|Volume 12, Number 07||March 30, 2001|
|April 3||First Search, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
|April 4||RPLS Lighting the Fire, Rock Springs Conservation
Area, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
|April 5||OCLC/ILL, RPLS, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
|April 10||OCLC/ILL, RPLS, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
|April 11||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.
|April 11||"Internet Dilemma: Filtered or Non-filtered,"
a National Satellite Teleconference from Indianapolis, RPLS, 2:30 to 4:00
|April 11||RPLS Board Meeting, RPLS, 2:00 p.m.
|April 12||Circulation Basics, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30
a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
|April 12||IPLAR and Per Capita Work Session, RPLS,
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
|April 13||Closed for Easter Holiday.
|April 17||VIC/IO, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. ad 1:00
to 3:30 p.m.
|April 18||Illinois Library Advocacy Day, Illinois
State Library, 11:00 a.m.
|April 18||Basic DRA Cataloging, RPLS, 9:00 to 11:30
a.m. and Intermediate DRA Cataloging, RPLS, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
|April 19||VIC/IO, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Circulation
Basics, RPLS, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
|April 20||RPLS Closed for Staff Retreat.
|April 23||Construction Grant Workshop, RPLS, 10:00
to 11:30 a.m.
|April 24||First Search, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
and OCLC/ILL, RPLS, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
|April 25||DRA User group meeting, Forsyth Public
Library, 10:00 a.m. Note new location: Forsyth Public Library
|April 26||First Search, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
WORKSHOPS AT RPLS: The "RPLS Lighting the Fire Training," will
free selected representatives of the Rolling Prairie Library System to
connect with their internal creative sparks and learn through compelling
experiences how to start the fires that feed exponential growth on both
personal and professional levels. Lighting the Fire will provide opportunities
for understanding the models of change and the role of change agents, how
to create change in a safe environment and how to implement this methodology
in the life after the Fire. The workshop is April 4th from 8:30 to 4:30
at Rock Springs Center. Register with Angela at email@example.com
or call 429-2586. NOTE: Deadline for registration for this
event is TODAY, Friday, March 30, 2001.
"Internet Dilemma: Filtered or Non-filtered," is a National Satellite Teleconference from Indianapolis. The discussion will cover the Internet and intellectual freedom, potential threats posed by Internet filtering, current laws, and practical information about how filters work and what they can and cannot do. Guest speakers will offer their views, and participants may email or phone in with questions and comments. This workshop is April 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at RPLS. Register with Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 429-2586.
IPLAR and Per Capita Work Session is a work session that will be 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 workshop is April 12 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at RPLS. Register with Angela at email@example.com or call 429-2586.
"Construction Grant Workshop" Join Nancy Ortciger from the Illinois State Library for an overview of the Construction Grant Program. Several RPLS Librarians will also be present to discuss their experiences with construction projects. RPLS Executive Director Robert Plotzke will also be on hand to answer questions about using a building consultant. This workshop is April 23 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at RPLS. Register with Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 429-2586.
If you would like to register for any of
these events please contact Angela at
|01-121||SYSTEM FUNDING: Illinois
General Assembly House Bill 3329, which would add $2 million to the Secretary
of State’s budget for Library Systems, passed out of the House Appropriations
– General Services Committee last week. The bill is scheduled for
2nd reading in the House with short debate sometime in the near future.
This means that all Representatives in the Illinois General Assembly will
have the opportunity to vote on this bill. RPLS urges libraries to
write to their Representatives and ask them to vote “yes” for HB 3329.
You can find a list of RPLS area legislators at the following Web site:
|01-122||MC DONALD'S COUPONS: By now
those public libraries that requested McDonald’s coupons have received
them. If you did not request any coupons or if you need additional
coupons, there is a limited supply of coupons remaining. Please send
your request to Angela Thompson and tell her what library and the number
of coupons needed. Angela's email email@example.com
|01-123||CE COMPLIANCE FOR MEMBERSHIP: This
is a reminder to all RPLS member libraries. To maintain full membership
the member library must send at least one staff member from the library
to one continuing education event each year. This event could be
training or CE sponsored by RPLS, attendance at a professional library
association conference, training/CE sponsored by another library system
or professional library association, or library science or applicable college
courses relevant to the library field, i.e. computers, administration.
The CE compliance form can be found on the RPLS web page at the following address. http://www.rpls.ws/procmanual/ce_compliance.htm
This form is due to RPLS by July 15, 2001
and must show attendance at a program, workshop, conference, etc. between
July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001.
|01-124||BOOK SALE: Maroa rummage sale days
is May 18-19, 2001. The time on May 18 is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on
May 19 is 8:00 a.m. to noon. The location is the old fire house. The address
is 100 North Walnut in Maroa.
|01-125||REACHING FORWARD SOUTH: Reaching
Forward South is a conference for Library Assistants that will be held
on Friday, September 28, 2001 at the Northfield Inn in Springfield.
Vendors' exhibits, awards, and door prizes! Registration is limited!
Early registration before July 31 is $50, after July 31 it's $55. Deadline
is August 31, no refunds after September 7. Contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 429-2586 for a copy of the registration form.
|01-126||NEW FOR FIRST SEARCH USERS:
Beginning in March 2001, OCLC will feature a database each month on the
OCLC First Search web site. The Featured Database of the Month is available
for searching at no charge via a scripted link from the First Search web
site. The Featured Database of the Month lets libraries and their users
sample databases they do not yet provide for their users. The Featured
Database is accessible by clicking the buttons that say "Try It Now!" in
the boxes on the First Search web site at: http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/about/content.htm
In addition, a "Try It Now!" button appears next to the name of the Featured
Database in the list of databases at http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/databases/index.htm,
under Detailed Information in the left frame.
The Featured Database for March is PAIS
International; for April, it will be OCLC ArticleFirst (which the IL State
Library is already providing to ILLINET members). OCLC will be announcing
each new featured database via the FirstSearch Listserv. OCLC intends
to change the Featured Database of the Month on the FirstSearch web site
on the first business day of each month. If you have any questions please
contact ILLINET/OCLC Services at 217-785-1532 or 800-665-5576 (option 2).
|01-127||ALA FILES SUIT AGAINST CIPA:
The American Library Association filed a lawsuit yesterday, March 20th
to overturn the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which mandates
the use of blocking technology on computers in public libraries. The ALA
believes this legislation is unconstitutional because it restricts access
to constitutionally protected information available on the Internet at
Commenting on the litigation which was filed with ten other co-litigants, ALA President, Nancy Kranich said "Forcing libraries to choose between funding and censorship means millions of library users will lose - particularly those in the most poverty-stricken and geographically isolated areas of the country, The federal government should not be subsidizing commercial filtering companies by forcing libraries to buy technology that doesn't work."
For further information regarding CIPA
go to ALA's CIPA web site at: http://www.ala.org/cipa
or For more specific information regarding the litigation click on links
|01-128||TECH CONNECT: Tech Connect is
in conjunction with the coalition of citizens with disabilities in Illinois
annual Disability Tight Conference. This event is open to the public and
is free. Who should attend: people with disabilities, parents, speech therapists,
physical therapists, teachers, social workers, and anyone who is interested
in technology. It is being held on May 15-16, 2001 at the Crowne
Plaza 300 South Dirksen Parkway Springfield, Illinois from 9:00 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. on May 15 and on 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 16. For
more information contact Sue Castles Illinois Assistive Technology Project
at 1-800-852-5110 or Castles@fgi.net.
Watch the website http://www.iltech.org
for updates in Tech Connect.
|01-129||CAUDILL POSTER CONTEST OPEN TO ILLINOIS
SCHOOL AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Students in grades 4 through 8 in Illinois
are invited to participate in the second Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's
Book Award Poster Contest, sponsored by the Bensenville Community Public
Library. The winning submission will be included on a poster showcasing
the Caudill program and the artist will be invited to attend the Illinois
School Library Media Association's annual Caudill breakfast. Designs for
the poster contest must be submitted on paper that is 81/2 X 11 inches
(standard letter paper size). Each must represent a scene from the
book that won the 2001 Caudill award, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling. All submissions must be received at the Bensenville
Library by Monday, May 14. If you have any questions about the contest,
please contact the Bensenville Community Public Library at (630) 766-4642
and speak to Penny Mandziara, Kelly Watson or Karen D'Aversa. Or
visit the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award web site at: http://www.rebeccacaudill.org.
|01-130||ILLINOIS AUTHORS BOOK FAIR: This
year's Fair is October 26-27, 2001 at the Illinois State Library, 300 S.
Second Street, Springfield, IL 62701. It is presented by Illinois
Center for the Book Illinois State Library. For more information
visit the web site http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/library/isl/isl.html
or call 217-785-6925.
|01-131||3,300 SCHOOL LIBRARIES IN ILLINOIS
GET GRANTS FROM JESSE WHITE: Secretary of State and State Librarian
Jesse White has announced that he is awarding almost 3,300 school libraries
in Illinois grants from the Secretary of State's School Libraries grant
White said $1.37 million is being awarded state wide to 759 school districts, many of which have more than one school library. The grants, which may be used to provide more library books and other materials for students in public elementary and secondary schools, will benefit 1.8 million students.
"Illinois was the first state in the nation to enact a school library grant program, and thanks to this valuable funding our school libraries are among the best in the nation," White said. " Students depend on our school libraries for information that helps them become good student, and for other material that keeps them enlightened and entertained. In some of our communities, students do not have easy access to public libraries. They depend solely on their school library for the books and other material they need.
"School libraries provide the tools that allow students to develop more critical thinking skills. School library programs are a valuable asset in strengthening reading skills. They provide a positive environment where kids can interact with one another and make new friends. The research, evaluation and thinking skills students develop from school librarians and school library media specialists will last a lifetime."
"During my tenure as State Librarian, I have visited many Illinois school libraries and seen firsthand how they benefit students of all ages. I'll continue to do all I can to provide schools libraries with the resources they need to produce outstanding students."
Click on the following link to access grants
received by RPLS libraries: http://www.rpls.ws/archives/pnews/033001a.html
|01-132||GRANT IDEAS: As people look for
ways to "light the fire," they may want to look at the December 2000 -
January 2001 issue of Zero to Three: Bulletin of Zero to Three: National
Center for Infant, Toddlers and Families. This issue is devoted how
public libraries- community places that are devoted to individualized discovery
and learning throughout life - are reinventing themselves as welcoming,
emotionally, and physically safe places for all parents to come with their
babies and toddlers. This issue has a number of articles about innovative
and model programs from the other parts of the country. Articles include:
|01-133||THE ILLINOIS FAMILY EDUCATION INSTITUTE:
Institute is an Illinois effort to meet the professional development needs
of new and experienced administrators, teachers, and other direct service
staff working in family literacy programming through Summer
Bridges, Reading Excellence Acts, School Reading Initiatives, Family Reading/Story
Times, and many other programs. The Illinois Family Education Institute
offers five one-day workshops presented by experts in the fields of
program administration, program evaluation, interactive parent-child Activities,
parenting education and family support. For more information please contact
Angela at email@example.com for a brochure.
|01-134||TMQ MAY 2001 CATALOGING WORKSHOPS:
TITLE: BOOK BLITZ: How to Make MARC Records
that Really Work.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Good cataloging doesn't just happen. It takes special skills to make MARC records that will work well in each and every MARC-based library automation system out there. This workshop will introduce you to the core skills of good cataloging and MARC. Once you learn these skills and how to find your way around the basic cataloging tools, including the Anglo American Cataloging Rules (AACR2R), Library of Congress Rule Interpretations (LCRI) and the MARC coding standards (MARC 21), you will be able to apply them to catalog all of the various types of materials that you collect in your library, quickly and efficiently. Whether you are copy cataloging or making original records, this workshop will teach you the essential cataloging rules and MARC standards that you need to know. In no time, you'll see a radical improvement in your records.
At this workshop, you will learn how to find your way around AACR2, LCRI and MARC 21. You will also learn these 'Core Cataloging Skills': How to describe an item in enough detail for your user's needs, how to assign search terms, how to make and edit MARC tags, how to search for records and decide whether or not they truly match your items, how to create 'different edition' or 'near match' records, what 'good cataloging is, and why it is important, what 'bad' cataloging looks like, and how to correct it, how to add value to your library's most important non-human asset: its database!
The emphasis in this workshop will be on books. (P.S. More than 3 hours will be spent on dates alone!) This workshop will NOT cover subject headings or classification.
REQUIRED TEXT: "Cataloging with AACR2R and USMARC" by Deborah A. Fritz. Chicago : ALA, 1999. ISBN: 0838907288 (You must have the new, completely updated version, May 1999)
For anyone who catalogs, this text is an invaluable tool. However, if purchasing the required text is an issue, the Illinois State Library will have a few additional copies on hand to borrow. Also, 2 people can share one copy of the text.
If you have any questions or simply wish to register contact Suzanne Schriar at the Illinois State Library. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 4, 2001. However early registrations is highly recommended, since the maximum number of attendees is limited to 30 people. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 217-785-1533
THREE INTRODUCTION TO MARC WORKSHOPS OFFERED BY TMQ:
TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO MARC: A Beginner's
Approach to how MARC works in an Online Catalog (1 Day)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Just about everyone who works in a library nowadays should know something about MARC. Have you ever wondered: why a book can be found by its author and yet cannot be found by its title?, why only six books in Spanish appear to be in your database, when you know you have sixty?, why the video version of Hamlet cannot be found without wading through all the book versions of Hamlet in your collection?
You too can solve these fascinating types of riddles if you only know just a bit about some of those confusing codes in a MARC record. Come and join your fellow beginners to learn how to read a MARC record, and how to tell if some of the most important elements of the record are present and correct. We'll delve into the hidden mysteries of how MARC affects OPAC displays and indexing, the importance of fixed field coding, the need for correct indicators, why we need so many fields and subfields, how to read a USMARC record and talk MARC to catalogers.
If you have any questions or simply wish
to register contact Suzanne Schriar at the Illinois State Library. The
deadline for registration is Friday, May 4, 2001. However early registrations
is highly recommended, since the maximum number of attendees is limited
to 30 people per each session. Email: email@example.com
|01-135||WEB SEARCHING VIDEOTAPE AVAILABLE:
Web Searching: Jennie and Maxx Explain It All is a new instructional
videotape produced by the Bensenville Community Public Library. Appropriate
for all age groups interested in learning more about Web searching, the
fast-paced tape is especially appealing to middle school students.
The tape is based on finding that many students do not understand or use
search engines appropriately. When looking for information, they
tend to simply enter a keyword followed by .com. Web Searching:
Jennie and Maxx Explain It All illustrates in a lively, fun way how
that strategy is generally not appropriate. Examples of better methods
of searching are shown, and the tape is accompanied by a Web site with
documentation for every site mentioned. The tape is available to
Illinois libraries at no charge and may be ordered by sending a request
|01-136||INTERNET SEARCHING SITES:
For those of you that attended one of Linda Shaw’s Internet Searching workshops
at the RPLS Seminar, Linda has graciously posted the Web sites she talked
about on the Rochester Public Library’s Web site. Click on the following
link to access Linda's list: http://www.rochesterlibrary.org/index1a.htm
|01-137||LIBRARIANSHIP TEST: Click
on the following link if you would like to test your librarianship-ness!
|01-138||POLLING THE NATIONS GROUP PURCHASE:
the Nations is the most comprehensive collection of public opinion, with
information from not only in the United States but also more than 80 countries
around the world. The database includes the full text of the questions
and responses covering a broad range of issues.
Polling the Nations began in 1981 as a database of American public opinion published in a book format (American Public Opinion Index). Over the years the database expanded to include surveys from more than 80 other countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Africa, and Asia in an electronic format. First, as a CD-ROM and now as an on-line version, Polling the Nations is a powerful reference tool that provides a tremendous storehouse of information with quick access and easy searching capability for locating survey information.
There are 4500 topics in the Polling the Nations database. No other source even approaches this number. The subjects cover myriad issues such as gun control, abortion, government, women, race relations, the economy, and children. In addition to these recurring themes, episodic events such as the Clinton impeachment, the 2000 vote count in Florida, and the Elian Gonzales’ story are added in a timely fashion.
The cost of a single user annual subscription for this outstanding resource is only $495.00. However, members who order through RPLS will receive a discount of 25% off the prices listed below.
Annual subscriptions based on the number of concurrent users are:
Subscriptions based on FTE provide for an unlimited number of users per subscriber, for a year. The prices are:
Larger subscribers please contact ORS for a price.
For high schools, the pricing model is .50 FTE. In other words, an annual subscription for a high school with fewer than 1500 students would be:
Free Trial: Take Polling the Nations for a test drive. Call 800.462.8913 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free 30-day trial at no obligation. Be sure to mention that you are a RPLS Library!
Additional information is available at
the ORS website www.orspub.com.
|01-139||REVOKED CARDS: Please revoke card
numbers: 21202002960075, 212023060883, 212022981287, 212023021042, 212023058135,
212023057327, 212022817242, 212022981220, 212022594197, 212023021018, 212022974845,
212022836192, 212023026256, 212021991014, 2120230215996, 212022842828,
and 212023056675 for the Decatur Public Library.
|01-140||MISSING BOOKS: There are
two books lost in the system. The first one is "Teach yourself the
Internet in 24 hours", call # 604.67/SNE, item # 37590000068160.
The second book is "The Complete Wolf", call # [AOHS] 599.74BOM, item #37520000044713.
Please return via delivery if you find either of these books.
Athens Municipal Library is also
missing the following: "Magic Kingdom for Sale" by Terry Brooks.
Junior Fiction. Book barcode #37594000021252 Please return
via delivery if you locate this book in your library.
|01-141||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.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR, HELEN MATTHES LIBRARY, EFFFINGHAM, IL: Help design and plan a new 30,000 sq. ft. library on five acre lot in progressive city of 12,000+ located at the crossroads of Interstates 57 and 70. Responsible for the administration of the library with a staff of 10 and a budget of $370,000. Requires at least two years administrative and supervisory experience. Duties include long-range planning, fiscal and personnel management, public relations, and grant writing. Member of Rolling Prairie Library System and DRA consortia. MLS required. Salary from $32,000 DOQ/E. Excellent benefits. Send application, resume, and three references to: Search Committee, Helen Matthes Library, 100 E. Market Avenue, Effingham, IL 62401 by May 1, 2001.
Library Technical Assistant II, Richland
Community College is seeking applicants for a full-time Library Technical
Assistant. Qualifications: High School graduate or equivalent with thirty
semester hours of college or university course work. An Associate Degree
in a Library Technician Program and two years of library experience is
preferred. Responsibilities: Provide direct service to students, faculty,
and patrons by facilitating and maintaining the day-to-day operations including
circulation, reference, information assistance, and technical processing.
Provide bibliographic instruction to individuals and/or classes. Salary
Range: $7.25-12.40. Anticipated hiring range: $7.25-10.08. Position will
be open until filled. Initial screening will begin 3/30/01. Interested
applicants should forward a letter of application stating their interest
in the position, a resume, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers
of three references, a Richland Community College application form completed
in full and transcripts. Applications may be obtained by calling (217)875-7211,
extension 217. Applications should be forwarded to Krista Long, Human Resource
Specialist, Richland Community College, One College Park, Decatur, IL 62521.
An Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer.
|01-142||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, April 13, 2001. All submissions should arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2001, for inclusion in the newsletter. You may fax submissions to (217) 428-1852, or e-mail them to Amanda Standerfer at email@example.com or Angela Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.|