Moving Forward Together - May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014


Telephone System Upgrade

The IHLS phone system will be upgraded on Thursday, May 8. All of our main line local numbers will be ported to the new phone service.
Once the migration of service is done, we will have a new automated attendant that will be better able to forward calls between sites and people.  Any incoming call can dial any IHLS extension directly!

We appreciate your patience during the upgrade.

Bylaws Update

There is a proposed change to the IHLS bylaws, to eliminate the Membership Committee and to change the Policy and Planning Committee to the Policy and Membership Committee. Proposed changes to the Bylaws are posted here. Please take a few moments to review the proposed change and share your feedback.

Digitization Survey

The Illinois State Library is interested in learning the extent of the statewide need for digitization of library materials.
The State Library has created a short survey to assess possible needs and to get a better idea of the collections located in the state and their value.
To complete and submit the survey, please visit The survey will be available until Friday, May 30, 2014.
For questions concerning this survey, contact Sandra Fritz at or 217-558-2064.

Polaris Demonstrations for Prospective SHARE Libraries

There is still time to attend a Polaris Demonstration. System staff will demonstrate aspects of the Polaris software and be available to answer questions regarding the "Growing Resource Sharing in Illinois Heartland by Growing SHARE" grant. The grant will cover the cost of implementation fees, purchase some equipment, and provide barcoding assistance for newly joining members.
Be sure to come to a meeting to see what the grant can provide for your library. Upcoming meetings are:
May 5 - Olney Public Library
May 8 - Marion Carnegie Library
May 12 - Helen Matthes Library, Effingham
Please register in L2 if you are planning on attending a meeting.

Serving Our Public 3.0 Copies Available

The updated edition of Serving Our Public 3.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries has been mailed out to all libraries that ordered them. The book includes a CD and valuable information to assist public libraries in completing applications for state grant programs. These resources are also important guides for trustees and library boards.
If your library placed an order and has not received them, please contact Stacie Bushong ( | 618.656.3216 ext. 447).
IHLS ordered extra copies which are available to IHLS member libraries for $22.50/copy on a first-come, first-served basis. Libraries will be billed when the books are shipped. Please complete the online order form.

Summer Getaway: Professional Development for School Librarians

June, 23-25, 2014
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana is offering a Summer Getaway for School Librarians. The summer retreat will focus on crucial topics relevant to the field. For more information and to register, go to:

Member Spotlight - Lebanon Public Library

The Lebanon Public Library is pleased to offer an exciting new lending program in spring 2014. They now offer their library patrons the opportunity to ‘borrow’ heirloom and open-pollinated seeds for free! Their goal is to create a self-sustaining seed library where growers who ‘borrow’ our seeds will save and return seeds to the library after they have harvested their crops. They can then offer the more seeds to borrowers during the next growing season and the cycle can repeat itself. Over time, the seeds will become stronger and increasingly acclimated to the local growing conditions.
Seed saving has been practiced for thousands of years and is vital part of our agricultural heritage. A seed library is also an invaluable tool for community building, through the exchange of ideas and experiences that growing from seeds can bring about. There are currently over 60 seed libraries in 23 states and the number is continuing to grow. Public libraries have long encouraged ideas of sustainable living through the circulation and sharing of free library materials and resources among communities. These ideas are also aligned with the sustainability brought about by seed saving and sharing, making our public library a natural home for such a program. They hope this program is an asset to their community and the surrounding area. Lebanon has a long history of gardening and supporting those with a passion for the beautiful as well as the bountiful.
In setting up this program the library had input from area seed geneticists, garden club members and a plant geneticist from Cambridge University. "So far the program has been a hit," says director Kelly Wilhelm. "People have been checking out seeds and more gardening books as well. We hope this seed library becomes a staple in our community and an asset to gardeners throughout the area."
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)

Upcoming Free Webinars

Partnering for Community Economic Development (GSLIS) - May 8, 2014
Library Security (American Libraries Live) - May 8, 2014
Reference Services: Tried, True, and New (WJ) - May 8, 2014
CatExpress: Copy Cataloging with CatExpress (OCLC) - May 14, 2014
Engaging Your Community with Facebook (Demco) - May 21, 2014
Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement (WJ) - May 22, 2014
Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth (WJ) - May 28, 2014
More webinars can be found at:,, and

ILA Tech Services Award

It’s time to nominate yourself or someone you know for the Technical Services Award! Nominations are due by May 15th so be sure to get yours in. More information can be found on the ILA RTSF blog.

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

Citizens-Save-Libraries Grants - Deadline: May 5, 2014
Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial/Demco Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Demco Library Innovative Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Outside the Box - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Deborah Dowley Preiser Marketing Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Crosman Memorial Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Librarian of the Year Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Alexander J. Skrzypek Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Davis Cup Award - Deadline: May 15, 2014
Golden Ticket Award - May 15, 2014
TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award - Deadline: May 15, 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.
7 big myths about libraries
Jesse White awards nearly $1.4 million in grants to school libraries
Happiness study says library trips are as good as a pay raise
Who needs business school? The hidden startup resources at your local library
Use videos to advocate for libraries
Effective door-to-door campaigning
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - April 24, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

The April 25, 2014,  issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • School District Library Grants Awarded
  • Seeking Public Comments on the Digitization of Library Materials
  • What Illinois’ FirstSearch Users Need to Know About the New WorldCat Discovery Services
  • Public Library Construction Grants Awarded
  • Read for a Lifetime Reading List is now available
  • Request for Proposal
  • Seeking Public Comments on the Administrative Reference Guide
  • The Illinois Edge Resource Homepage
  • Edge Resources Webinar  

ILA E-Newsletter

The April 28, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • Great Intentions, Wrong Legislation, Call Your Illinois General Assembly Senator Now!
  • Still Time to Register for Reaching Forward
  • Award Nominations Due May 15
  • Order iREAD products before May 1st!
  • Job Opportunities
  • In the News  

Upcoming Events in Library Learning

The L2 event calendar at displays upcoming IHLS meetings as well as learning opportunities, networking group meetings, workshops organized by member libraries, and ISL events. Some calendar events are displayed only when you are logged into L2 as an employee or trustee of a IHLS member library. Members are invited to list library continuing education events or library networking group meetings on the Library Learning (L2) calendar.
Friday, May 2, 2014

  • SHARE Reports class, IHLS Champaign
  • Small Public Libraries Get-Together, West Sangamon Public Library District
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Administrative Site Training, Fuze (Web conference)
  • SHARE Reports (includes Simply Reports), IHLS Champaign

Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Cataloging in Connexion Workday, Marion Carnegie Public Library
  • WorldShare ILL training, Helen Matthes Public Library, Effingham
  • Polaris Demonstration for Non-SHARE members, Olney Public Library
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Administrative Site Training, Fuze (Web conference)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • WorldShare ILL Training, Olney Public Library

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • SWAYS (Southwest Advocates for Youth Services), Six Mile Regional Library District
  • WorldShare ILL Training, Chatham Area Public Library

Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • Cataloging in Connexion Workday, Mascoutah Public Library
  • WorldShare ILL Training, Watseka Public Library
  • Polaris Demonstration for Non-SHARE Members, Marion Carnegie Public Library

Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Searching and Matching, Marion Carnegie Library
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Training, Silvis Public Library
  • Barcoding in Polaris, Marion Carnegie Library
  • Polaris Demonstration for Non-SHARE Members, Helen Matthes Library, Effingham

“I have always thought that librarians are a little bit like doctors, travel agents and professors all rolled into one. We all know that a great story can lift spirits, take you anywhere in the world you want to go and in any time period to boot, and the lessons you learn from a good book can buoy your own convictions and even change your life.”   ― Dorothea Benton Frank

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).