Moving Forward Together - March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014


Connect with Leslie - Dream Grant Announcement!

Since IHLS had some really exciting news to share, some of the staff thought that we should be a little more creative with this month's Connect with Leslie.
Leslie Bednar, Executive Director, with the help of IHLS staff and member libraries, announced a new $996,242 grant IHLS received for the purpose of Growing Resources Sharing in IHLS through Growing SHARE.
Check out the video to see how this grant can benefit all IHLS member libraries! The video and more details on the grant has been posted on our website.

Library Jobs

IHLS participated in a job fair at Lindenwood University this week. Open positions are posted on the IHLS website at:

To add a job posting to the IHLS jobs page for your library, please send to


IHLS Board Election Voting Now Underway

Voting is now underway for the 5 open seats on the IHLS Board of Directors. Seats to be filled are: 1 Academic Library Representative 1 Special Library Representative 1 School Library Representative 2 Public Library Trustee Representatives.
More information and the link to the 2014 IHLS Board of Directors election ballot is listed on the IHLS website:
VOTING DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Delivery: The Journey of Your Item Within Your Hub

 Next week look for what happens to your item when it travels outside of your delivery hub.

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.

SHARE Update

The big SHARE news for this week is, of course, the announcement we were able to make at Tuesday evening's IHLS Board meeting.  We have received a $996,242.00 grant from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois State Library to expand resource sharing by adding members to SHARE.  Briefly, the grant will cover the cost of implementation fees, purchase some equipment, and provide barcoding assistance for newly joining members.
More information about the grant--and a fabulous video--are available for your review on the IHLS website.

Member Spotlight - Open House & Ribbon Cutting

Lisa Spracklen, Co-Director of the Marrowbone Public Library District in Bethany, Illinois, would like to invite everyone to an Open House and Ribbon Cutting for the library's new addition on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2-4PM. Go and celebrate with them!!!!
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)

The Accidental Digital Curator: Acquiring and Preserving Digital Archives

On May 5, 2014, LYRASIS will host a town hall meeting where speakers from cultural heritage organizations will present their experience and efforts to manage the digital collections they are bringing into their repositories. This can be viewed in-person only at the RAILS Burr Ridge office, but people can also register to view from their location as a webinar. When you register you will see both options. For more information and to register:

Upcoming Free Webinars

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
Demco Library Innovative Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Deborah Dowley Preiser Marketing Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award (AASL) - Deadline: June 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.
Oklahoma School Media Specialist gets featured on talk show ‘Ellen’ and transforms library
Libraries are surprisingly popular, and oh yeah, they also make you awesome
American libraries learn to read teenagers
Why are so few books from the 20th Century available as ebooks?
Where are the black people in Children’s books?
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – March 24, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • Jesse White Announces Tenth Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition
  • Seeking Public Comments on the Administrative Reference Guide
  • Seeking Public Comments on the Draft Final Report and Recommendations
  • Help Add to Our List of Illinois 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 Due in Three Days
  • The Illinois Edge Resource Homepage
  • Edge Resources Webinar
  • Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community
  • Announcing the Requirements for the FY2015 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants
  • Annual Library Certification - Three days left
  • Public Library Construction Act Grant Update


ILA E-Newsletter

The March 25, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • ILA to Testify at Budget Hearing
  • Oppose Changes to IMRF
  • Soon-to-be-Famous Finalist Selected
  • Award Nominations Due May 15, 2014 - Spotlighting Two Awards
  • Job Opportunities
  • In the News


It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me.
It is the books that will never be written.
The books that will never be read.
And all due to the fear of censorship.
As always, young readers will be the real losers.

–Judy Blume

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).