Moving Forward Together

December 22, 2011

Holidays at IHLS

All IHLS offices will be closed the following days:

     -Friday, December 23, 2011 (Christmas Eve)
     -Monday, December 26, 2011 (Christmas)
     -Friday, December 30, 2011 (New Years Eve)
     -Monday, January 2, 2012 (New Years)

Additional routes may run on subsequent days to compensate for volume.

Project Next Generation Sites Announced

Congratulations to Mississippi Valley Library District’s Fairmont City Library Center on their selection as a new Project Next Generation Site!  They join Four Star Public Library District in Mendon (new site) and Lincoln Library, the Public Library of Springfield (returning site) as libraries that will provide young people important technology skills and life training from qualified mentors!

Upon learning of their selection, Barb Rhodes (Director, Mississippi Valley PLD) said: “The necessity of grants is not lost on anyone and to be able to accomplish all of the dreams that we have for our youth we have to extend ourselves to work harder to secure extra funding whenever possible.”

The grant will allow for more connectivity to Fairmont City Library Center (another T1) and bring in computer experts to work with the youth throughout the Mississippi Valley Library District in preparation for further education and life skills connected to technology.

Other PNG programs are located in Alton, Beardstown, Bloomington, Carbondale, Centralia, Champaign, Danville, Decatur, Elmwood Park, Freeport, Harrisburg, Joliet, Kankakee, Peoria, Richton Park and Sparta. Learn more about Project Next Generation!

Future of Resource Sharing Committee Announced

The Illinois State Library has announced members of an ad hoc Committee on the Future of Resource Sharing to explore and recommend technology options for statewide cataloging and resource sharing solutions. 

IHLS committee members include:

  • Pat Boze, Illinois Heartland Library System/LINC, Champaign Office
  • Beth Cox, Southern Illinois University
  • Tina Hubert, Six Mile Regional Library District
  • Nina Pals, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System
  • Thomas Teper, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign

Open Meeting Act Update

Public Act 97-504, effective January 1, amends the Illinois Open Meetings Act to require each sitting elected or appointed member of a public body affected by the Act (including public library and library system trustees) to successfully complete electronic Open Meetings Act training.  Updated training will be available on the Illinois Attorney General’s web site ( after January 1.  

Current trustees who are in office on January 1, 2012, must successfully complete the training within the year in order to comply with the new law.  Those who take office after January 1, 2012, have 90 days after assuming responsibilities as a trustee to complete the training.  Questions can be addressed to the Attorney General’s hotline at 877-299-3642. 

Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2012 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2012, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

55.5 cents per mile for business miles driven
23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

Coming Soon - A Fresh New WebJunction - This winter WebJunction will unveil a newly updated version of WebJunction Illinois! To address the rapid changes in web technology and your suggestions for improvements, WebJunction’s is moving content to a new platform and streamlining the design. They will take advantage of this migration to weed outdated content, remove features and tools that are no longer useful, and refocus on topics that are most relevant to the 21st century library professional. They will add a news feature that will bring you timely articles and links to current events in the library world; and they will create a space for you to share your stories of how your library is helping to transform your community.

This means that when you visit you will find—in addition to nationally (and internationally) relevant resources—a special section for content and programs offered by the Illinois State Library. With this change, access to self-paced courses will take place in dedicated space designed especially for partner-affiliated members to build and manage a learning plan.


Happy Holidays!
Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director