Moving Forward TOGETHER

September 27, 2012


SHARE Update

Everything is moving along on schedule--SHARE staff has started entering data on the Polaris servers;  they are quite actively adding codes to spreadsheets to "slurp" legacy data into Polaris; and SHARE staff is participating in webinars and phone conferences with Polaris, as we prepare to migrate.

Exchange Listserv

The "Exchange" list is the listserv you'll want to be a member of if you like to get messages about job postings, questions from your fellow IHLS librarians, and book giveaways. Recent threads include:

  • Overdrive instructions for using audiobooks and iTunes
  • WiFi usage policy
  • Building / maintenance levy question
  • Paid time off for part-time workers
  • Retention list for public libraries
  • Unattended children and/or unattended home schooled children during school hours
  • Lending out Kindles with preloaded purchased books

Go to the IHLS Listserv page to subscribe to the list.

FirstSearch Administration: The Basics

In a lab setting you will get hands on training on the FirstSearch Administrative Module. This web interface allows you to control every aspect of your account, letting you meet the needs of your users and staff by customizing FirstSearch in areas such as searching, available databases and resource sharing, integrate FirstSearch with your library services, and control FirstSearch costs for your library.

Administrative Module trainings will be held from 9 am – Noon at the following locations—
Oct. 16 Edwardsville
Oct. 18 Marion Carnegie Library
Oct. 23 Decatur
Oct. 25 Champaign

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
Oct. 16 Edwardsville
Oct. 18 Marion Carnegie Library
Oct. 23 Decatur
Oct. 25 Champaign

Click on the location for a link to the L2 session to register.

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 website.

Try-it! Illinois Returns October 1 - November 30

The Illinois State Library announced that Try-It! Illinois, their popular free annual statewide electronic database trial, is returning October 1. More information has been added to the website.

2012 ILA Annual Conference

October 9-11, 2012, Peoria, Illinois
Leslie Bednar, IHLS Executive Director; Anne Craig, Illinois State Library Director; Jane Plass, RAILS Interim Executive Director; and Susan Singleton, CARLI Executive Director, will present Resource Sharing: Strategic Directions Statewide on Wednesday. WebJunction Illinois will have a Poster Session on Thursday. Also, be sure to visit IHLS and WJIL at the exhibit booths. Conference Information

2012 ISLMA Conference

October 18-20, 2012, St. Charles, Illinois
Ellen Popit, IHLS Membership Development Coordinator, and Jane Plass, RAILS Interim Executive Director, will present Library System Membership: What’s in It for You? on Friday, October 19. WebJunction Illinois will present Too Cool for School? Learn How to Get Free CPDUs with WebJunction Illinois on Saturday. Also, be sure to visit IHLS and WJIL at the exhibit booths. Conference Information

Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference

November 1-2, 2012, Chicago, Illinois
Conference Information

Grant Opportunities

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)

ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grants
Deadline: November 2, 2012

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

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."

October Information Literacy Month in Illinois

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed October as Information Literacy Month in Illinois. We now join at least half of the states in highlighting the importance of information literacy for the future well-being of our students and fellow citizens. Find more information on the National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL) website.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

Have you checked out WebJunction Illinois' new blog series "The Learning Curve"? This series centers around the importance of learning for librarians and continuing education opportunities offered by WebJunction. This week’s edition features a guest post by Jennifer Walker, Mississippi Library Commission, on Continuing Education, With a Little Something Extra. Last week’s guest post was from Jay Turner, Georgia Public Library Service, on Leaders as Stewards of Change. If you are interesting in contributing a guest blog post to highlight how you are using the WebJunction courses and webinars, please email Lesley Zavediuk at

The Organizations & Events section of  ( website links families and those who work with families to information, local programs, services, events, and community agencies. The Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana is working on a project with the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse librarian to update the database. Some counties don’t have a huge number of services available to their residents and local libraries provide a valuable link to information. Find libraries and organizations in your area by clicking on your county on the Illinois map.

CEEP is requesting that libraries consider adding their information to the database by filling out an online form to either add or update information about their library in the database. There currently are 529 library records in the database and they hope to add many new listings.

Illinois Libraries Matter

The Marketing Committee of ILA has relaunched the blog, "Illinois Libraries Matter."  With blog posts on every aspect of library marketing from committee members as well as guest bloggers from around the state, the blog will offer tips, techniques, stories of successful projects and answers to your questions.  

"This year's marketing committee plans to focus on helping librarians market their libraries more effectively by creating a community in which library marketers can easily share questions, answers and insight. The relaunched blog is part of the effort, as is the Library Marketing Talk Table at the ILA Conference in October, at which folks can get one-on-one marketing coaching and answers to their questions."

LSSC Approved Courses Available from Infopeople

Infopeople has received LSSC approval for a number of courses that can be taken as part of the Library Support Staff Certification. These courses provide excellent content and instruction from experienced and well-known instructors. Infopeople currently offers courses that have been approved for the following competencies: Adult Readers’ Advisory Services, Cataloging and Classification, Youth Services, and Reference and Information Services. For more information and scheduled dates visit the LSSC approved courses page or the Infopeople website.

Message from the Reaching Forward South Committee

The Reaching Forward South Committee would like to thank Dan Schneider, our keynote speaker, Deb DiSandro, our featured speaker, our breakout session presenters, our authors, vendors, and sponsors for helping make the 2012 “Venturing into the Future” conference for library support staff such a great success.  Most of all we would like to thank our attendees for taking the time and making the effort to attend our conference. You rock!  Attendees, speakers and committee members all had a great time discovering new technologies, learning how to put on winning programs, finding the best ways to market libraries, locating new websites, hearing about staff safety techniques, and meeting authors.
If anyone is interested in joining our committee to help prepare the 2013 conference, “Branching Out and Reaching Forward” please contact Erin Molck at 309-268-827 or e-mail her at  Also contact Erin with any suggestions for speakers or breakout sessions for the 2013 conference. We will see you at the Northfield Inn September 19 and 20, 2013 for another great conference.

Libraries in the News

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

ISL Insight (September/October 2012)
State celebrates Veterans’ History Project
YALSA receives grant from IMLS to host National Forum on Teens and Libraries
Forbes Folly: Demonstrating the real net worth of a library degree
Follett Challenge Returns to Reward Innovative Schools
GSLIS offers new Certificate in Youth Services
Lecture series at Illinois to explore ‘digital divide’
Online Workshops a Growing Opportunity for Professional Development
Library preprares for annual photo contest
Macoupin County joins legal self-help program
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - September 13, 2012

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