Moving Forward Together

August 2, 2013


Visit IHLS at OTFL

Are you taking full advantage of your library’s membership? Leslie Bednar, Executive Director, Illinois Heartland Library System, will join Dee Brennan, Executive Director, Reaching Across Illinois Library System, at the On The Front Lines conference on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 10:15 am to present The Benefits of Being a Member in a Regional Library System. If you are attending the conference, be sure to join them as they share the many benefits available to you, upcoming plans, and answer any questions you might have.

Library Jobs

Check the IHLS website for job openings on our Library Jobs tab: To add a job posting to the IHLS jobs page for your library, please send to


Library booth at Farm Progress Show: your opportunity to participate

The Farm Progress Show is August 27-29, 2013. Don’t forget that paperback books for the library booth at the Farm Progress Show may be sent through IHLS delivery. This link provides a reminder of how to send books:
If you live close enough to Decatur to volunteer in the booth or assist with pre-show organization, we would love to have your help. We need only a few hours of your time – REALLY. If you are interested in experiencing the Farm Show firsthand, and having the chance to visit with farmers, FFA students, Ag leaders and others, please let us know ASAP! Also tell us your available date(s) and time(s). We will have a schedule ready by mid-August. Admission to the show is included in our booth rental, so you are welcome to explore the show before or after your shift.
Please contact Rachel Miller, Forsyth Public Library, 217-877-8174 or Ann Adkesson, Friends of Barclay Public Library, 217-855-4914, with questions, or to volunteer. THANK YOU for your assistance with our project.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

WebJunction Illinois would love to meet you! When you work in a library, your time is valuable. It’s important to find continuing education opportunities that fit into your busy schedule. Did you know that you can find free, self-paced, online training at WebJunction Illinois (WJIL)? Plus, you can search for jobs, glance at sample policies from other libraries, and check out countless resources on topics from eBooks & eReaders to Growing Greener Libraries. If you're attending the On The Front Lines Conference, visit WebJunction Illinois: Your One Stop Shop for Library Learning on Monday, August 5, at 4:15 pm. We would love to answer your questions and show you all that WJIL has to offer!

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
How Andrew Carnegie turned his fortune into a library legacy
The importance of libraries in a digital age
Abandoned Walmart is now America’s largest library
Illinois Ancestors: Introduce kids to genealogy
SWIC receives literacy grants
Illinois Secretary of State Presents Grant Money for New Library
Jesse White Awards More Than $5 Million in Adult Literacy Grants
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - July 26, 2013

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • Jesse White Awards More than $5 Million in Adult Literacy Grants
  • See You at the State Fair!
  • Register Now for FY2014 Public Library Per Capita Application Webinars
  • WorldShare Watch: A Message to Public Libraries

Grant Opportunities

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
Captain Planet Foundation – 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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