Moving Forward Together - February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014


IHLS Funding News!

This week IHLS received a payment of $231,183.12, representing a second payment of our Area and Per Capita Grant. We have now received 19.6% or $659,722.21 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.

Board Candidate Write-In Seats

Voters will be given the opportunity to write in candidates for two open seats in this year’s election for the IHLS Board of Directors.
The nomination process for candidates closed on February 15. At that time, there were no candidates for one of the open public library trustee seats and no candidates for the open seat for special libraries. When you receive your ballots on March 15, you will be given a space where you can write in the name of a person who is eligible and willing to serve in the special seat and in the public library trustee seat. The person with the most write-in votes will be the winner.
The IHLS Nominating Committee reserves the right to make sure that all write-in candidates are eligible and willing to serve. If no eligible winner steps forward or is found through the write-in process, any empty seat will be filled with an appointee by the IHLS Board president, as approved by the full IHLS Board. The Nominating Committee is hoping that, by this advanced notice, you will be better prepared when you receive your ballot and begin voting.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the Nominating Committee members:

Weather Closings

Be sure to notify your hub manager if your library is going to be closed due to weather and check the IHLS website for IHLS Office closings.

Several member libraries have started using the Library Closings page. You can go to this page to see what libraries are closed on a particular day. There is also a link on the page to the form to submit your own closed date(s): Please use this if you are closed for weather, if you're having work done on your building, or if you have staff training that will close the library. You can specify the reason and/or the hours you will be open/closed in the Comments section (please keep the comments short).
The Library Closing page can be found on the IHLS website under the IHLS Members tab, and in the Most Requested box.

Delivery Update: Unidentified Items

We are pleased to announce that we have a new webpage under Delivery on our website. It is called Unidentified Items and it is where we will list any item that we have in any of our hubs that have no barcode nor any identifying owning library stamp. If you recognize an item as being yours, you will simply email We will then send the item to your library. I would like to thank Nick Bennyhoff for creating this page for us.

Library Jobs

Check the IHLS website for job openings on our Library Jobs tab: To add a job posting to the IHLS jobs page for your library, please send to


Serving Our Public 3.0 order request

The updated 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.
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.

Teen Tech Week

March 9-15, 2014
More Information

Upcoming Free Webinars

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
E-Books: The Present and Future (AL Live) - March 13, 2014
Community Connections: Break with Tradition! (WJ) - March 20, 2014
Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement (WJ) - March 27, 2014
Reorganizing Reference for Maximum Community Impact (GSLIS) - March 27, 2014
A Nature Classroom at the Library for Early Childhood Development (GSLIS) - April 10, 2014
Copyright Conundrum (AL Live) - April 10, 2014
Chasing (and Catching) and New Library Patrons (GSLIS) - April 24, 2014
More webinars can be found at: and

Grants & Scholarships

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
Conable Conference Scholarship - Deadline: April 11, 2014
Citizens-Save-Libraries Grants - Deadline: April 15, 2014
Target Early Childhood Reading Grants - Deadline: April 30, 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.
Student filmmaker’s project focuses on librarian
Polaris to Highlight New Technology Trends and the Impact on Public Libraries at PLA 2014
Celebrate libraries on the move on National Bookmobile Day
Sparkling new projects with Little Free Libraries
First Step Award to Chris Bulock
Proposal to rescue library tops city agenda
Centennial Library lands national grant
Burton awarded Read for Information grant
$5,000 grant will increase science resources at Hayner
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – February 21, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • Project Next Generation Grant Applications are Now Available
  • The Illinois State Library is Pleased to Announce the Illinois EDGE Resource Homepage
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services Webinar
  • Free Disability Employment Rights Webinar
  • Free State Employment Process Webinar for Persons with Disabilities
  • Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant Opportunity
  • Announcing the Requirements for the FY2015 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants
  • State Library WILL NOT Recommend Common Loan Period to ILL Revision Committee
  • 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
  • Stories from Our Public Libraries

ILA E-Newsletter

The February 24, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • ILA Takes Positions on Additional bills in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Pat Norris Latest Illinois Library Luminary
  • World Language Collections
  • 2015: Read to the Rhythm Resource Guide Submissions
  • Job Opportunities
  • In the News

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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