Volume 10, Number 20 October 15, 1999
The October Tech News can be found at
99-284 LIBRARY CALENDAR
October 16-19 ILA Conference, Navy Pier, Chicago.
October 20 DRA Meeting, Vespasian Warner PLD, Clinton, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
October 28 Building Earth's Largest Library Teleconference, LTLS, 2:00 -
October 28-30 ISLMA Conference, Holiday Inn Select, Decatur.
November 2 RPLS Round Table, Memorial Elementary School, Taylorville,
November 4 Weeding 101, RPLS, 9:00 - noon.
November 9 S/MSLN Meeting, Williamsville H.S., 4:00 p.m.
November 9 Reference Legal Research, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. - noon.
November 10 RPLS Board, DPL, 2:00 p.m.
November 10-14 AASL Conference, Birmingham, AL.
November 17 Storytelling Basics, RPLS, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
November 19 Soaring To Excellence, RPLS, Noon - 1:45 p.m.
November 25-26 RPLS Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
November 30, Dec. 1 Planning For Results, RPLS, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
99-285 MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Rolling Prairie held its membership meeting on
Thursday, October 14, at the Holiday Inn in Decatur. Librarians, trustees and
guests numbering over 80 were in attendance. Our first RPLS Awards were given
that evening. Karen Penn of Eisenhower H.S. in Decatur was awarded the Staff
Member of the Year. Library of the Year was awarded to the Maroa Public
Library District, Director Marilyn Gentle. There were two life time
achievement awards given. The first to Marilyn Metzger, retired Business
Manager of RPLS and Dr. Charles Hale retired director of the Staley Library at
Millikin University. A picture of the winners can be found on the web page
Congratulations to winners of door prizes at the meeting, Becky Wilson, Herrick
Public Library; Linda Shaw, Rochester PLD; Pamm Collebrusco, Riverton Village
Library; Karen Lindley, Eisenhower H.S.; Connie Poole, SIU School of Medicine;
Gina Jannink, Robert Morris College; Deb Sanders, Lincoln PLD; Chuck Hale, Mt.
Zion PLD; Carmen Epstein, Chatham Area PLD; Sue Chenoweth, Atwood-Hammond PLD;
Brandy Kommer, Ursuline Academy, Springfield; John Moorman, Decatur Public.
Featured speaker for the evening was Sarah Long, President of ALA. She spoke
on her theme for the year, Libraries Build Community. She gave these
guidelines to keep in mind when seeking new partners. 1. Assess your own
organization's strengths and weaknesses and understand how they can add value
to a partnership. 2. Evaluate what values and goals you are unwilling to
compromise in working with a partner. 3. Think about how your constituency will
view the partnership. 4. Consider your goals for partnering. Three RPLS
librarians helped Sarah talk about partnerships by relating their partnership
experiences. Malinda Evans of Vespasian Warner Library in Clinton, Debra Aper
of Adams Elementary School in Decatur, and Dave Zindel of RCC. It was a great
evening. We thank all who helped to plan the evening, those who participated
as table top leaders and all those who attended.
99-286 ILLINOIS STATE CURRICULUM CENTER MOVED: The Illinois State Curriculum
Center is now located at 3430 Constitution Drive, Suite 114, Springfield, IL
62604. We can be reached at our old 800 number-800-252-4822. We will be
getting new individual phone numbers, but we don't have them in yet.
99-287 REACHING FORWARD SOUTH: Local Library Assistant Receives Award; Thelma
Ball, Library-Aide at the Niantic-Harristown Community Unit School District #6
was chosen to receive one of the two Reaching Forward South Library Assistant
Awards. Ms. Ball received her award on Friday, September 24, 1999 at the
Reaching Forward South Conference held in Decatur, Illinois. This conference
is an annual event especially designed for library assistants and support
Ms. Ball was chosen as a winner because of the impact she has made on other
library staff, library patrons, and the library community as a whole. "She has
been the glue in the library program at Niantic-Harristown CUSD # 1, "according
to her nomination written by Jane Whalen also of the Niantic-Harristown CUSD.
The other Reaching Forward South Library Assistant Award winner is Denita "Dee"
Reed of the Cahokia Public Library District.
99-288 READ FOR THE FUN OF IT: Notices about the Summer Reading Program have
been distributed. Orders should be sent directly to ILA by December 1. Order
forms are also available through the ILA website.
99-289 SUSPENDED LIBRARY CARD: The following card has been suspended from
borrowing privileges at the Athens Municipal Library. Card number 187.
Contact Bobbi Benning at the Athens library if you have any questions about
this patron's card.
99-290 MID-ILLINOIS TALKING BOOK CENTER: Linda Dahl is the new Outreach
Specialist at the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center. She is replacing Ruth
Rademacker. She will be the primary contact for the Rolling Prairie Library
System and will begin doing library visits as time permits. If you want to
schedule a specific time, contact her; otherwise, she will just be dropping by
with materials and checking to see if you have any questions about the service.
Linda has recently retired after 16 years as a reference librarian at Fondulac
Library in East Peoria. Please call her at 1-800-426-0709 anytime you have
problems or questions.
99-291 ARE YOU A DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND
INFORMATION SCIENCE (GSLIS) ALUMNI? Please join us on the River Forest Campus
to Celebrate 50 Years of Graduate Education with "High Tea & Success Stories,"
Saturday, October 23, 1999, from 1:30-5 p.m. This event will provide you with
an opportunity to reconnect and network with other alums and to hear and share
our success stories. Carolyn Anthony, Illinois Library Association President,
will be the Keynote Speaker. Other speakers include: Prudence Dalrymple, Ann
Carlson, Michael Leonard and Peggy Sullivan to name a few. All money raised
from this event will be contributed to the newly established GSLIS Alumni
Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $35, $25 of which can be tax-deductible donation
to the GSLIS Alumni Scholarship Fund. If you cannot attend, but would like to
make a contribution to the scholarship fund, please feel free to do so.
Parking is available on campus. Registration Deadline is October 18. For more
information contact 708/524-6845. We're looking forward to seeing you on
Campus. Marie-Louise Settem, Graduate School of Library & Information Science,
Dominican University, 7900 West Division Street, River Forest IL 60305,
800/828-8475 (toll free), 708/524-6522 (direct line), firstname.lastname@example.org,
99-292 GIVEAWAYS: Barclay Public Library (Warrensburg) has the 1997 edition
of Thomas Register (33 vols.) to give away to the first library requesting it.
Please call 672-3621, or fax 672-8404 your request.
The Illinois State Historical library has 2 titles to give-away: 1. A 9 volume
set of Books in Print, 1998/99 ed., includes Titles, Authors, and Publishers.
2. A nearly complete, unbound, never-cataloged set of journals titled: Journal
of the IEST: the official publication of the Institute of Environmental
Sciences and Technology. Begins with 1973 to 1998. Please call Jane Ehrenhart
at ISHL at (217) 785-7945; first come, first served.
99-293 WORKSHOPS: CompuMaster will present a two-day workshop entitled
"Discovering the Secrets of Microsoft Access" with December and January dates
available in Illinois. Fee $399. Padgett Thompson will present "The Better
Business Writing Workshop" with November and December dates in Illinois. Fee
$159. KEYE Productivity Center is presenting "How To Deal With Unacceptable
Employee Behavior". November and December dates available in Illinois. Fee
$149. "How to Supervise People" is a one-day seminar presented by Fred Pryor
Seminars which has Illinois dates available in December. Fee $149. Fred Pryor
Seminars also is conducting "Business Writing For Results". November and
December dates available in Illinois. Fee $159. CareerTrack will offer
"Assertive Communication Skills" in Illinois in November. Fee $79. "Microsoft
Office" is the title of a one-day workshop presented by CareerTrack with
Illinois dates available in December. Fee $99.
99-294 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: The job notices printed in the Prairie News are
either submitted to the newsletter editor or taken from the University of
Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science Placement web site.
The address is: http://carousel.lis.uiuc.edu/~jobs/.
Youth Services Librarian. HELEN MATTHES LIBRARY, Effingham. Duties: develop
and implement services for toddlers to teens, collection development, outreach
to schools and daycare, reader's advisory, Summer Reading Program, Story Hour,
attend professional meetings, some cataloging and data entry. Requirements:
BA, experience working with and enjoying children, knowledge of children's
literature, computer experience (DRA is our vendor), friendly and helpful
attitude. Desired: MLS. Salary: $24,000 - $25,000 depending on experience and
education; health insurance, IMRF, vacation, personal days and sick leave.
Date available: January 3, 2000. Closing date: December 1, 1999. Apply to:
Normalie Strickland, Director, Helen Matthes Library, 100 E. Market Ave.,
Effingham, IL 62401. Ph. 217 342-2464. Notes: Submit resume with three
professional references and cover letter.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: The Northern Illinois Library System (NILS) is seeking an
experienced Executive Director to provide leadership for a multitype regional
library system headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. Consisting of 151 member
libraries in 11 counties, NILS is one of 12 systems in Illinois. Duties: The
Executive Director works closely with the board and member libraries in
planning and implementing core services to the members of the system; manages a
staff of 16 FTE and a $1.7 million budget. Requirements: MLS from an
ALA-accredited school, minimum of 8 years progressively responsible library
management experience, 4 years at the senior level including supervision of
professional and supervisory staff. Demonstrated oral and written
communication skills, a commitment to excellence, experience in managing a
networked environment, and a commitment to technology based service. Knowledge
of Illinois library community is preferred. Salary: Minimum starting salary
of $64,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience, with excellent
benefits. Regional travel required. Procedure for Application: Submit letter
of interest, resume and four references to: Barbara Burroughs, Chair,
Executive Search Committee, 1105 W. 2nd St., Rock Falls, IL 61071-1001.
Application review starts Dec. 1, 1999; search open until the position is
MULTI-TYPE LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT: The Alliance Library System, a
multi-type system serving 295 public, special/corporate, academic, and school
district libraries in a 14,008 square mile Central Illinois region, seeks a
creative, energetic, and experienced generalist consultant to work in the
Quincy area. The library development consultant serves as a member of the
professional staff directly responsible for planning, organizing, implementing
and monitoring major program efforts for multi-type library development and
cooperation and as a member of the Continuing Education Task Group. The
successful candidate must have a Masters Degree in Library Science (MLS) from
an ALA accredited library program, and five years of library experience of
which two years should be in an administrative capacity. Experience in at
least two types of libraries and in both urban and rural setting is highly
desirable. The successful candidate will (1) possess a broad knowledge of
library services and state/national library trends; (2) be able to work
effectively in a multi-type library environment; (3) be able to evaluate
situations, meet people easily, and possess good judgment; (4) function both as
a team member and a team leader in a decentralized organizational structure;
and (5) express themselves clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
Initiative, self-direction, and strong management skills are essential.
Position requires a valid Illinois Driver's License and involves considerable
driving/travel. Salary negotiable from $32,350 based on experience and
education. An excellent benefit package is included. Review of applications
will begin on November 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.
Send resume and letter of application to Lynne Jones, Executive Assistant,
Alliance Library System, 845 Brenkman Drive Pekin, Illinois 61554. (309)
99-295 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 October 29, 1999. All submissions should arrive on or before 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 26, 1999, for inclusion in the newsletter.