Moving Forward Together - May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014


IHLS Holiday Closing

All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 26, 2014. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided. Additional routes may run on Tuesday to compensate for volume.

See our Office Hours page for a listing of IHLS Holidays.


May IHLS Board Meeting

The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, May 27, 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 agenda and board packet here.

Plinkit Migration

All Plinkit libraries should have received an email regarding an upcoming Plinkit migration and asked to respond to a survey by May 30, 2014. If your library has a Plinkit website and you did not receive the email, please contact Julia Pernicka ( | 618-656.3216 x 442).

Retirement Reception for Alice Ford

Alice Ford has retired from the White Hall Township Public Library after 49 years of service. Please join them at a reception for her Sunday June 1st  from 2-4 at the White Hall Township Public Library to wish her luck. Congratulations Alice!

WorldCat/FirstSearch Resource Sharing/ILL No Longer Available

ALL OCLC libraries wishing to participate in interlibrary loan will have to use WorldShare ILL.

What, you have not set up your WorldShare account?  This link will take you to the page on the IHLS website that gives the information on how to set up your account, what browsers are required, how to get training, and more:

If you have any problems or questions, please contact Bev Obert by email or by phone 217-352-4700 ext. 713.

WorldCat Discovery

Calls have come in asking if libraries should move over to WorldCat Discovery now.  The answer is no. It is suggested by IHLS Staff that you wait until after July 1st to register and begin using WorldCat Discovery.  The reason behind this recommendation is that the customizable patron ILL form will not be available until then. 

If you would like to learn more about Patron ILL in WorldCat Discovery this link will take you to an announcement on WorldCat Discovery and gives a link to a video of a webinar on this topic:

Questions on WorldCat Discovery? Contact Bev Obert by email or by phone 217-352-4700 ext. 713.

Member Spotlight

Belleville West High School - Their school was the recipient of this year's Follett Challenge and they wanted to share the news with you. They will receive $65,000 in Follett services and their main focus will be purchasing digital books. Attached is the press release from Follett and the link to the winner announcement is
Worden Public Library District Expansion – Construction began on May 19 on an addition to the Worden Public Library. The new space will nearly double the size of the existing library and will house the children’s collection and a computer room. They hope to see construction completed by the end of July.

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)

New Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections website announced

The History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign introduces a new website for the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC) at
The IDNC is a free online archive of digitized historic newspapers and trade journals organized in four different collections. Using Veridian Digital Library software, the IDNC offers a modern and user-friendly way to access unique research tools and engage with the past. The new website will replace Olive Active Paper which will be retired over Summer 2014.
The website includes interactive features allowing users to tag articles, correct OCR text, and share their findings on social media.

College of DuPage Summer and Fall 2014 classes

New online class for Fall: LIBRA1820 - Library Technology will address trends in technology applications for library functions and services.
Summer 2014 Schedule
Fall 2014 Announcement
For information about online courses, visit Carol Sturz, Coordinator

Upcoming Free Webinars

Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement (WJ) - May 22, 2014
Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth (WJ) - May 28, 2014
Best Small Libraries in America: Vital, Innovative, and Thriving (WJ) - June 5, 2014
Be Fearless: Public Speaking for Librarians (WJ) - June 18, 2014
More webinars can be found at:,, and

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

Teen Read Week Activity Grant (Dollar General) - Deadline: June 1, 2014
Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award (AASL) - Deadline: June 1, 2014
Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Book Grants - Deadline: June 16, 2014
Margaret Edwards Teen Collection Development - Deadline: December 1, 2014
The Lisa Libraries Book Donation Program - Deadline: ongoing
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.
Summer reading programs keeps kids in the learning groove
Little Free Libraries popping up all over Central Illinois (Barclay)
Illinois high school scores the Follett Challenge grand prize (Belleville West)
Unsung Hero: Brenda Funkhouser (Eldorado Memorial)
Illinois: A public library director explains why her library is ending access to ebooks via Overdrive
New leader ready to help move Decatur library forward
Lincoln Library undergoing renovations
Little Free Library (video)
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – May 6, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

The May 16, 2014,  issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • Registration Open for “On the Front Lines” Conference
  • Seeking Public Comments on the Digitization of Library Materials
  • Celebrate the Anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
  • Read for a Lifetime 2013-2014 School Year Update
  • Employment Eligibility Verification Webinar
  • The Illinois Edge Resource Homepage
  • Edge Resources Webinar 

ILA E-Newsletter

The May 21, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • June 2014 ILA Reporter on Website
  • Thank You! Congratulations. Call Your Senator Now
  • ILA Needs Your Contact Updates!
  • Join us in the Idea Playground
  • Job Opportunities
  • In the News

Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
– Marcel Proust

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).