Moving Forward Together - June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014



IHLS Offices Closed June 20, 2014

IHLS offices will be closed Friday, June 20, 2014, to allow staff to attend staff development training. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided. We will be open and delivery will resume Monday, June 23, 2014, with extra routes if necessary to compensate for volume.

IHLS Annual Meeting on Monday

You are invited to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of IHLS which will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014, 5:00 p.m. at our Du Quoin office, 500 South Madison Street, Du Quoin, Illinois 62832. We will recognize new and departing board members and retiring staff members. Light refreshments will be served.
Please register in L2. After the Annual Meeting you are welcome to attend the IHLS Board Meeting which will begin at 6 p.m.

IHLS Board Meeting - June 16, 2014

The next IHLS Board meeting is Monday, June 16, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the IHLS Du Quoin office. The Board meeting will be available via videoconferencing at the other IHLS locations, as well as the Illinois State Library and the Decatur Public Library. If you are not able to join us at the IHLS office in Du Quoin, perhaps one of these other locations will be more convenient. When available, you will find the agenda and board packet here.

Connect with Leslie: June 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

Give us a half hour, and we’ll fill you in on what is happening at IHLS. The next Connect with Leslie meeting is June 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Visit the Connect with Leslie page on the IHLS website to access the link for the meeting. Register in L2 at:

Non-Resident Fee Survey Deadline June 15

There is one week left to complete the non-resident survey. IHLS is required to maintain a list on the IHLS website of non-resident program information from IHLS public libraries and to indicate whether or not a library participates in the non-resident fee program and what that fee is. Here is the link to the survey
Questions? Please contact Bev Obert ( | 217-352-0047 ext. 713).

Plinkit Migration Timeline

Enfold Systems has announced that due other priorities within their organization, they are delaying the start of the ESP product until late summer/early fall. This will give Illinois Plinkit libraries more time to decide if they want to migrate their Plinkit site to ESP or choose another option.
Several libraries indicated that they would like additional information on the ESP product and other options before making a decision. More information has been added to the Illinois Plinkit website:

eRead Illinois Unveils New Website

The official eRead Illinois website is now available at The website features resources for readers, participating eRead Illinois libraries, and libraries considering eRead Illinois membership.
The site provides a wealth of information about e-book resources for patrons and library staff, including links to sources of free e-books, a section for frequently asked questions, and an extensive help section. The eRead Illinois collection guidelines and information about the meetings of the eRead Illinois Advisory Committee are also available.
Library staff may log into the eRead Illinois website (bottom right corner) with the email address and password used for L2 ( to access additional information, such as a fee estimator to calculate the eRead Illinois membership fee and a form to use to obtain an official membership quotation. Participating library staff may log in to access marketing materials for eRead Illinois libraries to use with their patrons and additional training documents for both the Axis 360 and 3M platforms.
See for more information. For L2 help, see:


WorldShare ILL - Did you miss it? WorldCat resource sharing is no longer available from OCLC. ALL OCLC Interlibrary loan must be done through the WorldShare ILL interface. Training and short online tutorials are available from OCOC on the WorldShare Training and Support page. If you are having problems and need more direct hands on instruction, contact Bev Obert, Resource Sharing Specialist ( | 217 352-4700 ext. 713).
WorldCat Discovery - This is a new service from OCLC. IHLS has information about WorldCat Discovery at this link It is recommended that IHLS libraries wait till the fall before migrating to this new service. As additional information is learned it will be added to the page linked above. If you have specific questions, please contact Bev Obert.

Member Spotlight

Retirement Open House for Pat Theivagt - Please join us in honoring Mrs. Pat Theivagt for 31 years of service as director of the Greenfield Public Library. There will be an Open House on Sunday, June 22nd from 2:00 - 4:00 held at the library, 515 Chestnut Street, Greenfield, IL 62044.
If you would like to share a successful program or event at your library, please contact Julia Pernicka, Communications Assistant ( | 618-656.3216 x 442)

Chicago Public Library Changes

CPL has a New Website, but Reciprocal Online Validation is still located in the lower right hand corner of the website. Validation is still done the same and is outlined in the attached document. Please contact Laura Gorczyca Hanes for your library's access code or additional information.  
A few changes were also made to our borrowing limits on March 31, 2014. Chicago Public Library patrons who enter into a reciprocal card arrangement with another library should now be allowed a maximum of 50 items (maximum of 10 AV) on their account at any time, which is CPL’s new policy. If a reciprocal library allows its patron to circulate more than 50 items, CPL patrons holding a reciprocal card should be limited to 50 items only from that reciprocal institution.
In addition, Chicago Public Library has increased its borrowing threshold to $10.00. Library Card Status:  Current policy blocks any patron account that owes any amount over $1.00 in fines or fees to CPL. New policy revises the definition of a library card in good standing to any patron account owing less than $10.00. Good standing means access to all library services that apply to that card: circulation, accessing electronic resources, online holds placement, online renewal.
If you or any of your libraries have any additional questions, please contact Laura Gorczyca Hanes (Circulation Coordinator) – - 312-747-4061.

Upcoming Free Webinars

What’s New in Young Adult Literature 2014 (Infopeople) - June 11, 2014
Museum Universe Data File (IMLS) - June 11, 2014
Going Beyond Google (AL Live) - June 12, 2014
Creative Spaces and Family Engagement in Libraries (Infopeople) - June 12, 2014
Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections (CSL) - June 17, 2014
Failing in the Right Direction (Infopeople) - June 17, 2014
Be Fearless: Public Speaking for Librarians (WJ) - June 18, 2014
Flippin’ Library! A year in the life of a flipped library ( - June 18, 2014
Rainbow Family Connections: Embracing LGBTQ Families at Your Library (Infopeople) - June 18, 2014
Making Your Space: Creators and Makers in the Library (WJ) - July 9, 2014
Libraries as Drivers of Community Development: Global Edition (WJ) - July 16, 2014
More webinars can be found at:,, and

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Book Grants - Deadline: June 16, 2014
Best Small Library in America Award - Deadline: September 10, 2014
Margaret Edwards Teen Collection Development - Deadline: December 1, 2014
The Lisa Libraries Book Donation Program - Deadline: ongoing
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.

Fathers do read to kids, says #DadsRead Campaign
2014 Summer Books Preview Guide, Must Read Books for Grownups - AARP
With ebooks still pricey, Illinois libraries flex their marketing muscle
Jesse White promotes eRead Illinois Program
New Urbana library director reflects on book-weeding, library’s future
Library may shift schedule to help children’s section (Decatur PL)

In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – May 30, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

The June 6, 2014, issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • Jesse White Promotes eRead Illinois Program Digital books available online
  • Remembering D-Day 70 Years Later With The Help of the Veterans History Project
  • Know Any Aspiring Poets?
  • FY14 ILLINET Survey Now Available
  • Register for “On the Front Lines” Conference
  • Summer Reading Program Kicks Off 

Upcoming Events in Library Learning

Register in L2:
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Polaris Demonstration, Atwood Hammond Grade School

Friday, June 13, 2014

  • SHARE Chat (Circulation & Resource Sharing), Adobe Connect

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • SHARE Chat (SHARE Managers), Adobe Connect

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Connect with Leslie, Adobe Connect

Friday, June 20, 2014

  • SHARE Chat (SHARE IT), Adobe Connect

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • SHARE Catalogers Training Session, Adobe Connect

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

  • Basic Circulation, IHLS Edwardsville
  • Searching and Matching, Decatur Public Library
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Fuze
  • Advanced Circulation, IHLS Edwardsville
  • Barcoding in Polaris, Decatur Public Library

Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Searching and Matching, IHLS Champaign
  • SLING Field Trip, O’Fallon Township HS
  • Barcoding in Polaris, IHLS Champaign

Friday, June 27, 2014

  • SHARE Bibliographic and Cataloging Standards Committee Meeting, VTEL
  • SHARE Chat (eResources), Adobe Connect 

“People flock in, nevertheless, in search of answers to those questions only librarians are considered to be able to answer, such as "Is this the laundry?" "How do you spell surreptitious?" and, on a regular basis, "Do you have a book I remember reading once? It had a red cover and it turned out they were twins.”
― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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