Moving Forward Together - April 24, 2014

April 24, 2014


Polaris Demonstrations for Prospective SHARE Libraries

Over the next few weeks IHLS staff members will be on the road to provide Polaris Demonstrations at several member libraries. System staff will demonstrate aspects of the Polaris software and be available to answer questions regarding the "Growing Resource Sharing in Illinois Heartland by Growing SHARE" grant. The grant will cover the cost of implementation fees, purchase some equipment, and provide barcoding assistance for newly joining members.
Be sure to come to a meeting to see what the grant can provide for your library. Upcoming meetings are:

  • April 30 - Belle Valley School District #119
  • May 1 - Litchfield High School
  • May 5 - Olney Public Library
  • May 8 - Marion Carnegie Library
  • May 12 - Helen Matthes Library, Effingham  

Please register in L2 if you are planning on attending a meeting.

Board Meeting Recap

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their April 22, 2014, meeting has been posted on the website. The next regular board meeting is May 27, 2014, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.

Connect with Leslie: April 29, 2014, at 2:30 PM

Give us a half hour, and we’ll fill you in on what is happening at IHLS. The next Connect with Leslie meeting is April 29, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. Visit the Connect with Leslie page on the IHLS website to access the link for the online meeting. Register in L2 at:

Public Libraries: Non-Resident Fee Survey Now Available

IHLS is required to maintain a list on the IHLS website of non-resident program information from IHLS public libraries and to indicate whether or not a library participates in the non-resident fee program and what that fee is. Each year IHLS asks all IHLS public libraries for this information. This information is being gathered by a survey found at this link
The deadline for completion of the survey is June 15, 2014. More information is posted on the IHLS website:

ISL News: Allowable Delivery Items

During discussions of the recent library delivery study (March 28 issue of E-News, “Seeking Public Comments on the Draft Final Report and Recommendations”), some questions have arisen about what can and cannot be sent via library system and state wide delivery. Here is a summary:

  • Library materials
  • Donated books, videos, maps and other materials
  • Copies of journal articles for interlibrary loan purposes
  • Empty delivery bags and tubs needed by other libraries 


  • Overdue notices and bills
  • Correspondence
  • Library newsletters
  • Library supplies  

For more information, please refer to the Secretary of State legal opinion at,, also available on the ISL’s website.
If you have any questions about what is allowable, please contact Mary Downing, Specialized Services Consultant, Illinois State Library, 217-782-5506 and

Copies Available: Serving Our Public 3.0

The updated edition of Serving Our Public 3.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries has been mailed out to all libraries that ordered them.
If your library ordered the books and has not received them, please contact Stacie Bushong ( | 618.656.3216 ext. 447).
IHLS ordered extra copies which are available to IHLS member libraries for $22.50/copy on a first-come, first-served basis. Libraries will be billed when the books are shipped. Please complete the online order form.

Newest eRead Illinois Project Team Member

As many of you know, Lesley, the IHLS E-book Trainer/Coordinator is currently out on maternity leave. The eRead Illinois project team is pleased to announce that Lesley and her husband Nick welcomed Connolly Orest Zavediuk into their family on April 17, 2014. Lesley wishes to thank you all for your kind words and encouragement and can't wait to introduce little Connolly to the world of libraries!

Important Interlibrary Loan Date: May 19, 2014

WorldCat Resource Sharing (aka First Search) service will be turned off on May 19, 2014. New borrowing requests cannot be made after that date. All new requests and interlibrary loan activity on your resource sharing subscription must be done in WorldShare ILL.
Upcoming WorldShare ILL training:  

  • Monday, May 5 @ Helen Matthes Library, Effingham from 9:30 AM – Noon
  • Tuesday, May 6 @ Olney Public Library from 1:00 – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday May 7 @ Chatham Area Public Library District from 1:00 – 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 8 @ Watseka Public Library from 1:00 – 3:30 PM

All of these sessions, along with the sessions on April 24 in Champaign, April 30 in Du Quoin, and May 1 in Edwardsville, are listed in L2 and you can register there. Any questions, please contact Bev Obert ( | 217-352-0047 ext. 713).
WorldCat Discovery is replacing FirstSearch. Full functionality will not be available until July 2014. We are learning more about this new service every week and there are several things you can do to prepare for the switch to Discovery. Watch this newsletter and the IHLS Resource Sharing webpage for more information.

Member Spotlight - Bunker Hill Public Library District

After several months working out of a temporary location, Bunker Hill Public Library District has moved into their brand new building. With state of the art technology, the building has geothermal heating and is two and a half times the space as their old building. They went from a 1,500 square foot facility to a 4,000 square foot facility complete with green initiatives. There is also land available for future expansion. With the extra square footage, they were able to increase the number of public access computers and they now have a meeting room for library events which is also available to the community to use.
More Photos of the new Bunker Hill PLD has been posted on the IHLS Facebook page. You do not need to be signed in to Facebook to view photos.
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)

LibNett (Libraries Networking Together)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM) | C.E. Brehm Memorial Public Library District
      Register in L2:
Networking group for southern Illinois librarians. Coffee will be available at 9:30 and the meeting will begin at 10:00 AM. On the agenda: 1) Susan Palmer from IHLS will be speaking about delivery. She will share the Statewide Delivery Committee recommendations to be approved by ISLAC and she will address how/when/why we will be implementing the recommendations, 2) Esther Curry will be giving an update from the SHARE Executive Council, 3) any other things you would like to share with the group.

Medium Pubs Meeting

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (12:30 PM - 3:30 PM) | Rochester Public Library  Map
      Register in L2:
At the Medium Pubs meeting they share ideas, discuss situations, and share events at their libraries.

Small Public Libraries Get-Together

Friday, May 2, 2014 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) West Sangamon Public Library District
      Register in L2:
They share ideas, discuss situations, and share events at our libraries. They really have a lot of fun talking and sharing. If you would like a recap of their last meeting, email Donna Cunningham at Jeanine will serve morning refreshments and a light lunch.

Upcoming Free Webinars

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

Design Institute: The New Face of the Library

May 16, 2014 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Hosted by Library Journal in partnership with Salt Lake City Public Library and Salt Lake County Library, this free event will bring you the latest design thinking to insure that your libraries remain vital community learning and gathering spaces. Come together with librarians, architects, and vendors to explore topics such as sustainable operations and building, flexible space and maker spaces, co-location and urban renewal, and much more. Whether you’re renovating, retrofitting, or building anew, whatever your budget, you’ll find ideas, information, and inspiration.
For more information and to register, go to:

University of Illinois to Host National Archives Conference for Fraternities and Sororities

June 12-14, 2014
The Archives’ Student Life and Culture Archival Program at the University of Illinois will sponsor and play host to its third National Archives Conference for Fraternities and Sororities on June 12-14, 2014, on its Urbana-Champaign campus. This event will bring together experts on archival management, planning, preservation, and outreach with an emphasis on fraternity and sorority records. One purpose of the conference is to provide archival training and support to headquarters staff members who are charged with their organization’s archives.
For more information and to register, go to: or contact Ellen Swain, archivist for Student Life and Culture, at or (217) 333-7841.   

RAILS Online Auction

The online auction to sell items no longer needed at their Geneva service center is now open until Sunday, April 27, at 11:45 p.m. Full descriptions and photos of auction items can be found at: Find bargains galore, including bookcases, movable shelving units, tables for conference rooms and training rooms, framed artwork, equipment carts, workstations, and so much more! Winning bidders will need to schedule an appointment with Jaime Ramirez to pick up their item(s) at the RAILS Geneva service center by Friday, May 2. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, certified check, or a check drawn on a library account. If you have any questions, contact Jaime Ramirez at or 779.205.4196.

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

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
Davis Cup Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Golden Ticket Award - May 15, 2014

For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

In the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
As researchers turn to Google, libraries navigate the messy world of discovery tools
5 reasons why you need to take your kids to the library
Libraries still loved, a Century after Carnegie
Grants to boost local school libraries
AHS students building ‘little libraries’ to increase community’s access to books
Checking Out
Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading on World Book Night
Winner announced in Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project
Five Southern Illinois libraries to receive grant money
One in two Illinoisans struggles with reading
Over half of Illinois’ prisons don’t have adequate libraries
National Library Week brings back memories of reading past
Here’s why you should be fighting to save libraries
Libraries across Illinois are getting help from the state
Is the library obsolete?
Grants Awarded to Libraries Across Illinois
10 reasons why librarians are awesome
Area libraries receive “Another Back to Books” grants
Libraries are dying? Think again
Six Mile Regional Library, Granite City, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, inc.
UIS’ library is lively, digitally sophisticated
Lincoln Library’s historical collection documents life in area
How public libraries are solving America’s reading problem
ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - April 11, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • Read for a Lifetime Reading List is now available
  • Allowable Delivery Items
  • Illinois Statute Books Available for Interested Libraries
  • Library Leadership Study
  • Register Now for the 25th Reaching Forward!
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Concert Event
  • Request for Proposal
  • Jesse White Announces 10th Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition
  • Seeking Public Comments on the Administrative Reference Guide
  • The Illinois Edge Resource Homepage
  • Edge Resource Webinar
  • Announcing the Requirements for the FY2015 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants 

ILA E-Newsletter

The April 16, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Announced
  • Stay Money Smart
  • Don’t forget to vote in the ILA Board Elections! Deadline is April 30th!
  • Robert Dawson’s The Public Library
  • Award Nominations Due May 15
  • Job Opportunities
  • In the News 

I Love Libraries Newsletter

The April 11, 2014, issue of the newsletter includes:

  • National Library Legislative Day: 40 Years of Library Advocacy
  • School Library Month Focuses on Declaration for the Rights to School Libraries
  • Jennifer Jamison, School Librarian & 2013 I Love My Librarian Award Winner, Is Not Afraid to Dream
  • Colorado Administrator Forges New Path for School Librarians
  • Rural Bookmobile Program Provides Lifelong Learning


“Librarians are the coolest people out there doing the hardest job out there on the frontlines.
And every time I get to encounter or work with librarians,
I'm always impressed by their sheer awesomeness.”
  ― Neil Gaiman

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

If you would like something to appear in the next newsletter, please contact Julia Pernicka, Communications Assistant ( | 618-656.3216 x 442).