|Volume 12, Number 09||May 11, 2001|
|May 17||Parade of Programs Showcase, Decatur Public
Library, 9:00 to 3:00 p.m.
|May 22||OCLC/ILL, RPLS, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
|May 24||Small Public Library Administration, RPLS,
9:00 to 4:00 p.m.
|May 24||First Search, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
and OCLC/ILL, RPLS, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
|May 28||Closed for Memorial Day.
|June 5||IPLAR and Per Capita Work Session, RPLS,
9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
|June 6||LSTA Work Session, RPLS, 9:00 to 11:00
|June 7||First Search, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
and VIC/IO, RPLS, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
|June 8||ILA Reference Services Forum V-Tel Meeting,
RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
|June 8||Lighting the Fire Grants due to RPLS.
|June 12||Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Award:
Packet Creation Workshop, Helen Matthes Library/Effingham, 8:30 a.m. to
|June 12||OCLC/ILL, RPLS, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
|June 13||Basic DRA Cataloging, Lincoln Library/
Springfield, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and Intermediate DRA Cataloging, Lincoln
Library/Springfield, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
|June 13||RPLS Board Meeting, RPLS, 2:00 p.m.
|June 21||First Search, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
and OCLC/ILL, RPLS, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
|June 21||Library District Census Information V-Tel
Meeting, RPLS, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
|June 26||VIC/IO, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and,
Circulation Basics, RPLS, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
|June 26||RPLS Orientation, RPLS, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
|June 27||Basic DRA Cataloging, Lincoln Library/Springfield,
9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and Intermediate DRA Cataloging, Lincoln Library/Springfield,
1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
WORKSHOPS AT RPLS: The "Parade of Programs Showcase" is an event
where librarians can come and see performers in action before deciding
whether to book them for a program. This workshop is May 17 from 9:00 to
3:00 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library. Register with Angela at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 429-2586.
"Small Public Library Administration" is a workshop with Kelly Krieg-Sigman, director of the Fremont Public LIbrary in Mundelein, Illinois. Ms. Krieg-Sigman has taught this course at the Friedrick Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Ms. Krieg-Sigman will be discussing the qualities and skills of an effective manager, the four major management responsibilities, the role of the administration, how we do what we do and the issues involved, and other important issues for managers of small public libraries. There is a fee of $15 for lunch and supplies. This workshop is May 24 from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. at RPLS. Register with Angela at email@example.com or call 429-2586.
The "IPLAR and Per Capita Work Session" will feature a review of the IPLAR during which changes in the IPLAR will be noted. Instructions and tips on using the diskette version of the IPLAR will also be given. The requirements for the per capita grant application will be reviewed with tips on writing strong, meaningful narratives. This Work Session is June 5 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at RPLS. Register with Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 429-2586.
The "LSTA Work Session" is designed for those libraries that are applying for a FY2002 LSTA Grant. Grant applicants will review the proposal requirements step by step with emphasis on following all directions to the letter and suggestions on how to word specific requirements. There will be a strong focus on being creative and innovative when developing your grant applications. Grants are due at the Illinois State Library by 4:00 p.m. on June 29, 2001. The Work Session will be held on June 6, 2001 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at RPLS. Register with Angela at email@example.com or call 429-2586.
If you would like to register for any of
these events please contact Angela at
|01-163||CHANGES AT RPLS: After reviewing
information gathered from the Lighting the Fire trainings and surveys,
RPLS will be making modifications in staff duties. The first of these
changes involves public libraries, marketing, continuing education, and
Amanda Standerfer will be working on consolidating the continuing education and training programs into one comprehensive program. By combining continuing education and training, RPLS hopes to provide more effective programs needed by all types of libraries. Amanda will be working with libraries to determine the education needs of the membership.
Amanda will also be working on developing a marketing program for RPLS libraries. The Lighting the Fire trainings and surveys indicated that there is a strong need for RPLS libraries to better market themselves, and Amanda hopes to develop a program that will help all libraries reach this objective.
Bev Obert will be taking over public library consulting from Amanda Standerfer. This means that all public library per capita grants, Illinois Public Library Annual Reports (IPLARs), and public library consulting questions should now go to Bev. Bev will be taking over the public library site visits and meeting with the Small Pubs group. Bev had previously worked with public libraries on youth services and children's program, and had also been working with trustees and district libraries on legal issues.
|01-164||LIGHTING THE FIRE GRANTS:
The Lighting the Fire Request for Proposals is now available at the following
Web site: http://www.rpls.ws/ltf/rfp.htm.
You may also view this document by going to the RPLS Lighting the Fire
Web site and clicking on the link for “Request for Proposals”: http://www.rpls.ws/ltf/lighting_the_fire.htm
If you are going to give a presentation for your grant proposal, you must notify Amanda by Friday, June 1, 2001. The Lighting the Fire Committee will be meeting on June 11th and 12th to review grant proposals, so all presentations will take place on those days. Amanda will also need to know how many people there will be in your group.
All other grant materials related to your presentation (if you have budget information or supporting documents or whatever) still need to be turned in by Friday, June 8, 2001 (the grant proposal deadline). This way, the Committee will have some documentation to review before your presentation.
If you plan on presenting your grant proposal, please also submit a one page or less abstract (not in paper, though!!) of your grant idea so the Committee and RPLS Staff can easily recall your grant after your presentation.
Do not hesitate to call if you have questions
about this Request for Proposals. Please contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 429-2586.
|01-165||SCHOOL PROFILE SHEETS: Schools
will not be receiving profile sheets this year in the spring. The
profile sheets will be sent in the Fall and will be due with the School
Per Capita Grant. For those of you who would like to record information
this spring as you close up the library the profile sheet can be found
at the following address. http://www.rpls.ws/procmanual/school_profile_sheet.htm
|01-166||CE COMPLIANCE: This is a reminder
that all libraries must return a CE Compliance form this year. You
can find the form on the RPLS web site at the following address:
Each library is required to have one person attend one CE event in the year from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001. If you have any questions, please call Bev Obert at 429-2586.
|01-167||RPLS AWARDS: Did you know
that there are four different awards given to RPLS librarians and libraries?
Information about these awards and the applications for submitting a nomination
can be found on the RPLS web page at: http://www.rpls.ws/rpls_awards.htm
out these awards and write up a nomination. The deadline for submission
of a nomination is August 31, 2001. The awards will be announced
and given at the Annual Membership meeting to be held on October 9, 2001.
|01-168||ATTENTION SPECIAL LIBRARIES:
RPLS will be hosting the first Special Libraries Special Interest Group
on August 17, 2001 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. This will be a planning meeting
to see what common areas RPLS Special Libraries might want to work on together.
Possible topics include marketing, resource sharing, cross-system cooperation,
continuing education, and others. Please send agenda items to Amanda
Standerfer (email@example.com) one week
prior to the meeting. Please RSVP to Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org
|01-169||PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICS FROM THE
STATE LIBRARY: Within the next few weeks, the CD-ROM version of the
Illinois Public Library Statistics (IPLS) FY 1999-2000 will be sent to
the Illinois Public Libraries
and the Illinois Regional Library System offices. This electronic publication is now available on the Illinois State Library Web Site: www.cyberdriveillinois.com/library/isl/isl.html Select Other Links, then select Illinois Public Library Statistics Web Server. Once there, you can access any of the past five fiscal years. Since FY 95/96, the IPLS has been published exclusively in electronic format. The IPLS is the compilation and analysis of information reported on the Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR).
Below are a few facts from the FY 1999-2000 report:
|01-170||ILA REFERENCE SERVICES FORUM QUARTERLY
MEETING: The ILA Reference Services Forum quarterly meeting will
be held via V-Tel at RPLS on Friday, June 8, 2001 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
The group will be discussing a variety of topics including programs for
this year’s ILA conference, the Reference Recycling program, and the ILA
Reference Services Award. If you would like to attend this meeting,
please register with Angela at email@example.com
|01-171||WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE TO GET A QUESTION
ANSWERED ON THE WEB? Wouldn't it be great if most people answered
this question, "At the library!"? Services like AskJeeves, Northern
Light, and Google
proliferate, but how many of their users' questions are answered completely? Accurately?
Wouldn't it be great if you could participate in a pioneering collaborative service that provides quality, authoritative reference service by professional reference librarians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? A service that will position your library as the first place your patrons turn to for quality information on the Internet.
Now you can! The Library of Congress, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and over 80 participating institutions are collaborating to make this vision a reality. LC and OCLC, at the forefront of library cooperation efforts for over three decades in shared cataloging and resource sharing, are now beginning a brand new era in cooperative reference services. The Collaborative Digital Reference Service (CDRS) is a pioneering new service that will provide professional reference service to researchers - anywhere, anytime - through an international, digital network of libraries and related institutions. Librarians will assist their users by connecting to the CDRS to send questions that are best answered by expert staff. A large searchable archive of previous questions and answers will also be available to CDRS users.
|01-172||BRANDEIS USED BOOK SALE 2001: This
book sale is from June 9th-17th. The cost is a $5.00 donation on June 9th
and free admission June 10 -17th. It is at the Old Orchard Center, West
Parking Lot. For more information please contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org
for a flyer.
|01-173||OPEN HOUSE: You're invited to the
15th anniversary open house at the Illinois Early Childhood Intervention
Clearinghouse, 830 South Spring St. in Springfield. It is May 10,
2001 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be refreshments. Thanks for your
support over the years!!
|01-174||SUMMER FEEDING FRENZY AT TALKING BOOKS:
and young people in the Talking Books program will belly up to the table
this summer in their very own reading club. Prizes will be awarded for
every 60 minutes of reading accomplished. A menu of games, crafts, and
activities will be sent to all club members. The pièce de résistance–a
U.S. Savings Bond–will be awarded to the winner of the grand prize drawing
out of all club members who send in reading logs. Club members will again
be encouraged to chow down at their local public library summer reading
program. The repast will continue from June 11 to August 3, 2001. For more
information or to make reservations call Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center
at 1-800-537-1274 or 1-800-426-0709. Bon appétit.
|01-175||RESPECTED HOMESCHOOLING DOMAIN NAME
NOW LINKS TO PORNOGRAPHIC WEB SITE: A
notice was posted to the Pubyac web site on Tuesday May 8, 2001 that the
Home Education Magazine is no longer the owner of the home-ed-press.com
domain name registered to the magazine since 1996. When users access
the site they are directed to a pornographic web site. A lapse in
the domain name registration left their name open for purchase by an overseas
company. Home Education Magazine can now be found at the following
web site http://www.home-ed-magazine.com
If you have home schoolers in your area or do any programming or newsletters
for them you may want to notify them of this change.
|01-176||CIPA AND INTERNET FILTERS:
As you all know, the U.S. Congress passed the Children's Internet Protection
Act on December 15, 2000, and it was signed into law by President Clinton
on December 21, 2001 (Public Law 106-554). The Acts place restrictions
on the use of funding that is available through the Library Services and
Technology Act (LSTA), Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act (ESEA), and on the Universal Service discount program known as the
E-rate. These restrictions take the form of requirements for Internet safety
policies and technology, which blocks or filters certain material from
being accessed through the Internet. The law became effective on April
The American Library Association (ALA) has filed suit against this Act, but no date for a trial has been set as of yet.
What does this mean to RPLS libraries? If you receive E-rate, you must file a compliance report with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by October 28, 2001 that includes your “Internet Safety Plan.” An “Internet Safety Plan” must include the use of filtering technology, or the library must demonstrate that it is taking measures toward implementing such technology. Those measures could include researching, investigating, or getting cost quotes on filters. This means that you don't need to have filters installed this year, but you need to demonstrate that you are making efforts towards getting filters and will have them installed in a year. The filters will need to be installed on all computers at the library, including staff computers.
If you receive E-rate through RPLS (if RPLS applied for the E-rate on your behalf), you must send your compliance report (including your “Internet Safety Plan”) to RPLS. RPLS will pass this information on to the FCC.
The Act also requires libraries that receive LSTA funding to be in compliance. However, certification of compliance for libraries receiving LSTA funds does not need to be done until July 2002. Since it is the State Library that receives the LSTA funds and then grants the funds out to libraries, the State Library will issue dates for compliance on this matter prior to July 2001.
The ALA is hoping to get an injunction before October 28, 2001 that would put all forms of compliance on hold until the case can be heard and appealed. However, it would be best to start thinking about and working on your compliance report and your “Internet Safety Plan” in case this injunction does not occur.
What filter should I look into purchasing? We know that there is not a perfect filter out there that will filter what is required by the Act, but still allow Constitutionally protected images to be viewed. The Act requires that the filter block images in three categories: 1) child pornography, 2) obscene images, and 3) images harmful to minors.
For more information about CIPA and the
ALA lawsuit, see the following Web site: http://www.ala.org/cipa/
|01-177||LITERACY GRANTS: Dollar General
supports literacy and youth-development initiatives that promote self-sufficiency
in the 25 states where it has stores. There are no deadlines. The
company's fiscal year begins in February. Allow four weeks for proposal
review and response. Grant levels vary but normally do not exceed $20,000.
Grants target literacy and youth development. Funds may go to youth
education; literacy or self-esteem programs; mentoring programs; adult
literacy; and adult education. The company also has a literacy foundation
that focuses on adult initiatives but includes funding for K-12 reading
programs. For more information, contact: Charitable Contributions
Committee, Dollar General corporation, 100 Mission Ridge, Goodlettsville,
Tennessee 37072; 615-855-4000; www.dollargeneral.com.
The Libri Foundation is currently accepting applications for spring and
summer 2001 BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grants. The Libri Foundation is a
nationwide non-profit organization, which donates new, quality, hardcover
children's books to small, rural public libraries throughout the U.S.
Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated over $1,200,000 worth of
new children's books to more than 1,200 libraries in 46 states. In
order to encourage and reward local support of libraries, the Libri Foundation
will match any amount of money raised by a library's local sponsor from
$50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to
$1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books. After a
library receives a grant, local sponsors have four months to raise their
matching funds. The librarian of each participating library selects
the books the library will receive from a book list provided by the Libri
Foundation. The 600 plus fiction and nonfiction titles on the book
list reflect the very best of children's literature published in the last
three years. These titles are for children ages 12 and under.
To qualify, libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under
5,000), be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active
children's department. (Rural is usually considered to be at least
30 miles from a city with a population of 40, 000 or over; town libraries
with operating budgets over $90,000 are rarely given grants.) A school
library may apply only if it also serves as the public library. For
more information contact Ms. Barbara J. McKillip, President, the Libri
Foundation, P.O. Box 10246, Eugene, OR 97440. 541/747-9655 or fax
541/747-4348; E-mail: email@example.com
Application deadline: August 1, 2001.
|01-179||REVOKED CARDS: Please revoke card
numbers: 21202002837927 and 21202002881222 for the Decatur Public Library.
|01-180||GIVEAWAY: The A.E. Staley Manufacturing
Co. Research Library has the following for giveaway: Library of
Congress Subject Headings, 23rd ed. (2000). There are 5 volumes
in this set. Will give to the first person contacting Dick Wallace
after 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 14. Call 217/421-3283, fax 217/421-2519
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|01-181||CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: The job notices
printed in the Prairie News are either submitted to the newsletter editor
or taken from a variety of different librarian placement Web pages like
the American Library Association and the Illinois Library Association.
YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT LIBRARIAN, AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARIES, AURORA, IL: is seeking three full-time librarians. The West Branch, located next to a middle school, has two position to fill (1) Children's librarian- focusing on reference, programming and collection development for patrons in fifth grade and younger (2) Young Adult librarian- focusing o those same services for patrons in grades 6-12. The Main library has a vacancy in the Young People's Department serving children and their caregivers through fifth grade. Ideal candidates will possess a working knowledge of children's literature and collection development principals, strong technology skills, and the ability to plan and present a variety of programming. Spanish language fluency a plus. Requires an ALA accredited MLS. ( City residency is NOT required.) Salary range begins at $31,137. Send letter of application and resume to Eva Luckinbill, Library Director, Aurora Public Library, 1 E. Benton Street, Aurora, IL 60505. Phone (630)264-4106, Fax (630)859-1909, e-mail email@example.com. Applications accepted until all positions are filled. EEO/AA employer, m/f/d/v
DIRECTOR, JACKSONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, JACKSONVILLE, IL: The Jacksonville, IL, Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking to fill the position of Library Director. The Jacksonville Public Library, a recently restored and expanded Carnegie Library, serves a population of over 20,000 includes a collection of 80,000 volumes, and operated on a yearly budget of $550,000. Qualifications include MLS Degree from an ALA-accredited institution. A minimum of 5 years progressive library experience; at least 2 years in a supervisory capacity, experience with budgeting, staff management, grant writing, facility management, and information technologies (including automation systems/CARL), Ability to work effectively with staff, Board, Friends organizations and community/civic organizations. Salary begins at $45,000 and is negotiable based upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 5, 2001, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Interested candidate must submit a letter of application, resume, and three professional references to: Jacksonville Public Library, Search Committee, 201 West College, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650. EOE/AA
YOUTH SERVICES CONSULTANT, HERITAGE TRAIL LIBRARY SYSTEM: is seeking a youth service consultant to serve as a general consultant to a multi-type library system in northeast Illinois. Responsibilities include working with school and youth services librarians on recertification, collection development, programming and other library issues. Creates a monthly newsletter for schools and youth service librarians. Must be knowledgeable of overall library issues in a multi-type consortial environment. ALA accredited MLS or a Masters Degree in a related field, plus 8 hours of library course work at the graduate level. Two years experience in public and/or school libraries in a professional capacity. Salary range is from $31,900 DOQ. Excellent benefits package. Send letter of application and resume including 3 references to: Shirley Grasty, Executive Secretary, Heritage Trail Library System, 405 Earl Rd. Shorewood, IL 60431.
LOCAL LIBRARY SYSTEM AUTOMATION PROJECT COORDINATOR, HERITAGE TRAIL LIBRARY SYSTEM: is seeking a LLSAP Coordinator. Responsibilities include the overall operation and development of the LLSAP in all it's aspects and the supervision and training of the LLSAP staff. Qualifications include a minimum of two years of original cataloging experience and a minimum of two years operating a LLSAP. ALA accredited MLS strongly preferred or bachelor's degree in computer or information science. A working knowledge of integrated library systems, strong knowledge of OCLC, MARC and cataloging principles and practices, self motivated and able to work as a team member are required. Please send resume and references to: Shirley Grasty, Executive Secretary, Heritage Trail Library System, 405 Earl Rd., Shorewood, Il 60431.
INTERNET SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR HERITAGE
TRAIL LIBRARY SYSTEM: is seeking an Internet Services Administrator.
This position is responsible for the management and development of Internet
resources. responsibilities include develop, maintain and enhance HTLS
web site, assist member libraries with web development, manage Internet
connectivity (including hardware), serve as the lead worker of network
staff and liaison to telecommunications and network vendors, train staff
and member libraries staff. Requirements include an associate and bachelor
degree in computer or information science, CCNA certification preferred
within two years of employment. Experience supporting and maintaining telecommunications
appropriate languages, Windows NT/2000 serves preferred and experience
with Unix. Hours are Monday through Friday, with one evening per week scheduled.
Additional evening and weekend hours may be required. Please send resume
and references to: Shirley Grasty, Executive Secretary, Heritage Trail
Library System, 405 Earl Rd., Shorewood, Il 60431.
|01-182||PRAIRIE NEWS SUBMISSIONS: The Prairie News is a biweekly publication of RPLS. Notices, meetings, giveaways, career opportunities and other news items of interest to the membership may be submitted. Items will be edited to fit the space requirements of the newsletter. The next issue of the Prairie News will be Friday, May 25, 2001. All submissions should arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2001, for inclusion in the newsletter. You may fax submissions to (217) 428-1852, or e-mail them to Amanda Standerfer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Angela Thompson at email@example.com.|