Moving Forward Together - April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014


IHLS Funding News!

On Friday, April 4, 2014, IHLS received two payments of 365,166.67 towards our Area and Per Capita Grant. We have received $1,903,762.75 to date, or almost 57% of the total $3,364,429.41 allocation for FY2014. Many thanks to Anne Craig (Director, Illinois State Library) and Jesse White (Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian) for their continued support.

Non-SHARE Members invited to SHARE Demonstration

Illinois Heartland Library System staff will demonstrate aspects of the Polaris software and be available to answer questions regarding the "Growing Resource Sharing in Illinois Heartland Through Growing SHARE" grant at various meetings scheduled during the next couple of months, and scattered throughout the IHLS area. To date, meetings are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, April 24, 2:30 to 4, at Alton High School library
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2:30 to 4, at Belle Valley School District library
  • Thursday, May 1, 2:30 to 4, at Litchfield High School library
  • Monday, May 5, 2:30 to 4, at Olney Public Library
  • Thursday, May 8, 2:30 to 4, at Marion Carnegie Public Library
  • Monday, May 12, 2:30 to 4, at Helen Matthes Public Library, Effingham 

If you would like to participate, please register for the meeting of your choice on L2. If you don't see a meeting close to you, but would like to participate, please contact Ellen Popit ( or 618-985-3711 ex. 624) or Chris Dawdy ( or 618-656-3216 ex. 443) and we will schedule additional meetings.

IHLS Board Election Voting Ends April 15

Only a few days remain to cast a vote in this year’s IHLS Board election. There are 5 open seats on the IHLS Board of Directors. Seats to be filled are: 1 Academic Library Representative 1 Special Library Representative 1 School Library Representative 2 Public Library Trustee Representatives.
More information and the link to the 2014 IHLS Board of Directors election ballot is listed on the IHLS website:
VOTING DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Delivery Tip: What affects the amount of time it takes an item to complete its journey?

We want your patrons to receive their requested items as quickly as possible. The amount of time it takes for an item to travel from lending library to borrowing library is dependent upon multiple factors.

  • The day the item is pulled from “Request Manager” i.e. Saturday when delivery is not running.
  • When the borrowing library receives delivery. Not all libraries receive 5 days per week delivery.
  • If item will travel from one hub to another hub via ILDS.
  • Proper labeling
  • Weather
  • Library days closed (staff meetings, construction, etc…)
  • Holiday closures
  • Wrong pick up destination chosen by patron.
  • Media item case locked and must go back to home library to be unlocked.


The eRead Illinois Project Team needs your feedback!

There is still time to complete the eRead Illinois E-book Survey. We ask that your library complete the survey to gauge current e-book knowledge and technical expertise in the Illinois library community. The survey applies to e-books only and not to other e-resources such as magazines or databases.
You'll find the survey at:
We are looking for one completed survey per IHLS library. Please have the person on your staff with the most knowledge about e-books complete the survey. The deadline for completion is Thursday, April 17, 2014.
Thank you in advance for helping us to make the eRead Illinois project as effective as possible. If you have any questions about the survey or the eRead Illinois program, please contact the eRead Illinois team at

End of Access to WorldCat Resource Sharing

Access to WorldCat Resource Sharing will end on May 19, 2014. More information is posted on the IHLS website:

WorldShare ILL Training

Three training sessions on WorldShare ILL have been scheduled. Bev Obert, IHLS Resource Sharing Specialist will be conducting the training. This session is for those libraries that have not made the switch to WorldShare ILL or those that have an account but never used it. Time is running out as access to WorldCat Resource Sharing (FirstSearch ILL) will END on May 19, 2014.
During this hands-on training session on WorldShare ILL you will learn:

  • How to set up your WorldShare ILL Account
  • How to find your unique URL
  • How to Search in WS
  • How to place a request and respond to a request 

Register in L2 for the session that fits your schedule.
Date: April 24, 2014   At: 9:00AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Champaign Headquarters-Training Room (In Person, Max 10)
Date: April 30, 2014   At: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Du Quoin Headquarters-Training Room (In Person, Max 10)
Date: May 1, 2014   At: 9:30 AM – 12 Noon
Location: Edwardsville Headquarters-Drouillard Room (In Person, Max 10)

Member Spotlight – Photo Opportunity

While attending WorldShare ILL Training at the Sherman Public Library District, Libby Letterly snapped a photo of Library Director Anita Walters and Diane Yeoman, Mason City Public Library District, peeking through the Easter bunny glass painting that Anita's talented library clerk, Vickie Bryant, painted. So cute!


If you would like to share a successful program or event at your library, please contact Julia Pernicka, Communications Assistant ( | 618-656.3216 x 442)






Small Public Libraries Get-Together

The next Small Public Libraries Get-Together will be at West Sangamon Public Library District in New Berlin on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. hosted by Jeanine Benanti, Library Director (
They share ideas, discuss situations, and share events at their libraries. Jeanine’s library family has graciously offered to provide refreshments in the morning and a light lunch after the meeting. If you would like a recap of their last meeting, email Donna Cunningham at
West Sangamon Public Library District is located at 103 East Illinois Street, New Berlin, IL 62670.  Map
Please register in L2 ( if you are able to attend.
P.S.: DID YOU KNOW: That when you register for Small Pubs it counts as CONTACT HOURS for your IPLAR-Illinois Public Library Annual Report.

Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Announced Next Wednesday

Three finalists have been selected from the 103 self-published authors nominated by Illinois librarians for the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project. The announcement of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author will be next Wednesday, April 16, 2 p.m. CST, at RAILS Burr Ridge.

You can register to attend the announcement event or watch the event live online. For more information on the project or to register, go to:

National Library Week 2014

April 13-19, 2014
This year’s theme is “Lives Change @ your library.” For more information and the press kit, visit the ALA website at

“It's still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.”
― Neil Gaiman


Upcoming Free Webinars

Libraries Change Lives: Literacy Innovations (ALA) - April 21, 2014
Digital Literacy: Libraries Respond to Community Needs (WJ) - April 23, 2014
Chasing (and Catching) and New Library Patrons (GSLIS) - April 24, 2014
Friends Groups and Library Foundations Awards (Baker & Taylor) - May 1, 2014
Partnering for Community Economic Development (GSLIS) - May 8, 2014
Reference Services: Tried, True, and New (WJ) - May 8, 2014
CatExpress: Copy Cataloging with CatExpress (OCLC) - May 14, 2014
Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement (WJ) - May 22, 2014
Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth (WJ) - May 28, 2014
More webinars can be found at:,, and

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

Citizens-Save-Libraries Grants - Deadline: April 15, 2014
Banned Books Week Event Grants - Deadline: April 30, 2014
Target Early Childhood Reading Grants - Deadline: April 30, 2014
The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity - Deadline: May 1, 2014
NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Small Institutions - Deadline: May 1, 2014
NEH Challenge Grants - Deadline: May 1, 2014
Citizens-Save-Libraries Grants - Deadline: May 5, 2014
Demco Library Innovative Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Outside the Box - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Deborah Dowley Preiser Marketing Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Crosman Memorial Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Librarian of the Year Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Alexander J. Skrzypek Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award (AASL) - Deadline: June 1, 2014
Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust Teen Grants - Deadline: ongoing
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

In the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
17 amazing suggestions for your book club this month
5 things that people don’t realize their librarians do
Centralia Regional Library District spreading the love of reading
National Library Week, April 13-19, celebrates the role of libraries
Three finalist named by Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project
Grant will help bridge the gap for Unit 10 lower level readers
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – April 4, 2014

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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