Moving Forward Together

September 13, 2012


September IHLS Board Meeting

The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, September 25, 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 September agenda and board packet here.

Illinois Library Laws and Rules

IHLS is coordinating a group purchase of the latest edition of Illinois Library Laws & Rules (2012) for $20/copy. The books are available to ILA members for $25/copy. IHLS Library Directors are asked to complete an online survey by September 24 to pre-order their copies. Libraries will be billed when the books are shipped. We will not utilize in-house delivery services and instead will deliver by U.S. Mail.

To offer these savings to our members, we will purchase in bulk reducing our cost to $17.50/copy. We will assess a $2.50 fee to cover processing and shipping. That's a 20% savings to our members. Pre-order your copy here.

SHARE Staff are Busy!

The first of three SHARE Local meetings was held last week. The SHARE staff is getting ready to participate in Polaris training so they can then go forth and train library staff; the Polaris servers were installed at the ICN POP in Champaign last week; and they’ve been working diligently at standardizing the different codes that are used in the library software (Polaris).

FY2011-FY2012 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR)

The FY2011-FY2012 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) is now available online. For additional support using LibPAS, Counting Opinions will host three live webinars September 18th-20th. More information has been posted on the IHLS website, including links for the upcoming webinars.

FY2013 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants Application

Deadline: October 15, 2012
Tips from the Illinois State Library on completing the application have been added to the IHLS website.

FirstSearch Searching: Search the databases like an expert

Receive hands on training on how to search the databases in FirstSearch. We will explore the databases and options available to you in FirstSearch. You will learn about the various databases in FirstSearch and the content found in each, the search options for limiting or expanding your search, and how to save and print out selected records. Please bring your FirstSearch login.

FirstSearch trainings will be held from 10 am – Noon at the following locations—
Sept. 18 Marion Carnegie Library
Sept. 20 Decatur
Sept. 25 Champaign
Sept. 27 Edwardsville
Click on the location for a link to the L2 session to register.

OCLC FirstSearch Interlibrary Loan

In a lab setting you will get hands on training on OCLC FirstSearch Interlibrary Loan. We will go step by step through the most commonly used commands in the OCLC staff view. You will learn about your ILL responsibilities and what to put in your ILL policy, the basics of OCLC ILL, how to set up constant data records, and how to generate and respond to requests. Please bring your OCLC FirstSearch logins and passwords for ILL so you can update your constant data records and view your own request manager.

Interlibrary Loan training will be held from 1-4 PM at the following locations
Sept.18 Marion Carnegie Library
Sept. 20 Decatur
Sept. 25 Champaign
Sept. 27 Edwardsville
Click on the location for a link to the L2 session to register.

Internet Librarian Conference discount

Deadline:  September 14, 2012
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

Grant Opportunities

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Deadline: September 24, 2012

ALA/NEH: Muslim Journeys, a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Grant Program
Deadline: September 25, 2012

Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

Grammy Foundation Grants in Music Preservation Projects
Deadline: October 1, 2012 (Letter of Inquiry)

For more grant opportunities, check out the Library Grants Blog.

Free Webinars from the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program

The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and be certified by the American Library Association (ALA), will be hosting two free webinars, one on September 14 and one on September 17.

The first will be an hour-long informational webinar at 2 p.m. CST on Friday, September 14. The presentation will explain the value of this certification to Library Support Staff, employers, and library users. You will also have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered by program staff members. This webinar is open to all interested candidates. Register to attend at

On Monday, September 17 at 2 p.m. CST, the Library Support Staff Certification Program, will offer an hour-long informational webinar discussing portfolio creation. Candidates in the program have two options for completing the competency sets needed for certification: taking and passing approved courses or compiling and submitting portfolios. This presentation will focus on helping candidates create successful portfolios for submission. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have their questions answered by program staff members. For more information on the webinar and how to register, please visit  
For more information please visit the LSSC website.

Banned Books Week 2012: Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Banned Books Week 2012 will take place September 30 through October 6. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week and the theme is "30 years of Liberating Literature."

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

October 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.
Incubate leadership @ your library
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 ♦ 1 pm CST 60 min
Freedom Rings in Philadelphia: community technology adoption
Thursday, October 25, 2012 ♦ 1 pm CST 60 min

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians in the news.

101,000 items returns(sic) in Chicago’s library program
Library Law: Ordinance Banning Sex Offenders From Library Held Unconstitutional
Lovejoy Library will host speaker series
60 Ways to Use a Library Card
SIUE's Year of the Book event begins
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Library Acquires 13-millionth Volume
Learning the Basics
Library Looks to create separate district
Herrin library continues to grow
Champaign Library Offers Kindles Through State Grant