Moving Forward Together - November 6, 2013

November 6, 2013


IHLS Holiday Closing

All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, 2013. 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.


Connect with Leslie

Did you miss today’s Connect with Leslie session? A recording of the session has been posted on the website:

Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project

The Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author project is off to a fantastic start. Sixteen Illinois librarians have already volunteered to serve as judges and we have a number of completed nomination entries from libraries throughout the state and even more questions from authors. Local newspapers have begun to publish articles about the initiative. Please help market this project with your local newspapers, your e-newsletters and print newsletters. We are asking authors to contact their local libraries to be nominated because we anticipate that the author that we select to help make famous will be a strong library advocate. Visit for author and judge nomination forms. We are accepting author nominations through January 6, 2014.
The press release has been posted on the IHLS website:

eRead Illinois

This week, we've added two recordings that will help you to become more familiar with the 3M Cloud Library shared collection. View one or both of these if you are unable to attend one of our live training sessions and you'll be a 3M Cloud Library expert in no time!

Non-SHARE members participating in the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 shared collection should visit the RAILS eRead Illinois page for more information regarding implementation and training.

Don't forget, you'll find tons of information and our latest newsletter on the IHLS website. Click on the IHLS Members tab and then on eRead Illinois.

Attention all academic and public libraries!

The ISL is looking for records of your campus/community’s participation in the March on Washington! The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is working on a feature article commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for inclusion in the next edition of the Illinois Blue Book. Does your library’s collection contain any photographs or other materials (copyright free) of Illinois residents, students, organizations, etc., preparing for or participating in the March that could be included in the Blue Book article? If so, please respond to Lawren Tucker ( with a description of the materials.

Participate in Try It! Illinois 2013

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

Implementing change: Realizing the results of collaborating in the cloud

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, at 12:00pm CST
Library Journal and OCLC will be hosting a free live webcast entitled, Implementing Change: Realizing the Results of Collaborating in the Cloud. Joseph Janes – Associate Professor & Chair of the MLIS Program, University of Washington, will be the keynote speaker. Joseph will discuss the cost savings, workflow efficiencies, and user satisfaction realized from using today’s cloud based library management services. For more information and to register, go to:

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.
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 1, 2013

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
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
ARSC Preservation Grants - Deadline: December 15, 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
NEA Big Read Grants - Deadline: January 28, 2014
For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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