|Volume 12, Number 25||November 23, 2001|
|November 22||Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday.|
|November 23||Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday.|
|November 27||DRA Circulation Training , RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and First Search, RPLS, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.|
ILA Resources and Technical Services Forum Technology Interest Group, Melick Library, Eureka College, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
|December 1||"What's My Job?" Trustee Workshop, RPLS, 8:30a.m. to noon.|
|December 5||Medium Public meeting, RPLS, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.|
OCLC/ILL Web Version and ILL/MicroEnhancer, RPLS, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
|December 11||OCLC/ILL Web Version and ILL/MicroEnhancer, RPLS, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.|
|December 20||First Search, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and DRA Circulation Training, RPLS, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.|
|December 24||Closed for Christmas Holiday.|
|December 25||Closed for Christmas Holiday.|
|December 31||Closed for New Year's Holiday.|
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT RPLS: "What's My Job?" trustee workshop, Are you a new trustee with lots of questions? Have you been on the board for years but want to know more? Have you been elected as an officer of the board and suddenly feel you don't know what to do?
IF you can answer YES to one of these questions then this workshop is for you. This workshop is Saturday, December 1, 2001 at RPLS from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
If you would like to register for any of these events please contact Angela at email@example.com
|01-389||RPLS STAFF NEWS: Matt Wilkerson has resigned as RPLS Technology Consultant effective November 29, 2001. He is leaving to become the Systems Administrator at Decatur Public Library. Matt has been on staff of RPLS since 1999 coming to RPLS fro Whitman-Hart. Matt has been instrumental in assisting RPLS libraries with their technical problems and will be sorely missed at RPLS. Matt has also been responsible for improvements in the RPLS web pages. It is nice to know that he will still working within the RPLS system.|
|01-390||RPLS DELIVERY: Libraries please return all RPLS delivery bags.|
Deadline Reminder: The School Grants (Per Capita) are due to Bev Obert firstname.lastname@example.org at RPLS by Monday, December 3rd.
Special Interest Groups: Now available on the RPLS Links page http://www.rpls.ws/links.htm are the minutes and meeting dates for many of the special interest groups at RPLS (Capital Area Consortium, Small Pubs, Medium Pubs, Sangamon/Menard School Librarians, Sangamon Valley Academic Library Consortium, and Free-Form-Free-For-All). We hope this will aid members of these groups in keeping informed, should they miss a meeting. If you are interested in joining a special interest group, this information may help you in deciding which group you would like to join. Minutes and updated meeting information should be sent to Doris McKay email@example.com for posting on the RPLS website.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Mark your calendars! Mark your staff members’ calendars! Rolling Prairie Library System invites its member libraries and all their staff to “Grow With a Pro”. RPLS has as the result of the LSTA “Grow With a Pro” grant scheduled Kevin Lawson to present three “Gung Ho” workshops. The first will be at Lincoln Library in Springfield on Wednesday, February 27th from 1 to 4 pm. The second will be at Shelbyville PL on Wednesday, March 27th from 1 to 4 pm. The third will be at Decatur PL on April 24th from 1 to 4 pm. See the Continuing Education <http://www.rpls.ws/education.asp> page for additional information, and be sure to sign yourself and your staff up for this unique opportunity to increase the enthusiasm, job satisfaction and creativity in your library.
CALL/SLA Holiday Reception:
Tuesday December 4th 5-7 pm
The Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd
Proper attire must be worn so as to adhere to the club's dress code.
$25 per person ($30 for non-members, $20 for students, retirees and unemployed) includes a delicious array of appetizers, desserts, coffee, tea and a coupon for a beverage of your choice (soda or alcohol)
Happy Holiday! You are cordially invited to join the Chicago Association of Law Libraries and the Special Libraries Association as we celebrate the holiday season!
Tuesday, December 4th, these two groups will gather at the Union League Club for a holiday reception. Strolling Carolers will entertain us with a festive repertoire of many of the season's favorite songs.
Once again, SLA and CALL will be asking its members to bring a new, unwrapped book to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of the Union League Club of Chicago. Last year, association members collected over 125 books for these deserving boys and girls.
Please RSVP by Thursday November 29th to:
10128 Avenue J
Chicago, IL 60617-6009
Payment should accompany your RSVP and checks should be made payable to SLA Illinois.
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT STAR-ONLINE?: School librarians will
want to check out this information. STAR-Online is a program available to
Illinois Schools through Western Illinois University. It is an ISBE approved
provider for continuing education. There are 32 online, self-paced, interactive
technology modules for classroom teachers. You can find more information by
going to http://star-online.org/
Ameritech has scholarships to help schools support CE through STAR-Online. To see this information click on special announcements and then scroll down the page and you will see: Ameritech Supports Illinois Schools (Scholarships).
|01-396||Children Can Investigate the Cosmos Through Club Space Place: Young people visiting libraries throughout Illinois are on the launch pad and ready to blast off into exciting space adventures through a new collaboration between the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Space Place, developed by NASA, provides discovery-based online activities focusing on space sciences and technologies. In conjunction, ILA has created Club Space Place, available in the Kids Enter Here section of the ILA Web site <http://www.ila.org/kids/spaceclub.shtml> , which contains curriculum called "Build a Mars Habitat" and "Calling All Explorers!" These fantastic learning tools teach children and adults space exploration and technology in fun, new ways. "Club Space Place adds a new dimension to earth and space science education, extending Illinois libraries' tradition of encouraging its visitors to explore their interests," said Arthur P. Young, ILA president. "With this collaboration, visitors will be able to delve into the wonderment of the universe through curriculum that encourages individual discovery of space and space sciences." The ILA Web site also provides a link to NASA's Space Place Web site at http://www.spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov. Nearly 100 images - from Buzz Aldrin taking a walk on the moon to colliding galaxies - can be accessed from the NASA site through the "Goodies For Teachers" section by clicking on the schoolhouse icon. The site is abundant with exciting space projects and facts for children, parents, and teachers alike.|
Michele Goc of the St. Charles Public
Library sent the following message. "If your library owns Meet J. K. Rowling by
S. Ward from PowerKids Press, you should know that one of the websites www.okukbooks.com listed at the
bottom of the index page is now a pornographic site. (Pam Kramer checked this --
don't go there!)
From PUBYAC Terry Lambert, a Youth Services Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org says the November/December American Girl Magazine lists a website "puppy love" which is for a pornographic site. (Pam Kramer has not verified this, but be aware.)
|01-398||speaking engagements: James Bennett is Looking for Speaking Engagements. Barb Lintner, The Urbana Free Library, has informed librarians that James Bennett, Bloomington, Illinois resident and author of award winning YA novels including Dakota Dream and I Can Hear the Mourning Dove is interested in booking classroom and library visits. To contact him or for more information see www.jameswbennett.com. He has spoken at Lincoln Trail Libraries System and many libraries in Illinois but is interested in widening his contacts throughout the state.|
ILL STATISTICS DUE: Earlier this year the
Illinois State Library mailed copies of the July 1, 2000--June 30, 2001
Interlibrary Loan Traffic form to all ILLINET member libraries. If you have not
completed the form, please do so as soon as possible, returning the form to the
Library Research Center at UIUC by Monday, December 3rd.
It is important to us as a library community to collect this information. The fact that your library does not do any interlibrary loan activity is just as important as what kind of interlibrary loan activity occurs in other libraries. Even if your statistics are not complete for the entire year, please send the information you have.
Also, please continue to use the current form for your ILL statistics for the year that began July 1, 2001 and ending June 30, 2002. We will be collecting ILL statistics again this year, and it is always helpful to have previous and on-going numbers which may indicate trends.
FYI: ILLINET member libraries are those libraries in good standing with their regional library system. The ILL Traffic form applies to all types of ILLINET member libraries: academic, public, school, and special.
Please contact Barbara Alexander with questions. You may reach her at email@example.com or 217-785-7334. Our office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, re-opening on Monday.
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.
|01-401||December 2001 ILA Reporter: The December 2001 ILA Reporter is off to the printer, and will be in the mail by the end of the month. For a sneak preview, the December 2001 ILA Reporter is already up on the ILA Web site http://www.ila.org/pub/reporter.htm Check it out.|
2002 ILA Annual
Conference: Next year's conference will be
September 24-28, 2002, at Navy Pier in Chicago. The conference hotel is Holiday
Inn Chicago City Centre (300 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611; phone:
312-787-6100; fax: 312-787-6259). $169 single; $179 double.
If you are interested in presenting a program at the conference, please submit a conference program proposal to the ILA office by Friday, 11 January 2002. The conference proposal form is available in the Illinois Library Association Handbook of Organization and Membership Directory, 2001-2002 edition, pages 56-60 and on the ILA Web site www.ila.org/events/proposal.htm
|01-403||Endowment Fund Challenge Grant: Time is running out. Back in September, the Illinois Library Association's Endowment Fund received a challenge grant from an anonymous donor. For every three dollars raised by the membership, one dollar will be donated to ILA, up to $5,000. That means we, as the membership, can raise up to $15,000. But we only have until the end of the year. The October 2001 ILA Reporter announced this challenge grant (page 25) and provided a form for your tax-deductible contribution. To date, we have collected $1,728. We look forward to receiving your contribution before the end of the year. Thanks.|
ILA PUBLIC POLICY
Illinois State Projected Budget Deficit and Proposed Anti-terrorism Legislation
at its Tuesday, November 13, 2001, meeting, the Illinois Library Association's
Public Policy Committee discussed a variety of issues from the projected $500
million projected deficit in the state budget to the proposed anti-terrorism
Spurred by the economic downturn and growing medical costs for public employees and Medicaid recipients, Governor George H. Ryan plans to ask the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Board of Higher Education to give back a combined $50 million as their contribution to the cause. The balance of the shortfall will come from 2 percent cuts for all state agencies.
At the 2001 ILA Annual Conference, ILA Membership, recognizing that increased funding is not likely this year, determined that the association will not exclusively focus upon aggressive lobbying for specific programmatic increases. Instead, the association will adopt an educational and marketing campaign focused on issues, such as the importance of funding maintenance for critical existing library programs and services, bridging the "digital divide," and raising the base of library services and information resources available for all citizens.
While much of the committee's discussion on Tuesday focused on the state's budgetary situation, it was noted that the Governor will push for $17 million in spending increases for anti-terrorism initiatives. In addition, the Committee discussed the more than 70 page anti terrorism legislation (House Bill 2299) proposed by Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, which will be considered by the Illinois General Assembly during the 2001 Fall Veto Session. ILA reviewed the recent amendments, has been in contact with persons drafting provisions, other interest groups and legislative staffers, and most notably, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois.
The ILA Public Policy Committee is recommending to the ILA Executive Board that the association remain neutral on this proposed legislation. The Committee believes that HB 2299 does not infringe on the U.S. Constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures contained in the Fourth Amendment. Furthermore, the Committee believes that HB 2299 does not impact the association's fundamental principles.
It is anticipated that the legislation will be out of the Illinois Senate this week and will be reviewed by the Illinois House of Representatives after Thanksgiving, namely, November 27-29, 2001.
Next ILA Executive Board Meeting The next ILA Executive Board meeting is Friday, November 30, 2001,10:00 a.m. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Library Computer Systems Office (ILCSO), 501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820-6211; phone: 217-244-7593; fax: 217-244-7596. The meeting is open to the public and attendance is welcomed.
2001: Try-It! Illinois ends November 30,
2001. To participate, go to the Illinois State Library Web site
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.
Try-It is 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 users.
Questions can be directed to Barbara Alexander at the Illinois State Library, 217.785.7334 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|01-404||THE 2001 McCUSKER LECTURE: It will be held in the Loop this year at the Chicago Bar Association, located at 321 South Plymouth Court (near the Harold Washington Library Center). The date is Thursday, November 29, 2001 from 3-7 p.m. The speaker is Kathryn Deiss speaking on "Leading with Heart and Mind: How We Create Society". Please register by contacting Elisa Topper at (708) 524-6848 or email@example.com For a flyer contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org .|
GIVEAWAY : The following item was found in delivery
and has not been claimed,
if you would like this item
for your library, please contact Angela at email@example.com or call 429-2586.
It will be given away on a first come first serve basis.
Franklin’s Neighborhood by
Paulette Bourgeois & Brenda Clark
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.
TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT, ROLLING PRAIRIE LIBRARY SYSTEM, DECATUR, IL: Rolling Prairie Library System in Decatur, Illinois is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Technology Consultant. The position will be responsible for providing a wide-range of automation-related consulting assistance to all type of libraries in out 13-county service area. The position will also require working with other Rolling Prairie staff on the development and use of technology in our own office and the supervision of staff that support a wide area computer network. Requirements include a two-year degree in computer science or a related discipline and relevant work experience, familiarity with local and wide area networks, knowledge of Internet services and protocols, and the ability to discuss automation technology and applications with non-technical people from a variety of backgrounds. Desired knowledge includes WIN 9X/2000, VMS and Exchange operating systems, Cisco firewalls/routers, personal computer hardware technology. Salary: $34,000 - $36,000 depending on experience and qualifications plus good fringe benefits. Submit letter of application and resume to Paul Johnson, Assistant Executive Director, Rolling Prairie Library System, 345 W. Eldorado, Decatur, IL 62522 prior to December 5, 2001. An Equal Opportunity Employer.
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, December 7, 2001. All submissions should arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 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.