|Volume 14, Number 19||September 12, 2003|
|September 15||SIRSI Cataloging I: Pre-Cataloging, RPLS, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.|
|September 15||School Library Grant, RPLS, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.|
|September 16||RPLS Board Meeting, RPLS, 1:00 p.m.|
|September 16||VIC/IO, RPLS, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.|
|September 16||First Search, RPLS, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.|
|September 17||Ed2Go Classes start.|
|September 17||SIRSI Cataloging 2: Basic Copy Cataloging Skills, RPLS, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.|
|September 18||Teen Summit: A Celebration of Teen Read Week, RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|September 22||LTA 101 Today's Libraries class begins, V-Tel RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
|September 22||LTA 220 AudioVisual Services class begins, College of Dupage Internet LTA.|
|September 23||LTA 205 Circulation Services class begins, V-Tel RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
|September 24||Customer Service for People with Disabilities (PWDs) - Webcast, RPLS, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|September 25||SIRSI Cataloging I: Pre-Cataloging, RPLS, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|September 25||SIRSI Cataloging 2: Basic Copy Cataloging Skills, RPLS, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.|
|October 1||SIRSI Users Group meeting, Lincoln Library, Springfield, 9:30 a.m.|
|October 8||Ed2Go Classes start.|
|October 8||Customer Service @ the Circ Desk: Non-Residents, Privacy, and Security, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to noon.|
|October 13||Columbus Day, RPLS is closed.|
|03-341||INTRODUCING: CLeO the new online Continuous Learning Opportunities database This new online database was created by Chris Deweese, the Webmaster at Lewis & Clark Library System. CLeO allows RPLS members to register for RPLS continuing education classes, receive automated email reminders for the classes that they've registered for, cancel their registration, track outside RPLS continuing education courses, view their continuing education credits and report them for their annual CE certification. Library Directors can request CE reports for their staff to report to their boards or use for staff evaluations. Create your own CLeO account today! If you have any questions about your CLeO account, contact Doris at email@example.com or 429-2586 ext. 18.|
|03-342||GRAND OPENING: Argenta-Oreana Public Library District invites you to the Grand Opening of it's new Oreana facillity on Sunday, September 28th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The new facillity is located on Route 48 on the west side of the road. Look for our new bright blue roof!|
|03-343||PAWNEE PUBLIC LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE: Please come join us at the Grand Opening of the new Pawnee Public Library at 613 Douglas on Tuesday, September 16th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.|
|03-344||REMINDERS: School Staffing Reports (html) (pdf) should be completed and returned to Bev Obert by December 1st. Remember to check the RPLS forms page for report forms and dates. RPLS 800 numbers are no longer available.|
WE THE PEOPLE BOOK GRANTS AVAILABLE:
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are accepting applications from public and
school (K-12) libraries for the We The People Bookshelf grants. Part of NEH's We
The People initiative, the Bookshelf project will award the 15 Bookshelf books
for young readers to up to 500 libraries across the country. Selected libraries
are required to present programs that highlight the theme of "courage" and
encourage young readers to explore these works.
Libraries interested in receiving the We The People Bookshelf grant can view the application and guidelines at www.ala.org/wethepeople or www.wethepeople.gov Applications are being accepted online until October 22, 2003 for Round One and February 15, 2004 for Round Two.
|03-346||SPONSOR AN AUTHOR: It is not too late to sponsor your local author or authors at the ILA Author Luncheon to be held on Friday, October 17, at the ILA Conference in Springfield. It is simple to sponsor an author. Complete the information on the back of the ILA registration form. Include authors name, some biographical information, and a list of the author's publications. Put your library 's name as sponsoring agency and pay the fee for the luncheon. Get publicity for your library and your local authors by sponsoring an author at the Luncheon. For more information contact Cynthia Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org, Christine Stupegia at email@example.com, or Bev Obert at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
SAFE HARBOR WEBSITE NOW LIVE!:
If you want to learn more about how to handle problem behavior in your library,
this is the site for you! What to say, what to do, what forms to use, sample
policies to utilize, procedures to follow . . . then plan to visit
Safe Harbor LIVE.
Librarians from nine Alliance Library System libraries developed this online manual so you can download what you need when you need it. Don't forget to bookmark this handy location and let us know if we have helped you.
Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
|03-348||SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION - ILLINOIS CHAPTER, MONTHLY MEETING: This meeting is being held on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at the La Strada's Top of the Plaza 155 N. Michigan Ave., 38th Flr. Chicago at 5:00 p.m. Reservation must be received by noon, Tuesday, September 16, 2003. For information about the meeting please e-mail, phone, or fax reservation to Marylyn Pfeiffer email@example.com 630-653-1115 (phone) 630-653-1691 (fax) or visit the SLA Illinois website.|
|03-349||GREAT LAKES [VOYAGER] USER GROUP CONFERENCE 2003 REGISTRATION: Register online to attend. Regular registration will close September 22nd, 2003. Late registration (September 22-October 3, 2003) will be assessed a $10 late fee. All payments must be received on or before October 3rd, 2003.|
FIREWALL OFFER: I am offering a hardware
firewall and installation for $300 for any library that wants it. This will
block any of the new worms that exploit the RPC vulnerability in Windows 2000
and XP. These worms are NOT spread by email and antivirus programs will not stop
them. They come in direct from the Internet and can only attack machines that
are using public IP addresses.
The libraries most exposed are those with direct
connections to ICN. If a library already has a Linksys or Netopia firewall
because they have their Internet connection through cable modem or DSL, they are
already protected. Some wireless Internet is safe, some is not.
ALA GRAPHICS DISCOUNT IS BACK: Rolling Prairie
Library System will be making a group order from the fall 2003 ALA Graphics
catalog this fall. All items will receive a 25% discount with the shipping
split amongst the libraries that order based on the number of items ordered.
How do you participate? Look at your Fall 2003 ALA Graphics catalog. (RPLS will have a few extra to send out if you need one.) Select the items that you want. Send an email to Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order; include your library name, address, name of person ordering, the item number and the name of the item, number ordered, and unit cost. Your order must be received by Sept. 30. The materials will then arrive around the 15th of October, just in time for Teen Read Week Oct. 19-25. Rolling Prairie will bill you for the order in November.
Take advantage of this offer to purchase some of the teen read products. For a look at the products go to ALA's online catalog.
Attend the Teen Summit: A Celebration of Teen Read Week Thursday, Sept 18, 9:00 am at RPLS to learn more about this special week and get a further incentive for purchase of teen read items.
|03-352||DISCOUNTS: Members of RPLS have access to discounts from several library supply and materials vendors. A complete listing of discounts, the amount of the discount, the procedures for obtaining the discount can be found in the RPLS procedures manual on the RPLS Vendor Discounts page. In these difficult economic times, these discounts can be very helpful.|
|03-353||CONFERENCE ON ILLINOIS HISTORY: This conference is being held at Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in Springfield on October 9-10, 2003. The cost for conference is $40 for pre-registration, walk-in registration $45. Reservation due by October 30th. For additional information, contact Donna Lawrence, IHPA, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701, by email at email@example.com, or phone 217-785-7933. Additional program information and a registration form is available online. Angela at RPLS has copies of the program.|
ILLINET MEMBER LIBRARIES: The Illinois State Library
and an ad hoc planning committee are working together with OCLC to investigate
some exciting alternatives to the current transaction based pricing model for
OCLC services. To date, ILLINET/OCLC Services is the only OCLC Network that is
pursuing the implementation of a completely revised pricing formula that will
best serve the needs of all our member libraries. Transaction based pricing has
proven to be a tremendous disincentive for OCLC use and has resulted in many
requests from member libraries for a different pricing methodology.
The model under investigation has the potential to ensure a greater cost benefit for using a wide range of OCLC products. For example, for an overall annual subscription price, OCLC would provide unlimited access to cataloging, interlibrary loan, and the FirstSearch reference services to all Illinois OCLC member libraries. Also included in that annual price would be OCLC access charges (OCLC telecommunications). Predictable bills would be ensured for unrestricted usage. We are excited and confident that a new OCLC pricing structure would simplify the OCLC billing data and budget planning process for libraries. More importantly, unlimited usage of OCLC would result in greater resource discovery and sharing throughout Illinois.
The OCLC pricing model currently under investigation will take into account the variance of individual libraries' materials' budgets, as well as their current OCLC usage. Toward that end, we are exploring the option of customizing the annual costs for OCLC services on a sliding scale, based on individual materials' budgets. In order to determine the best approach for distributing these OCLC costs, we are asking that all Illinois libraries (with the exception of public libraries) submit their latest materials' budget figures.
Please note: Public libraries, because they have already submitted materials' budget data to the Illinois State Library as part of the annual report process, do not need to respond to this inquiry. All other libraries (academic, school, special), please respond to this inquiry.
Simply email your materials' budget figure to:
The materials' budget figure should include one bottom line number that encompasses your most recent annual budget for the acquisition of all format types including, books, serials, visual, mixed, maps, scores, sound recordings, computer files, electronic resources (e.g., e-journals, e-books, etc.). Do not include associated processing costs, such as pockets, labels, covers, tape, bindery, barcodes, and supplies for maintaining and repairing library materials.
You will be kept apprised of all progress made in the
development of this exciting and highly beneficial OCLC billing model. Thank you
for your cooperation and assistance.
American Library Association Offers Grant for Technology
Deadline: December 1, 2003
The American Library Association invites applications for the SIRSI Grant Award, an annual award of $10,000 designed to encourage and enable continued advancements in quality library services for a project that makes creative or groundbreaking use of technology to deliver exceptional services to its community. The award is funded by the SIRSI Corporation.
Eligible libraries include public, academic, school, and special (i.e., medical, law, government, corporate, or museum).
The criteria for selection include the potential for impact for the community served by the project; evidence that the project will serve as a model, with potential to be adopted by other libraries; the potential of the project to effect changes lasting beyond the immediate life of the grant; technical soundness; and an appropriate and efficient use of funds to accomplish project goals and objectives.
Complete program guidelines and application forms are available at the ALA Web site.
Many ALA awards nominations are due on December 1st. Many ALA awards do NOT require ALA membership. Be sure to carefully read the award criteria.
ILLINET InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Traffic Form: Thank you for the wonderful response we have already received from ILLINET member libraries! The Library Research Center began receiving completed ILLINET ILL Traffic Forms for FY2003 within hours of the e-mail message that was sent out August 6, 2003. Jean Wilkins, Director of the Illinois State Library, has asked all ILLINET member libraries (academic, public, school and special libraries that are full members of their regional library systems) to complete the form, whether or not the library participates in interlibrary loan activity. The results will be helpful in planning for future programs and will also provide a statewide picture of the level of interlibrary loan transactions.
The due date for submitting the FY2003 ILLINET ILL Traffic form to the Library Research Center at UIUC is Monday, October 6, 2003. The LRC address and fax number are on the bottom of the second page of the form.
While some libraries received the ILLINET ILL traffic form via e-mail, all libraries have been mailed a copy of the ILLINET ILL traffic form. If the library has already completed the form and sent it to the LRC, there is no need to send in a second form. The ILLINET ILL traffic form is one of many "all libraries" mailings from the Illinois State Library. In the interest of time, these mailings are set up to go to all ILLINET libraries, whether or not they may have already responded to the issue being covered. So if a library has already submitted the requested ILLINET ILL statistics for FY2003, there is no need to send another copy.
If your library has not yet received a copy of the ILLINET ILL Traffic form in the mail, please let us know. Here is copy of the form ILLINET InterLibrary Loan Traffic Form (pdf).
Libraries wishing to verify that their form has been received or to get a copy of their already submitted report can contact Annette Lesak at the LRC/UIUC firstname.lastname@example.org or 217.333.1980.
Questions about the Illinois State Library's ILLINET InterLibrary Loan Traffic Form can be directed to Barbara Alexander, email@example.com or 217.785.7334.
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, TUSCOLA PUBLIC LIBRARY, TUSCOLA, IL: The position of Library Director for the Tuscola Public Library will be open as of November 2003. The Board is currently seeking applications. Preferred qualifications include an MLS from an ALA accredited university or previous experience as a Library Director. New or soon to graduate applicants are encouraged. Salary range is $20,000 to $24,000 with full benefits. To apply, send a resume, references, and cover letter to Dorothy Voyles, c/o Tuscola Public Library, PO Box 138, Tuscola, IL 61953. For more information call the Library at 217-253-3812.
REFERENCE LIBRARIAN, CHATHAM AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY: Reference Librarian, Chatham Area Public Library. Full time pos. includes evening and Saturday hours. Bachelor's degree required, MLS preferred. Library experience and computer proficiency required. Customer service skills a must. Benefits. Send resume to: Linda Meyer, Chatham Area Public Library, 600 East Spruce St., Chatham, IL 62629 by September 15, 2003.
ACCESS SERVICES COORDINATOR AND RESEARCH/INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN. MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY, DECATUR, IL: This position offers the unique opportunity to be involved in all aspects of librarianship, in a team environment where open dialog is common practice and new ideas are welcomed and encouraged.
Share reference service and collection development responsibilities with the other librarians, and participate in a very active research instruction program. Manage the library's access services, including supervising the circulation services and staff. With the University Librarian, the librarians collaborate in long-and short-range planning and overall management of all Staley Library services. Faculty rank equivalent (not tenure track).
Position available immediately. A complete description of responsibilities is available online.
· Masters Degree in Library Science (MLS or comparable) from an ALA accredited institution.
· Relevant work experience in an academic library highly desirable, especially in the provision of reference and library instruction using both traditional and electronic approaches.
· Supervisory experience preferred.
· Enthusiasm, flexibility, a sense of adventure, and willingness to learn and to pitch in are musts.
· Effective interpersonal, collegial, verbal (including presentation and teaching) and written skills important; service commitment essential; ability to work well both independently and as part of a team; comfort with details and change.
For more information, see the library's extensive web site.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT RPLS: You may register for any of these events on-line at CLeO,
if you have any questions please contact Angela at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 429-2586.
ON-SITE TRAINING AVAILABLE: Pam Ewing, Information Services Trainer, is available to come to your library to do one-on-one or group training for your library staff. This is in addition to the scheduled training classes and library requested training held in the RPLS Computer Lab. If you would like to schedule training in your library give Pam a call at 217 429-4522 x22 or email at email@example.com.
FIRST SEARCH: sessions are intended for all member libraries and will be a practical hands-on course of searching this database, and how it can be used to obtain books, photocopies and other materials for your patrons. Qualifies for 2 CPDU's RPLS/ISBE recertification. This session is being held at RPLS, September 16, 2003 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
SIRSI CATALOGING I: PRE-CATALOGING Get an overview of the SIRSI system and basic computer skills review. An introduction to the SIRSI NETCAT environment for cataloging. Overview of navigation, searching, and using keypad options. Introduction to MARC fields and the vocabulary of cataloging. For new staff, or those untrained in SIRSI NETCAT, who want a hands-on introduction and computer practice. Contact Jo McLain, firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information. This workshop is being held at RPLS, September 15, 2003 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and September 25, 2003 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
VIC/IO To learn how to use VIC (Virtual Illinois Catalog ) and IO (ILLINET Online). Pam Ewing, RPLS Staff, will demonstrate searches of the Virtual Illinois Catalog (VIC) and ILLINET Online. VIC is a Web interface to the IL. System LLSAPs (Local Library System Automation Projects). Through a standard Web browser connected to the VIC home page, you are able to search most of the LLSAP online catalogs, either one-at-a-time or simultaneously. You will also be shown how to request items through IO and how to search ILLINET Online, a resource sharing system for the 57 ILCSO Libraries that can be searched via the World Wide Web. This workshop is being held September 16, 2003 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
SIRSI CATALOGING 2: BASIC COPY CATALOGING SKILLS Get hands-on instruction in how to locate cataloging information for books or other items; searching for Bibliographic Records in NETCAT; attaching Item Records in NETCAT; performing item maintenance or item inventory activities. For new staff, or those with only basic familiarity with SIRSI NETCAT, who already have had some training on the SIRSI system and modules and have good computer skills. Prerequisite: Completion of Cataloging 1 (Pre-Cataloging) is recommended but not required. Those who have some familiarity with or previous training in the SIRSI NETCAT environment should start with Cataloging 2. Contact Jo McLain, email@example.com, for further information. This workshop is being held September 17, 2003 and September 25, 2003 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Ed2GO - Rolling Prairie Library System offers to its members six week computer based training courses at your own desktop at a very reasonable cost. If you are looking for a way to provide continuing education opportunities for your staff, this is a very cost effect method of delivery. Course offerings include: Internet Courses, Computer Courses, Certification Prep Courses, Writing Courses, Personal Enrichment Courses. Courses are starting on September 17th and October 8th.
TEEN SUMMIT: A CELEBRATION OF TEEN READ WEEK You are not alone! Come and join other Illinois young adult librarians for the sharing of ideas and materials to enhance your celebration of SLAMMIN @ your library, Teen Read Week, October 19-25. Around the Table, a discussion on establishing a Teen Coffeehouse and holding Teen Poetry Contests. This workshop is being held September 18, 2003 at RPLS from 9:30 to 12:00 p.m.
CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (PWDS)-WEBCAST Connect to the Internet to view this Webcast (To enjoy this Webcast from your own computer register with Jill Heffernan, ISL, information below.) OR Register through RPLS CLeO and attend this Webcast at RPLS. (You can then discuss and exchange ideas with your fellow attendees, and not be concerned about setting up for the Webcast, and school librarians can get 2 CPDUs for attending the session at RPLS.) This workshop is being held at RPLS on September 24, 2003 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
CUSTOMER SERVICE @ THE CIRC DESK: NON-RESIDENTS, PRIVACY, SECURITY The circulation desk is the center of patron contact at the library. Staff members that work the circulation desk don't just check out books but must also follow library policy, state laws, and do it with a smile! This workshop will look at customer service at the circulation desk beginning with approachability, making eye contact, active listening, and body language. Then a review of the new non-resident rules, privacy of patron records laws, and security issues will be presented. Library staff that attends should bring a copy of their library's policies with them for reference. This workshop is being held at RPLS on October 8, 2003 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
|03-358||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, September 26, 2003. All submissions should arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2003, 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|