|Volume 12, Number 24||November 9, 2001|
Working with Boards & Budgets, Kelly Krieg-Sigman, director of the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
|November 14||DSC (Database Standards Committee) meeting, Richland Community College, 10:00 a.m.|
|November 14||November Ed2Go classes start. Register with Angela at email@example.com.|
Soaring to Excellence: Customer Service ...It's More Than Just a Smile, RPLS, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
|November 16||SVALC (Sangamon Valley Academic Library Consortium) meets at Millikin's Staley Library. Coffee at 9:00 a.m. Meeting starts at 10:00 a.m.|
CatMe Training Illinet/OCLC V-Tel, RPLS, 9:00 to 12:00 p.m.
|November 22||Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday.|
|November 23||Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday.|
ILA Resources and Technical Services Forum Technology Interest Group, Melick Library, Eureka College, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
|December 5||Medium Public meeting, RPLS, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.|
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT RPLS: Working with Boards & Budgets, Kelly Krieg-Sigman, director of the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein, Illinois, will be returning to RPLS this November to present this valuable all-day workshop on working with library boards. Ms. Krieg-Sigman will be giving practical advice on developing a good relationship with your board and working with them on the library's budget. Librarians will appreciate Ms. Krieg-Sigman's experience and candor during the workshop. Even if you feel you work well with your library board, we think you will be reaffirmed and rejuvenated by this workshop! Come with your own stories and questions. This workshop will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2001 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. A photo album of pictures taken during Kelly Krieg-Sigman’s last visit to RPLS, as well as pictures from the “Lighting the Fire” grant presentations are now available at http://www/rpls.ws/ltf/ltf01.htm.
New Ed2Go courses being offered for the first time in November are Performing Payroll in QuickBooks, Introduction to Microsoft Works Word Processor, Introduction to Corel Quattro Pro, Navigating Your Palm Pilot, Discover Digital Photography and Achieving Top Search Engine Positions. See the Education page at RPLS home page for a complete listing. http://www.rpls.ws/education.asp
Soaring to Excellence: Customer Service...It's More Than Just a Smile workshop is about how customer service is more than smiles; it is policies, remote access and more. This workshop is November 16, 2001 at RPLS from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SVALC will meet at Millikin College's Staley Library on Friday November 16. Plan for 9-10 am to be arrival, coffee, and so forth. We can start the meeting at 10 . Directions to Millikin are located at http://www.millikin.edu/staley/directions.html Contact Mary Jo Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org , Director, Henry Pfeiffer Library, MacMurray College if you have questions.
The CatMeTraining workshop is a V-Tel session that presents information on how to set up and use the Cataloging Microenhancer for Windows and a discussion of its effect on cataloging workflow including time and cost savings. This workshop provides hands-on experience. This workshop is November 16, 2001at RPLS from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
If you would like to register for any of these events please contact Angela at email@example.com
BOOKS COME TO LIFE WITH CHARACTERS: If you were not at the Forsyth library on Wednesday, November 7th then you missed a fun, entertaining, and educational event. The Lighting the Fire Costume Grant participants presented a workshop to introduce RPLS librarians to the collection of costumes they created through this grant. A parade showed the character costumes in action. Because just wearing a costume does not make you the character; Brett Rutherford a former Disney Personality trained those in attendance on the ins and outs of wearing a costume and how to move in the costume so that you become the character. Instructions were given on how to order and care for the costumes. All of the costume information with pictures, sizes, possible uses, and ordering information will be mounted to the RPLS web site in the next few weeks. Watch the next Prairie News for the Costume URL.
|01-371||IREAD winners: A winner of the 2002 $35.00 IREAD gift certificate was Pat Schlough, Lincoln Public Library.|
|01-372||2003 IREAD THEME: The 2003 IREAD theme was selected on Friday, Nov. 2. It is a movies / entertainment theme called "Lights! Camera! READ!" Start with the dozens and dozens of children's books that have been made into movies and you can see what a great base we have to work with.|
|01-373||A Feast of Children's Songs at Lincoln Library: Singer and songwriter Cat Catalani will perform at Lincoln Library in Springfield (326 S. 7th St.) on Sunday, November 18, at 2 p.m. in celebration of Children's Book Week. Her program, A Feast of Children's Songs, will feature songs about food and songs about Harry Potter. Ms. Catalani began her musical career at the age of 40, after following her youthful dream of earning a Masters degree in writing poetry, having her first book of poetry published, and teaching writing for five years at Stanford University. Cat is always engaging and warm on stage, bringing audiences together with her charismatic storytelling and presence. Cat performs around the Midwest and has been featured twice on cable television, including Media One's show "The Scene," broadcast to over 450,000 households in the Chicago area. Her music has received radio airplay on the folk program The Midnight Special (WFMT--Chicago) and its 60 syndicate stations nationwide, as well as WDCB--College of DuPage, WNUR--Northwestern University, WXOU in Michigan and WXJM in Virginia. Cat's CD, self-titled, has been released recently by Enthused Music. Her performance is being sponsored by the Friends of Lincoln Library and is free to the public.|
Meet Sarah Thomson Monday, November 19, 2001,
2 - 4 pm at Lewis & Clark Library System. Join us and hear Sarah share her
experiences as an author and editor.
Sarah Thomson, a native of the St. Louis area, is the author of The Dragon's Son, a retelling of the King Arthur story with an unusual twist: the story is narrated from the points of view of four different characters, each with a unique perspective on the great king and his reign. In a starred review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books predicted that "Legend lovers as well as fantasy readers will be captivated by these stories of Arthurian times," and Voice of Youth Advocates called the novel "a tale as rich in texture as a tapestry hung in King Arthur's hall." Until recently, Sarah was a senior editor with HarperCollins Children's Books, where she edited hardcover fiction and nonfiction, working with such authors and illustrators as Stuart J. Murphy, Franklyn M. Branley, Eileen Spinelli, Emily Arnold McCully, Tricia Tusa, Kay Winters, and Lynn Munsinger. She was responsible for a varied list, including the MathStart and Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science picture book series, as well as other fiction and nonfiction titles. Before moving to Harper Collins, she worked at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for five years. Now a full-time writer and freelance editor, Sarah lives in in Brooklyn, New York.
For more information, please visit her website at: home.earthlink.net/~slthomson/ Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Refreshments will be served. To register, send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sara at (618) 656-3216 x 142.
WHITE PROVIDES CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE TRAINING TO
LIBRARIANS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS THROUGHOUT ILLINOIS: Secretary of
State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that his office, the Illinois
Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) and the Illinois Coalition Against
Sexual Assault (ICASA) are training librarians and law enforcement officials
throughout the state about important programs available to victims of violence.
White said the goal of the training is to establish community libraries as central repositories and safe environments where victims of violent crimes can get information about local assistance and shelters as well as how to apply for crime victim's compensation.
"In working with the Court of Claims, I was concerned about the many victims of violent crimes who don't know where to go for safe shelter or to get help," said White. " In my position as the Clerk of the Court of Claims and the State Librarian, I felt we could coordinate efforts to get this important information to victims through community libraries.
"I want to thank the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault for helping us with this project. They play such an important role in helping crime victims and we want to do everything we can to make people aware of their services and the resources available to victims of violence."
White said the training will be coordinated through regional library systems in Illinois. Local advocates from domestic violence shelters will teach librarians and police officers about the cycle of violence in domestic situations and provide referral information for domestic violence shelters and services in their respective area of the state. Local advocated from sexual assault programs will teach librarians and police officers about the dynamics of rape and provide referral information for rape crisis centers and counseling available to victims of sexual assault.
In addition, the training will include detailed information on crime victim's compensation such as who is eligible hand how to help victims file applications. Under the Illinois Crime Victim's Compensation Act, victims of violent crime who have inadequate insurance or no source of funds to cover their expenses are eligible for compensation covering medical bills, counseling, lost wages and other expenses. The Court of Claims distributes $25 million per year to Illinois victims of violent crimes.
Each library will receive informational brochures for victims and posters to help make communities aware that the libraries are equipped to assist victims of violence. In addition, information for victims of violence is available through Secretary of State Jesse White's Web site at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
ELI [Every Library in Illinois]: On Wednesday, November 7th the Illinois State Library in it satellite videoconference-introduced libraries of Illinois to ELI. ELI is a one-stop location for up to date information about all of Illinois libraries. You are probably asking how can it be up to date? It is up to date because each library has been assigned a login and password so that they can update their own information. There is a wealth of information that you can find on ELI and a number of searches you can do. Check out ELI.
Where is ELI located? Go to http://www.finditillinois.org/ then click on the Libraries Icon and there is ELI.
How do I get a login and Password for my library? Go to ELI and click on the words “I need a login for ELI” and you will be given a screen that allows you to email directly for your login and password.
Why are there some fields I cannot change? There are 7 fields that can only be changed by staff at ISL. These are fields that are set-up and used by various departments of the Secretary of States Office and cannot be changed.
What if I would like to see a new category of information? Just email the ISL staff by clicking on the “contact us” icon. They encourage you to request changes or categories or new categories to make this the best source of information about Illinois libraries.
LIBRARY U: Library U offers free round the clock training for library patrons, students, and librarians. This is a grant project of the Shawnee Library System, River Bend Library System, Lewis and Clark Library System and Suburban Library System. Members of system staff have developed online courses on a variety of topics. Check out Library U at www.LibraryU.org
SLA Illinois / CALL Joint Lunch Meeting Perspectives on Technology for Knowledge Professionals: November 16, 2001 Register Now! (Registration forms must be received by November 9, 2001.)
Speaker: Ronald W. Staudt, a Professor of Law, he teaches computer law, Internet law and copyright law at the law school.
Program: Perspectives on Technology for Knowledge Professionals
The Internet and its World Wide Web, despite recent dot.com financial setbacks, continue to have a profound impact on the work of knowledge professionals. Leading business gurus and change experts urge all businesses and professions to recreate themselves, center on the customer, embrace youth and 'get the old ideas out." These forces of change, driven by the information revolution, pose challenges and opportunities for knowledge workers. Now is the time to seize the opportunities.
For more information, contact: Elizabeth Robertson at McBride Baker & Coles (312) 715-5749 Robertson@mbc.com
2001: The second annual Try-It! Illinois, a
statewide database trial, begins October 1 and continues through November 30,
2001. Provided as a service to ILLINET member libraries by Jesse White,
Secretary of State and State Librarian, and the Illinois State Library, Try-It!
Illinois is available to ILLINET member libraries, library staffs and library
This service has been established to save libraries time by consolidating and expanding database trials across the state. It is designed for the convenience of individual libraries and consortia and is not necessarily an evaluation tool for Illinois State Library purchases.
To participate, go to the Illinois State Library Web site at http://www.cyberdiveillinois/com/library/isl/isl.html Click on Try-It! Illinois. At the pop-up box, enter the username and password below. Please note they are case sensitive.
Each person should enter their own ZIP Code on the next screen to access Try-It! Illinois. Please respect the integrity of this service, which is limited to the Illinois library community. Comments can be sent to the Illinois State Library using the option provided. Appropriate comments will be shared with vendors. The Illinois State Library is committed to addressing access issues as promptly as possible.
Questions can be directed to Barbara Alexander at the Illinois State Library, 217.785.7334 or email@example.com
to your library: The ALA Public Programs Office is now accepting
applications for "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature", a new
traveling exhibition. The "Frankenstein" exhibit examines the intent of Mary
Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein", and encourages audiences to discuss Shelley's
and their own views about personal and societal responsibility as it relates to
science and other areas of life.
If your library is interested in hosting the "Frankenstein" exhibition between October 2002 and December 2005, please visit www.ala.org/publicprograms/frankenstein/ for more information and to download a grant application and guidelines. Applications must be postmarked by December 14, 2001.
In addition to the exhibition, participating libraries will receive interpretive and educational materials that help audiences examine Mary Shelley's novel and how it uses scientific experimentation as a metaphor to comment on cultural values, especially the importance of exercising responsibility toward individuals and the community in all areas of human activity, including science.
The exhibition and related materials were developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the U.S.
National Institutes of Health and the ALA and funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
If you have any additional questions, please contact Susan Brandehoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthrax Information: Over the past few weeks the news
media has been covering the cases of anthrax that have occurred on the East
Coast. Librarians have voiced concerns about the possibility of anthrax coming
into the library via U.S. Mail. The following web sites contain information
about anthrax that will help you to educate yourself about anthrax and give you
some possible guidelines to follow for dealing with an anthrax threat.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.bt.cdc.gov/Agent/Anthrax/Anthrax.asp
HOW TO HANDLE ANTHRAX AND OTHER
BIOLOGICAL AGENT THREATS
|01-382||ICN ROUTERS AVAILABLE: The ICN has between 40 to 60 FREE routers available for connecting to the ICN. These routers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We think that these routers would be especially useful to libraries that received partial Gates grant where the telecommunications equipment is not paid for. In order to receive a free router, request it when you send in your application, or signed quote. If have already sent in the application or signed quote, a faxed request for a free router can be sent to the ICN at 217-557-6550. If you have any questions, please call the Illinois Century Network at 877-844-2724 or Lighthouse Technologies at 877-305-1496.|
GIVEAWAY: Clinton high school has the following to giveaway 1997-1998 Books in Print. Call
the Clinton High School at 217-935-8337 x236 and leave a name and number.
There will be a drawing on Wed., Nov. 14.
Robert Morris College library has a set of _Contemporary Authors : a bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television and other fields._ published by Gale Research Inc.
They have about 185 volume & indexes to give to anyone who can come get them. They are currently deleting the records from our database and boxing them. However, They think there will be too many boxes to send them all at once via RPLS.
They are a branch campus of Robert Morris College, located in Springfield near the White Oaks Shopping Mall.
Please call Janet Frederick, Librarian at (217) 726-1657, if you are interested in having this very useful set.
FOUND: The following item was found in delivery:
Franklin’s Neighborhood by
Paulette Bourgeois & Brenda Clark
If this item belongs to your library, please contact Angela at email@example.com or call 429-2586.
If no one has contacted us in the next two weeks the book will be up for a giveaway.
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.
DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL SERVICES, LINCOLN LAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SPRINGFIELD, IL: Lincoln Land Community College is currently seeking a non-faculty, administrative associate librarian to coordinate operations of the Technical Services department. Responsibilities include cataloging, processing and some preservation; overseeing library activities in the absence of the Chair, Learning Resources; and working cooperatively with two faculty librarians in the day-to-day operations of the Learning Resource Center.
Other responsibilities include conducting library tours and library instruction at the main campus and six regional campuses; assisting at circulation desk during peak times; assuming reference desk duties on a regular basis; and acting as bibliographic liaison for one or more academic departments.
Position requirements include MLS or MIS from an ALA accredited school, knowledge of Library of Congress Classification Schedules and cataloging, and OCLC. Familiarity with DRA and online databases is a plus. Previous supervisory experience is helpful. Flexibility and a service-oriented philosophy is a priority and a willingness to work cooperatively in a rapidly evolving Learning Resource Center is required.
Starting salary range will be $40,132 - $46,821 per year with excellent benefits. Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, copies of all college/university transcripts, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references no later than November 16, 2001 to:
Lincoln Land Community College
LLCC is an equal opportunity employer and educator.
Check our job listings @ www.lincolnland.net
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, November 23, 2001. All submissions should arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2001, for inclusion in the newsletter. You may fax submissions to (217) 428-1852, or e-mail them to Doris McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org or Angela Thompson at email@example.com.