Moving Forward TOGETHER

May 25, 2012

IHLS Offices Closed Monday, May 28
All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2012. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided.  All four offices will reopen May 29 and additional delivery routes may run to compensate for volume.

Board Meeting Recap - May 2012
A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their May 22, 2012, meeting in Effingham, Illinois, has been posted on the website.  The next board meeting is June 26, 2012, 6:00 pm at the IHLS Edwardsville Office.

DPOE Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Midwest Region
The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program of the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Indiana State Archives and Indiana State Library, is pleased to announce a call for applications to participate in the DPOE Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Midwest Region. The workshop is made possible by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The DPOE Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Midwest Region will take place August 21 - 24, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. There is no charge to participate in the workshop for selected applicants. Travel and lodging during the workshop will be provided free of charge.

More information on the Call for Applications can be found at and information on the DPOE program can be found at  Applications will be accepted from Monday, May 21 through Friday, June 8, 2012.

Fun Facts About IHLS Libraries!
In June of 2011 the Illinois state chapter of the DAR dedicated a memorial on the grounds of the C.E. Brehm Memorial Library in Mt. Vernon, called "With Emphasis on Women Veterans". It is possibly the only memorial specifically honoring woman veterans. The memorial includes a "life-size" sculpture of two woman veterans, Molly Pitcher (Revolutionary War) and Major Tammy Duckworth (Iraq War veteran and member of the Illinois DAR). The memorial also includes a wall with bricks inscribed with the names of woman veterans and women's service groups.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois
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.

Best Kept Secret: Marketing the Small & Rural Library
Thursday, June 7, 2012 ♦ 1 pm CST 60 min Cost: $0
Is your small or rural library the community’s best kept secret? Libraries are not known for "tooting their own horns" so valuable services and resources go unnoticed. Join us for a webinar, hosted by WebJunction in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, to learn about marketing and branding and what it means to the 21st century small and rural library.  Presented by: Michelle A. McIntyre, director, Roaring Spring Community Library (PA); and Melinda Tanner, district consultant librarian, Washington, Greene & Fayette Counties (PA)

“That’s Not What I Said!”: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 ♦ 1 pm CST 60 min Cost: $0
Our personalities affect how we view and relate to the world. Each of us have different learning and communication styles, fears, insecurities and defense mechanisms. This presentation will provide you with the tools to recognize your own and others’ differences and become more aware of how they affect your relationships with customers and co-workers.  Presented by: Melissa Powell, independent librarian,

Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Book Grants
Deadline: June 15, 2012
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation annually awards grants to rural, urban, public, school, and special libraries serving at-risk children in the U.S. The Foundation provides grants to libraries and agencies that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need. Funds are earmarked for purchasing books for young people. Grants for 2012 will range from $500 to $3000. Successful applicants have proposed purchases to update their children's book collections generally or to expand their holdings in specific areas. More details regarding the grant program and a link to the application can be found on their Grant Program Information web page.

Enjoy the first long weekend of summer!
Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director