Moving Forward Together - March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014


IHLS Funding News!

On March 3, 2014, IHLS received a payment of $513,707.20, representing a third payment of our Area and Per Capita Grant. We have now received 35% or $1,173,429.41 of the total $3,364,429.41 allocation for FY2014. Many thanks to Anne Craig (Director, Illinois State Library) and Jesse White (Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian) for their continued support.

March IHLS Board Meeting

The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. The Board meeting will be available via videoconferencing at the three IHLS locations, as well as the Illinois State Library and the Decatur Public Library. If you are not able to join us at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham, perhaps one of these other locations will be more convenient. When available, you will find the March agenda and board packet here.

Public Libraries: Non-Resident Fee Survey Now Available

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. Each year IHLS asks all IHLS public libraries for this information. This information is being gathered by a survey found at this link The deadline for completion of the survey is June 15, 2014. More information is posted on the IHLS website:

Delivery Tip: Kits

Our goal is to get your items delivered safe and sound. By working in cooperation with our members we can ensure safe transport of all items. Please be sure to replace damaged or broken containers that hold kits before filling requests. If a kit item comes to one of our hubs in a damaged or broken tub/container, we will have to send it back home to be repackaged. This is to protect the items in the kit. Many items that are sent through delivery are transported via ILDS and are picked up at our hubs and then go to a warehouse. They are unloaded and reloaded onto different trucks for transport. This is why proper packaging of items is key to their protection.

SHARE Update

While life among the SHARE staff is not quite so hectic as it was this time last year, we are continuing to move forward with improvements and additions to Polaris and the consortium.  
First, we’ve added more libraries to our list of transitional members. White Hall Township Library, Bond County High School, and Vance Township Library have signed agreements to join SHARE.  
Second, we have been consulting with Polaris staff to implement federated searching in the PAC, the interlibrary loan module, and we’re patiently waiting for additional information from the folks at ePay, so that it will integrate with Polaris patron accounts.
If your library is interested in joining SHARE, contact Chris Dawdy ( | 618-656-3216 x443).

WorldShare Watch

We are just weeks away from the end of access to WorldCat Resource Sharing on May 19, 2014. In addition, starting April 14 WorldCat Resource Sharing will no longer support new requests.
Thousands of OCLC ILL users now use OCLC WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan every day. If you are not yet using WorldShare ILL, the following steps will help you get started:
Step 1: Get an account
Visit for information about how to set up the account you will use to access WorldShare ILL.
Step 2: Get some training
A variety of training resources are available at Choose from instructor-lead classes, self-paced tutorials and documentation.
Step 3: Learn from others
At, hear practical advice from ILL staff who have completed their transitions.
A March 20 webinar will provide an overview of new features added to WorldShare ILL in March. Register here.
This week’s WorldShare ILL Tip of the week: Managing ILL Policies and Fees.
If you have questions on WorldShare ILL, please contact Beverly Obert (217-352-0047 ext. 713 |

Member Spotlight

The Mt. Zion District Library had a birthday party on March 1 to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2) where participants could dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.  
Dressing up was optional, of course, but they wanted to share how their Children's Librarian and Children's Assistant (CC Barding and Lynsey Hotwick) dressed up to host the party. Their costumes of Cat in the Hat and Lucy Lou Who were a big hit. The theme carried into the next week when both librarians (in costume) visited the local grade and elementary schools to promote the library. They spent 3 days in the schools reading and talking to 26 classes about using the library responding to lots of questions and giggles.
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)

Summer Getaway: Professional Development for School Librarians

Join the Graduate School of Library and Information Science on June 23-25, 2014, at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana for a summer retreat to focus on crucial topics relevant to the field. Register for 1, 2, or 3 days. Cost is $60 per day, breakfast and lunch included. CPDUs are available. Network with fellow professionals and learn about the newest technologies this summer! See the Full Page Flyer for more information.

Upcoming Free Webinars

Community Connections: Break with Tradition! (WJ) - March 20, 2014
Strategic Library partnerships (ALA) - March 24, 2014
Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement (WJ) - March 27, 2014
Reorganizing Reference for Maximum Community Impact (GSLIS) - March 27, 2014
Enriching Early Literacy Storytimes: Small Steps, Big Results (Upstart) - April 2, 2014
The Online Learner: Sinking or Swimming? (WJ) - April 3, 2014
Interviewing Tips to Get a Job (LLAMA) - April 9, 2014
A Nature Classroom at the Library for Early Childhood Development (GSLIS) - April 10, 2014
Copyright Conundrum (AL Live) - April 10, 2014
Digital Literacy: Libraries Respond to Community Needs (WJ) - April 23, 2014
Chasing (and Catching) and New Library Patrons (GSLIS) - April 24, 2014
Friends Groups and Library Foundations Awards (Baker & Taylor) - May 1, 2014
Partnering for Community Economic Development (GSLIS) - May 8, 2014
More webinars can be found at: and

Grants & Scholarships

King V. Hostick Award - Deadline: March 15, 2014
Lorax Spruce Up Your School Grant - Deadline: March 15, 2014
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrant Program - Deadline: March 15, 2014
Project Next Generation - Deadline: March 31, 2014
Conable Conference Scholarship - Deadline: April 11, 2014
Citizens-Save-Libraries Grants - Deadline: April 15, 2014
Target Early Childhood Reading Grants - Deadline: April 30, 2014
The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity - Deadline: May 1, 2014
NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Small Institutions - Deadline: May 1, 2014
NEH Challenge Grants - Deadline: May 1, 2014
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

In the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
The most popular book in each of the 50 states
Parents, children, libraries, and reading (Pew Internet)
Are library users happier people?
Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy series looks at court records
Court reporters to volunteer for veterans project
Read ‘Harry Potter’ in 77 minutes
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – March 7, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • Poets Encouraged to enter the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition
  • Celebrate the Anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
  • IMLS Congressional Justification Now Available
  • Reminder: Family Reading Night Order Deadline is March 15
  • Return Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Renewal Agreements
  • Project Next Generation Grant Applications are Now Available
  • Announcing the Illinois EDGE Resource Homepage
  • Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community
  • Free Disability Employment Rights Webinar
  • Free State Employment Process Webinar for Persons with Disabilities
  • Announcing the Requirements for the FY2015 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants
  • State Library WILL NOT Recommend Common Loan Period to ILL Revision Committee
  • The Illinois Library Association Announces Awards Programs for 2014
  • Annual Online Library System Certification is Underway
  • Stories from Our Public Libraries


ILA E-Newsletter

The March 14, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • April 2014 ILA Reporter on Website
  • ILA Polls Open April 1
  • ILA Votes to Oppose Amendment to HB 3898
  • IMLS Releases Preview of 24th Annual (FY2011) Public Library Survey
  • PEW Internet Releases a Typology of U.S. Public Library Engagement
  • Job Opportunities
  • In the News


A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time,
it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands.
So the librarian protects the books not only against mankind
but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.

–Umberto Eco


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).