Moving Forward TOGETHER

August 28, 2012

IHLS Holiday Closing
All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 3, 2012. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided. Additional routes may run on Tuesday to compensate for volume.
August IHLS Board Meeting
The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, August 28, 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 August agenda and board packet here.
New IHLS Phone System
The IHLS move to a new phone system will be completed today and then the four IHLS offices will all be on the same phone system.  This means you will be able to call a staff member in Champaign and they will be able to transfer you to a staff member in Edwardsville.  The new staff phone extensions are listed on the IHLS website.
IPLAR and ILLINET Survey Update
The Office of the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library has selected Counting Opinions as a result of the procurement process to collect and maintain data for the Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) and the Illinois Library and Information Network (ILLINET) surveys.  More information has been posted on the IHLS website.
Public Library Per Capita Grant Application Available
Public libraries may now apply for FY2013 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants. Applications are available at and due by October 15. For questions, please call 800-665-5576, ext. 1, or email
Public Per Capita Requirements
For the FY2013 Per Capita Grant libraries are required to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System Number (DUNS#). If your library does not have a DUNS#, you will need to obtain one. It is a simple process and can be done over the phone in about 10 minutes.  Information on a DUNS# can be found at this web site Instructions on how to obtain a number and the information you will need to have on hand are given on this site.  Not certain if you already have a DUNS#?  Find out at the above link. For additional information or help, please contact the Illinois State Library.
Internet Librarian Conference discount
A discount is being offered to ILLINET member libraries for the Internet Librarian 2012 Conference, being held at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California, October 22-24.  To receive a registration form with special discounted ILLINET member pricing, contact Jill Heffernan at or call 217-557-7259. To obtain the discount, registration forms must be returned to Jill by September 14. For more information, visit
ILA Career Clinic
Have experience in hiring?  Have tips to improve a candidate's likelihood of being interviewed and hired? Join ILA in helping coach Illinois librarians and library staff at this year's ILA conference. Contact ILA at to register for a coaching slot.
Reaching Forward South Conference September 20 and 21 in Springfield
Attend Reaching Forward South, a conference for library support staff, for just $75. Thursday's activities begin on September 20 at 2 p.m. with an author's tea followed by a wine and cheese hour. Friday's events include speakers, breakout sessions, and more. Attend the conference for a chance to network with fellow library staff, meet new friends, strengthen old friendships, and learn about what it takes to "Venture into the Future." Visit for registration and more information.
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Deadline: September 24, 2012  (Projects must begin April 1, May 1, or June 1, 2013)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Visit the IMLS website for complete program guidelines, eligibility requirements and application procedures.
What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois
Good news Mac users! Nine new Mac courses have been added to the Course Catalog!
Outlook for Mac 2011:

  • Getting Started
  • Managing Contacts
  • Managing Conversations and E-mail
  • Mastering E-mail
  • Scheduling with the Calendar

PowerPoint for Mac 2011:

  • Getting Started
  • Adding Simple Presentation Enhancements
  • Animations and Presentation Tools
  • Using Media Files in a Presentation

Simply log in and click on “Browse the Catalog.” You’ll find these new courses listed under Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.
Fun Facts About IHLS Libraries!
Paris Public Library receives email reference questions through their website ( from all over the world because people think they are in Paris, France.
Libraries in the News
Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians in the news.

Win $3,000 for your library with the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant
Lead the Change: Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s Challenges
New technology helps library users access 10 million works
13 Things you pay for that your library has for free
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum hits 3 million visitors
Maryville library moves one step closer to building
Roosevelt School in Belleville gets library, computer upgrades
School delivery and pickup resumes soon
New library director enjoys post
Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association (features Bob Towner, IHLS Operations Manager)
Library’s catalogue will soon expand
Librarians instrumental in aligning Common Core standards
Libraries and E-Books
Smithsonian Exhibition has arrived at the Glen Carbon Centennial Library
Traveling exhibit set up in library
From Italy to England to other parts of the United States
Italy to England: See the video!   
No one is 'Broken' in Champaign teen's first novel
Grant provides Decatur library with digital upgrades