Moving Forward Together - November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013


November IHLS Board Meeting

The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, November 26, 2013. The Board meeting will be available via videoconferencing at the IHLS Champaign, Du Quoin, and Edwardsville locations, as well as the Illinois State Library. If you are not able to join us in Effingham, perhaps one of these other locations will be more convenient. When available, you will find the November agenda and board packet here.

IHLS Holiday Closing

IHLS offices will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Extra routes will run on Monday and Tuesday, December 2-3.

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, December 4, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. Visit the Connect with Leslie page on the IHLS website to access the link for the meeting. Register in L2 at:

eRead Illinois

We're happy to announce that a new member has joined the eRead Illinois project team! Natalie DeJonghe is the E-Book Trainer/Coordinator for RAILS. Natalie will be traveling across Illinois to deliver training and presentations on the eRead Illinois project to RAILS and IHLS non-SHARE libraries. We're delighted to have Natalie join the team.
SHARE members, our official launch date is almost here! On Monday, November 18, feel free to start telling your patrons about the 3M Cloud Library shared collection. For those of you that have expressed interest in participating, we'll be sending out Welcome packets next week. Don't forget, you can still request a fee quote for your library, simply fill out the 3M Fee Request Form and email it to Lesley at: or fax it to: 618.656.9401.
Non-SHARE members participating in the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 shared collection are now focused on implementation and preparations for the December 1st launch. Haven't requested a quote for your library? Fill out the Axis 360 Fee Request Form and email it to: Quotes will be prepared and delivered to libraries in mid-December.

WorldShare Watch

OCLC is continuing to make improvements to WorldShare ILL. If your library is using WorldShare ILL, it is important to keep up with the changes that take place. November enhancements have been posted on the website:
If your library has not yet made the switch from WorldCat Resource Sharing to the new WorldCat ILL, I urge you to delay no longer. The old service will be going away in mid-March. More information is posted on the website at
If you have questions on WorldShare ILL, please contact Beverly Obert by phone 217-352-0047 ext. 713 or email:

2014 ILEAD U Applications Now Available -
Webinar December 4, 2013

The State Library will host ILEAD U: Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover, The 21st Century Technology Tools Institute for Illinois Library Staff at the University of Illinois Springfield on March 24-27, June 23-26 and October 27-30, 2014. The ILEAD U Steering Committee is looking for participants, mentors and instructors to implement web technologies that foster community participation as well as develop leadership, innovation and positive change. Project ILEAD U will encourage both the experimentation with and building of participatory Web services and programs. Applications are now available for participants, instructors, and mentors until December 20, 2013 at
Register now at to attend the Statewide Day of Application webinar to be held Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am for Illinois library staff who are considering participating in ILEAD U. The webinar will be held on WebJunction Illinois at Contact Project Director, Gwen Harrison at, 217-785-7334 or Assistant Project Director, Sandra Fritz at, 217-558-2064, with any questions.

Participate in Try It! Illinois Before November 30

Try-It! Illinois 2013, the fourteenth annual statewide database trial, is sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. Try-It! Illinois offers library staff and library users of the more than 5,000 ILLINET member libraries the opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources and is available through November 30, 2013. More than 40 electronic resource vendors are participating in this year's trial. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. To find more information on this program, including how to access the databases, visit If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Harrison at 217.785.7334 or

Anyone Can Write a Grant

Demco Recorded Webinar
Could your library use some extra money? Don’t eliminate grants as an option just because you aren’t a professional grant writer! Although grant writing can be a scary idea, the pros far outweigh the cons and anyone can do it. Following a few easy steps, you and others on your staff can pool your skills to create an effective, successful proposal – and start bringing in some more money for your library! In this Demco sponsored webcast, Catherine Hakala-Ausperk from Libraries Thrive Consulting joins Demco’s Director of Industry Relations, Janet Nelson, to discuss how anyone can write grants for their library:

Who’s Using WorldShare ILL Now? Practical advice from real users

Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 1:30pm CST
In this webinar, two OCLC WorldShare® ILL users will share practical advice about completing a successful transition to the new service.

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:

Health Happens in Libraries: Supporting Patron Information Needs

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at 1:00pm CST
The Health Insurance Marketplace associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opened on October 1. Many libraries are implementing community-based strategies to address this new information need, while continuing to grow their own knowledge about the requirements of the law. Please join us for this session to hear from library representatives about the types of information requests they have received in the first several weeks of open enrollment, and what they have learned in responding. ACA experts will also be on hand to share key policy updates and answer questions during the live Q&A portion of the webinar. For more details and to register, go to:

Libraries in the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.
Reading is dead! Long live reading!
Family Reading Night (video)
Library of Congress to preserve public broadcasting archive with recordings from 120 stations
YALSA Awards: Recognizing the best
Ratings high for Champaign library
Orland Park library reviewing porn policy
New Du Quoin Library of Arts being developed in old city library
Five tips for organizing your first library teen festival
‘Take a book, leave a book’ location to be dedicated in Edwardsville park
In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – November 6, 2013

E-News from the Illinois State Library

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

  • 2014 ILEAD U Applications Now Available - Webinar December 4, 2013!
  • State Library Co-sponsoring Lincoln and Gettysburg Address Lecture Nov. 19 at UIS
  • Live and Learn Construction Grant Workshop Available Online
  • Another Back 2 Books Grant Offering Available
  • FY2014 School District Library Grant Application Deadline Nears
  • State Library Seeks Input on Library Services for Residents Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Try-It! Illinois FREE Database Trial Period for ILLINET Libraries Continues
  • FY2013 ILLINET Survey Available through December

ILA E-Newsletter

The November 11, 2013, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • Group Purchasing Update: Libraries in Illinois Risk Agency (LIRA)
  • Concealed Carry Official Signage
  • 2014 Advocacy Calendar
  • In the News

Grant Opportunities

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
BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant - 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
National Friends of Libraries Week Awards - Deadline: December 2, 2013
ARSC Preservation Grants - Deadline: December 15, 2013
Loleta D. Fyan Grant - Deadline: December 20, 2013
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

"My guess is (it will be) about 300 years
until computers are as good as, say,
your local reference library in search."

--Craig Silverstein, director of technology,

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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