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Pew Report: "Library Services in the Digital Age"

(reposted from the Illinois library Association Newsletter)

Summary of Findings

The Internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping

transform Americans' reading habits.  In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of patrons who rely on more traditional resources.  In a new survey of Americans' attitudes and expectations for public libraries, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries' digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important in the digital age.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

In the latest edition of the MFT:

IHLS Holiday Closing

January IHLS Board Meeting

News from the IHLS Website and/or Facebook

SHARE Update - 80 Days to Polaris!

REQUIRED Annual Library Certification Process

Vendor Discounts

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

Grant Opportunities

Small Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI) - June 2-7, 2013

Libraries in the News

OCLC’s New ILL Service

Getting Ready For OCLC’s New Interlibrary Loan Service

The WorldCat Resource Sharing interlibrary loan service libraries receive through the Illinois statewide OCLC contract will be replaced this year by a new service, OCLC WorldShare™ Interlibrary Loan. WorldShare™ Interlibrary Loan will deliver new and expanded functionality that supports evolving workflow changes, such as the option to purchase instead of borrow needed materials.

The service’s interoperation with other applications, such as the display of lender costs from the OCLC Policies Directory and display of item availability from a library’s ILS, will be supported by the new WorldShare Platform.

ICPN Webinar January 29

New Illinois Collections Preservation Network Webinar January 29

The Illinois Collections Preservation Network, of which the State Library is proud to be a partner, has scheduled another Webinar in their preservation series. The Webinar, to be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. central time on Tuesday, January 29, deals with “Funding Opportunities for Collections Preservation.” Presenters will bePatricia L. Miller, Executive Director of the Illinois Heritage Association, and Bonnie Styles, Director of the Illinois State Museum.

This Webinar will provide basic tips on applying for grants and an overview of funding opportunities to support collections preservation. Staff, volunteers, board members, and anyone interested in collections care funding for library, museum, or historical society collections will be interested in taking part. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions. To take part in the event, log on as a guest at

Looking For ILA Conference Proposals

This year’s Illinois Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference is set for Navy Pier in Chicago, October 15-17. The theme for this year’s event is “Ignite!”, with fire symbolizing the burning enthusiasm of the library profession.

The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking program proposals that focus on engaging the community, stimulating imagination, fostering creativity and ingenuity, sharing gifts and talents, and demonstrating leadership for libraries of every size and every type

CE Courses at GSLIS IL

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, is pleased to offer the following online, non-credit continuing education courses open to all interested library and information professionals. 

Three ALA-APA approved Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) courses:

Organization and Personnel Management

Current Issues in Libraries

Fundraising and Grant Writing for Your Library

Moving Forward TOGETHER

SHARE Update - 87 Days to Polaris

We've hit the ground running! Since Friday, January 4, we have conducted nine QuickStart and Offline Circ training sessions in five locations. Of the 121 library staff members trained in those sessions, approximately 75 of them participated in the Train the Trainer program, and will be training the rest of the staff in their libraries.
Next up! Watch for a schedule of training for Cataloging (including barcoding), Intermediate Circ, Advanced Circ, Serials, and more!
If you are registered for an event, and are unable to attend, please contact the presenter identified on L2. Though we have publicly announced that there will be no snow or ice on training days, we will let you know if a class is cancelled due to inclement weather. If you have not signed up for a class yet, please do! If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled classes, please contact Chris Dawdy ( | 618.656.3216 x443).
If you ordered hardware from the SHARE credits program, the equipment has all physically arrived in our offices. We are in the process of sorting it out and getting individual library orders ready for pickup. We will be in contact about various ways to pick up your equipment from around our area.

FY 2012-2013 IPLAR

The Illinois State Library is pleased to release the FY2012-2013 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) data collection tool using the LibPAS software for data collection.

To access the Illinois Public Library Annual Report using the LibPAS portal, you will need to know your library’s Illinois State Library User Name and Password. If you need assistance with this information, contact Becky Hunter, Illinois State Library,, 217-782-7849, or 1-800-665-5576, ext. 2. You will also need Adobe version 8.0 or higher for PDF printing.

Apply Now for SPLMI

Applications are now available for the 18th Small Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI). Sponsored by the Illinois State Library and hosted by the University of Illinois Springfield, the Institute will be held June 2-7, 2013. The weeklong Institute is intended for directors of all sizes of libraries who are either new to their position or new to the Illinois library community.

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