Moving Forward Together - March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014


In Memoriam - Sandy Waldrop

It is with great sadness that we let you know Sandy Waldrop passed away on Tuesday. Sandy was a Cataloging Assistant in the Du Quoin office and has been a dear friend and colleague since April 1990, when she joined the Shawnee Library System.
Sandy's mom, Phyllis Littlepage, is the former director of the Johnston City Public Library.
Please keep Sandy’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
Sandy's obituary

It isn't life that matters! It's the courage you bring to it.
--Sir Hugh Walpole


Survey Results - Input for Long Range Plan

The IHLS Board of Directors would like to thank all members that took the time to complete our survey. Your input will assist the Board working on the System’s long range plan. We were pleased with the number of responses on a survey which was only open for a couple of days.
The survey responses have been posted on the website:

Board Candidate Write-In Seats

Voters will be given the opportunity to write in candidates for two open seats in this year’s election for the IHLS Board of Directors.
The nomination process for candidates closed on February 15. At that time, there were no candidates for one of the open public library trustee seats and no candidates for the open seat for special libraries. When you receive your ballots on March 15, you will be given a space where you can write in the name of a person who is eligible and willing to serve in the special seat and in the public library trustee seat. The person with the most write-in votes will be the winner.
The IHLS Nominating Committee reserves the right to make sure that all write-in candidates are eligible and willing to serve. If no eligible winner steps forward or is found through the write-in process, any empty seat will be filled with an appointee by the IHLS Board president, as approved by the full IHLS Board. The Nominating Committee is hoping that, by this advanced notice, you will be better prepared when you receive your ballot and begin voting.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the Nominating Committee members.

Register for Consulting Services Focus Groups

There is still time to sign up for the Consulting Services Focus groups to be held next week. This is your chance to provide input for the Consulting Services Plan that is being developed for IHLS. To sign up in L2 just click on the word Register after the location and date you wish to attend.
Consulting Services Focus Groups will be held in:

  • Du Quoin on Tuesday, March 11 at 2 PM. Register
  • Edwardsville on Wednesday, March 12 at 10 AM. Register
  • Champaign on Thursday, March 13 at 10 AM. Register


Serving Our Public 3.0 order request

The updated edition of Serving Our Public 3.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries contains everything your library needs to complete applications for state grant programs and is an important guide for trustees and library boards.
IHLS has made a group purchase of 250 copies of Serving Our Public 3.0 for $22.50/copy. The books are available to ILA members for $25/copy. Libraries will be billed when the books are shipped. We will not utilize in-house delivery services and instead will deliver by U.S. Mail.
To offer these savings to our members, we will purchase in bulk reducing our cost to $20/copy. We will assess a $2.50 fee to cover processing and shipping.
IHLS has a limited supply, and copies will be available to IHLS member libraries on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the online order form.

Delivery Tip

Did you know you can now search which route your library is on from our website on the Delivery tab? Just go to the IHLS website ( and choose the DELIVERY tab. Enter your library's name followed by the word delivery in the "search the IHLS website" box on right. One of the results will be a link to the route information for your hub. Click on that result and you will be able to view your route.

eRead Illinois Demos & Training

The eRead Illinois team is dedicated to growing e-book expertise across Illinois. Be sure to check out all of the training opportunities we're offering and you'll be an e-book expert in no time! Log-in to L2 today to view and register for a session that works with your schedule.
For SHARE members participating in the 3M Cloud Library shared collection:

For non-SHARE members participating in the B&T Axis 360 shared collection:

  • Axis 360 Live Sessions: Monday, March 10, at 9:30 am and 2:00 pm; RAILS Burr Ridge Service Center

...and many more coming in April. Visit the RAILS eRead Illinois Webinars & Presentations page for more information!

WorldShare Watch Tip of the Week  

This question has been asked. “With our libraries' move to WorldShare ILL, how do patron access OCLC databases to search?”
Patrons have access to FirstSearch by going to This link can be placed on the library web page. If you have set up IP linking in the FirstSearch Administrative module, when patrons click on the link within the library they will go directly into the databases.
Patrons can request a book in FirstSearch if you have set-up the patron form in the FirstSearch Administrative Module. Those requests will go to a review file in WorldShare just like they did in Resource Sharing.
Don’t forget these dates:
April 14, 2014 New requests can no longer be placed in WorldCat Resource Sharing
May 19, 2014 End of access to WorldCat Resource Sharing
OCLC will launch a new Discovery tool in March. To learn about this service attend the Webinar Getting ready for WorldCat Discovery on March 25,2014 at 10:00 a.m. Come see the new suite of cloud-based applications and services that brings FirstSearch and WorldCat Local together, and hear what to do to get ready when the service is available. You'll walk away understanding what the new suite is, what it does and how it helps your library. Join us to find out what to do now, to prepare for the new service.
If you have questions on WorldShare ILL, please contact Beverly Obert (217-352-0047 ext. 713 |

Meet Jessie Palmer Weber, The Library Lady

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Formerly the Illinois State Historical Library, with the opening of the new building in 2004, the name was changed. You are invited to attend the inaugural event, "Meet Jessie Palmer Weber", on April 6, 2014, for our year long celebration. The event will be held in the Library Atrium from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Jessie Palmer Weber was the librarian at the Illinois State Historical Library (now the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library) from 1898-1926. She is largely responsible for “growing” the collections, especially the genesis of the Lincoln Collection and the Illinois History Collection. A portrait of Jessie will be unveiled and a reception will follow. The public is invited to attend. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to and select special events or call 217-558-8934.

Upcoming Free Webinars

E-Books: The Present and Future (AL Live) - March 13, 2014
Community Connections: Break with Tradition! (WJ) - March 20, 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
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
More webinars can be found at: and

Grants & Scholarships

United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant - Deadline: March 14, 2014
Eliminate the Digital Divide 2014-15 Grant - Deadline: March 14, 2014
Adult and Family Literacy Grants - Deadline: March 14, 2014
Community Engagement Award - Deadline: March 14, 2014
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
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

In the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
This insane new App will allow you to read novels in under 90 minutes
3M Cloud Library Adds eAudiobooks
Illinois Arts Council Agency announces Poetry Out Loud State Final
More access to e-books at library
Springfield Library to be renovated
Engaging Seniors Through Programming
YALSA plans Twitter take over with partners for Teen Tech Week
Video contest asks students how school libraries change lives
Booth Library a finalist for national honors
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – February 28, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • 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
  • Free Disability Employment Rights Webinar
  • Free State Employment Process Webinar for Persons with Disabilities
  • Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant Opportunity
  • 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 Revisions Committee
  • The Illinois Library Association Announces Awards Program for 2014
  • Annual Online Library System Certification is Underway
  • FY2015 Literacy Grant Applications and Registration for Grant Preparation Informational Webinars Now Available Online


Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading,
to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs,
is good for him.

–Maya Angelou

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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