Moving Forward TOGETHER

April 13, 2012

April IHLS Board Meeting
The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  IHLS Board meetings will be available via videoconferencing at each of our four offices as well as the Illinois State Library.  If you are not able to join us in Effingham, perhaps one of these other locations will suffice.  When available, you will find the April agenda and board packet here.

IHLS Delivery Study
The Illinois Heartland Library System recognizes how important delivery is to you and your library patrons. As we evaluate our services, we need your help to better understand your library’s delivery needs.

We are in the process of sending a delivery survey to the director of each of our member libraries.  We are hoping that one person from each library will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this brief survey.

This information obtained is critical in helping us plan for FY 2012-2013 and beyond. We may have incorrect contact information and if your library does not get a survey, follow this link to take the survey:   

Specific information from each library will be kept strictly confidential!  Only aggregate information will be shared.  If you have any questions, contact

Please complete our survey before Friday, April 20, 2012.  

Great News!
IHLS has received a payment on the FY2012 Library System Area and Per Capita Grant in the amount of $1,172,724.70.  This brings our total appropriations received to date to $1,903,058.04 (or 56.6%).

Monday is Deadline to Submit Construction Grant Program Applications
The deadline to submit applications for the new Public Library Construction Grant Program is NEXT MONDAY, April 16. Find the application and all other details here. Grant proposals are required to include a sign-off letter from the library’s regional library system. If you are applying for a grant, please send a brief description of the project to Leslie Bednar at today.  

Free Illinois Collections Preservation Network (ICPN) Workshops
ICPN is pleased to offer “When Water Emergencies Strike Your Collections: Response Training & Workshop.” This free one-day workshop is designed to give an introduction to preparing for and responding to water emergencies in museum and library collections. Development of a disaster plan will be discussed, and salvage techniques will be demonstrated. Book, paper and object conservators will present hands on demonstrations, and attendees will participate in a mini-salvage exercise.
The workshops below are free, include lunch, and run from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

  • April 18 — Douglas County Museum, Tuscola
  • May 10 — Western Illinois Museum, Macomb
  • June 11 — Naper Settlement, Naperville
  • July 9 — Freeport Art Museum, Freeport

To register, contact Bronwyn Eves at
Visit the ICPN website for more information.

Non-Resident Fees
Each year public libraries are required to submit to the System their non-resident fee for patrons that live outside their service area.  This year to gather that information we have a survey for public libraries to complete.  The survey gives complete information about the calculation of non-resident fees.  June 15 is the deadline for completion of the survey.  Once your board has determined the fee for your non-resident cards, please complete the survey.  If you do not sell non-resident cards please complete the survey indicating that information.  Here is the link to the survey

ISL Diversity Program Presents:
“Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community”
April 20, 2012,  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Decatur Public Library
Registration is free at L2:
This workshop is for all library staff. Participants will:

  • Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions.
  • Learn the differences and strengths in communication styles of the Spanish speaking community. Learn how to build strong community partnerships and collaborate with the Spanish speaking community to increase their access to public library computers and resources.
  • Learn techniques for reaching out and marketing the public library and their resources to the Spanish-speaking community. Develop an action plan for reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community.

Register Now! ISLMA Spring Mini-Conferences
Now that Spring has sprung, it is the perfect opportunity to attend one of the upcoming ISLMA mini-conferences! The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) is providing two spring mini-conferences to offer additional professional development opportunities for school librarians. There is an exciting and informative slate of sessions ready for you.  See sessions on topics to motivate your students in the library, new children's literature, tips and tricks in library management, the standards and the library, and using technology to expand your program.  Best of all, the mini-conferences are only $20, including a continental breakfast and lunch.  You'll receive 3 CPDUs for attending.

  • April 21 - Central A&M High School, Moweaqua, IL
  • April 28 - Highland Middle School, Libertyville, IL

You can read session descriptions and register at the ISLMA website at  (Scroll down the page.)

ALA Annual Diversity Research Grant
Deadline:  April 30, 2012
The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and is encouraged to award a total of three awards. Grant recipients will be expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association. Grant proposals may address any diversity topic that speaks to critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. Grant applicants may also email to request a list of proposal topic suggestions. For submission guidelines and proposal evaluation criteria visit the ALA website.

Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Grant
Deadline:  June 15, 2012
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. annually awards grants for purchasing books published for young people preschool through grade 8. Public libraries, school libraries, and non-traditional libraries operated by 501(c)(3) agencies are eligible. The Foundation provides grants to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need. Grants for 12 will range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases. For more information visit the LLCF website.

New ILDS Codes as of May 1, 2012  
IHLS, RAILS, and CARLI are updating delivery codes statewide.  The three-letter delivery codes are changing and a new ILDS label will be available for use beginning May 1, 2012.  The new codes are listed on the IHLS website.  The ILDS program asks that these codes not be used ahead of the implementation date.

Find Us on Facebook
If you haven’t checked out our Facebook page, it is worth checking out!  Keep up with library events and what is happening at IHLS. Once you Find Us on Facebook be sure to ‘Like’ us.  Visit us there, become a fan, and share it with your friends!

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois
As a WJIL member, you have access to more than 350 self-paced courses and two new webinars every month. Our courses and webinars allow you to pick up the CPDUs that you need throughout the year - keeping your personal portfolio up to date. And thanks to the Illinois State Library, WebJunction courses and webinars are available to WJIL members for free!

Courses:  The new Learning Management System is up and running and courses can be accessed again! When you first Sign In to the new LMS you can watch an introductory video to help acquaint you with the LMS.

Upcoming Webinars: These free events allow you to meet and learn from library leaders and fellow library practitioners.  If you are interested in attending a webinar, but cannot commit to that time, remember that the webinars are archived for later viewing.

Libraries and the Era of the Learner: A Vision for the Future
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 ♦ 1 pm CST ♦ 60 min
Join us for a discussion exploring lifelong learning as an economic driver in the 21st century and the expanding role of libraries in this "era of the learner."

Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Your Library
Thursday, May 31, 2012 ♦ 1 pm CST ♦ 90 min
This webinar will help you recognize the symptoms and the situations that may trigger compassion fatigue and understand how it affects you and your working environment.

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director