Moving Forward TOGETHER

October 24, 2011

Looking Ahead
The next few weeks will be busy ones for IHLS staff:

The October IHLS Board meeting will be held tomorrow at the Edwardsville office.  You can find meeting materials here.

We all look forward to the LLSAP vendor demonstrations to be held November, and we strongly encourage registration via LibraryLearning (L2):
Polaris - November 7 & 8, 9 am-5 pm, Keller Convention Center, Effingham
SirsiDynix Symphony - November 15 & 16, 9 am -5 pmKeller Convention Center, Effingham

We invite any IHLS LLSAP member library staff to attend these two demonstrations.  We will also offer web-based recordings of the demonstrations so those who cannot attend the in-person sessions can view the presentations and evaluate the products as well.   Critical to the success of the evaluation is the need for membership input from everyone who attends either the in-person sessions or views the recordings. 
We also need volunteers to serve on committees that will help with asking appropriate, detailed questions on particular modules and do more in-depth evaluations of those modules.  In order to keep the groups from getting too large, committee membership will be limited and will be formed as much as possible by member library staff from each current LLSAP.
For more information regarding the demonstrations and evaluation groups, please contact any IHLS LLSAP manager:
Chris Dawdy, GateNet Manager |
Joan Bauer, elCAT Manager |
Pat Boze, LINC Manager |
Traci Edwards, SILNET Manager |

Calling All School Librarians
IHLS is currently surveying all school members to update your contact information.  If you have not yet completed the survey, do it today!

Try It! Illinois
The 12th annual Try-It! Illinois statewide database trial is now underway and runs through November 30 at Try-It! Illinois offers library staff and users an excellent opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.
You will need a login and password to access Try-it! Illinois. Libraries are encouraged to share the Try-It! Illinois login and password with their library users, and provide them an opportunity to use and recommend electronic resources for possible purchase at the local level.
Please DO NOT post the Try-It! Illinois login and password on the Internet or in publicly archived electronic newsletters. This is vital to the success of the trial and to maintaining the relationships that have been established with vendors.
To obtain the login and password log on to and complete the form. If you have questions or comments, please contact Gwen Harrison at or 217-785-7334.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois:
Manage your time – don’t let it manage you

So many of us have a hard time effectively managing our time in a way that really makes us efficient and productive. Time Management: Planning and Prioritizing Your Time will teach you a few concrete, easy to follow steps to identify, prioritize, sequence and accomplish the things you need to do in the short amount of time you have to do them.
Time Management: Planning and Prioritizing Your Time

Unlock the Leader within You
Do you find yourself wishing you knew better how to lead the staff you supervise? Or would you like to move into a leadership role, but don’t feel comfortable with your leadership skills? The Leadership Essentials course series can give you a great start, or help fill in your gaps and give you new ideas to motivate, communicate, and lead!
Leadership Essentials 1: Motivating Employees
Leadership Essentials 2: Communicating Vision
Leadership Essentials 3: Building Your Influence as a Leader
Leadership Essentials 4: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director