Moving Forward Together - June 19, 2014

June 19, 2014



IHLS Offices Closed Tomorrow

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.
If you have an automation emergency while the IHLS offices are closed, please dial the SHARE help line at 618-534-4319.

Bob Towner Retirement

Bob Towner, Champaign Operations Manager, has announced his retirement after 37 years of system service. Bob’s last day will be June 30.
We thank Bob for his service and wish him a banging good time in his retirement (Bob is a drummer)!

IHLS Edwardsville Landscape Changing

"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot..." Joni Mitchell
Well that is kind of what is happening in Edwardsville on the land that we sold last year. It won't be a parking lot, but rather a Friar Tuck's which is a liquor store and more. The new building will be facing the same direction as the Target that is behind the Edwardsville building. We are in the process of determining how to re-stripe our parking lot for the maximum number of spaces. Stay tuned for more updates.

June Board Meeting Recap & Annual Meeting Photos

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their June 16, 2014, meeting has been posted on our website. The next regular board meeting is July 22, 2014, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.
We would like to thank all IHLS members that took the time to stop by for our Annual Meeting. Photos from the IHLS Board Meeting and Annual Meeting have been posted on the IHLS Facebook Page. You do not need to be logged in or have an account to view the photos. Take a look, you may see someone you know.

Find Us on Facebook

If you haven’t checked out our Facebook page, it is worth checking out! Keep up with library events and what is happening at IHLS. Once you Find Us on Facebook be sure to ‘Like’ us. Visit us there, become a fan, and share it with your friends!

Connect with Leslie Recording

Did you miss Connect with Leslie on Monday? Visit the Connect with Leslie page on the IHLS website to listen to a recording of the meeting. The first 10 minutes of the meeting covering portions of the Board Recap was not recorded.

 SHARE Update

We only thought our SHARE staff life would slow down after we'd been on Polaris for a year! However, we are as busy as ever, as we implement the tasks involved in the Dream Grant! Ellen Popit and Chris Dawdy have been traveling the expanse of the IHLS boundaries, talking to potential new members for SHARE. Traci Edwards is working with profiling for transitional members. Joan Bauer is currently working with several of the libraries to get their collections added to the Polaris database. Sue Pearson is providing circulation training to new members, and Blue Ridge Township Public Library is going live on July 1!
If your library is interested in joining SHARE and would like more information, please contact Chris Dawdy ( | 618.656.3216 x 443).

Upcoming Free Webinars

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

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.
Laura Huddleston: Career journey leads to a job she loves (Mattoon PL)
24 books that will captivate your kids this summer
Why you should read like a teen again
The most significant thing we could do to reduce poverty? Read. (Carbondale PL)
You can judge a library by its book covers these days (Helen Matthes Library)
75th Anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights
Jesse White and Illinois Press Association announce Spotlight on Literacy Awards
Jesse White promotes eRead Illinois program
Is your library essential enough?
Kick-Starting Community Partnerships
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – June 10, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

The June 13, 2014, issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • Small Public Library Management Institute Recap
  • Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Renewal Agreements Due Soon
  • Know Any Aspiring Poets?
  • FY14 ILLINET Survey Now Available
  • Get ready for “On the Front Lines” Conference
  • Summer Reading Program Kicks Off 

Upcoming Events in Library Learning

Register in L2:
Monday, June 23, 2014

  • FY15 SHARE Fees (Adobe Connect)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • SHARE Catalogers Training Session, Adobe Connect
  • SHARE Chat (IT), 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
  • MEPL - Metro-East Public Library Management Meeting, Hayner PLD
  • 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

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

If you would like something to appear in the next newsletter, please contact Julia Pernicka, Communications Assistant ( | 618-656.3216 x 442).