Moving Forward Together - February 7, 2014

February 7, 2014



Connect with Leslie Rescheduled for February 12, 2014

Connect with Leslie has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. This online meeting is a way for us to spend 30 minutes to keep members informed on what is happening at IHLS. Visit the Connect with Leslie page on the IHLS website to access the link for the meeting. Register in L2 at:

Consulting Services Survey

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.

Annual Certification

As of the close of business on February 6, 2014---426 IHLS member libraries completed the certification! Only 131 to go! Please take a moment and mark this task off the “To-Do” list for your library. The certification information can be accessed here. Please feel free to contact Ellen Popit ( | 618-985-3711 x 624) with any questions or for additional information.

Library Closings Page

Several member libraries used the new Library Closings page this week! 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, or 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 Tips of the Week

  • Make sure your printer has sufficient ink and that labels are legible. This speeds up sorting time and helps ensure the item is delivered to the proper location.
  • It would be fabulous if the libraries could have their steps cleared for drivers and any icy spots salted and snow removed. It makes their job A LOT easier and they super appreciate the extra effort the libraries have to go through to have a clear entrance/exit. 

SHARE Update

Due to the polar vortex, the SHARE Semi-Annual meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 19, from 10 am to 2:30 pm, with a lunch break. In L2 the registered attendees were not transferred from the previously scheduled event, so, if you plan to attend, you will need to sign up (and state your lunch preference) again. If you had arrangements to ride in a system van to the meeting, please let your SHARE contact (Donna Schaal at Champaign, and Chris Dawdy at Edwardsville) know if you still want to ride along.
Due to several scheduling conflicts, related to the weather, next week's SHARE Members Circulation Forum is going to be cancelled.
Because we (the SHARE Staff Services staff) have some concerns about how to best meet your informational needs, we'd like to ask you all to complete a survey, which can be found here:

WorldShare Webinar

Below is an announcement about a webinar from OCLC. If you are using WorldShare and are still struggling with some aspects, this may be a helpful webinar to watch. If you have not yet migrated over to WorldShare, this webinar will help you learn what worked or didn’t work for others.

Who’s Using WorldShare ILL Now? Practical Advice from Real Users
Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. CST

In this program, WorldShare ILL users will share practical advice about how they managed their transitions to the new service.
Presenters are:

  • Christopher Richardson, Director of Library Service, and Paige Hiatt, Circulation Specialist, Southern Virginia University
  • Leslie Starasta, Information Services Librarian, Lincoln Christian University 

Bunker Hill Open House

Your are cordially invited to the flag raising, ribbon cutting and open house of the new Bunker Hill Public Library District facility. The open house is from 1-4, Saturday, February 8. Refreshments will also be served.

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

Check it out! The 2015 Master List for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award was announced last Sunday. You can follow this award on their website, on Facebook and Twitter. Happy Reading!

Shout out a nomination for an ILA Award

The Illinois Library Association’s awards program recognizes excellence in librarianship and library service in Illinois. Nominating someone for an ILA Award has never been easier! Visit to learn about all of the awards and then submit your nomination form and all supporting documentation via the ILA Web site. No service should go unrecognized, so toot your own horn or tell us who you think is the best! If you have any questions about the ILA Awards, please contact the ILA office at (312) 644-1896, or Nominations for all ILA Awards are due May 15, 2014.

Area librarians, potential library students invited to reception

A gathering of library professionals and those interested in becoming librarians is planned for February 20, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the West Reading Room at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.
The event will provide a social environment for librarians, many of whom are alumni from the nearby Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, to reconnect with other professionals. The event is also open to anyone who wishes to learn more about careers in the field of library science.
For more information about this event, visit the library website,, or call 217-581-6061.

Just in time for Black History Month!

Thanks to a 2013 LSTA Back to Books grant, Teutopolis Unit 50 schools have had the privilege to purchase a variety of materials regarding American ethnic groups. The grant project, entitled "Empathy for All: Insights into the Black Experience and Other American Ethnic Groups," provides resources to Illinois library patrons. Please visit the following website for a list of available resources:

ALA Leadership Institute: Leading to the Future

The application process for the 2014 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute is now open, with applications accepted through April 25, 2014. The 2014 Institute will take place at the Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca, IL on August 10-14, 2014, and helps future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead. For more information and to apply go to:

Upcoming Free Webinars

Once Upon a Time, Storytelling was Learning (Insync) - February 10, 2014
The Iron is HOT: Libraries as Innovative & Creative Community Catalysts (WJ) - February 11, 2014
Hot New Titles for Middle- and High-School Readers (Booklist) - February 11, 2014
Learn How to Host a Preservation Week Event (ALCTS) - February 12, 2014
Street Lit and Libraries (Infopeople) - February 12, 2014
Copyright, Libraries, and the Higher Ed Classroom (UW) - February 13, 2014
The Library Website (American Libraries Live) - February 13, 2014
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
More webinars can be found at: and

Grant Opportunities

John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award - Deadline: February 14, 2014
Innovations in Reading - Deadline: February 19, 2014
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
Adult and Family Literacy Grants - Deadline: March 14, 2014
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrant Program - Deadline: March 15, 2014
Citizens-Save-Libraries Grants - Deadline: April 15, 2014
The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity - Deadline: May 1, 2014
Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust Teen Grants - Deadline: ongoing
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

In the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
Author David Baldacci weighs in on e-books, library budget cuts in @ your library video
Amazon 100 books to read in a lifetime
ALSC announces 2014 Notable Children’s Recordings
Washington ranked as the USA’s most literate city
Judy Blume named Honorary Chair, National Library Week 2014
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – January 31, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • State Library Closed Wednesday
  • The Illinois Library Association Announces Awards Program for 2014
  • 2014 ILEAD U Update
  • Free State Employment Process Webinar for Persons with Disabilities
  • 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


“There are adventures of the spirit and one can travel in books
and interest oneself in people and affairs.
One need never be dull as long as one has friends to help,
gardens to enjoy
and books in the long winter evenings.”

― D.E. Stevenson, Listening Valley

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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