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October 4, 2013


eRead Illinois

Are you attending ILA October 15 - 17th? The eRead Illinois Project Team would love to meet you! Visit the IHLS & RAILS exhibit booths to say hello and learn more about how your library can join this fabulous eBook consortium. Would you like to learn more about the platforms we will be utilizing? Stop by the 3M Cloud demonstration (3 - 4 pm) or the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 demonstration (10:45 - 11:45) on October 15th for a sneak peek. Hope to see you there!
For more information on eRead Illinois, visit the IHLS website.

SHARE Update

For a great number of reasons, a couple of projects that we have been working on are finally coming your way. While not pretty--though it is functional--the information you've requested about help tickets is now posted on the SHARE website. You can find a link to the information on the right side of each page (called Help Ticket Summary) and on the Support tab (also called Help Ticket Summary).
The other project we've had in the works is a SHARE Chat forum, using Adobe Connect. Beginning Friday, October 11, a member of the SHARE staff will be available from 10 am to 12 pm, to answer questions or hear your suggestions for improvements or just to chat. You will be able to join the chat by going to:
We do apologize for the delays in getting these projects up and running. It may not be an acceptable excuse, but we do have hope that there will come a day when we can finish one project before we have to start on two more! And please stay tuned for the next SHARE newsletter, which will be sent just before Traci, Joan, Troy, Brant, and I head to Portland, OR, for our first Polaris Users Group meeting. We'll let you know what we find out!
Chris Dawdy
SHARE Staff Services Manager

FY14 School District Library Grant Application Now Available Online

Applications are now being accepted for the FY 2014 School District Library Grant. Applications and all other information concerning the grant can be found on the State Library's website at:

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:

WorldShare Watch

New features now available in OCLC WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan include printing and workflow options completely new to WorldShare ILL. To learn more, check out this week’s Tip of the Week: New Printing Features for WS ILL.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 ♦ 1 pm CST 60 min
As libraries evolve and adapt to changing circumstances, it is crucial to our continued community relevance that we retain and serve our core constituency of readers. Reader’s advisory specialists from The Seattle Public Library will expand on the basic premises and practices of reader’s advisory, sharing how to apply these practices across new platforms and technologies, enlist social media and catalogs to serve readers, and use form-based and virtual reader’s advisory. Learn expert techniques for using the latest generation of advisory resources and other ways to better serve readers in libraries large and small.
Libraries Go “Outside the Box” with Redbox
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ♦ 1 pm CST 60 min
Outside the Box is an innovative program that is focused on enriching communities by bringing people together for free, fun, public entertainment experiences. In this pilot program, five public libraries teamed up with Redbox, America’s Destination for Entertainment. Led by the local communities, with support from OCLC, and guidance by consultants from the Project for Public Spaces, the initiative explores “placemaking,” an approach that breathes life and community connection into public spaces. This webinar will showcase placemaking activities at the pilot libraries, as well as share best practices and perspectives on community engagement from program partners.

Grant Opportunities

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.

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
Glen Carbon Centennial Library and SIUE offer tutoring program
100 Great Children’s Books | 100 Years
Grants help children from 28 schools visit Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - September 27, 2013

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • FY2014 School District Library Grant Application Now Available Online
  • Try-It! Illinois Returns: Free Database Trial Period Available Through November 30
  • All Public Libraries Asked to Complete Important Construction Needs Survey
  • Deadline October 15 - FY2014 Public Library Per Capita & Equalization Aid Application Due
  • IMLS Asks Libraries to Complete Digital Inclusion Survey
  • Live & Learn Construction Grant Reviewers Needed
  • Live and Learn Public Library Construction Grant Applications and Workshops Now Available
  • Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollments Now Underway
  • FY2013 ILLINET Survey Deadline Extended
  • FY2013 Literacy Spotlight Wrap-up

ILA E-Newsletter

The September 30, 2013, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • #ILAIgnite is just two weeks away!
  • Denise Farrugia Latest Illinois Library Luminary
  • Get Covered Illinois: Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Knowledge Transfer: Retaining Expertise When the Expert Leaves
  • 2013 Library Journal Directors’ Summit
  • In the News

American Libraries Online

AL Direct, September 25, 2013, has been posted online:

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
--Henry Ward Beecher


Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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