Moving Forward TOGETHER

March 30, 2012

The Illinois State Library is requesting that the appropriate staff member from each ILLINET member library complete an important survey that will help us determine how we can best use Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds we receive from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The survey was designed to inform the State Library’s 2013–2017 Long Range Plan for the Use of Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Funds, which provides a blueprint for federally funded activities over the next five years. Survey results will help determine areas of greatest need, and develop goals and priorities for use of LSTA funds.

Please complete the survey.

The organization we have been calling One Big Happy has a new name--SHARE (Sharing Heartland's Available Resources Equally)!  Read all about it on the IHLS website.  There is also a new migration site where members can peruse the latest happenings with the proposed LLSAP4 merger. You can find the site at:  Questions about the merger and migration? Please go to the IHLS website, then to the Automation page, then click on Questions, or contact one of the SHARE staff leaders (Joan Bauer, Chris Dawdy, Traci Edwards or Michelle Ralston).

Attention AT&T Customers
We have been notified by AT&T that they are going to be conducting a contract / billing reconciliation project over the next couple of months.  At this point, the focus seems to be only on DS1 (T1) contracts.  But, no matter what AT&T service you use to connect to ICN, it may be a good idea to check your contract expiration date and be prepared if they extend this project to other services.

As time goes by and contracts expire, sometimes renewal notices are not sent to the customer, yet, billing remains at the contracted rate.  AT&T is going to be seeking new contracts from customers who are out of contract currently.  If you do not sign a new contract, AT&T will revert your bill to month-to-month (non contract) rates.

You should receive this notice in your monthly bill from AT&T between 3/25 and 4/24.  From that point, you have 60 days to sign a new contract to keep the lower contract rates.  If you do not sign a new contract (and your current contract is expired), starting with the June billing cycle, you should expect to be charged the higher month to month rates.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss what connectivity options you have at your location, please feel free to call your local RTC.  Our contact information is available at

Live and Learn Construction Grants
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded FY2012 Live and Learn Construction Grants to sixteen public libraries to help pay for essential capital improvements.

“This important program helps public libraries pay for projects such as remodeling for handicapped accessibility, new heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, and in some cases new construction or building additions,” White said. “I am pleased to be able to award these grants through the Illinois State Library to help maintain the infrastructure of our public libraries, and help them remain the best information resource available to citizens.”

IHLS Libraries receiving grants are:

●        Arthur Public Library District – $33,188

●        Athens Municipal Library – $2,800

●        Golconda Public Library – $24,365

●        Greenville Public Library – $25,000

●        Highland Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library – $50,000

●        Mascoutah Public Library – $48,500

●        Shawneetown Public Library – $9,471

●        West Frankfort Public Library – $17,000


MLA webcast: "Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries"
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:00PM - 2:30PM at the IHLS Decatur Office

IHLS-Decatur is hosting a Medical Library Association (MLA) webcast: "Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries". The goal of this webcast is to familiarize information professionals with current practical applications of mobile technologies in clinical and curricular support settings.  Topics will highlight innovative uses of mobile technologies, address technology challenges, and provide best practice guidance for applying in viewers local environments.  Participants will receive 1.5 CE credits.  Be sure to sign up in L2.

OCLC FirstSearch Administrative Module and FirstSearch Interlibrary Loan
Hands-on training for the OCLC FirstSearch Administrative Module and OCLC FirstSearch Interlibrary Loan has been scheduled for April.  Be sure to register in L2!  The dates and locations are below, space is limited so please register as soon as you can.

●  Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the IHLS Decatur office: FirstSearch (9 a.m. to Noon); Interlibrary Loan (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

●  Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the Marion Carnegie Public Library: FirstSearch (9 a.m. to Noon); Interlibrary Loan (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

●  Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at the IHLS Champaign office: FirstSearch (9 a.m. to Noon); Interlibrary Loan (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

●  Thursday, April 26, 2012 at the IHLS Edwardsville office: FirstSearch (9 a.m. to Noon); Interlibrary Loan (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Administrative module training looks all aspects and screens of the administrative module to help you provide the best search experience for your patrons.  We also review OCLC FirstSearch Statistics and the Policy Directory during this training.

Interlibrary Loan training covers setting up constant data records and a step-by-step look at how to request and lend materials.   We will make actual requests and respond to them.

College of DuPage
Summer registration begins April 2 for new and returning students.  8 week courses: JUNE 11 – AUG. 5, 2012; 10 week course: MAY 29 – AUG. 5, 2012

Fall registration begins April 26 for returning Students and May 17 for all Students. All courses are 16 weeks and meet AUG. 20 - DEC. 14, 2012

For further information, contact Carol Sturz, Coordinator, Library & Information Technology

425 Fawell Blvd., SRC3048, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Ph: 630-942-2597  email:

UW-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies
Continuing Education Services

(Online) Creating a Dynamic Facebook Page (including FB Timeline view information)
May 14-May 25

Questions? Contact Anna Palmer ( or 608-263-4452) or Meredith Lowe ( or 608-890-0364)

Delivery on the Go

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Danville Public Library takes their “Dog” items to heart.  Cricket is literally Delivery on the Go!  Cricket belongs to Mary Jane Easterday, who works in Circulation at Danville Public Library.  Cricket is a Saturday volunteer in Circulation and the "Reading to the Dogs" program at Danville Public Library.  Sometimes the lids on the new tubs don't stay on very well, but Cricket can keep them in place.  Thank you Mary Jane and Bob Towner for sharing these photos.

Reaching Forward South - September 20-21, 2012
Mark your calendars for Reaching Forward South, September 20-21, 2012, at the Northfield Inn in Springfield, Illinois.  The 2012 theme is “Venturing into the Future.”  The pre-conference on Thursday will include an author’s tea in the mid-afternoon and a chocolate, cheese, and wine event later that afternoon.  On Friday, September 21, the conference begins with a continental breakfast.  Dan Schnieder will be the keynote speaker before several break-out sessions.  After lunch the featured speaker will be Deb DiSandro.  The conference will wrap up around 3:00 p.m.  Pre-registration will be required and will be on the web site.  The cost is $75.  More information will be posted on the website,

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois
WebJunction Illinois is looking for a little help!

The new WebJunction Illinois is here! As we continue to spruce up our new home, we would like to reach out to the library community with an opportunity to contribute to the new WJIL.

You’re looking for sample policies and so are we! eReader policies, circulation policies, meeting room use policies, displays, exhibits and posting policies, internet usage policies…those pesky little policies that we all need, but aren’t always sure how to write or what exactly to include. 

We all like to share, right? Please consider sharing your local policies with the Illinois library community. 

If you are interested in submitting sample policies to be made available through WebJunction Illinois, please email us at


Illinois Library Day April 18, 2012

Illinois Library Day will be held on April 18, 2012. Illinois Library Day, held in Springfield, is a time for library supporters to visit with elected officials during the state legislative session. Activities also include training and special briefings before the full day of visits. For more information, visit the Illinois Library Day website at:

IHLS members are welcome to carpool from one of our offices.  If you are interested, please contact Peggy Durst  so we can plan on you!

Is Your Library’s Automation Information Up-to-Date in L2? 
Libraries are encouraged to enter their automation information into their library’s Library Learning (L2) record. When viewing your library’s record in the L2 website, library directors and other designated staff should go to Library Info, then Edit Building. Go to the Automation section at the bottom of the page and select the Integrated Library System type that most closely matches what your library uses. Selections are available from the pull-down menu. While editing your library’s record in L2, please ensure the accuracy of your library’s hours, address, website, and staff member information.


Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director