Moving Forward #32
Moving Forward – an update from LCLS
May 5, 2011
Delivery Standards at LCLS and beyond:
We are now in the second week of the new Delivery Standards for Illinois Heartland Library System and hope it is working well for your library! If you have questions about the new procedures (like CATs and DOG), need route information or slips, or need some guidelines for bundling, check out the Delivery Announcements section of our web site. While there, take a look at our newest DOG procedures video. And feel welcome to share your experiences with the delivery changes at the bottom of the page!
2010 Census Maps:
The U.S. Census Bureau has placed 2010 Census maps on the Web. The data may be particularly helpful for public library districts that will have to compare their district boundaries to census geography to arrive at their population figure for annual Illinois State Library Public Library Per Capita grants. There are four types of 2010 census maps, and they are all in PDF format at the following URL’s:
Census Tract Reference Maps - http://www.census.gov/geo/www/maps/pl10_map_suite/tract.html
County Block Maps - http://www.census.gov/geo/www/maps/pl10_map_suite/cou_block.html
Voting District/State Legislative District Reference Maps - http://www.census.gov/geo/www/maps/pl10_map_suite/vtd_sld.html
School District Reference Maps - http://www.census.gov/geo/www/maps/pl10_map_suite/sch_dist.html
For each map select the state of Illinois, then select the county, then select the “000” or “001” index. Each type of geography has corresponding data in the new American FactFinder2 (http://factfinder2.census.gov), including school districts. Learn how to find the population statistic of a given Census Tract using American Factfinder2 athttp://www.cubitplanning.com/data/american-fact-finder-census-tracts
The State Library does not have and will not have paper versions of these maps.
Additionally, 2009 Illinois county taxing district maps are available in PDF format at:
Select your county, then select the library district map. The 2009 maps are the most recent maps available. New county taxing district maps will be available later this year.
If you have any questions or want more information about these maps, contact the ISL Map Room at 217/782-5823 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reaching Forward South 2011 Conference:
It’s not too early to sign up for the Reaching Forward South Conference scheduled for September 29-30, 2011. In fact, here are the top 10 reasons to commit to this professional development opportunity:
1. Keynote speaker, Lauren Burnett, will present her empowering keynote, “Step Up to Great Performance: Keeping Up, Reaching Forward, and Moving Through.” You won’t want to miss it.
2. Take advantage of a fantastic staff development opportunity for your library. Just sit back and leave the planning to us!
3. Enjoy Thursday networking opportunities with an Author’s Tea from 2 – 4 pm. 9 authors have signed up so far! On Thursday evening, come to our Coffeehouse from 6:00 – 7:30, and enjoy food, entertainment by John Sloan, and a chance to network with your colleagues.
4. Choose from 9 Friday breakout sessions, including Thinking Outside the Case: Tips for Creating Eye-Catching Displays; Collection Development a la Carte; and Survival Skills: Conflict Resolution with Dr. Madelyn Nelson from NIU. There’s something for everyone, from every kind of library.
5. Stop by our wonderful vendor tables.
6. Come for the conference, stay for the dessert and door prizes!
7. Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast and buffet-style hot lunch.
8. Take a rare opportunity to get away from the library for a day (or two) and interact with other library support staff.
9. If we receive your paid registration by September 1, you will be entered in a drawing for 1 of 2 $50 Demco gift certificates.
10. Two days of programming for only $75? Where do I sign up?!?!?
Check the conference web site for complete information!
U.S. Public Libraries and the Use of Web Technologies, 2010:
Designed as a longitudinal study, the U.S. Public Libraries and the Use of Web Technologies, 2010 document is now available. Primarily, it attempts to record the landscape of web technology adoption by public libraries in the United States. Originally published in 2007, the second iteration considers how and how many libraries actually are adopting various web technologies and attempts to put that in perspective. It captures a changing landscape of web technology adoption by public libraries and looks further into the characteristics and successes of libraries that adopt technology.
Help with Legislative Visits:
The next time you visit a state or federal representative to advocate for your library, the following links may be helpful.
- The ALA Washington Office has created state specific information on public libraries, LSTA, and school libraries. Please feel free to use this with all decision makers and your patrons. This information should very helpful for those not attending National Library Legislative Day, but participating virtually by going to their Congressional district office. www.ala.org/statefacts
- Karen Egan at the Illinois State Library developed a list of LSTA grants awarded, sorted by federal legislative districts, to use with legislators and other interested parties.
Did You Know?
Change really is a good thing. As we move ever closer to the merger of our four southern Illinois Library Systems, which famous quote best fits your perspective?
¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Leslie M. Bednar