Moving Forward Together - June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014


IHLS Staff Day Photos

IHLS staff members from all locations came together in Effingham last Friday, working on teamwork and reviewing policy changes. Dawn Mushill, CEO of Customer Service and Beyond, was the featured speaker covering customer service, changing your attitude, and managing stress and change.

Photos from the day have been posted to the IHLS Facebook page:

Delivery Update

As of July 1st, Bob Towner the Operations Manager for the Champaign hub, will be officially retired. We thank him for his 37 years of service and wish him lots of luck on all his new adventures. Chris Janvrin will now be the Operations Manager for both the Champaign and Decatur hubs. Please contact him if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions or positive feedback. Chris can be reached at or (217) 352-0047 ext 718.

IHLS Offices Closed July 4

All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 4, 2014. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided. Additional routes may run on Monday to compensate for volume.
See our Office Hours page for a listing of IHLS Holidays.

Patron Searching in WorldCat

FirstSearch is still available to your patrons. If it was set up for patron request to go to a review file, it should still work. FirstSearch will be available until December 2015. FirstSearch is a group of databases of which WorldCat is one.
WorldCat Discovery is replacing FirstSearch. All of the databases available in FirstSearch will be available in WorldCat discovery. Each library will be given a unique URL to use and for the patrons to use. There will be a way for patrons to request items that will be sent to the review file. Currently the Patron ILL form that the library can configure to their needs is not available but should be in July. New features and functionality are added to WorldCat Discovery each month.
Instructions for libraries to use to migrate to the WorldCat Discovery are in development with a target completion date of mid-July.
WorldShare ILL is the staff side of OCLC for searching and placing request. This is equivalent to the ILL Staff View of the old Resource Sharing.

Public Library Per Capita and EDGE Assessment Training - August 21

On August 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., the Illinois State Library will present a workshop on the Public Library Per Capita Grant application and the EDGE Assessment. The workshop will be held in person at the IHLS Edwardsville office and via videoconference at the IHLS offices in Champaign and Du Quoin, as well as the Illinois State Library and the Decatur Public Library.
As per the FY2015 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant Requirements under Education and Training, Illinois Public Libraries must have at least one staff member attend an instructional course. The Technology component requires that at least one member of the library staff and at least one board member must attend an informational webinar or in-person session about the Edge Initiative. Public libraries applying the FY2015 Per Capita grant have the opportunity to satisfy both of these requirements by participating in this training session.
The Illinois State Library will provide instructions on the Edge assessment and on setting goals and developing an action plan. By taking part in the EDGE Assessment, your library will gain a better understanding of how public access technology is currently being used and where your services fall in relation to national best. There are several digital literacy tools to choose from to help public libraries. This overview of the EDGE Assessment will provide step by step instructions on how to participate, with an emphasis on how this measurement snapshot can help your library set goals and develop an action plan. In this in-person session, learn why the EDGE was chosen to be a part of the technical requirements in the Illinois State Library 2015 Public Library Per Capita Grant.
Please register in L2 to attend in person at the IHLS Edwardsville location or at one of the VTEL locations:
If you cannot attend on August 21, training sessions have also been scheduled for:
Thursday, July 24, 1pm – 3pm at RAILS Burr Ridge office & RAILS VTEL sites
Friday, August 15, 10am – 12pm at the Illinois State Library
If you have any questions, contact, or

Library Bill of Rights is 75 Years Old

June 19 commemorated the 75th anniversary of ALA’s adoption of the Library Bill of Rights. The document – which is the basis for the work of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom – was created in the wake of several incidents of banning The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in the late 1930s. It also was inspired by the rising tide of totalitarianism around the world.
To honor the Library Bill of Rights, take some time to read it and consider its meaning and relevance lo these many decades later.

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
Copyright for Educators & Librarians (Coursera) - July 21-August 18, 2014
More webinars can be found at:,, and

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

Best Small Library in America Award - Deadline: September 10, 2014
I Love My Librarian Award - Deadline: September 12, 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.
Two major public library systems are about to start lending Wi-Fi hotspots (NY and CPL)
Booth faculty member publishes book on Churchill’s 1929 visit to North America
Illinois Ancestors: State newspapers have new website
Librarian Nancy Pearl maps out a plan for your summer reading
Meridian Elementary School gets big boost
City to fine owners of Little Free Libraries (Kansas)
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - June 19, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

The June 20, 2014, issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • FY15 Adult Literacy Grant Applications
  • ILEAD U Continues with June Session
  • 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
  • Talking Book and Braille Service Advertising Campaign Kicks Off
  • Summer Reading Program Kicks Off
  • CARLI’s I-Share Next Task Force Members Announced
  • Message from WebJunction about Course Use
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Webinar on Immigration and U.S. Citizenship
  • Idea Playground: Youth Services UnCon 

ILA E-Newsletter

The June 23, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • iREAD Summer Sale!
  • Energy Efficiency Grants Upcoming Deadlines
  • David Vinjamuri to Speak at ILA 2014
  • ALA Career Development Facilitator
  • Job Opportunities
  • In the News 

Upcoming Events in Library Learning

Register in L2:
Friday, June 27, 2014

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

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • SHARE Chat (Serials & Cataloging)

Monday, July 7, 2014

  • eRead Illinois: Basic 3M Cloud Library Demo, Adobe Connect

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • SLING - Elementary Books Talks, Triad High School
  • SLING - High School Book Talks, Triad High School
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Administration, Fuze

Friday, July 11, 2014

  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Training, Byron PLD
  • eRead Illinois: Using your 3M Shopping Cart, Adobe Connect

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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