Moving Forward Together - February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014


February IHLS Board Meeting

The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The Board meeting will be available via videoconferencing at the three IHLS locations, as well as the Illinois State Library and the Decatur Public Library. If you are not able to join us at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham, perhaps one of these other locations will be more convenient. When available, you will find the February agenda and board packet here.

Serving Our Public 3.0 Order Request

The 2014 edition of Serving Our Public 3.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries contains everything your library needs to complete applications for state grant programs and is an important guide for trustees and library boards. Our appreciation goes out to Ellen Popit, IHLS Membership and Grants Director, for serving on the committee.
IHLS has made a group purchase of 250 copies of Serving Our Public 3.0 for $22.50/copy. The books are available to ILA members for $25/copy. Libraries will be billed when the books are shipped. We will not utilize in-house delivery services and instead will deliver by U.S. Mail.
To offer these savings to our members, we will purchase in bulk reducing our cost to $20/copy. We will assess a $2.50 fee to cover processing and shipping.
IHLS has a limited supply, and copies will be available to IHLS member libraries on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the online order form.

Consulting Services Plan: Two Opportunities to Provide Input

IHLS is developing a Consulting Services Plan. Consulting Services will not return soon, but the System wants to be ready for the future possibility. We have two opportunities for members to give input for the plan.
First, library staff and trustees can complete the Consulting Services Survey. The link to the survey is: The deadline for completing the survey is February 28, 2014.
The second opportunity is to attend one of the Open Focus Groups to be held in March. The Focus Groups will be held at the three IHLS Buildings on the following days:

  • Du Quoin: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Register
  • Edwardsville: Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. Register
  • Champaign: Thursday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. Register

Please register for the session that you will be attending in L2.

Delivery Numbers

To give our members an idea of how seriously the IHLS Delivery Department takes our responsibility to you we want to share some figures. Despite the dramatic increase in the number of items that are circulating since Polaris went online, we continue to get items into your patron’s hands as quickly as possible, often in as little as one day. These numbers represent months of July – January prior to Polaris and the same period after Polaris went live.
      IHLS Total number of items delivered
      Pre Polaris (2012) – 4,090,119 items
      Post Polaris (2013) – 4,654,870 items
      An increase of 564,751 items!

eRead Illinois Technology Petting Zoo

The eRead Illinois Technology Petting Zoo is hitting the road for IHLS members! We've already scheduled three training sessions where you can come and learn about e-books and e-reading devices in a casual and supportive environment. Each session is limited to 10 participants, so be sure to register in L2 early. (Note: you must be logged in to L2 to view these events.) Both SHARE and non-SHARE members are welcome to attend. Stay tuned to our weekly eRead Illinois newsletter to find out where the petting zoo will visit next!


SHARE Update

This week, approximately 100 SHARE library staff members and SHARE staff participated in the second semi-annual SHARE meeting, either at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Effingham, or via Adobe Connect.
The primary purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss the proposed governance, circulation and resource sharing, and bibliographic and cataloging documents, in preparation for voting on those documents. A Survey Monkey ballot, with links to the proposed documents, will be sent to each SHARE member library's voting representative late this week. Each member library may vote one time. Voting will be open for a week, and then results will be shared with the membership. We do appreciate your attention to this task!

WorldShare Watch Tip of the Week

This week’s WorldShare Tip of the Week is on Locating Your Library’s Unique URL. It also includes bookmarking your URL and recovering lost URLs. Starting April 24, 2014, all new requests must be initiated in WorldShare ILL and access to WorldCat Resource Sharing will end on May 19, 2014.
If you have questions on WorldShare ILL, please contact Beverly Obert (217-352-0047 ext. 713 |

What’s New in Children’s Literature Workshop

Monday, February 24, 2014, @ 8:30 a.m.
Chillicothe Public Library
The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) has invited IHLS members to join them for the What’s New in Children’s Literature workshop. The all-day workshop will feature the notable Dr. Peggy Sharp as she shares the best new children’s books, all of which have recently been published. This is a great opportunity to preview new books for possible purchase for your own collection. A minimal registration fee of $12 includes a boxed lunch for the day. Only a limited amount of seats remain for this workshop, so register today! Register at

Submissions for 2015 “Read to the Rhythm” Resource Guide

The iREAD Committee is looking for submissions for the 2015 "Read to the Rhythm" Resource Guide! Music themed activities, program ideas, crafts, games, reading lists, etc. are needed for children, teens, and adults. Anyone may submit an idea but all submission must be original (not copyrighted). Submissions are due February 28, 2014 and may be submitted by email or please click here.
You could WIN a gift certificate to the iREAD store for submitting an idea! Five random winners will be drawn from the list of people who contribute to the 2015 iREAD Resource Guide by the above deadline.

ISLMA Mini-Conferences

We're thrilled to announce that registration is now available for the ISLMA mini-conferences. The mini-conferences will be held on Saturday, March 1st, at Charleston High School in Charleston and on Saturday, March 8th, at Lake Park High School East Campus in Roselle. Each conference will run from approximately 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. Registration is now open, click here to register.
For just $20 for members and $25 for non-members, these events offer amazing professional development and networking opportunities. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch in addition to break out sessions on a wide range of topics of interest to school librarians. CPDUs will be available. Contact Erin Wyatt ( or Mariela Siegert ( with questions.

Little Free Libraries Comes to Illinois

If you have come across a little box or structure that houses books you can take, then you are looking at a Little Free Library. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. It’s also so much more: a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories.
Is your institution (public, academic, or school library) involved in a project to bring Little Free Libraries to your community? If so, please contact Lauren Collen at ILA wants to feature you and/or your library's community engagement projects with the Little Free Libraries in the June issue of the ILA Reporter.

Upcoming Free Webinars

Popular E-Books for Your Library (Booklist) - February 25, 2014
Your Board and Fundraising (GrantSpace) - February 25, 2014
Digital Media Labs & Makerspaces in Small & Rural Libraries (TechSoup) - February 26, 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
Tech 101: What are Managed IT Services and When Should You Use Them? (TechSoup) - February 27, 2014
Big Talk from Small Libraries 2014 (NLC) - February 28, 2014
Measurements that Matter: Analyzing Patron Behavior (Infopeople) - March 4, 2014
What Is and What’s Next: Making Assessment and New Opportunities (ALA) - March 5, 2014
The Magic of Marketing Databases (NoveList & LJ) - March 5, 2014
3rd Annual Teaching with Primary Sources Library Day - March 12, 2014
More webinars can be found at: and

Grants & Scholarships

Dollar General Adult Literacy Grant - Deadline: February 27, 2014
Dollar General Family Literacy Grant - Deadline: February 27, 2014
Dollar General Summer Reading Grant - Deadline: February 27, 2014
Follett Challenge - Deadline: February 28, 2014
Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort Grant - Deadline: March 6, 2014
United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant - Deadline: March 14, 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
Lorax Spruce Up Your School Grant - Deadline: March 15, 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.
Decatur Public Library hires new leader
Do you have the time? (Snow Day) Video
Baby Boomer generation 10 best books, must reads for 50+ grownups - AARP
Board OKs library district creation
Free copies of Lankes book now available to ALA Members, Library Trustees and Friends of Libraries
Celeste Choate named new Executive Director of The Urbana Free Library
Glen Carbon Library awarded the ALA/FINRA Smart Investing @ Your Library grant award
Stationary bikes join books in Virginia school library
Video gaming revenue leads to $10,000 windfall for Athens library
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – February 14, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • The Illinois State Library is Pleased to Announce the Illinois EDGE Resource Homepage
  • Free Disability Employment Rights Webinar
  • Free State Employment Process Webinar for Persons with Disabilities
  • 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
  • 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
  • Discount for ILLINET Libraries
  • Stories from Our Public Libraries


ILA E-Newsletter

The February 20, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • February Is the Time to Talk to Your Legislators!
  • The Importance and Purpose of Library Advocacy
  • Contact Your Legislator
  • Hot off the Presses!
  • Submit your 2014 program proposal and take advantage of the IACRL Early Bird registration rate
  • Reference Revolution!
  • ILA Inducts 32nd Library Luminary
  • Little Free Libraries Comes to Illinois
  • Job Opportunities
  • In the News


“I know exactly what I would do with immortality:
I would read every book in the library.”

― Mark Jason Dominus

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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