Moving Forward Together - April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014


An open letter to IHLS members

The spring winds brought news of change in the library software world. Polaris Library Systems was acquired by Innovative Interfaces Inc. on April 1. As the integrated library software (ILS) platform for the SHARE Consortium, this news was troubling to some members and curious to others. IHLS signed a solid, 7-year contract with Polaris in June 2012, and that contract remains intact. We intend to honor this contract fully and expect Innovative Interfaces Inc. to do the same. In fact, the president of Innovative, Kim Massana, acknowledged there are no plans to sunset the Polaris platform.
The news of the merger reminds me that I am grateful the strength of our IHLS organization lies in our relationships with each other, our members' deep commitments to resource sharing and serving patrons in our service area, and the accuracy of data within the SHARE LLSAP database. Our core values are shared by our stakeholders--IHLS member libraries, the Illinois State Library, the Illinois library community and library patrons in the southern half of our state. We are an organization built on collaboration and the delivery of innovative and accessible library services.
Software vendors will wax and wane, and the services they offer will evolve. In our several decades of shared library automation in Illinois the true constant is our desire to provide improved resource discovery services to patrons and support to the member libraries who serve them. As library systems in Illinois reach their 50th anniversary in 2015, the automation opportunities for libraries are robust and varied.
Alphonse Kaar wrote "The more things change, the more they stay the same." An apt sentiment for reflection as we move happily toward an enlarged SHARE organization.
Polaris press release:
III press release:

Annual Certification

Many thanks to all of our libraries who completed the 2nd Annual Certification Process for members of Library Systems.   The certification was completed by 41 Academic Libraries, 227 Public Libraries, 251 School Districts and 37 Special Libraries for a grand total of 556 Certifications.  Only one of our existing libraries was unable to complete the process.  Again, thanks to all for your participation in this annual process.

IHLS Board Election Voting Now Underway

Voting is now underway for the 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: The Journey of Your Item When it Travels Outside of Your Delivery Hub


The eRead Illinois Project Team needs your feedback!

In order to help grow expertise among library staff, library system staff, and Illinois residents, it is important that the eRead Illinois team understand current e-book knowledge and technical expertise in the Illinois library community. We are asking all IHLS member libraries to complete a brief survey, even if you are not currently participating in eRead Illinois. 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

OCLC Interlibrary Loan News

Those of you using WorldShare ILL please note that the WorldShare ILL Migration page on the IHLS website has been updated. Check it out at WorldShare ILL. Reminder, April 14, 2014 all new ILL requests must be done in WorldShare ILL.
OCLC has announced a new service, WorldCat Discovery Services. Information on this can be found on a new IHLS page under Resource Sharing titled WorldCat Discovery Services. While members can begin transitioning to the new service, it is recommended that you wait until July when all functionality will be in place. In the meantime read the information and attend a webinar on the new service.
If you have questions on WorldShare ILL, please contact Beverly Obert (217-352-0047 ext. 713 |

ILA YA Librarian of the Year

The ILA Young Adult Librarian of the Year recognizes service to young adults by a librarian serving in the state of Illinois. See attached Flyer
Eligible applicants must be a member of ILA, employed at an Illinois library, a professional Young Adult Librarian, and currently working with young adults in grades 6-12.
The nomination form and more information can be found at The deadline is May 15.

10th Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announce entry forms are available for the 10th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competitions Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. The competition is open to Illinois residents age 18 and older and entries must be postmarked by June 30. For more information and the entry form, to go:

College of DuPage Library & Information Technology Summer & Fall Courses

More Information

Upcoming Free Webinars

Interviewing Tips to Get a Job (LLAMA) - April 9, 2014
A Nature Classroom at the Library for Early Childhood Development (GSLIS) - April 10, 2014
Copyright Conundrum (AL Live) - April 10, 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
More webinars can be found at: and

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

Conable Conference Scholarship - Deadline: April 11, 2014
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
Demco Library Innovative Award - 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
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

In the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
Collinsville school libraries awarded grant
House budget proposal dismisses role of IMLS
Loretta Broomfield hired as director of Sallie Logan Public Library in Murphysboro
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – March 28, 2014
E-News from the Illinois State Library
The current issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • Happy Retirement, Francie!
  • Request for Proposal
  • Jesse White Announces Tenth Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition
  • Seeking Public Comments on the Administrative Reference Guide
  • Help Add to Our List of Illinois Acronyms
  • Return Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Renewal Agreements
  • The Illinois Edge Resource Homepage
  • Edge Resources Webinar
  • Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community
  • Announcing the Requirements for the FY2015 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants

ILA E-Newsletter
The April 4, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • Register Now for the 25th Reaching Forward
  • Reading & Discussion Opportunity for Veterans Programs
  • The ILA Reporter Advisory Committee Wants to Hear from You
  • Financial Education Project for Public Libraries
  • Award Nominations Due May 15
  • Job Opportunities
  • In the News

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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