Moving Forward Together

August 23, 2013


August IHLS Board Meeting

The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, August 27, 2013. 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 be more convenient. When available, you will find the August agenda and board packet here.

Connect with Leslie

Give us a half hour, and we’ll fill you in on what is happening at IHLS. This month’s Connect with Leslie meeting is Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. Visit the Connect with Leslie page on the IHLS website to access the link for the meeting. Register in L2 at:

IHLS Holiday Closing

All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 2, 2013. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided. Additional routes may run on Tuesday to compensate for volume. See our Office Hours page for a listing of IHLS Holidays.

OCLC Billing

All OCLC participating libraries should have received an audit letter from IHLS regarding their OCLC account balance. Please return these letters as soon as possible. If you have any questions please call Cheri (ext. 407) or Rosemary (ext. 401) at the IHLS Edwardsville Office at 618-656-3216.

With Much Appreciation

Two respected colleagues are about to embark on new chapters in their lives.
Sue Byers began her career with Rolling Prairie Library System (RPLS) in March 1989 and retired from full-time employment June 2011. She accepted a part-time position with IHLS in July 2011. After more than 24 years of service supporting resource sharing in our state Sue has decided it's time to leave the workday world and be free to fully enjoy the next chapter of her life. The majority of her system career has been devoted to library automation and our members have been blessed by her pleasant demeanor and determination to help wherever needed.
Terry Moreland started working with RPLS in June 1981 and will retire from IHLS this month. She will return to our organization in a part-time capacity working on special projects in September. We are thrilled that Terry will share some of her time, energy and skills to benefit our SHARE members!
Feel free to leave a comment on the IHLS Facebook page and we will share those wishes with our colleagues.

SHARE Update

Recorded Books is working on a price list for the schools to join the current Zinio consortium. More information will follow as soon as it is available.


WorldShare Watch

Are you ready to transition from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan? Check out this week’s Tip of the Week: Set up new OCLC Services user accounts NOW to access the new service. Remember, new requests cannot be initiated in WorldCat Resource Sharing after November 25, 2013.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

Learn about trends and changes in Illinois Libraries! The second installment of youThink! Fridays will be held on Friday, September 13th at 11:00 am. Attend Public Libraries + School Libraries = Success for your Students to learn how you can create new partnerships or strengthen existing ones. youThink! Fridays are free to attend and are archived for later viewing. REGISTER TODAY!

Winter/Spring Publisher Presentation

On Thursday, November 14th, Baker & Taylor’s Children’s and Teen Services department (CATS) will host HarperCollins, Random House, Penguin, Scholastic and many more publishers at the Spencer Road Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library in St. Peters, MO to present their titles for Winter/Spring 2014. This event is FREE! A complimentary lunch will be provided, and attendees will receive a signed book, lots of fun giveaways, and the chance to win fabulous raffle prizes. The deadline to register is October 29, 2013. For more details and to RSVP, please go to

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
Nothing to read? Airport libraries to the rescue
For you to borrow, some libraries have to go begging : NPR
Libraries’ leading roles: On stage, on screen and in song
Beyond books: Libraries lend fishing poles, pans and people : NPR
For disaster preparedness: Pack a library card? : NPR
Are public libraries within public schools the wave of the future?
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - August 9, 2013

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • Public Library Webinar about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Participatory Technology Survey Deadline News
  • Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grant Applications and Workshops Now Available
  • All Public Libraries Asked to Complete Important Survey
  • Family Reading Night - Bookmarks, Posters and Programming Ideas
  • Public Library Per Capita Grant Applications
  • Illinois Library Association Conference Program.

Grant Opportunities

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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