Moving Forward Together

July 26, 2013


Board Meeting Recap

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their July 23, 2013, has been posted on the website. The next board meeting is August 27, 2013, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.

Questions from Connect with Leslie

Several questions came up during yesterday’s "Connect with Leslie". While we did not immediately have the answers, we wanted to share them with you here.
When will the ILL module be ready to go for members? Before being ready to go for members, the holds issues need to be resolved and working smoothly. We anticipate the ILL module to be ready in a month.

When will Telephony module be ready to go for members? Polaris is finalizing the installation now. All hardware is in place. We don't have an exact date from Polaris, but expect it to be done in the next 2 weeks.
When will the Acquisitions module be ready to use for members? Acquisitions and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) work hand in hand. While the modules are ready to use, libraries first need to attend training. There will be settings and background work that will need to be completed by the library as well as Polaris. Some of the instruction for using these two functions will be individualized by library. If your library has committed to purchasing these Polaris functions, and you are ready to start working on it, please contact Joan Bauer ( | 217-352-0047) to set up training.
A recording of the meeting is unavailable. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Courier Driver

If you want to work PT, enjoy driving a van, & can provide excellent customer service, the Champaign Office of the Illinois Heartland Library System has the job for you. Work about 2 days/week sorting materials & delivering to libraries. Must have a valid driver’s license, with repetitive lifting of 40 lbs tubs. $9.99/hr. Obtain application @ 1704 W. Interstate Dr, Champaign. Applications must be received by close of business August 1.

IMAC Meeting

The next IMAC (Illinois Heartland Advisory Committee) meeting is on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be available via videoconferencing at each of our four offices and the Illinois State Library. Please register in L2 for the location of your choice!

Illinois Machine Sublending Agency

Statistics indicate that in the US, approximately 10% of people have some type of disability that might qualify them for Talking Book services. Sadly, many people do not take advantage of the service simply because they are unaware of it. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has been in existence for over 80 years but surprisingly, it often seems to be a well-kept secret.
Libraries can better serve some patrons simply by informing them of this free, mail order library service that is available to individuals who have difficulty reading standard print. Talking Books staff can provide applications and brochures for distribution at your library. Libraries can also borrow digital audio players and books for demonstration purposes. In addition, we would be happy to provide informative programming to help raise awareness of the services that are available.
For information, contact the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center( 800-426-0709 |

SHARE Update

We were very pleased to learn that Diana Brawley Sussman and her colleagues at the Carbondale Public Library nominated the IHLS SHARE staff & SHARE Committees for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Demco Award for 2013. We were selected to receive the award, which will be presented at the ILA awards ceremony on October 15, 2013, at Navy Pier in Chicago. Thanks for thinking of us, Diana and colleagues!

WorldShare Watch

New for those librarians that are moving from WorldCat Resource sharing to WorldShare ILL is a tip of the week from OCLC. The tip from July 18 A Frequent Request from OCLC ILL users: Update your Constant Data address fields. Read why this is important and how to make these changes. The tip for July 25 is Save Staff Time with One Click Access to the Policies Directory in WorldShare ILL. The tips have been added to the IHLS WorldShare Watch page.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

Register today for WebJunction's fabulous August webinars! Don't worry if you can't make it to a live event, the link to each archive is sent to all registrants as soon as it's available.
Where Teens and Technology Meet: Engaging Teens with Digital Media
Thursday, August 8, 2013 1 pm CST 60 min
Learn how the Howard County Library System's HiTech Digital Media Lab is encouraging teens to develop 21st century skills. Founded on innovative teaching methods which demonstrate that teens learn most effectively through hands-on projects and peer-to-peer communications, HiTech provides curriculum that is both self-paced and structured, offering an array of classes and projects for youth to select.
Marketing Libraries: What the Not-for-profits Can Learn from the Lots-of-profits
Thursday, August 29, 2013 12 pm CST 60 min
You built it and promoted it, but they didn’t come? Libraries can learn from marketing strategies that for-profit organizations use. Explore how to build "ambient awareness," establishing your library as an authoritative source and a definitive provider of services for the community. Get your whole team on board to tell the library’s convincing story of its impact on your community.

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
Champaign Public Library gets state money
7 Reasons to Rediscover Your Public Library
IMLS and ALA Offer Health Insurance Resources
Lake Land developing tech mentoring program
Amazon vs. your public library

In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - July 19, 2013

E-News from the Illinois State Library

The current issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • Help with FY2014 Public Library Per Capita Application Coming in August
  • Jesse White Awards More Than $211,000 in FY14 Project Next Generation Grants
  • Discount available for October Internet Librarian Conference
  • News Round-Up
  • WorldShare Watch

Grant Opportunities

International Paper Grant - Deadline: August 1, 2013
America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants - Deadline: August 14, 2013
Estela and Raul Mora Award 2013 - Deadline: August 15, 2013
Books for Children - Deadline: August 15, 2013
ALA Traveling Exhibit: Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry - Deadline: September 30, 2013
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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