Moving Forward Together - May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014


IHLS Funding News!

On May 2 we received payments toward our FY14 Area & Per Capita Grant in the amount of $730,333.34. This brings us to 78% of our $3.364M allotment for FY14.
We will also receive a one-time FY14 addition to the Illinois Heartland Library System’s Area and Per Capita Grant.
The Public Library Per Capita and Equalization (PLPC/E) Grants and the Library System Area and Per Capita Grants share a single appropriation in the state’s budget. In FY14, the appropriation was increased by almost $3.8 million. This increase allowed the Illinois Secretary of State's Office to pay the PLPC/E Grants at the statutory maximum of $1.25 per capita, including paying the Chicago Public Library’s PLPC/E award at its statutory maximum of $1.44 per capita.
Even after awards to 100% (635) of the eligible public libraries at the maximum amount, $221,097 remains in the appropriation; this funding will be distributed to the three library systems under the System Area and Per Capita Grant program based on the statutory formula:

Chicago Public Library System                  $ 30,414.47
Illinois Heartland Library System                $ 48,557.46
Reaching Across Illinois Library System     $142,508.37
We would like to thank the Illinois State Library for their continued support of libraries.

IHLS Staff Changes

Adrienne Elam joins us as Chief Fiscal Officer! Adrienne brings to IHLS over 28 years of diverse industry experience in the accounting field, including legal, manufacturing, entertainment, retail and non-profit. Her last position was 9 1/2 years as a Senior Financial Analyst with May Department Stores.

You may reach Adrienne in the Edwardsville office at: | 618.656.3216 x401.

New Courier Driver: Phil Owen, Champaign.

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.

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.

Member Spotlight

Carrollton High School Library Learning Center Open House- May 14
Jan Jungk, Interim District Media Specialist, would like to invite IHLS members to stop by Carrollton next week to see what she was able to do with the old library space. She has about 5 days left on her contract and then she’ll be gone, but the renovation and repurposing is basically finished!  Other schools have renovated their libraries, but this has been done with students, staff and admins so everyone has had some input on the renovations. There is more ownership of the space because of it!
They have seen increased use for the Library Learning Center and Internet Cafe this year- during, before and after school!  The district will be air-conditioning the space this summer and they are creating a teacher workroom adjoining the space so they expect even more use next year.  
Drop by to celebrate their success! View invitation here.
Marrowbone Public Library District Community Room
The Marrowbone Public Library District celebrated a Ribbon Cutting/Open House for the library's new addition: the Grove-Hill Community Room! Special thanks to the room's namesakes: Joann Grove and Jane Hill who were their two previous librarians that began the dream many years ago.
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)

ILA Reporter request: Unusual Library Collections

Please reach out to Pam Tonka (see below) if you'd like to share your experience: The Unusual, the Wacky, and the Wild of Library Collections
When people think of libraries, they think of books. However, libraries also circulate a myriad of items that might surprise you, such as toys, garden seed packets, framed art work, green screens, musical instruments, telescopes, Kill-A-Watt meters, and much more. Whether you are at a public, academic, school, or special library, we want to hear from you about your nontraditional library collection for an article in the ILA Reporter. Please get in touch with Pam Tonka at

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
STEAM in Libraries (ALA) - May 19, 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

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

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
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
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

In the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
Libraries: Changing Lives, Transforming Communities (video)
Part 1: Libraries Change Lives: How The Big Read helped veterans heal
Feldman wins 2015-2016 ALA Presidency
Bringing the Outreach IN: The West Chicago Public Library District Summer Lunch Program
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - April 11, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

The May 2, 2014, issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • Happy Retirement, Diane!
  • Registration Open for “On the Front Lines” Conference
  • Public Library Construction Act Grant Update
  • Seeking Public Comments on the Digitization of Library Materials
  • What Illinois’ FirstSearch Users Need to Know About the New WorldCat Discovery Services
  • Read for a Lifetime Reading List is now available
  • The Illinois Edge Resource Homepage
  • Edge Resources Webinar 

Upcoming Events in Library Learning

Register for events in L2:

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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • SHARE Catalogers Training Session, Adobe Connect
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 - Fuze

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

  • Macon County School Librarian’s Group Meeting, Warrensburg-Latham High School
  • Cataloging in Connexion Workday, Olney Public Library
  • Cooperative Collection Management Meeting (CCM), Marissa Public Library District
  • SHARE Members’ Circulation Forum, Adobe Connect

Thursday, May 15, 2014

  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Training, Brown County Public Library District

Monday, May 19, 2014

  • Cataloging in Connection Workday, IHLS Du Quoin
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Training, Pawnee Public Library

“To be a librarian is not to be neutral, or passive, or waiting for a question. It is to be a radical positive change agent within your community.”
― R. David Lankes

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).