|Volume 11, Number 14||July 7, 2000|
|July 7 - July 11||American Library Association conference,
|July 18||LSTA Work Session, RPLS, 9:30 to
|July 19||DRA Users Group Meeting, Rochester, 9:30
a.m. to noon.
|July 20||RPLS Closed from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. for
|July 21||CAC Meeting, RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
|August 8||IREAD Brainstorming, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30
|August 10||District Library Election Law Workshop
with Steven Bean, RPLS, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
|August 15||Small Public Libraries Meeting, Herrick
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
OPEN HOUSE: The Greenup Township Public Library will host an
open house of their new facility on Sunday, August 6, 2000 from 2 p.m.
- 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. It is located at the
corner of Cumberland St. (main street) and 101 N. Franklin St. It isn't
hard to find.
|00-224||NEW B&T DISCOUNTS FOR RPLS SCHOOL
AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Baker & Taylor has updated the RPLS discounts
for school and public member libraries to include free shipping
from primary service center in Momence, Illinois. Other discounts
are as follows (this will amend pages E-6 and E-7 of your RPLS Procedures
Manual. Anything that is not changed will remain the same.):
Public Library Members and School Library Members:
Trade Editions, Adult and Juvenile Hardcover,
Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction:
Spoken Word Audio (primarily abridged): 45.0% discount (41.0% discount for school libraries)
Quality Paperback Editions and Mass
Publisher's Library Edition (Juvenile): 14.0% discount (15.0% discount for school libraries)
Single Edition Reinforced (Juvenile): 14.0% discount (15.0% discount for school libraries)
Cataloging and Processing for Public and School Libraries:
Complete Shelf-Ready Processed Books:
(Glued mylar jacket, spine label, book pocket and card, and a card set
for every book)
Card Kits: (book pocket and card,
spine label, and a card set for every book)
Card Sets: (one shelflist card,
two main entry cards, one title card, and sufficient additional cards for
all added entries)
MARC Records (diskette):
Note: Be sure to identify yourself
as a member to the system to obtain your discount when making your next
purchase. Please contact Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you have any questions about these new discounts.
|00-225||ILLINOIS BLUE BOOK: The Systems
and the Illinois State Library have not been involved in the distribution
of the Illinois Blue Book for many years. If your library needs a copy
of the newest edition, you will need to contact the Secretary of State's
Communications Office at (217) 782-5984 to request a copy. The copy
will be sent directly to your library, not to the System for delivery.
|00-226||ICN COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETINGS:
To learn more about the Illinois Century Network, join us at the informational
meeting most convenient for you. Please R.S.V.P. to: email@example.com
or 217-557-6530. Include the meeting location and the number of people
attending. Dates and locations in Central Illinois are:
July 7, U of I at Springfield, PAC Building, Conference Room C/D, 1-3 p.m.,
July 12, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Kirby Learning Center, Lecture
Hall, 1-3 p.m., August 3, Bradley University Baker Bldg., B51, Peoria,
IL., 1-3 p.m., August 8, ISU, Professional Development Bldg., Rooms 113
& 114, Normal. IL., 9-11 a.m., August 8, Parkland College College Center,
Room C118, Champaign, IL., 1-3 p.m.
|00-227||TO THE LIBRARY COMMUNITY:
Fabian Giles Lewandowski, age 62, of Plano, Illinois, passed away suddenly
on June 19, 2000 at Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich, Illinois.
Mr. Lewandowski was a member of the ILA, ALA, FOIL, and ALTA. A funeral
service was held June 23. Memorial donations are being accepted at
the Plano Community Library District, 15 N. Center, Avenue, Plano Illinois.
|00-228||LOIS LENSKI COVEY FOUNDATION SPONSORS
LIBRARY GRANT PROGRAM: Lois Lenski, the 1946 Newbery medalist
for Strawberry Girl, had a life-long concern that all children have
access to good books. The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation will provide
grants to public and school libraries and to agency libraries serving at-risk
children. Ranging from $500 to $5,000 proposed purchases can be used
to update collections or expand holdings in special areas. Applications
for year 2000 grants must be received no later than September 30, 2000.
The foundation welcomes applications from libraries with limited book budgets.
For the two-page application contact: The Lois Lenski Foundation,
Attn: Arthur F. Abelman, Moses & Singer, 1301 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10019-6076.
|00-229||ISLMA CONFERENCE 2000, Crossing the
Threshold: Gail Carson Levine, the Rebecca Caudill award winning
author for Ella Enchanted; Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak--an
ALA best YA book; and Will Clinger, host of WTTW's Wild Chicago will be
"Crossing the Threshold" as featured speakers at the Illinois School Library
Media Association's annual conference, November 9-11, 2000, at the Arlington
Park Sheraton, Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Joining this diverse trio will be such library/ media names as David Loertcher, Helen Adams, and Betty Marcoux--among the presenters of the sixteen professional development seminars to be offered on Thursday, November 9. The three hour seminars will include topics such as web design and Internet tools, performance assessment output measures, reinventing your library program, designing libraries, and dealing with change. A trip to JFK Healthworld will also be offered. Several sessions will be held at the Bensenville Community Library which has a joint facility with the public school district.
Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, are filled with over fifty concurrent one hour sessions. Keith Swigger challenges the role of librarians; Gail Bush explores engaged learning; Sally Walker booktalks for all levels; Barb Heron addresses brain research; and panels of librarians will discuss electronic resources, reading management programs, and visiting authors. This is just a sampling of a program that offers something for everyone--reading, technology, administration, and teaching--at all grade levels. In addition, over 70 vendors will be exhibiting their products Thursday evening and all day Friday. The ISLMA store will offer books by featured speakers as well as other library related products.
College credit will be available for attendance at the conference. Attendance at the conference may be used for recertification plans. All concurrent sessions on Friday and Saturday have been lengthened to 60 minutes to comply with the one-hour rule.
Conference registration materials will
be mailed in mid-August to lSLMA members and others identified by Market
Data Retrieval as school library media specialists and technology specialists.
For a registration packet, contact Kay Maynard, ISLMA Executive Secretary,
309-649-5023 (day), 309-649-0911 (evening), 309-647-0140 (fax), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|00-230||IREAD SCRAPBOOK AWARDS:
Entry forms for the 2000 IREAD scrapbook awards have been sent to all RPLS
public libraries, and must be faxed to the awards chair, Amy Alessio, Schaumburg
Township District Library, 847-923-3428, by September 30. If you
wish to participate, but will not attend the ILA Conference, you can still
enter. Bev Obert will deliver your scrapbook for the competition.
Contact Bev (email@example.com)
|00-231||REACHING FORWARD SOUTH, CONFERENCE
OF LIBRARY ASSISTANTS: Deadline for award nominations is August 15.
For nomination forms contact Debbie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Winners will receive a cash award of $100 and a certificate. The
awards will be presented at a luncheon Friday, September 29th.
|00-232||17TH ANNUAL ILLINOIS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL:
of the Land & Sea will be held July 29 & 30, 2000 in Spring
Grove, Illinois. Featured Storytellers include Jay O'Callahan, La
Ron Williams, Jennifer Munro, Jim May, Michael Cotter, Susan O'Hollaran,
and Anndrena Belcher. For further information check the website at:
|00-233||POSTER CONTEST: This year,
the Bensenville Community Public Library District, in cooperation with
the Rebecca Caudill Award Committee and ISLMA, will sponsor a poster contest
open to all Illinois students. All of the poster contest details
are available on the Caudill page www.bensenville.lib.il.us/caudill.
Essentially, we will be asking children to submit drawings representing
last year's Caudill winner, Ella Enchanted. One poster will
be selected for reproduction on some 4,000 full-size Caudill posters to
be distributed around the state. The child whose poster is selected
and his/her parents will be invited to be special guests at the Rebecca
Caudill Breakfast on November 11 at the ISLMA Conference. The child's
library will receive a full set of the Caudill books.
|00-234||BLACK ROOTS, THE BASICS AND BEYOND:
Tony Burroughs presents this one-day beginners workshop on African-American
family history research Saturday, July 15 at the Public Affairs Center
on the campus of the U of I at Springfield. There will be four sessions:
oral history and family records, cemetery and vital records, charts and
evidence, and locating published family histories. Registration with
a fee of $55 is due by July 10 and includes lunch, refreshments, syllabus
and parking. Contact Debbie (email@example.com)
for details and form.
|00-235||WANTED FOR FIRSTSEARCH: Bibliographic
Instruction Web Materials and Ideas For New FirstSearch. Have you
developed web-based bibliographic instruction materials for the new OCLC
FirstSearch service? Is there a certain kind of bibliographic instruction
tool for new FirstSearch that you wish OCLC could make available to you?
As OCLC migrates from current to new FirstSearch, it is in the process of updating its FirstSearch Bibliographic Instruction Web Site at http://www.oclc.org/oclc/fsbi/index.htm to help libraries introduce their users to the new FirstSearch. OCLC has already heard from some librarians who are interested in sharing their bibliographic instruction materials and from other librarians who have indicated that they would like to learn from what others have done.
OCLC would like to hear from you! Submit your library's instructional materials (and make suggestions via the "Bibliographic Instruction Ideas and Web Materials Submittal Form) at http://www.oclc.org/oclc/fsbi/frame_submittalform.htm.
The FirstSearch Bibliographic Instruction Web Site currently includes *links to the new FirstSearch Guided Tour, *the "How to do a search with the new OCLC FirstSearch" brochure, *documentation like the FirstSearch database descriptions, *searching tips, *and links to related sites like the LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction.
Visit the FirstSearch Bibliographic Instruction
Web Site and discover new ways to help users quickly learn new FirstSearch.
Help develop the site into a sharing center that will aid others as they
adapt their FirstSearch bibliographic instruction programs. Send
in your contributions today! For further information, please contact
Scott Miller at OCLC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(Instructional materials submitted to OCLC for the FirstSearch Bibliographic
Instruction Web Site will be copied by others for non-commercial use. By
submitting your materials, you consent to such use without restriction.
Please keep in mind that you may need to obtain permission from your institution
and any third-party contributors to the instructional materials before
submitting the materials to the FirstSearch Bibliographic Instruction Web
|00-236||EVEN GENEALOGISTS KNOW LIBRARIES AREN'T
FREE: The November/December 1998 issue of Heritage Quest Magazine contains
an article by Dear MYRTLE on the cost of maintaining genealogy sites.
Dear MYRTLE has a nice plug about libraries helping genealogies.
She gives a very good overview of how libraries are financially supported.
She reminds everyone that public libraries receive a ‘tiny portion of local
property taxes to help pay for the facility, maintenance and acquisition
of material.' She also mentions summer reading programs!! This
article is posted at: www.dearmyrtle.com/my981203.htm,
if you don't have Heritage Quest in your collection.
|00-237||THE AMERICAN READS CHALLENGE IS LOOKING
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SUMMER READING PROGRAMS: They
are looking for examples of all kinds of great summer reading programs,
particularly: those that reach out to the kids who need them the most;
those that manage to get the most struggling kids excited about reading;
those that have formed useful partnerships with other programs or services;
and those that are exceptionally creative and successful. The goal is to
compile information about these stellar programs into some kind of resource,
which would be made available to people wanting to start or improve programs
in their areas. (We will ask permission before we share any ideas
and/or materials in any kind of public format.) In any case, it would
be great to hear from anyone who might have a program to recommend!
Thanks! Anyone with suggestions can contact Peter Johnson by: E-mail:
(e-mail is the best way to reach him) Fax: (202) 260-8114, phone:
(202) 260-7803, mail: 400 Maryland Ave., SW #5C124, Washington,
|00-238||LITA UNVEILS TOOL KIT FOR THE EXPERT
WEB SEARCHER: Prominent LITA leader Pat Ensor has developed a
succinct, streamlined guide to the best tools to use for searching for
information on the World Wide Web. Ensor, chair of the Library and
Information Technology Association's Top Technology Trends Committee, developed
this tool kit after finding that there are very few places on the Web to
find constantly updated recommendations about which search engines, subject
guides, and other resources are most effective in producing fast, relevant,
and authoritative results for information seekers. The Tool Kit for
the Expert Web Searcher can be accessed at: http://www.lita.org/committe/toptech/toolkit.htm
|00-239||CATEXPRESS BULLETIN BOARD: The
CatExpress Bulletin Board is up and ready to take postings. CatExpress
libraries are encouraged to contribute tips to shorten the learning curve
for new subscribers. The Bulletin Board welcomes advice from Network
and OCLC staff, too. Currently, we have 25 postings under 10 topics that
range from local system issues to tips on managing workflow. We will
modify the rubrics as material comes in. Groups with specific procedures
for record pick-up might like to post reminders to their members.
Thanks to everyone who sent material to get the Bulletin Board started.
Special thanks to Lisa Plymale at OCLC for bringing the Bulletin Board
to life and making it look so great. Please have a look at: http://www.oclc.org/oclc/cataloging/catexpress/bboard/index.htm
|00-240||GIVEAWAYS: RPLS has several
items to giveaway to a tax supported library: two wooden tables; one is
5' long X 31" wide X 30" high, the other is 5' 2" long X 30" wide X 30"
high, a metal printer stand, 26" high, a peanut computer workstand,
30" high X 18" wide, and a wooden printer stand 38 1/2" high X 24" wide.
Contact Debbie (debbiep.rpls.lib.il.us)
if you are interested in any of these items.
|00-241||CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: The job notices
printed in the Prairie News are either submitted to the newsletter editor
or taken from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and
Information Science Placement web site. The address is: http://carousel.lis.uiuc.edu/~jobs/.
Multi-type Library Development Consultant. ALLIANCE LIBRARY SYSTEM, a multi-type system serving 286 public, special/corporate, academic, and school district libraries in a 14,008 square mile Central Illinois region, seeks a creative, energetic, and experienced generalist consultant to work in the Galesburg area. The library development consultant serves as a member of the professional staff directly responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and monitoring major program efforts for multi-type library development and cooperation and as a member of the Continuing Education Task Group. The successful candidate must have a Masters Degree in Library Science (MLS) from an ALA accredited library program, and five years of library experience of which two years should be in an administrative capacity. Experience in at least two types of libraries and in both urban and rural setting is highly desirable. The successful candidate will possess ga broad knowledge of library services and state/national library trends, be able to work effectively in a multi-type library environment, be able to evaluate situations, meet people easily, and possess good judgment, function both as a team member and a team leader in a decentralized organizational structure, and express themselves clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. Initiative, self direction, and strong management skills are essential. Position requires a valid Illinois driver's license and involves considerable driving/travel. Salary negotiable based on experience and education. An excellent benefit package is included. Review of applications will begin on August 1 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Send resume, letter of application, a names and addresses of three references to: Lynne Jones, Executive Assistant, Alliance Library System, 845 Brenkman Dr., Pekin, IL. 61554. Phone 309-353-4110. For more information on the Alliance Library System visit our web site at www.rsa.lib.il.us.
Director of Automation/Technology. ALLIANCE LIBRARY SYSTEM seeks a creative, energetic, public service oriented individual with administrative and technology interest/background and experience to work out of the Pekin Service Center serving the entire system area. Must be innovative, creative, an energetic leader. Must have the ability to work in a collaborative team environment and be flexible with sills in managing multiple projects. Must posses a broad knowledge of Library technology applications and experience in implementation, excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate personnel and project management skills. Duties: serves as an administrative member of the ALS professional staff directly responsible for: strategic and operational planning and evaluation, budgeting, grant writing and implementation, supervision of agency automation and technology staff, continuing education , delivery of training via a variety of methods.. Work in a de-centralized team environment with the Director of Information Services/Delivery and the Director of the Resource Sharing Alliance to coordinate technological telecommunications and resource sharing functions. Provide leadership in the area of technology for the system agency and the ALS member libraries. Coordinate the system agency's internal technology and infrastructure needs. Coordinate web site design and development. Consult with ALS members on all aspects of technology, including networks. Monitor technology trends and develop projects and grants to keep ALS and its member libraries on the cutting edge of technological innovation. Professional development through attendance and participation in regional, statewide, and national meetings, conferences, and training activities. Serve as a regional, statewide and national resource in the technology arena. Facilitate special initiative including the Illinois Century Network and the Gates Initiative. Requirements: Master's degree in Library Science, Masters' Degree in Computer Science, or equivalent background, experience and interest, valid Illinois driver's license. Salary is negotiable with excellent benefit package. Review of applications will begin July 15 and continue until suitable candidate is found. Interviews may be conducted at the LA Annual conference. Send resume, letter of application and names and addresses of three reference to: Lynne Jones, Executive Assistant, Alliance Library System, 845 Brenkman Dr., Pekin, IL. 61554.
Government Documents Librarian/Assistant Social Studies Librarian. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, CARBONDALE. Duties: reference & BI service, assistance at Social Studies Division reference desk, deliver lectures & orientation programs to classes/groups, Library Liaison to various departments, general mangagement/maintence/collection development of government document's' profile Federal documents collection for cataloging by Marcive. Requirements: ALA-acc. MLS, 3 years professional experience in academic library or comparable environment, experience working with government documents, competence in current library technology to support services such as CD-ROM-based databases, Internet, unique government documents databases, able to meet criteria for P&T. Desired: BA/BA or above in one of the social sciences, demonstrated potential for leadership & management. Salary: $37,500 DOE. Apply to: Thyra K. Russell email@example.com, Associate Dean, Personnel and Budget Services Library Affairs, Mail Code 6632, Carbondale, IL 62901-6632. Phone: 618-453-2681. Notes: Send resume, letter of application stating your qualifications and background for this position and listing contact info including e-mail & phone numbers of 3 references.
Reference Librarian. JOHN A LOGAN COLLEGE. Duties: Supervise & provide library services to students, faculty, staff, community, provide library orientation & BI, maintain current local periodical list. Requirements: Bachelor's in library science or related field, 1 year FT professional library experience. Desired: MLS or related field, 1 year FT professional experience in academic or school library setting with experience in training in library automation & bibliographic database searching, high level reference skills and communication skills. Salary: $25,000 /DOE/Q. Apply to: Office of Personnel Services, Room 228A, Carterville, IL 62918. Phone: 618-985-3741 x 8273.
Library Media Specialist PEORIA HIGH SCHOOL. Requirements: State Library Certification. Apply to: Dr Jerome Greer, Director of Human Resources 3202 North Wisconsin, Peoria, IL 61603. Contact Mr. Richard Greene, Principal of Peoria High School for further information 309-672-6627.
Library Coordinator. We have an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Library Coordinator. The main responsibilities include reference assistance for all types of media, interlibrary loan, cataloging all new material, collection development and supervision of college work study students. MLS for an ALA accredited institution is required. Knowledge of an on-line circulation/catalog system, OCLC, CD-ROM, and Internet a plus. A successful candidate should be detailed-oriented, flexible and have excellent customer service skills. Send a letter of application, resume, and transcript to: Robert Morris College, Campus Director, 3101 Montvale Dr., Springfield, IL 62704, or fax to 217-793-4210.
Program Development Director.
THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION has this job opening in the Member Programs
and Services Department. Responsibilities: Responsible for
the development and management of a comprehensive and effective continuing
education program and related services for members of the American Association
of School Librarians. Includes oversight responsibilities for all
existing AASL continuing education programs: the ALA Annual Conference
and related preconferences and a biennial National Conference. Works
with AASL committees and member leaders to develop new CE programs and
delivery methods such as regional institutes and Web-based courses.
Encompasses a strong focus on research and planning for future association
program offerings. Other duties include monitoring workload and workflow
of the program work team: Meeting Planner, Coordinator of Communications,
and Coordinator of Member and Affiliate Services. As part of a shared
staffing arrangement, responsible for assisting with program development
and special projects for the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Provision of advisory and/or referral information to members of both divisions
as well as the general public. Requirements: BA/BS required. Master's
degree with an emphasis on school library media programs preferred.
Experience in planning and implementing continuing education programs in
associations or other settings is highly desirable as is experience with
distance education or Web-based CE. At least three years work experience
in the school library media, continuing education, or association environment.
Supervisory experience desired. Skills: Ability to establish and
maintain effective working relationships with other staff and member leaders.
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Proven ability
to plan, budget and execute a project within established deadlines.
Ability to make sound decisions regarding competing priorities based on
the overall program needs of both units. Must be an articulate spokesperson
and able to resolve problems quickly and tactfully. Ability to devise
effective and timely reporting structures to keep Executive Director
and other management staff advised of status of multiple projects.
Requires strong verbal, organizational and electronic communication skills.
Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and data base software, Microsoft
Office preferred. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
Forward resume to: American Library Association, Human Resources/DPD, 50
East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Fax: 312-944-6763. The ALA is
an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that encourages applications
from women, ethnic minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.
|00-242||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, July 21, 2000. All submissions should arrive on or before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2000, 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.|