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September 27, 2013


IHLS Facilities Update

All staff from our southern location (Carterville) are getting settled into their new space at 500 South Madison, Du Quoin, IL 62832. The phone number and extensions remain unchanged. The main number is 618-985-3711. We appreciate your patience as we consolidate facilities to improve service.

Board Meeting Recap

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their September 24, 2013, meeting has been posted on the website. The next board meeting is October 22, 2013, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.


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 Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Visit the Connect with Leslie page on the IHLS website to access the link for the meeting. Register in L2 at:

Training Webinars on eRead Illinois

The eRead Illinois project will include an e-book collection and an Axis 360 software platform from Baker & Taylor for RAILS members and IHLS non-Share members. Illinois libraries may learn more about this e-book platform through a demonstration webinar to be offered on:

Each webinar will cover the same content. Log into L2 and click on the dates above for more information.

SHARE Update

As of the end of fiscal year 13, SHARE is 425 libraries strong, and still growing!
Shipman Elementary School, Brighton North Elementary School, Medora Elementary School (all part of Southwestern CUSD #9), Palestine Public Library, Frank Bertetti Benld Public Library, Rosiclare Public Library, Johnston City Public Library, Sidell District Library, Golconda Public Library, Blue Ridge Township Library, Moulton Middle School (Shelbyville CUSD #4), Auburn Public Library, and Atwood-Hammond Elementary School are all somewhere in the process of joining SHARE during fiscal year 14. They are in the process of profiling, adding item records, and patron records to the database.  
Another four libraries plan to join in fiscal year 15, and four more in fiscal year 16.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic & the School Library, our latest series on BlogJunction Illinois wrapped up this week. We’ve had a fabulous time learning about all of the awesome services provided by school libraries here in Illinois. A great big Thank You goes out to all of the guest bloggers for Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmetic, & the School Library. We appreciate your willingness to share with our learning community.

Do you have a great story to tell? We would love to hear from you, email and let us know.

New Schedule for your Transition to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

In response to requests from many members of the OCLC resource sharing community, OCLC has extended access to WorldCat Resource Sharing through May 19, 2014. The new transition schedule provides additional time for ILL staffs to fully learn the new WorldShare ILL service while retaining access to WorldCat Resource Sharing.
New WorldShare ILL transition dates are:

  • End of placing new requests in WorldCat Resource Sharing: April 14, 2014
  • End of access to WorldCat Resource Sharing: May 19, 2014

Thank you to those of you who have completed your transitions from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare ILL. You have provided leadership for others whose transitions are in process. If you would like to share your WorldShare ILL experiences with others through an upcoming webinar or a written summary on the OCLC website, please contact the OCLC team with an email to

Deadline is October 15 for Public Library Per Capita Grant

The submission deadline for FY2014 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants is October 15, 2013. For more information, see:

FY2014 Live & Learn Construction Grant Program

Public libraries may now apply for FY2014 Live and Learn Public Library Construction grants. For applications and other information, see:

Free Booklist Webinar—What Not to Weed: Best Practices in Weeding Library Collections

October 3, 2013 - 1:00 PM CST
Weeding library collections can be a tricky task. What stays? What goes? The webinar will discuss various pitfalls to avoid, and how to manage public perception. This webinar has reached maximum capacity but you can register to be notified when the video archive is available. Please note: As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow-up correspondence from Booklist Publications and may receive other special offers from the sponsors. Click here to register.

Free RDA Cataloging Pre-Conference

There are still slots remaining for the RDA pre-conference at the Embassy Suites Chicago, Monday October 14, a day before the ILA Conference begins. No fee for registration. To register, contact Mary Konkel,, by September 30th. For more details, go to:

ILA Resources and Technical Services Forum

The ILA Resources and Technical Services Forum will hold its annual meeting On October 17 at 10:45 am in Room 323 at Navy Pier during the ILA Conference. As long as you’re a member of ILA and interested in Tech Services, you can attend the meeting. We’ll be voting on the proposed bylaws, coming up with program ideas for next year’s conference in Springfield, electing a forum manager and more! For more information on the ILA RTSF, please visit our blog. And please don’t hesitate to contact Brooke Sievers, ILA RTSF Manager (630.458.3329 | with any questions, concerns, or just to introduce yourself!

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
Is your library plus-size friendly?
White encourages more vets to share stories
Civil War diary donated to Springfield library
State program has preserved thousands of veterans’ stories
Granite City downtown library to move to old school building
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - September 20, 2013

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • Talking Book and Braille Program Releases Apple Mobile Download App
  • Secretary of State Jesse White and Illinois Community College Board Celebrate National Adult Education Week Through September 29
  • Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchanges Will Begin Enrollments October 1
  • ALL Public Libraries Asked to Complete Important Construction Needs Survey
  • OCLC WorldShare Watch
  • Live & Learn Construction Grant Reviewers Needed
  • Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grant Applications and Workshops Now Available

Grant Opportunities

Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award - Deadline: September 30, 2013
ALA Traveling Exhibit: Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry - Deadline: September 30, 2013
Captain Planet Foundation – Deadline: September 30, 2013
2013 Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program – Deadline: October 1, 2013
MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards – Deadline: October 14, 2013
FY2014 Illinois Public Library Per Capita Grant – Deadline: October 15, 2013
ALA Traveling Exhibition: Changing America – Deadline: October 21, 2013
Build A Bear Workshop Literacy and Education Grants - Deadline: October 31, 2013
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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