Moving Forward Together - November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013


Connect with Leslie

Give us a half hour, and we’ll fill you in on what is happening at IHLS. The next Connect with Leslie meeting is Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Visit the Connect with Leslie page on the IHLS website to access the link for the meeting. Register in L2 at:


Firearm Concealed Carry Act Policy

In their October 14, 2013, newsletter, ILA shared information from the Illinois State Police’s (ISP) website on the new Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) engaged the services of attorney Phillip Lenzini to create a model policy for libraries:
Policy on Carrying Guns on Library Property
"The XYZ Public Library follows Illinois State Law which prohibits the carrying of any weapon, concealed or partially concealed, in the library building or on library property. In conformance with State Statute, the Library will post at all entrances to the building, driveways, and parking areas of the Library the required signs as approved by the State Police. Any violators will be reported to law enforcement and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
To download a template of the approved sign for use, visit the Illinois State Police website at

Nominations Open for Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project

Illinois libraries are invited to help discover an unknown self-published author by submitting a book for the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project. A staff member from any type of Illinois library (academic, public, school, or special) can submit a book. The author must be an Illinois resident, with a self-published book of adult fiction in print and/or digital, be willing to provide copies of the book to the judging committee members, and be willing to promote his/her book at libraries and other venues. The winner will be announced during National Library Week in April 2014. Nominations should be sent to by January 6, 2014. In addition, the project is looking for Illinois librarians to help select the winner. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, contact Julie Stam at
"IHLS is pleased to partner with a project that connects libraries to the communities they serve. It's a perfect match--libraries seek out and promote literary resources, and patrons look to them to offer engaging and enticing options. Imagine discovering the latest literary genius in your backyard!" said Leslie Bednar, Illinois Heartland Library System Executive Director.
The press release that went out has been posted on the IHLS website. You may want to use that information when contacting your local news organization.

eRead Illinois

Our eRead Illinois Newsletter this week was chock full of information!  Did you miss it?  You can review it here.
New trainings are being offered every week, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates. We also added more titles to the Opening Day Collection and will continue to do so before our official launch on November 18. We're up to over 2,500 titles!
Check out our Opening Day Collection spreadsheet on the eRead Illinois page and let us know what titles you would like to see by emailing Lesley Zavediuk at:

SHARE Update

We've been pleased with the initial response we've had from SHARE Chat--an Adobe Connect chat forum held on Fridays, from 10 am to 12 pm, which you can join by following this link.  You can also type or copy and paste http://webjunction/adobeconnect/sharechat in your browser.
The chat room is hosted by at least two SHARE staff members each week.  We've had 20 to 25 staff from member libraries participating--asking questions, making comments, and answering each others' questions.  Won't you join us?

WorldShare Watch

The Printing features in WorldShare are different than in the old ILL platform.  Here are some resources about printing in WorldShare ILL:


If you have not updated your catalog links in the OCLC WorldCat Registry, this link will take you to the information you need.
Looking for training resources for learning how to use WorldShare.  This is the link to the page at OCLC that you need.

If you have questions on WorldShare ILL, please contact Beverly Obert by phone 217-352-0047 ext. 713 or email:

Tablets and Mobile Applications

Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 1:00pm CST
Now that personal electronic devices like tablets, smart phones and digital cameras are ubiquitous, it’s important for librarians to be able to incorporate these devices into both library services and internal staff activity. On the next episode of American Libraries Live, Heather Moorefield-Lang, Education and Applied Social Sciences Librarian for Virginia Tech, will lead an expert panel in a discussion on the present and future of tablets.
For more details and to register, go to:

Greening Your Library: Sustainable Practices for a New Generation

Friday, November 22, 2013, at 12:00pm CST
Do you want to incorporate environmental sustainability into your library operations and your organization but don’t know how to begin? Join Laura Barnes to learn how to develop a sustainability plan and sell it to your colleagues. We will also discuss employee engagement strategies and some library-specific things you can do to minimize your environmental footprint. This webinar is free to SLA members. For more details and to register, go to:

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
20 Years of USA TODAY Books
Librarians to the Rescue Video
At the hairdresser’s, contemplating Readers’ Advisory
Mascoutah Public Library invited to participate in Edge Initiative
10 Cats Who Live at the Library
Lincoln Presidential Library obtains POW diary
University receives Illinois’ former poet laureate’s literary archives
Little ‘Libraries’ That Could: French law would keep Amazon at bay
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together - October 24, 2013

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • Please Tell Us Your Plans for Family Reading Night - November 21, 2013
  • Another Back 2 Books Grant Offering Now Available
  • State Library Seeks Input on Library Services by Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Try-It! Illinois FREE Database Trial Period for ILLINET Libraries Continues
  • Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield Offering Several Exhibits/Events in November
  • FY2014 School District Library Grant Application Available Online
  • IMLS Asks Libraries to Complete Digital Inclusion Survey
  • FY2013 ILLINET Survey Deadline Extended

Grant Opportunities

Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant - Deadline: November 8, 2013
FY2014 School District Library Grant - Deadline: November 22, 2014
Back 2 Books Grant - Deadline: November 22, 2013
ALSC’s Dia Family Book Club Grants - Deadline: November 30, 2013
Ingram Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management - Deadline: December 1, 2013
ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award - Deadline: December 1, 2013
Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries School Library Grant - Deadline: December 2, 2013
PLA Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award - Deadline: December 2, 2013
YALSA 2014 Dollar General Summer Reading Grants - Deadline: January 1, 2014
National School Library Program of the Year Award - Deadline: January 1, 2014
FY2014 Live & Learn Construction Grant - Deadline: January 10, 2014
NEA Our Town Grants - Deadline: January 13, 2014
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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