Moving Forward Together - October 31, 2014

The October 31, 2014, IHLS newsletter includes:

  • Visit IHLS at ISLMA!
  • Board Meeting Recap
  • Please Comment on Proposed IHLS Bylaws Change
  • Connect with Leslie – November 6, 2014
  • Job Postings
  • Delivery Tip – Transit Slips
  • Two Deadlines Today
  • FY2015 School District Library Grant application now available online
  • Member Spotlight:  Mattoon Middle School
  • Think Outside The Barn @ Your library
  • Continuing Education Opportunities
    • Webinar on E-rate Rules for FY2015
    • Webinar on Copyright for Digitization Projects
    • Webinar on Managing Family Medical Leaves of Absence (FMLA)
    • Webinar on Grants
  • In the News
  • ILA E-Newsletter
  • Grants, Awards & Scholarships

Board Meeting Recap - October 2014

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their October 28, 2014, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: November 25, 2014 in Effingham.

2015 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Grant

The 2015 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Grant application which is due on or before October 15 is available at

This year there are two parts to the grant application — first is the application itself, found under Application Forms and Instructions and second is the Expenditure Report Forms. If you did not report the use of grant funds for 2013, you must use the 2013 form(s) and send as an attachment with your application.  If you have already spent FY2014 grant funds received in the spring, you have the option of using the 2014 form(s) and reporting in October, or you can wait until next year.  FY2014 funds must be encumbered by June 30, 2015 and expended by August 15, 2015

As per the FY15 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant Requirements, Illinois public libraries must have at least one staff member attend an instructional course to fulfill the education and training requirement. To fulfill the technology requirements, at least one member of the library staff and at least one board member must attend an informational webinar or in-person session about The Edge Initiative.

If you have not yet fulfilled these requirements, public libraries applying for the FY2015 Per Capita Grant have the opportunity to satisfy both by viewing an information webinar.  The webinar which includes instructions on the EDGE and the Public Library Per Capita application is available at

After viewing the webinar, carefully read the Instructions for Completing Fillable PDF Grant Forms  If you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact the Illinois State Library.

Growing Resource Sharing in IHLS Grant Announcement

The secret we’ve been keeping is now public knowledge, and we can tell you what it is! IHLS staff have been working on a grant—commonly known as the Dream Grant among SHARE staff—for the last couple of months. We were quite pleased to be able to announce at last night’s IHLS board meeting that we are about to receive $996,242.00 in grant funds from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois State Library, for the purpose of Growing Resource Sharing in IHLS through Growing SHARE Membership.