Moving Forward Together - March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014


With Much Appreciation

After close to 24 years of system service, Alice Stivers, IMSA Machine Clerk, has announced her retirement. Alice started with Shawnee Library System in 1990 and her last day will be March 28th.

We thank Alice for her many years of service and wish her joy on her retirement!


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.

Connect with Leslie

Are you ready to find out what is happening at IHLS? This month we are going to try something a little different. Stay tuned for more!


Candidates for IHLS Board of Directors Election

Voting for the IHLS Board of Directors is done via an online survey/ballot. The link to that survey was distributed via the IHLS Announce listserv on March 15, 2014. EACH MEMBER LIBRARY RECEIVES JUST ONE VOTE. This is a preview ballot for viewing the candidates prior to voting.
New to the election this year is a provision for write-in candidates for 2 of the seats. Because there were no nominees to fill the open Special Library seat and one of the Public Library Trustee seats, voters will be able to write in a candidate as they cast their ballot. The eligible nominee with the most votes will win the respective seat. Eligibility will be verified by the IHLS Nominating Committee. If no eligible candidate steps forward in this election, any empty seat will be filled by the IHLS Board President, as approved by the full IHLS Board. Please consult with your board, branches, or others as needed prior to voting. One designated person should then vote on behalf of the entire member library using the link distributed on the IHLS Announce listserv. A list of candidates has been posted on the IHLS website:


Delivery Tip: Highlighters

Please do not use highlighters on delivery labels. Highlighters can blur the ink and make the labels hard to read.


eRead Illinois

The eRead Illinois project continues to grow. The 3M Cloud Library shared collection is happy to welcome three new participating libraries on April 1, 2014. Chrisman Public Library, East Alton Public Library District, and Elkhart Public Library bring the total number of participating libraries to 130!
Let's look at a few other interesting numbers. Did you know that...

  • there are over 10,500 unique e-book titles between the 3M Cloud Library shared collection and the B&T Axis 360 shared collection? And, that number continues to grow each week!
  • the 3M cloud library shared collection has already circulated 3,425 items during the month of March. That's only 1,200 less than what circulated for the whole month of February, and we still have 10 days to go!
  • the total population served by the eRead Illinois project at this time is over 3,000,000! We're definitely expanding e-book access across the state of Illinois.

As always, none of this would be possible without YOU, our members, and we can't say THANK YOU enough for making this project a continued success!

Let Your Voices Be Heard

The State Library’s Delivery Advisory Committee is ready for you to read and comment on their report.
The Draft Final Report and Recommendations, March 2014, is available online at:
The Executive Summary and Recommendations section is available online at:
There are only a couple weeks for comments and our members need to speak now. Written comments should be submitted via e-mail to on or before April 4, 2014.

Member Spotlight

[Image removed] Library staff in the photo are (left to right) Tami Young, Sara Zumwalt, Clifford, Hannah Hopkins, Sam Dagon, LeighAnn Long, Karen Butts, and Cathy Keith.

Litchfield Library held a BIG 50th birthday celebration for Clifford the Big Red Dog on March 15. They had several games (pin the nose on Clifford, puppy PLINKO, a bone walk) and crafts (Clifford ears, a heart necklace, a dog bone bookmark), plus birthday cake, a giant birthday card to sign, a “count the kibble” game to guess how much dog food was in Clifford’s can, a coloring contest, and a place to just stop and read a Clifford book. They sold red Clifford t-shirts for the event as well.
Even a “mini Clifford” came by to meet the Big Red Dog!
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)

2014 Library Salary Survey Now Open

The editors of Library Journal are undertaking a broad national survey to gather current data on library-related salaries. If you are a librarian or paralibrarian in any type of library working in the United States, Library Journal requests your assistance in gathering compensation trends via this survey. Respondents will have the chance to win one of five American Express gift cards. Please respond by March 30.

Upcoming Free Webinars

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, Awards & Scholarships

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
Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award (AASL) - Deadline: June 1, 2014
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.
World Book Night U.S. 2014 releases list of Top 20 Giver Locations
Centralia RLD receives $7500 grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for Project Open Door
Possible donation announced at Library Board
Turns out the most engaged library users also biggest tech users
Purr-Fect Companions: Program Pairs Cats with Kids Learning to Read (video)
Library consortium in central Ohio expands again (mentions IHLS)
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together March 14, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • Seeking Public Comments on the Draft Final Report and Recommendations
  • Be Prepared for ILEAD U 2014
  • Public Patrons Can Help Add to Our List of Acronyms
  • Celebrate the Anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
  • IMLS Congressional Justification Now Available
  • Return Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Renewal Agreements
  • Project Next Generation Grant Applications are Now Available
  • Announcing the Illinois Edge Resource Homepage
  • Edge Resources Webinar
  • 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
  • The Illinois Library Association Announces Awards Program for 2014
  • Annual Online Library System Certification is Underway
  • Public Library Construction Act Grant Update
  • Library Staff Member to Present Technology Presentation


Whenever you read a good book,
somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

–Vera Nazarian

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).