Moving Forward TOGETHER

January 30, 2012

WebJunction Illinois Coordinator
We are happy to announce Jeanna Vahling has been promoted to WebJunction Coordinator.  As a full-time coordinator, Jeanna will be overseeing all aspects of the project including platform migration and implementation, budget and continuing education opportunities.  Congratulations Jeanna!

PLA 2012 Virtual Conference
PLA is offering a great way to participate in and enjoy the PLA Conference, even if you can't be there in person. The PLA 2012 Virtual Conference will consist of live programming on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, including five hour-long programs each day, plus author interviews, poster sessions, and opportunities for networking. Programs are chosen from among the highest rated in PLA’s session preference survey. Each day also will include a closing session "happy hour" event for attendees to get together and discuss the day's programming.  For more information, visit here.

OCLC FirstSearch Administration Module & OCLC FirstSearch Interlibrary Loan Training
Training on OCLC FirstSearch Administration Module and OCLC FirstSearch Interlibrary Loan are scheduled at the Marion Carnegie Library on Tuesday, February 21 and at the IHLS Office in Decatur on Friday, February 17.  In the FirstSearch Administration Module class we review all aspects of your library’s account.  The Interlibrary Loan class presents the basics of requesting and lending materials in FirstSearch.  Space is limited, so sign up today by following the links below:
Marion: FirstSearch Administration FirstSearch Interlibrary Loan
Decatur: FirstSearch Administration FirstSearach Interlibrary Loan

Computers In Libraries Conference Discount
A group discount is being offered to ILLINET member libraries for Computers in Libraries 2012 to be held in Washington, D.C. from March 21–March 23. To receive a registration form with special discounted ILLINET member pricing, email Jill Heffernan at or call her at 217-557-3386.
The completed registration form must be returned to Jill by February 10, 2012 to receive the discount.

iREAD 2013 Summer Reading Program
The theme for the Illinois Library Association’s iREAD 2013 Summer Reading program is Have Book, Will Travel! Work has already begun on the 2013 iREAD Resource Guide, and the ILA is looking for ideas to share with other librarians and educators who use the iREAD program. The Resource Guide contains crafts, activities, games, art, reading lists, and much more for children, teens, and adults. If you have a project or resource to share, send it to the ILA. The deadline for submissions is February 28. Click here to submit your ideas.
Over the past 30 years, iREAD has grown to become a leader of Summer Reading Program development by providing libraries with all of the resources they need to promote, launch, and execute great reading programs. Increasingly, iREAD themes and programs are being used year-round in schools and literacy programs. For more information, call 877-565-1896 or visit here.

FY 2011-2012 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR)
The Illinois State Library is pleased to release the FY2011–2012 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) using the Bibliostat Collect software for data collection.
To access the IPLAR Bibliostat Collect website, you will need to know your library’s Illinois State Library User Name and Password. If you need assistance with your ISL User Name/Password, email Becky Hunter or call her at 217-782-7849; or 800-665-5576, ext. 1. You will also need Adobe version 6.0 or higher for PDF printing.
For questions regarding content/subject matter and edit checks, email Robert Jones or call him at 217-785-1168; or 800-665-5576, ext.1. For questions about software and technology issues, contact the Bibliostat Help Desk at 866-785-9935.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

Developing and Maintaining E-Reader Policies and Procedures for Libraries
Tuesday, January 31, 2012  1 pm Central  60 min
As debates rage on about e-books, publishers and privacy, how are libraries approaching policies for managing e-readers? Join us for this webinar focused on the nuts and bolts of serving patrons with gadgets, including policies and procedures for libraries lending e-readers and for patrons using their own readers to access library e-book collections. Hear from libraries who have e-reader policies and procedures in place, including how they review and update polices to keep up with changing technologies. 
Presenter: David Newyear, adult information services manager, Mentor Public Library, Ohio; and Ming Heraty, manager, Computer & Advisory Services, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Georgia.

Amendment to Public Funds Statement Public Act
The most recent library law article provided by Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, LTD discusses the amendment to Section 2 of the Public Funds Statement Public Act (30 ILCS 15/2) that permits publication of notice of availability of audit report in lieu of publication of statement of receipts and disbursements or audit report. 

With Members and Patrons in Mind
Last week, the IHLS board approved the LLSAP Working Group continuing contract negotiations with a single ILS (integrated library system) vendor.  The selected vendor is Polaris Systems Inc.  While the particular vendor deserves attention, the most significant aspect is that four legacy organizations participated equally in the selection process.  While operating independent of each other, they are developing a shared vision of an LLSAP (local library system automation project) that can serve a community of nearly 2.25 million patrons in central and southern Illinois.  The 450 libraries (combined total of four legacy LLSAPs) will have an opportunity to join a new organization that will provide ease of resource sharing and improved staff and patron software features.  As executive director, my goal is an automation “package” that makes sense for member libraries and the patrons they serve.  Thank you for taking this first step with us!

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director