May 18, 2017
Last Day to Register for Library Law Day with Phil Lenzini
May 22, 2017 – Case-Halstead Public Library, Carlyle, Illinois
If you haven’t yet done so, please take a minute and sign up for Library Law: A Day with Phil Lenzini. The event will be held at the Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle and there is no charge! If there are legal topics that you would like to see addressed on behalf of your library, this is the place to be. If you’re planning on registering, please feel free to send questions that you’d like to see addressed to Ellen Popit at email@example.com
Registration will close on Thursday, May 18th at midnight in order to make sure our hosting library has an accurate head count, so don’t wait! To register, go to L2. We look forward to seeing you there!
Last Day for School Delivery – May 19, 2017
May 19 will be the last day for school delivery for ALL schools. If you need a different date, whether earlier or later, please contact your hub Operations Manager as soon as possible.
If your students return items after the final pick up date, remember, you can return them to any local public library.
If you have any question on the Polaris side, please contact Traci Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org | 618-985-3611 ext. 620).
Act Now to Support Library Funding
The FY2018 proposed Federal Budget eliminates the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency which distributes millions of dollars in federal funding to libraries in every state, including Illinois!
How can you help? The American Library Association is asking library supporters to contact their Senators and ask them to support federal funding for libraries by signing on to both the Reed/Collins LSTA and Reed/Grassley/Stabenow IAL "Dear Appropriator" letters. See: The fight for library funding is on in the U.S. Senate
Not sure what to say? Visit the American Library Association’s Legislative Action Center (www.cqrcengage.com/ala) for helpful tools that will make contacting your reps quick and easy.
Finding Opportunities to Advocate for Libraries
On Friday, May 12, Cheri Schuler-Faust (IHLS Cataloger) and Susan Palmer (Operations Director) took the opportunity to meet with Illinois Representative Rodney Davis at a business roundtable luncheon in Edwardsville to discuss the importance of libraries and library funding. Representative Davis assured them that he supports libraries and actually worked in his high school library. Cheri and Susan thanked Representative Davis for supporting libraries and encouraged him to keep us in mind on the budget they have to pass in September.
Remember, you do not have to make a trip to Washington or Springfield to speak on behalf of libraries. You can visit your Senator or House Representative in his/her local office or take the opportunity when there is a meet and greet or a business roundtable in your area. If they are taking the time to come to an event, they want the community to show up.
IHLS Board Meeting – May 25, 2017
The next IHLS Board meeting is Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. at the IHLS Edwardsville office. The Board meeting will also be available at several videoconferencing (VTEL) sites. When available, you will find the agenda and board packet here.
IHLS Offices Closed on Memorial Day
All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, 2017. Delivery Service will not be provided. See our Office Hours page for a listing of IHLS Holidays.
Non-Resident Fee Survey
IHLS is required to maintain a list on the IHLS website of non-resident program information from IHLS public libraries and to indicate whether or not a library participates in the non-resident fee program and what that fee is. Each year, all public libraries are required to complete the Non-Resident Fee Survey for this information.
More information and a link to the survey can be found on the IHLS website: http://illinoisheartland.org/?q=members/non-resident-fee.
The deadline for completion of the survey is June 30, 2017. Please feel free to direct any questions to Ellen Popit (email@example.com | 618-985-3711 x 624).
Vendor Discount Page Updated
BiblioBoard has been added to the Vendor Discount page on the IHLS website.
May 2 Members Matter Recording
Did you miss Members Matter on March 2? In addition to updates on the System, SHARE, Delivery, and Membership, other topics of interest included advocacy & funding, tax caps, upcoming events, personnel and patron policies (including social media use by library staff), and there was a Round Robin discussion on what was happening in the libraries.
Listen to Recording
Do you have a topic for the next meeting on July 11? Contact Ellen Popit (firstname.lastname@example.org | 618-985-3711 ext. 624).
Copyright Reform for eBooks!
YOU can support copyright reform for eBooks! Did you know that libraries do not actually own the eBooks they purchase? Illinois Heartland Library System is pleased to join Connecticut State Library, State Library of Ohio, Ocean State Libraries, Massachusetts Library System, RAILS, and Califa Library Group as well as several other institutions in support of the Library Copyright Reform Statement on eBooks. Check out the full statement on change.org for more details.
“Grant Writing for Digitization and Preservation Projects” Scholarships for Illinois Archivists
The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB) is hosting the online course "Grant Writing for Digitization and Preservation Projects" for 25 Illinois archivists and archival volunteers, presented by LYRASIS. This four hour course, taught over two 2-hour sessions, will be held on June 6 and 8 from 2-4pm.
The course covers the grant writing process from start to finish, including information on funding opportunities, proposal writing, the grant review process, grant administration and promotion of grant-funded projects. Persons or organizations who will be seeking a grant to fund a digitization project are encouraged to take this class.
ISHRAB and its representatives will award scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis until all 25 seats have been filled. The completed application form may be submitted by U.S. mail, FAX, or email. All decisions made by the ISHRAB and its representatives will be final.
The deadline to apply is May 26, 2017. Applications are available at: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/ISHRAB/grantwriting.html
Member Spotlight – Litchfield Public Library
Congratulations to Sara Zumwalt and the staff and board of the Litchfield Public Library on breaking ground on their new library! It may have been cold and rainy but there were lots of smiles to brighten the day. Sara says they have been seriously working on the project for two years now and they’ve owned the 3 acre lot for almost a year. The library should take 9 months to complete, with another 2 months scheduled for moving in. They are looking forward to a tentative grand opening date sometime in March 2018.
Be sure to check out the IHLS Facebook page for more photos!
Pamphlets and Posters to Share
The Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center has a supply of pamphlets and posters from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to share with you.Please let us know your needs by June 30. We will be forwarding what is left to the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille service in early July. Please send requests to email@example.com or call 800-426-0709.
Professional Development for School Librarians
Registration is open for Summer Getaway 2017: Professional Development for School Librarians, hosted at the iSchool of Illinois! Do you have a hunger for satisfying, all-natural, and healthy PD? Are you losing weight because you are tired, worn-out, and stressed trying to keep up with the latest library fitness craze? It’s time for you to plan a “summer getaway” on the beautiful University of Illinois campus in Champaign! Join your peers on June 12, 13 and/or 14 for an iSchool-certified menu of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, provided by school librarian top chefs. Leave on a motivational sugar-high with recipes for library and student success!
More information, including expanded session descriptions, presenter bios, a schedule of events, and housing information is available on the website: event website.
Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference
Register for the 4th Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference on June 8-9, 2017 by May 26 to take advantage of the early registration fee. The $95 registration fee will increase to $125 after May 26. The registration fee includes all sessions, as well as the reception on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday.
Grants, Awards & Scholarships
A list of available grants are posted on the IHLS website. Here you will find information on grants suitable for libraries that you might be interested in applying for.
- Illinois Energy Now – Energy Efficiency Grants – Deadline: May 31, 2017
- 2017 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant (YALSA) – Deadline: June 1, 2017
- Crayola Creative Leadership Grants 2017 – Deadline: June 23, 2017
- Vernon Library Supplies Grants: English Literacy for New Immigrants – Deadline: October 31, 2017
There are also several ‘Ongoing’ grants listed on the website.
In the News
- Carl Walworth hired as new Mattoon library director
- Libraries Are Dropping Overdue Fines — But Can They Afford To?
- Corporate champions urge all Senators to support FY18 library funding
- All hail the card catalog!
- Librarian for Lincoln Library Retires After Nearly 40 Years (video)
Upcoming Events in Library Learning
Register in L2: www.librarylearning.info
Monday, May 22, 2017
- Library Law: A Day with Phil Lenzini, Case-Halstead PL
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
- Barcoding I—Searching and Matching, IHLS Carbondale
- Medium Pubs Meeting, Mt. Zion DL
- SHARE Circulation Forum, Zoom
- Barcoding II—Item Records, IHLS Carbondale
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
- Cataloging in Connexion Workday, Mascoutah PL
- Be a Talking Book Ambassador, GoToWebinar
- Southern Illinois Public Library Directors Meeting, Norris City Memorial PLD
Thursday, May 25, 2017
- Polaris Basic Circulation Training, IHLS Edwardsville
- Polaris Advanced Circulation Training, IHLS Edwardsville
- IHLS Board Meeting
Monday, May 29, 2017
- Memorial Day, IHLS Closed
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
- Developing Shareable Metadata for DPLA, VTEL
- Biblioboard Demo for IHLS Libraries, Zoom
Thursday, June 1, 2017
- Biblioboard Demo for IHLS Libraries, Zoom
Thursday, June 8, 2017
- Cataloging in Connexion Workday, IHLS Champaign
Friday, June 9, 2017
- Cataloging in Connexion Workday, Olney PL
Free Webinars & Workshops
- Social Media: What’s Next? (ALL) – May 19, 2017
- Measures that Matter: A View into the Current Public Library Data Landscape (WJ) – May 23, 2017
- Be a Talking Book Ambassador: Learning how talking books can benefit your community (RAILS) – May 24, 2017
- Ad Filters – The Case For and Against Installation on Public Computers (NLC) – May 24, 2017
- Summer Reading 501: Helping Generation App Read This Summer (edWeb) – May 24, 2017
- Cultural Humility (ALA – ODLOS) – May 25, 2017
- Developing Shareable Metadata for DPLA (RAILS) – May 31, 2017
- Libraries as Innovation Hubs: Community-Driven Design (TechSoup) – May 31, 2017
- Mindfulness for Librarians (ALL) – June 16, 2017
- Effective Online Outreach: Tools and Tactics for Connecting Communities and Collections (WJ) – June 29, 2017
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