of interest included the state budget, upcoming events, ILA’s Leadership Initiative, Director’s University, Legislative Meet-Ups, New Laws, and Library Advocacy. Of course, there was a Round Robin discussion.
Listen to Recording
Do you have a topic for the next meeting on May 2? Contact Ellen Popit (epopit@illinoisheartland.org | 618-985-3711 ext. 624).


IHLS Member Day – April 18, 2017

The next IHLS Member Day will be on April 18, 2017, at the Keller Convention Center, Effingham, from 8:30 (registration) to 3:15, with a SHARE Semi-Annual meeting to follow at 3:15. This day is designed as an opportunity for the diverse membership of the Illinois Heartland Library System to gather together, to network, and to share in a variety of professional development opportunities. Breakout sessions will include Budgeting & Accounting for Libraries, Advocacy for Libraries of all types, Summer Reading programs that work, RDA (Resource Descriptive & Access), and Cloud Library. Various vendors will be available throughout the day to demonstrate the latest and greatest resources available for libraries today! Thanks to our sponsors, there is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided! Be sure to register in L2.


New Youth Services Listserv

There is a new email listserv for youth services staff. The Youth Services listserv encompasses all of IHLS and is a place for all library staff who work with children and teens to share programming and craft ideas, book suggestions and discussion. The current SWAYS listserv has been automatically added to the new Youth Services listserv.
Very little email will come from IHLS staff to this list. The primary people who will post to this list are our libraries. You must be a member of this list in order to post to this list. Be sure to subscribe with the email address that you will use to post emails from. To subscribe to the new Youth Services listserv, go to: IHLS Listservs.


2017 ILA Youth Services Institute

Ellen Popit, Chris Dawdy and Lesley Zavediuk had a great time visiting with members at the 2017 ILA Youth Services Institute last week in Springfield.

Ashley Batchelder, Library Assistant at Mt. Zion District Library, was the winner of a $25 Target gift card offered by Illinois Heartland Library System.

Photo: Lesley Zavediuk. Be sure to check out more photos on the IHLS Facebook page.

PressReader added to the Vendor Discount Page

PressReader has been added to the Vendor Discount page on the IHLS website.

Member Spotlight –Mt. Olive Public Library

Sara Zumwalt, Litchfield Public Library District, would like to share the news that Gina Schwartz has left Mt. Olive Public Library. Gina served as the children's librarian at Mt. Olive before she became director when Janice Thimson retired. Gina will be moving to the Wentzville, MO area.
Taking over for Gina is Debbie Hendricks, who moved up from the children's librarian position.
Best wishes to both Gina and Debbie.


Intellectual Freedom Survey

Would you like to contribute to the discussion about intellectual freedom practices?
The Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom committee has prepared a survey and welcomes input from people at all levels and from different types of libraries, who have any responsibility for collection development. Here is your chance to participate.
The data and information we receive will be helpful to identify areas in which ILA and other professional organizations can support members, especially in times of intellectual freedom challenges.
Thank you for your involvement and for making the survey reflect libraries and library concerns.
Click here to take the survey--deadline is March 24.

iREAD Volunteer Survey

The iREAD Committee is looking for volunteers! If you are interested in serving a two-year term on the ILA iREAD Committee to develop the annual summer reading program, please fill out this survey. The survey is designed to match volunteers with the Committee position that best fits their interests. Visit the iREAD website, www.ireadprogram.org, for additional information.


Survey on Movement-Based Programs

If you work in a public library you are invited to fill out a short survey about any movement-based programs or services your library provides, has provided in the past, or is planning to provide in the future (think yoga/tai chi/zumba in the library, StoryWalk, music and movement, walking groups, life-sized board games, hula hooping, etc.). The survey can be completed in as few as two minutes. The survey will close on March 23, 2017, and results will be shared on the project website in Fall 2017. Over 1,200 libraries have completed the survey, and your input is important in terms of understanding this programming area.  
Survey Link: https://uncg.qualtrics.com/jfe3/form/SV_eJ3QZdjTvMLVM1v
You will find information and resources on movement-based programs in public libraries throughout North America on the “Let’s Move Libraries” website: http://www.letsmovelibraries.org/. The goal of this project is to strengthen work already underway in public libraries that seeks to get communities up and moving throughout all stages of life.

Professional Development Opportunity: Directors University

The first annual Directors University will be held June 5-8, 2017 in Springfield. This week-long state-wide initiative is intended for first-time public library directors from all size public libraries.
The workshops will train public library directors on both administrative and leadership skills. The University will also provide opportunities for networking, team building, small informal discussions, and more.
Applications will be accepted March 1–27. The registration fee for the week is $100, and each participant will be responsible for their own travel expenses.  For further information or to apply go to: https://www.ila.org/events/directors-university


Reaching Forward South  - April 7, 2017

Libraries have powers beyond just lending books. This year Reaching Forward South: Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Library will be held April 7, 2017, at Eastern Illinois University. We want libraries to build and use their Jedi powers to make their library an integral part of their community. Select from sessions on Advocacy, Programming, Technology, Staff and Staffing. New this year are Office Hours. Some of our experts will be available after programs for one-on-one consultation. RFS is just $75 per person and includes lunch and prizes. For more information and to register, go to: www.ReachingForwardSouth.org


Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference

Harnessing the Winds of Change
Registration is now OPEN! Reserve your space for the 4th Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Oak Brook, IL on June 8–9, 2017. The conference registration fee is $95 ($125 for registration after May 26) and includes all sessions, as well as the reception on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday. Join your resource sharing partners in harnessing the winds of change!


Library Vacancies & Job Fair

East St. Louis School District #189 is currently seeking to fill librarian vacancies throughout the district.  In an effort to staff these positions with credentialed librarians, (Illinois Media Certificate) a job fair is being held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the East St Louis Senior High School.  Elementary (2), Middle (2) and High School (1) positions are vacant. Since 2015 the following has been acquired to support the library programming:
- Alexandria Circulation System for each school
- All libraries recently received district financial support to improve the existing collections. 
- Gale, TeachingBooks.net and JSTOR research databases.
- Professional Development sessions for district librarians each month. 
See the flyer for more information.   Please contact Lead Librarian, K.C. Boyd if you have any questions, kc.boyd@estl189.com.


2017-2018 Readers’ Choice Grant

The Illinois School Library Media Association/Library Book Selection Service Endowment Fund announces its 2017-2018 Readers’ Choice Grant. Private and public schools along with public libraries registered to participate in any of the 2017-2018 Readers’ Choice programs—Monarch, Bluestem, Rebecca Caudill, or Lincoln Book Award--are eligible to apply for this competitive grant. (You must be registered for the 2017-2018 program by April 30, 2017.) Grant recipients will be awarded one set of the 2017-2018 campaign books for the award program indicated on their application.

The grant application form, guidelines, checklist, rubric, and FAQ’s are available at the Endowment Fund website www.lbssfund.org. The application form became active March 15, 2017, and all applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on April 30, 2017. If you have questions about the grant, contact us at execsecretary@islma.org.


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.
Expiring Soon:


In the News

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


E-News from the Illinois State Library

The March 13, 2017, issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • Reminder—Complete Certification and the ILL Traffic Survey by March 31
  • Project Next Generation Grant Applications Due March 31
  • Terracotta Army of Qin Shihuang Exhibition Lecture
  • Directors University of Springfield


Upcoming Events in Library Learning

Register in L2: www.librarylearning.info
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Demco Software Demo for IHLS

Thursday, March 23, 2017

  • Demco Software Demo for IHLS
  • SHARE Tech Petting Zoo, Shelbyville PL

Friday, March 24, 2017

  • Barcoding I—Searching and Matching, John A. Logan College
  • Barcoding II—Item Records, John A. Logan College

Monday, March 27, 2017

  • East Central Illinois Directors Meeting, Allerton PLD

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

  • PressReader for IHLS
  • SHARE Circulation Forum, Columbia PL
  • IHLS Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

  • RDA classes, DPL Elizabeth Madden Auditorium

Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • RDA classes, DPL Elizabeth Madden Auditorium
  • PressReader for IHLS
  • Connect with Leslie & Leslie

Friday, March 31, 2017

  • Free Form Free for All, Sherman PL

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

  • eRead Illinois: Axis 360 Shared Collection, GoToMeeting

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

  • Dewey Decimal Classification, Marion Carnegie
  • IHLS Member Library Directors’ Chat, Adobe Connect 


Free Webinars & Workshops

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).