Moving Forward TOGETHER

October 29, 2012


IHLS had an incredible maiden year, and we have much to anticipate and realize in the future. A lot of hard work, long hours, and multitude of meetings were responsible for the success of the first year in joining our four organizations into one. The IHLS Fact Sheet highlights IHLS services and successes for FY2012.    

SHARE Update

Is your Internet connection ready for Polaris? You can test your connection speed, all the way to the IHLS servers. To take the test, visit the IHLS website.

Live and Learn Construction Grant Workshops

Staff from the Illinois State Library will provide an overview of the Live & Learn Construction Grant Program for public libraries. These sessions will discuss the eligibility requirements, the three different grant categories available, and the application submission and review process. Applications are due January 11, 213.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 ♦ 10:30 AM-12:00 PM ♦ IHLS Edwardsville ♦ Register in L2.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ♦ 1:30 PM-3:00 PM ♦ Adobe Connect ♦ Register in L2.

Fund for Illinois Libraries

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) is the new home for the Fund for Illinois Libraries. Has your library received a gift that requires 501(c)(3) status? Gifts requiring 501(c)(3) status can be filtered through the Fund for Illinois Libraries. Find more details and annual fee information on the ILA website.

Try-it! Illinois is Underway

Try-It!  Illinois, the annual statewide electronic database trial, is being offered for the 13th year by the Illinois State Library through November 30, 2012. Information has been added to the website.

ILLINET Interlibrary Loan and Reciprocal Borrowing Statistical Survey

The Illinois State Library has announced that the FY2011-FY2012 ILLINET Interlibrary Loan and Reciprocal Borrowing Statistical Survey is now available online. The deadline for completing the survey is November 30th. More information has been posted on the website.

ILEAD USA National Day of Application November 1

A National Day of Application will be held November 1, featuring a live Webinar from 10 a.m. to 12 noon CST. During the Webinar, ILEAD USA project directors will answer questions on completing the ILEAD USA application. More information has been added to the website.

Library Days and Dates

Public Library Directors live by deadlines. One of the tools that they use is the "Library Days and Dates to Remember" prepared by Phil Lenzini. The 2013-2014 edition of this useful tool can be found on the ILA website. Go to and click on the word Events along the top of the page. You will find a link to the PDF version of this document

PLA Webinar: The State of E-Books in Public Libraries and Publishing

October 31, 2012
More information has been added to the website.

College of DuPage Library & Information Technology program - Spring 2013

New student registration begins on Nov. 8 for the College of DuPage Library & Information Technology program. Spring classes run January 10 – May 10, 2013. You may complete the entire 9-class certificate online. The program is certified by the Library Staff Support Certification.  Course listings are on the LTA program web page.  Please contact Carol Sturz, Coordinator at or call 630-942-2597 for more information.


2012 ILA and ISLMA Conferences

Thank you to everyone that stopped by the booths, attended a poster session or one of the regular sessions at the ILA and ISLMA conferences to learn more about IHLS member services or WebJunction Illinois.  

Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference

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

Grant Opportunities

ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grants
Deadline: November 2, 2012
FY2013 School District Library Grant
Deadline: November 16, 2012
Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved Grant
Deadline: November 15, 2012
Microsoft IT Academy Training Grant
Lumity, a technology and financial consulting organization, has been awarded a grant to provide Microsoft IT Academy training to non-profits in Illinois.  
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

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.
The Power of Image: presenting with the brain in mind
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 ♦ 1 pm CST ♦ 60 min
This webinar will cover key concepts of strong visual communication and explore simple tips and tricks that will punch up your presentations and wake up your audience.
Energize your base: Tips and tools to raise awareness and build support for library service
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ♦ 12 pm CST 90 min
A webinar exploring ways to increase your community's awareness of library services and of how those services are changing lives.
Outreach Programs in Rural Communities: Simple Steps for Surprising Results
Thursday, December 6, 2012 ♦ 1 pm CST ♦ 60 min
A webinar with the PEARL Project, designed to enhance the role of the public library in rural areas through community partnerships and outreach plans.
What Would Walt Do?: Quality Customer Service for Libraries
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 ♦ 12 pm CST 60 min
This webinar shares how libraries in Colorado are integrating what they learned at the Disney Institute on Quality Service to improve customer service for patrons.

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians in the news.
Smaller libraries coping with less state support, consolidations
Granite City library receives $2.2 million grant for renovation
Presidential library project sheds light on school mergers
ALA President Maureen Sullivan applauds new PEW study on young adult reading and library habits
Illinois Veterans History Project
Forum: Kudos to Peoria for library facilities
Lincoln papers project receives $300K grant
Presidential museum seeks models for historical dresses
Belleville Public Library ready for renovations
Broadband Innovation Fund to Award $500,000 to 14 Illinois Organizations
Belleville Library considers plan to digitize newspaper microfilm
45 must-read books, 60 minutes: Reach teen readers with YALSA’s webinar
Library raising awareness with banned-books display
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - September 27, 2012

Ghostly Facts About IHLS Libraries!   

Rumor has it that the ghost of Jenny D. Hayner haunts the Hayner Genealogy and Local History Library. Library staff has not confirmed the rumor.

The staff at Lincoln Public in Lincoln has always felt the presence of their first librarian, who still makes herself known.

Happy Halloween!

Leslie Bednar

Executive Director