Moving Forward TOGETHER

October 24, 2013



At the October 2013 Illinois Library Association Conference, the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial/DEMCO Award was presented to the IHLS Share Staff and SHARE Committees. The award recognizes significant achievement in resource sharing. What a great recognition for all the hard work and dedication on the part of so many in our journey to make SHARE a reality! In addition to a framed award certificate, SHARE also received a financial reward of $1,000!
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White presented a check in the amount of $985,219 to the Illinois Heartland Library System and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System for eRead Illinois. eRead Illinois is a two year grant that will fund multitype e-book pilot projects statewide. If you haven’t already, please check out our e-Read Newsletter to see how your library can participate!

Connect with Leslie

Give us a half hour, and we’ll fill you in on what is happening at IHLS. The next Connect with Leslie meeting is Wednesday, November 6, 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:

Board Meeting Recap

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their October 22, 2013, meeting has been posted on the website. The next board meeting is November 26, 2013, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.

Surplus Equipment at Du Quoin Office

We are pleased to announce the availability of office furniture and equipment at the Du Quoin IHLS office which have been declared surplus by the IHLS Board. More information has been posted on the IHLS website, along with a list of the items available.

Delivery Update

Don’t forget to let your Operations Manager know when you DO NOT want delivery (days closed for holidays, conferences etc...) if they fall on one of your regularly scheduled delivery days. For example: If you normally receive delivery on Monday and there is a holiday on Monday, let us know if you do not want us to deliver. Please note, if we have access via key or alarm code, we will deliver as usual.

    IHLS Operations Managers
    Champaign         Bob Towner        217-352-0047 ext. 712
    Decatur              Chris Janvrin       217-352-0047 ext. 718
    Du Quoin            Faith Jones         618-985-3711 ext. 603
    Edwardsville       Linda Petty          618-656-3216 ext. 412

eRead Illinois

This week we’ve announced the launch dates for both the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 platform and the 3M Cloud Library. We also sent out tons of information in our weekly newsletter. Did you miss it? You’ll find it on the IHLS website. Plus we’ve added more informational events and trainings, so your library staff can learn all they need to know to answer patron questions. View our upcoming events below, and stay tuned for more events in the coming weeks!
Upcoming Events:

  • Member libraries (non-SHARE) interested in participating in the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 platform are invited to a live demo and informational session on October 30, 2013 at the Lincoln Library in Springfield. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any and all questions you might have about the Axis 360 platform and the participation in the eRead Illinois grant. Register in L2, today.
  • We’ve also scheduled two 3M Cloud Library training days for SHARE members:
  • On Thursday, November 7, 2013, you’re invited to sign-up in L2 for one of four hour-long sessions at the Fairview Heights Public Library.
  • On Thursday, November 14, 2013, you’re invited to sign-up in L2 for one of four hour-long sessions at the Forsyth Public Library.

A great big THANK YOU to both Fairview Heights Public Library and Forsyth Public Library for allowing us to use their fabulous spaces! Virtual training events will be coming in the near future, and we’ll let you know as soon as they are scheduled.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the eRead Illinois grant project, don’t hesitate to contact Lesley Zavediuk at: or at: 618-656-3216, ext. 424.

SHARE Update

At the SHARE Executive committee meeting this week, the decision was made to host the next semi-annual meeting in January, with member voting on the SHARE Governance Document, Bibliographic & Cataloging Policies, and Circulation & Resource Sharing Policies to take place within two weeks of the meeting. Voting will be completed electronically. A date and place for the meeting has not yet been determined.
The SHARE Executive committee has heard multiple concerns from member libraries about communication. As a result, an ad hoc committee was formed to review the effectiveness of the SHARE listservs, website, and forums.

WorldShare Watch

Final Illinois Training for WorldShare ILL will be held in November. WorldShare ILL Borrowing is on November 4 or 18 and WorldShare ILL Lending is on Nov. 5 or 19. The last Overview session is scheduled for October 29. Sign up for these webinars in L2.
Each week, OCLC sends out a WorldShare ILL Tip of the Week. Several of these have been included in previous WorldShare Watch columns. OCLC has an Archive of each of these tips. The link to the Archive is
The Tip for September 12, 2013 was on Locating Your Library’s Unique URL. If when you set up your WorldShare account you did not bookmark that page, this tip is for you. Check out the Tip of the Week Archive to see what you may have missed.
If you have questions on WorldShare ILL, please contact Beverly Obert at 217-352-0047 ext. 713 or

LibNett (Libraries Networking Together)

The LibNett (Libraries Networking Together) group will meet on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM  at the C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library District in Mt. Vernon.  Established as a networking group for southern Illinois librarians, all are welcome to attend.  The meeting is listed on L2, where you can view an agenda.  Hope to see you there!

American Libraries Live: Tablets and Mobile Applications

Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 1:00pm CST
Now that personal electronic devices like tablets, smart phones and digital cameras are ubiquitous, it’s important for librarians to be able to incorporate these devices into both library services and internal staff activity. On the next episode of American Libraries Live, Heather Moorefield-Lang, Education and Applied Social Sciences Librarian for Virginia Tech, will lead an expert panel in a discussion on the present and future of tablets. For more details and to register for this free webinar, go to:

Sign up for Spring classes at the College of DuPage

Spring 2014 registration begins November 7 for new and returning students. Summer registration begins March 28. See the Spring/Summer 2014 Schedule. For further information, contact Carol Sturz, Coordinator, Library & Information Technology, 425 Fawell Blvd., SRC3048, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 Ph: 630-942-2597 email:

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
WJ: Health Happens in Libraries - Share Your Story!
Reader’s Advisory: The Push and the Pull
Turning a page inside a rural one-room library
How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - October 18, 2013

Grant Opportunities

Generations United/MetLife Foundation Youth Jumpstart Grants - Deadline: October 30, 2013
Build A Bear Workshop Literacy and Education Grants - Deadline: October 31, 2013
Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant - Deadline: November 8, 2013
FY2014 School District Library Grant - Deadline: November 22, 2014
ALSC’s Dia Family Book Club Grants - Deadline: November 30, 2013
Ingram Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management - Deadline: December 1, 2013
ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award - Deadline: December 1, 2013
Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries School Library Grant - Deadline: December 2, 2013
PLA Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award - Deadline: December 2, 2013
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

We don’t have to destroy the library of the past.
We just need to give it a face-lift.
--Scott Douglas


Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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