Moving Forward Together - February 14, 2014

February 14, 2014


IHLS Offices Closed Monday

All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 17, 2014. Talking Book Services will not be provided but delivery will run as normal.
See our Office Hours page for a listing of IHLS Holidays.
“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” – Abraham Lincoln

Delivery on Monday

We are happy to remind our members that delivery will be provided on Monday, February 17 (Presidents' Day). Based on member responses to the delivery preference survey, the IHLS Board of Directors at its October 2013 meeting added the provision of delivery on Presidents’ Day and Veterans’ Day. The two additional delivery days are to be added in 2014.

Deadline Tomorrow for Board Nominations

February 15, at midnight, is the deadline for completing the Board Nominations survey. Nominations for Special Library Representative have been very slow. Individuals interested in running for that or one of the other open seats should click this link to complete the nomination survey:

Connect with Leslie Follow-Up

Did you miss Connect with Leslie on Wednesday? Visit the Connect with Leslie page on the IHLS website to listen to a recording of the meeting or view a follow-up document with answers to questions posted during the session and survey results.

Consulting Services Survey Deadline February 28, 2014

IHLS is developing a Consulting Services Plan. Consulting Services will not return soon, but the system wants to be ready for the future possibility. Focus groups and Individual Interviews are being conducted to gather input for the plan. This survey is the opportunity for library staff, trustees and directors to give input.
This is the link to the Survey Monkey Consulting Services survey: Please share this link with all staff and board trustees at your library. Responses to this survey can be made until February 28, 2014.

Assessing Interest in LTA (Library Technical Assistant) Training and Certification

Kaskaskia College is conducting a survey to determine if there is a need to offer a certificate/degree program in Library Technical Assistant. Your feedback will help them determine the need to offer courses, to develop a certificate and/or a degree program in library technical assistantship. The survey deadline is February 24, 2014. Click here for survey.

Delivery Tip: Transporting Media Items (CD's & DVD's)

Our sorters are diligent about handling media items with care, but many items leave the Illinois Heartland Library System and are transported via ILDS. They are loaded onto large trucks and pass through warehouse facilities. During this part of the delivery process how they are packaged is key to their protection. The protection of media items is the responsibility of the libraries. We encourage the following practices when transporting media items to help ensure their protection and delivery to the proper location.

  • Wrap CD’s / DVD’s in protective wrap (bubble or padded envelope) with the transit label on the outside. Clamshell Protective cases are another great option.
  • Make sure to unlock CD/DVD cases before sending out to avoid delays when items must return home to be unlocked.
  • Mark DVD/CD cases with your information on the outside so if they are locked we know know where to return them.
  • Make sure library name is somewhere on the item. It’s a good idea to have names on cases and the CD/DVD disc so if they become separated we can send them home.
  • It is recommended to replace broken CD/DVD cases that don’t hold item in place so when the case is opened for scanning the item does not fall out.


eRead Illinois Training

The eRead Illinois Project Team has been busy setting up trainings for participating library staff members.
Non-SHARE libraries participating in Axis 360 are invited to attend one of two live training sessions in Springfield on February 28, 2014. Register in L2 today. (You must be logged into L2 to view these opportunities and registration is required.)
SHARE members participating in the 3M Cloud Library are welcome to attend an in-person 3M Shopping Cart session at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham on February 27, 2014. Register in L2 and we'll see you there!
Check out our most recent newsletter to see even more training opportunities available to you, including information about upcoming "Technology Petting Zoo" sessions.

SHARE Leads the Way!

Did you know that SHARE is developing a reputation?
Earlier this week, Leslie Bednar, Traci Edwards, Joan Bauer, Edie Elliott, Troy Brown, and Chris Dawdy spent a couple of hours in a teleconference with our counterparts in Wisconsin, who are considering merging three systems. They wanted to know how we did it.
A couple of weeks ago, Traci Edwards and Troy Brown were contacted by the personnel from a consortium of libraries in New York State, who wanted to know how we merged four automation consortia, and migrated them to one platform.
A couple of weeks ago, Chris Dawdy was contacted by a representative of Polaris, asking if our staff could be used as a reference for potential new customers--specifically, Ireland. ALL of Ireland, who are considering merging all of the libraries in their country, and migrating them to one integrated library system.
A couple of months ago, Leslie Bednar was contacted by her counterpart in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, requesting her to be a speaker at a conference where they will be discussing merging several library systems, and migrating to the same platform.
Finally, Marshall Breeding has been talking about us, again! In a recent article in the ALA TechSource newsletter, he refers to Illinois Heartland Library System in a discussion titled Smarter Libraries through Technology: Themes of Consolidation to Prevail in 2014.
But without the many meetings, trips to Effingham, compromises, emails, newsletters, cheers, grumbling, support, and spirit of cooperation among member libraries and SHARE staff, we wouldn't be developing a reputation!

426 member libraries and still growing!!!


WorldShare Enhancements

OCLC did some enhancements to WorldShare ILL on Feb 9. Below is information about a recording of the Feb. 11 webinar where they discussed and demonstrated the new features. There is also a link to the print version of the release notes.
One of the changes to note is the Browser Requirements to use WorldShare ILL. IE 8 is no longer supported. To learn more read the WorldShare Tip of the Week
On February 11, OCLC held a webinar overview of features added to WorldShare ILL on Sunday, February 9. The recording of this event is now available on the OCLC website. Additional details about this week’s WorldShare ILL enhancements are available in the February 2014 WorldShare Interlibrary Loan Release Notes.
Please plan to join the WorldShare ILL team at an upcoming webinar. A list of future WorldShare ILL webinars is available on the WorldShare ILL website.

Chapters Sought by Editor

Carol Smallwood, Scarecrow Press Editor, is seeking chapter submissions from practicing public librarians for two new publications: Making Libraries Integral in the Lives of Baby Boomers and Creative Management of Small Public Libraries in the 21st Century. Check out the submission information on the IHLS website if you would like to contribute to these publications:

Libraries of Illinois Risk Agency

Gallagher Bassett Services is administering a newly formed insurance pool just for Illinois libraries: Libraries of Illinois Risk Agency. Six Mile Regional Library District joined in December and now has all property, vehicle, volunteer, work comp, and umbrella insurance with the pool. Tina Hubert reports, "we are getting better coverage with amazing cost savings (from $29,000 a year to $12,000 a year)." Costs are based on individual situations or needs.
If you are interested in learning more about the new Libraries of Illinois Risk Agency, the Gallagher group will be hosting monthly informational webinars.

Informational Webinar on LIRA (Libraries of Illinois Risk Agency)
First Friday of Every Month @ 10:00 a.m.
Audio Conference Details:  Phone: 1-888-205-5513   Code: 760997

For more information, contact Erika C. Morris with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co at 630-285-3840.

Upcoming Free Webinars

RDA - What is it & what does it have to do with you (MSL) - February 18, 2014
YA Announcements: Need-to-Know Titles for Teens (Booklist) - February 18, 2014
RDA: Revising, Developing, and Assessing (ALCTS) - February 19, 2014
Lead from Where You Are (CSL) - February 19, 2014
Library Outreach to Adults Share Session (WLA) - February 19, 2014
An Overview of Health Insurance Literacy (NN/LM) - February 20, 2014
Popular E-Books for Your Library (Booklist) - February 25, 2014
MOOCs and the Public Library: An Opportunity (ALCTS) - February 26, 2014
Makerspace: Is it Right for Your Library? (CSW) - February 26, 2014
Numbers and Narrative: How to Construct the Crucial Evaluation Piece of Grant Proposals and Reports (4Good) - February 26, 2014
Big Talk from Small Libraries 2014 (NLC) - February 28, 2014
More webinars can be found at: and

Grants & Scholarships

AILA/APALA Talk Story Grants - Deadline: February 15, 2014
Follett Challenge - Deadline: February 28, 2014
Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort Grant - Deadline: March 6, 2014
Eliminate the Digital Divide 2014-15 Grant - Deadline: March 14, 2014
Adult and Family Literacy Grants - Deadline: March 14, 2014
Community Engagement Award - Deadline: March 14, 2014
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrant Program - Deadline: March 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.
Celebrate International Book Giving Day February 14th
This is what a librarian looks like
United for Libraries invites library foundation staff and board to join electronic discussion list
Promotional ideas wanted for National Library Week 2014
ALA seeking nominations for the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity
Bow-Wow Pow-Wow at the Library
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – February 7, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • State Library Closed Monday
  • Eliminate Digital Divide Grant Opportunity
  • Announcing the Requirements for the FY2015 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants
  • ILEAD U Teams and Instructors Announced
  • 2011-2012 Illinois Blue Books Available
  • Lincoln Presidential Library Presentation on “The Barber and The President”
  • Illinois State Library Announces Back 2 Books Grant Recipients
  • The Illinois Library Association Announces Awards Program for 2014
  • Free State Employment Process Webinar for Persons with Disabilities
  • Annual Online Library System Certification is Underway
  • FY2013-2014 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR)
  • Apply Now for the Small Public Library Management Institute
  • FY2015 Adult Literacy Grant Applications Now Available Online
  • Stories from Our Public Libraries


ILA E-Newsletter

The February 12, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • ILA Executive Board Determines Positions on Key Legislative Bills
  • 2014 ILA Legislative Palm Card
  • iREAD Update
  • Job Opportunities
  • In the News

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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