What is Lighting the Fire?
How can I be involved with
Lighting the Fire?
The Lighting the Fire
Lighting the Fire Grants
Lighting the Fire Picture Album
What is Lighting the Fire?
Lighting the Fire began as a two-day retreat
sponsored by the Illinois State Library for selected members of each of
the twelve Library Systems. Six members made up the RPLS delegation:
Amanda Standerfer, RPLS Staff; Stephanie Edwards, Weldon Public Library
District; Richard Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library District; Libby Letterly,
Williamsville High School; Joan Rhoades, Vespasian Warner Public Library,
Clinton; and Ryan Roberts, Lincoln Land Community College. This group
participated in activities that will encourage librarians to change the
way they think and create.
In turn, the group will have an opportunity
to work with RPLS Staff and library members to develop creative thinking
in our System. To support these activities, each System was awarded $60,000.
Of this award, $10,000 is to be used to support system-centered meetings
modeled after the original Lighting the Fire Summit as well as sessions
created for member librarians. The other $50,000 of the award will
be used for Lighting the Fire grants to be awarded during the summer of
2001 from RPLS directly to member libraries for the development of creative,
How can I be involved with Lighting the Fire?
RPLS will hold two Lighting the Fire training
sessions. The first will be on March 21, 2001 at Rock Springs State
Park in Decatur. Invited guests will learn about Lighting the Fire
and how to spread the fire throughout their libraries and the system.
The second Lighting the Fire training will
be on April 4, 2001 at Rock Springs Conservation Area and is open
to any library staff member within RPLS. Both sessions will focus
on how to think creatively, how to be a change agent, and how to make your
library and the Library System viable in the future. To register
for the April 4, 2001 training session, contact Angela Thompson at RPLS
at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (217)429-2586.
registration deadline for the April 4th Training is Friday, March 30th!!
A staff member from your library
must attend one of the two Lighting the Fire training sessions in order
to be eligible for the Lighting the Fire grants.
The Lighting the Fire Mission Statement
Lighting the Fire will free librarians
of the Rolling Prairie Library System to connect with their internal creative
sparks or 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
Our mission is to provide a structure and
process that will facilitate the development of innovative library services
in Illinois. We recognize that all parties – i.e. the Illinois State
Library, Library Systems, and library staff – have a role to play in building
this creative environment.
To achieve this, the following must happen:
By attending Lighting the Fire:
All parties will think more creatively about
Library staff will be able to translate creative
ideas into implementable projects.
The Illinois State Library will offer grants
within the context of a vision for future library services in Illinois.
The Illinois State Library will provide RFPs
that foster creative projects.
Library staff will write coherent, innovative
A proposal review process will be in place
that encourages and accepts creative ideas and allows reviewers to see
the possibilities in innovation.
RPLS is currently gathering information about
the future of services and relationships with libraries in the following
I will not be limited by conservative thinking.
I will view the exercises as a new way to
have fun and a new way to learn.
I will impose no limits on what is possible
(retreating back to the same old thing is not acceptable).
I promise to participate with enthusiasm,
willingness, and with the spirit of fun and adventure.
After both Lighting the Fire sessions, RPLS
staff will gather at a Staff Retreat to gather information from staff.
Shortly after all information is gathered and analyzed, a Lighting the
Fire Report will be developed. This Report will be posted on the
RPLS Web page in May 2001. After this report is issued, RPLS will
call for grants from member libraries that somehow embody the spirit of
the Lighting the Fire Report. RPLS has $50,000 to award in grant
monies to local libraries to help them implement innovative and creative
programs in their libraries and to serve as models for the rest of the
membership. Grant proposals will be due early in June, with grants
being awarded by June 30. Items from the Lighting the Fire Report
will then be merged with the RPLS Long-Range Plan.
Lighting the Fire Grants
Project - Sherman Public Library & Williamsville High School
Your Birthday - Rochester Public Library
of Macon County Libraries - Warrensburg Public Library, Argenta-Oreana
Public Library, Illiopolis Public Library, South Macon Public Library,
Maroa Public Library, Blue Mound Public Library, Mt. Zion Public Library,
Cerro Gordo Public Library, Forsyth Public Library & Decatur Public
Project - Weldon Public Library, Mt. Zion Public Library, Pana Public
Library, Herrick Township Library, Lovington Public Library, Warrensburgs
Public Library, Maroa Public Library, Elkhart Public Library & Taylorville
Training - Shelbyville High School
the Home Fires - Millikin University
Area Librarians - Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln Christian College,
Lincoln College & Lincoln High School.
the Road - Illinois Curriculum Center
to Dream, Dream to Read - Clinton Public Library
& Menard County School Librarian's Network
to Ride - Lincoln Library & Springfield Schools
- Shelbyville Public Library