Moving Forward Together - January 10, 2014

January 10, 2014


Annual Online Library System Certification

The 2nd year of the library certification process has gotten off to a great start. Since opening on January 2, 2014, 157 member libraries have completed the online project. The certification must be completed for all member libraries in order to maintain eligibility for system services and grants and programs from the Illinois State Library. The window for certification will close on March 31, 2014.
The Annual Library Certification website can be found at: The site includes a link to the data and questions included in the certification form, a timeline and Frequently Asked Questions about the process itself.
IHLS members who have questions about the process or who need more information are encouraged to call Ellen Popit from our staff at (618) 985-3711, ext. 624 | or Pat Boze with the Illinois State Library at 217-782-1891 |

eRead Illinois

The eRead Illinois project team is thrilled to announce that 116 SHARE member libraries have officially joined the 3M Cloud Library shared collection. We're also happy to state that 11 non-SHARE member libraries have signed up to participate in the B&T Axis 360 shared collection. Snowy weather brings out our e-book readers! As of this morning there are 905 items checked out from the 3M Cloud.
We've also just added an in-person 3M Shopping Cart Training on January 22 at Fairview Heights Public Library. Visit L2 for details and register today. Be sure to check out this week's newsletter for more information on training opportunities, collection development, and sign-up information.

SHARE Update - Polaris Upgrade

Polaris and IHLS SHARE staff have scheduled a major upgrade to the Polaris software. This upgrade also gives us an opportunity to index new fields in the bibliographic records to improve search results for patrons and libraries looking for materials in the PAC. The primary purpose of this article is to help you be ready for the offline period starting Saturday, Jan 18 at 6pm, and ending Tuesday Jan 21 at 7am.
Read the full article now (this article will be updated if anything changes)
There is a video on YouTube that you can watch here to aid in the offline process. (Watch it in full screen for the best experience)

ISL Seeks Responses to Resource Sharing Survey

In February, the Illinois State Library (ISL) will celebrate its 175th anniversary. For many of those 175 years, promoting and developing resource sharing between Illinois libraries of all types has been among the most important responsibilities of the State Library. In order to continue to provide effective coordination of the library resources of public, academic, school and special libraries, the ISL is interesting in surveying the opinions about resource sharing of all staff at all ILLINET libraries. The survey will be available for completion through March 1, 2014.
For the purposes of this survey, we are defining “resource sharing” as interlibrary loan, reciprocal borrowing/lending, delivery, participation in shared catalogs, and other programs/services that share materials between libraries or their patrons. Your opinion is important to us, and we are grateful for your time. You may access and complete the survey here: If you have any questions about the survey, please direct them to ISL Consultant Robert Jones at
If system staff can be helpful in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

WorldShare ILL - Key Dates to Transition

  • April 14, 2014: All new ILL requests must be initiated in WorldShare ILL. WorldCat Resource Sharing will no longer transmit new requests.
  • May 19, 2014: End of access to WorldCat Resource Sharing. ALL OCLC ILL activity must be managed in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan.  

The extended schedule for your library’s transition from WorldCat Resource Sharing to OCLC WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan gives your ILL staff more time to become familiar with WorldShare ILL before access to WorldCat® Resource Sharing ends on May 19, 2014.

Please direct your ILL staff to contact OCLC Customer Support ( ) or OCLC Support in your region ( with questions about the service as they learn how to use it.

2014 SWAYS Performer’s Showcase

Saturday, January 25, 2014
It’s that time of year again! The 2014 SWAYS (SouthWest Advocates for Youth Services) Performer’s Showcase will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 9-1pm at the Fairview Heights Public Library. Over 20 performers will be on hand to demonstrate their shows specifically designed to complement our summer reading program themes. The event is free to attend, but does require registration at:

24th Annual Library Legislative Breakfast

Friday, February 21, 2014
Sunset Hills Country Club, Edwardsville
The tradition continues for this highly popular breakfast with the Illinois legislative leadership. The Library Legislative Breakfast gives you an opportunity to meet with your legislators and speak with them firsthand about issues affecting you and your library. Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate. Featured speakers will be: ILA President Su Erickson, ILA Legislative Consultant Kip Kolkmeier, and ILA Executive Director Robert P. Doyle. For more information and to register, visit the ILA website:

ILA Library Trustee Forum 2014 Workshop

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Crown Plaza, Springfield
The morning session will include Sunshine Laws: How to Comply with the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act and Defending Access with Confidence. After lunch Kip Kolkmeier, ILA Legislative Consultant, will give a Legislative Update and Phil Lenzini, Library Attorney will host a Legal Q&A. For more information and to register, visit the ILA website:

Powerful Partnerships: Libraries, Technology, and the Common Core

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 @ 8:00 pm CST
In collaboration AASL and Achieve published a new action brief linking libraries and librarians to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian is available for download on the AASL and Achieve websites. Join AASL in an idea swap led by the AASL volunteers who worked on the action brief with Achieve. Use this exchange to propel the school library program into the center of teaching and learning in the era of CCSS. Learn how to recreate the idea swap activity with your own school teaching teams. Prior to the webinar, be sure to download the action brief. For more information and to register, click here:

Getting Started with Open Access

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 1:30 pm CST
RAILS has invited IHLS members to attend their in-person viewing of a live webcast on Open Access at the Milner Library, llinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Journals continue their transition to becoming increasingly digital publications, experimenting with new publishing models such as Open Access (OA) and incorporating multimedia into their formats. In addition to these changes in scholarly output, the process of research is also changing due to mandates from funding agencies to publicly share research findings and data. For more information and to register, click here:

Embracing Change in the Library

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 1:00pm CST
In this Demco sponsored webcast, Catherine Hakala-Ausperk from Libraries Thrive Consulting joins Demco’s Director of Industry Relations, Janet Nelson, to discuss how leadership and staff alike can approach learning new skills and embracing change in a positive manner. For more information and to register, click here:

IACRL 2014 Conference

Telling Our Story: Impact and Assessment
March 21, 2014
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
More Information

2014 ILEAD U Applications: Deadline Extended! Due Friday, February 14, 2014

The State Library will host ILEAD U: Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover, The 21st Century Technology Tools Institute for Illinois Library Staff at the University of Illinois Springfield on March 24-27, June 23-26 and October 27-30, 2014.
The ILEAD U Steering Committee is looking for participants, mentors and instructors to implement web technologies that foster community participation as well as develop leadership, innovation and positive change. Project ILEAD U will encourage both the experimentation with and building of participatory Web services and programs.
Do you have a technology skill or knowledge of technology tools? Be an instructor! Want to learn? Be a participant! Want to facilitate in a team environment? Be a mentor! Applications are now available for PARTICIPANTS, INSTRUCTORS, and MENTORS until February 14, 2014, at
Interested but single and looking for a team? Please visit to send your information and we will generate a list of potential team members. An archive recording of the Statewide Day of Application webinar that was held December 4 is available online. Teams that applied by the original due date will be notified about your applications by January 31, 2014.
For questions, please contact Project Director Gwen Harrison at, 217-785-7334 or Assistant Project Director Sandra Fritz at, 217-558-2064.

Grant Opportunities

NEA Our Town Grants - Deadline: January 13, 2014
NEA Big Read Grants - Deadline: January 28, 2014
Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries - Deadline: February 3, 2014
Adult and Family Literacy Grants - Deadline: March 14, 2014
John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award - Deadline: February 14, 2014
AILA/APALA Talk Story Grants - Deadline: February 15, 2014
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrant Program - Deadline: March 15, 2014
Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust Teen Grants - Deadline: ongoing
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
Board in the library, part one: An introduction to designer board games
Public libraries: Not just about books anymore
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum worth the drive
Marion native wins top state award for poem
Library uses grant to stock books
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – December 20, 2013

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • Illinois Receives MOE Waiver
  • Illinois State Library Seeks Resource Sharing Survey Responses
  • The Next Step for Illinois Interlibrary Loan - A Bold Vision
  • Live and Learn Construction Grant Application DEADLINE IS TODAY.
  • Secretary White is Seeking Stories from Public Libraries for Publication
  • Annual Online Library System Certification Now Underway
  • FY2013-2014 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR)
  • Apply Now for the Small Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI)
  • FY2015 Adult and Family Literacy Grant Application Now Available Online


ILA E-Newsletter

The January 6, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • 2014 Library Legislative Meet-ups
  • 2014 Trustee Workshops
  • Telling Our Story: Impact and Assessment
  • National Library Legislative Day
  • Reaching Forward
  • In the News


“It is a good rule after reading a new book,
never to allow yourself another new one
till you have read an old one in between.”

- C. S. Lewis

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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