|Volume 11, Number 15||July 21, 2000|
|July 21||CAC Meeting, RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
|July 27||Illinois Century Network Informational
Meeting, RPLS, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
|August 8||IREAD Brainstorming, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30
|August 10||District Library Election Law Workshop
with Steven Bean, RPLS, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
|August 15||Small Public Libraries Meeting, Herrick
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
|August 18||Bibliostat Test Project Participants Meeting,
RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
|August 28||Auditing Workshop, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to
PUBLIC LIBRARIES, NEW ISL PROJECT:
The Illinois State Library is conducting a test of the Bibliostat product
to determine its benefit to public libraries throughout Illinois.
Each library system has been asked to identify 6 librarians who would be
interested in participating in this test.
Bibliostat is a CD-ROM product that uses the statistical data produced through the IPLAR, the Public Library Data Survey from the Public Library Association, and the Public Library Survey from the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Federal State Cooperative System. The Bibliostat product takes this statistical data and allows the user to make queries and comparisons on a variety of variables instantly. Volunteers will receive a free copy of the Bibliostat CD-ROM and be asked to use it, play with it, and evaluate its usefulness in determining the strengths, weaknesses and needs of their libraries. Volunteers will be asked to report their opinions both positive and negative to the Illinois State Library. All volunteers must:
1. Attend a free training session from
9-noon on Friday, August 18 at RPLS. This will be a demonstration
of the product with ample time to ask questions. It will not be a hands-on
training. Attendance is mandatory.
The names of the first 6 respondents will
be forwarded to the Illinois State Library as the participants from RPLS.
You must respond by Friday, July 28, 2000. So, if you are interested
and able to attend the workshops please email or call Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
|00-245||REMINDER: Starting September 1,
2000, RPLS will no longer search the LLSAP, IO, First Search or VIC databases
for our member libraries. After that date member libraries are responsible
for their own in-state searching. To help our libraries prepare for the
change, we are continuing to offer an extensive schedule of interlibrary
loan related training classes. The schedule through the end of September
can be found at (http://www.rpls.ws/education.htm.)
If you need training on any of the in-state databases, please check the
schedule and register for the appropriate class or classes.
|00-246||ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES FY2001
PUBLIC LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION GRANTS: The
Illinois State Library announced that for FY2001 they will accept public
library construction grants applications in three areas:
1. New construction, additions, remodeling
and conversions: maximum grant, $250,000; 50% local match required.
To receive a copy of the grant application,
contact Nancy Ortciger at the ISL (217-785-1168). Please specify
if you are requesting an application for regular construction or for a
mini grant. No letter of intent is required. Complete applications
are due at the ISL no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 27, 2000.
|00-247||ISLMA AWARDS: It's
time to be thinking about ISLMA fall grants and awards. The Polestar Award
honors a member of ISLMA that has made an outstanding contribution to school
library media programs in Illinois. Nominations must be postmarked
by September 1. The ISLMA Lauretta McCusker, O.P.,D.L.S., Professional
Development Grants are available to ISLMA members. Up to two grants
of $150 can be given in the fall. Applications must be postmarked
by September 30. The Highsmith Award of $1000 will again be given
to a school library media center that plans and implements a creative/innovative
program or service that has a positive impact on users. Applications
must be postmarked by September 30. The Winnebago Award has been
discontinued at the state level. Instead, a national award will be
given at the ALA summer conference. Applications for all of the above
awards and grants are available in the membership directory. If you
have any questions, please contact Debra Aper Grants/Awards Function Representative,
217-792-3480 (Home), email@example.com
|00-248||THE MILLENNIUM PROJECT FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES:
A national grant initiative will provide 50 Library of America volumes
published between 1992 and 2000 to 800 qualifying U.S. public libraries.
The Library of America published an award winning series of America's best
and most significant writing in authoritative hardcover volumes.
Applications and guidelines available online at www.neh.gov;
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 15045. Application deadlines are November
15, 2000 and April 1, 2001. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation, a
partnership of the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Library of
America and ALA.
|00-249||WNBA/ANN HEIDREDER GRANT AVAILABLE:
Women's National Book Association (WNBA)/Ann Heidbreder Eastman Grant is
available for librarians interested in learning about the relationship
between the library and publishing profession. The deadline is September
30, 2000. The WNBA offers a grant of up to $750 for a librarian to
take a course or participate in an institute devoted to aspects of publishing
as a profession or to provide reimbursement for such study completed within
the past year. Librarians holding an MLS or its equivalent
and having at least two years of post master's work experience in a library
may apply. The primary qualification will be the likelihood of career benefit
to the person taking the course. For more information or to receive a copy
of the guidelines, see the American Library Association (ALA) Web site
or call Grant Administrator Eve Cotton at 312-290-2427. The application
is available from ALA Fax-on-Demand at 800-545-2433, press 8 and select
|00-250||EZRA JACK KEATS MINI-GRANTS:
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation announced that $35,000 in mini-grants
will be awarded next December for innovative and imaginative programs in
public libraries and public school libraries designed to combat illiteracy.
The deadline for submission of proposals is September 15, 2000. Requests
for applications for proposals should be accompanied by a self-addressed
stamped envelope and sent to: Deborah Pope, Executive Director, Ezra Jack
Keats Foundation, 450 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.
|00-251||7-ELEVEN PEOPLE WHO READ ACHIEVE:
Objective: Support literacy through new or existing programs. Eligibility:
501(c)(3) organizations, including public schools and libraries, located
in counties where there is a participating 7-Eleven franchise opening.
Award: A maximum of $2,500 for the purchase of books, equipment, materials,
or other operating expenses. Deadlines: November 30 annually. Application:
Send a completed application form along with a description of the agency
and program, a copy of the organization's tax determination letter, and
a project budget to the address listed below. No e-mail or fax requests
are accepted. Applications are not acknowledged. Send application
packets and request application forms from corporate headquarters at the
contact information listed below. Information: People Who Read
Achieve, 7-Eleven Stores, P. O. Box 711, Dallas, TX 95221-0711, Tel.: (214)
828-7011, Internet: www.7-Eleven.com
|00-252||FRIENDS OF ILLINOIS LIBRARIES:
RPLS has a membership form for libraries interested in joining the Friends
of Illinois Libraries (FOIL). With membership, libraries will receive
a newsletter with valuable information on Illinois libraries. If
you would like a membership for, please contact Debbie at RPLS (email@example.com).
|00-253||MISSING VIDEO: Hope Welty
Public Library District is missing Flowers in the Attic, StarMaker
Entertainment, Inc., Eatontown, NJ, c1991. ID #36083000151773.
If found, please return it through delivery.
|00-254||ORPHAN BOOK: The paperback,
Ward by Alexander Solzheinitsyn, showed up at RPLS with no markings.
Contact Debbie (firstname.lastname@example.org),
if this belongs to your library.
|00-255||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/.
Technical Services Manager. The Bensenville Community Public Library District has an immediate opening for a Technical Services Manager. This position is responsible for the ordering, receipt, and processing of all library materials, including those requiring original cataloging, into the MARC format Dynix database. This requires comprehensive knowledge of acquisition procedures, Anglo-American cataloging rules, Sears and Library of Congress Subject assignments, and MARC formats. The Technical Services Manager supervises a staff of four and serves as a member of the library's management team. This position also participates in the adult reference desk rotation, including occasional Saturday and Sunday reference desk responsibility. Required for this position are: an ALA-accredited MLS; a knowledge and understanding of public library objectives; independent judgment and initiative; the ability to cooperate and work effectively with library patrons and staff; flexibility; a common-sense approach to cataloging; a sense of humor; the desire and ability to participate in a team management approach; the ability to work creatively and independently. Supervisory experience preferred. Salary negotiable from $30,000. Respond to: Nancy Budnik, Administrative Assistant, Bensenville Community Public Library District, 200 S. Church Road, Bensenville, IL 60106.
1. Librarian, Assistant Professor, 12
months, tenure track,
Library Director. Park Ridge Public Library seeks a CEO with an MLS and at least 10 years progressively responsible public library experience. Salary $71,000+, DOQ. See our web site at http://www.park-ridge.il.us/library for full details including job ad, job description and application process under General Information. If there are any questions, don't hesitate to contact me via email or at James M. O'Brien, 954 Sylvan Circle, Naperville, IL 60540-5532, 630-983-1687
Residence Hall Librarian.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS LIBRARY AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN Duties: serve
the acad, cultural, recreational needs of hall residents by administering
libs & maint coll for profl staff, supervise 2 GAs and secretary, original
cat, oversee technical processing of matls. Requirements:
Librarian. ILLINOIS VALLEY
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Duties: plan, dev, implement services &
progs of Jacob Lib, oversee & maint ELR & cat of lib matlsref desk
duties. Requirements: ALA-acc. MLS, knowl using a variety of online info
products & application sfwre. Salary: $30,000 min plus benefits: attractive.
Apply to: Jerry Corcoran email@example.com,
Director of Human Resources, 815 N. Orlando Smith Ave., Oglesby, IL 61348.
Phone: 815/224-0426. Fax: 815/224-1437. Candidates must submit
cover letter, resume, transcripts and contact info for 5 references. Job
description and application packet available at www.ivcc.edu/hr
|00-256||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, August 4, 2000. All submissions should arrive on or before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2000, for inclusion in the newsletter. You may fax submissions to (217)428-1852, or e-mail them to Amanda Standerfer at firstname.lastname@example.org.|