|Volume 14, Number 25||December 5, 2003|
|December 10||Ed2Go classes begin.|
|December 24||RPLS is Closed for Christmas Holiday.|
|December 25||RPLS is Closed for Christmas Holiday.|
|December 31||RPLS is Closed for New Year's Holiday.|
|January 1||RPLS is Closed for New Year's Day.|
|January 5||VTel LTA103 - Acquistions class starts, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m .|
|January 6||VTel LTA201 - Technical Services class starts, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m .|
|January 9||LibraryU Reloaded training session, Decatur PL, Gates Lab, 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.|
|January 13||Small Pubs, Athens Public , 10:00 a.m.|
|January 14||RPLS Users Group Meeting, Richland CC, 9:30 a.m.|
|January 20||RPLS Board Meeting, RPLS, 1:00 p.m.|
|January 23||Soaring to Excellence, RPLS, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
|February 17||RPLS Board Meeting, RPLS, 1:00 p.m.|
|03-439||REMINDERS: Your CE compliance forms were due on July 15th. Please send them in, if you haven't already. Next year you will be able to use CLeO to generate your CE compliance form, if you attend events at RPLS or track your other continuing education credits in CLeO.|
TRAIN-THE-TRAINER APPLICATIONS ARE READY: To
all of you who are interested in participating in the Train-the-Trainer program
the application form is up! But before you link to it, please review the
description of the program in the
LLSAP Training Plan
(start about 2/3 of the way down on page 1)
If you're ready to apply, please link to the application (PDF). This form can be filled out online, then printed and faxed to me, or you can print it and fill it out on a typewriter or by hand (black ink, please), then fax it to me. Make sure you sign it, and, if you are not the director of your library, have your supervisor read and sign it as well. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE FAXED IN BY 5 PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2003. The schedule for the review process for applications can be found on page 3 of the training plan.
If you have questions, email me directly, or give me a call. We look forward to hearing from you! Jo McLain Automation/LLSAP Trainer
|03-441||BABY TALK TRAINING COMING: The Taylorville Public Library, Baby Talk, and Rolling Prairie Library System have received a LSTA Grant to provide four one-day Advanced Practice Training for Lapsits and two two-day Baby TALK Certification workshops. These training will be held during the month of March at four locations around the state. Any librarian who has taken the Baby Talk Certification training will be given priority in registration for he Advanced Lapsit training. Librarians that have wanted to take training on the Baby TALK Model can do so at the certification trainings. It is encouraged that you bring a community partner with you at the two-day certification training. The two –day training will include all of the lapsit curriculum. More information with exact dates and locations will be coming soon. Questions about this training or registration can be directed to Beverly Obert , email@example.com|
OFFERS FOR GRANTS: The
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced two grant
1) Applications (pdf) for new Museums for America matching grants to help support high priority activities and projects to sustain cultural heritage support lifelong learning and serve as centers of community engagement. Contact: 202-606-8539
2) Applications (pdf) to recruit, educate and train a new generation of librarians. Contact Stephanie Clark 202-606-5528
|03-443||ILLINOIS FILTERING SURVEY RESULTS: The State Library recently commissioned the University of Illinois Library Research Center to survey Illinois libraries regarding filtering policies and practices. Results of the survey can be found online. The results of another study on Illinois libraries and the U.S. Patriot Act is also available.|
FAIR USE IN A DIGITAL AGE CLASS: This class is being
offered at Heritage Trail Library System, the Joliet Junior College Library, and
the JJC Distance Education Department on Thursday, January 8, 2004 from 1:30
p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1215 Houbolt Road Joliet, IL 60431. There is a fee of $10. The class will have a broad overview of Fair Use and how
is it defined in an educational and library setting. For more detailed information please read the
Register under “Events” On the HTLS website. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy. If there are any question please contact Mary Spevacek, CE Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 729-3345 ext. 110
This year, the Illinois State Library received a grant from the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation to enhance and widen the impact of LibraryU into a
statewide training model. This initiative has been named LibraryU Reloaded. The
original LibraryU was an LSTA funded pilot project developed by a number of
Illinois Library systems to provide free web based training to Illinois
librarians 24/7. The "Reloaded" stresses our commitment to quality web-based
training and new authoring tools used to support LibraryU.
Illinois librarians continue to request more web based training since it offers a convenient and less costly alternative to traveling to other locations for continuing education. In addition, technology skills continue to play an important role in the Library profession, and web based training is a logical way to master those skills. The first step on our path to developing LibraryU Reloaded will be the creation of course modules, but we can't do it without you - the authors. In January, workshops will be held throughout the state that will introduce you to the new, user friendly authoring software, give you tips on how to design web based training, and familiarize you with the process of submitting a topic to LibraryU Reloaded for module development. We will provide a step by step process (recipe) for creating a quality web based training module from scratch. If you decide to attend this free training, you will be encouraged, but not required to submit a topic to LibraryU Reloaded for consideration. We can use your expertise in creating a course module, or being a part of a development team with other subject experts. You do not need to know HTML to use the new authoring tool.
further information about the training, LibraryU Reloaded and the priority
training topics, please visit the new
website. Training is
available statewide, including Decatur Public Library on
January 9th. Please
feel free to contact me - Lisa Barnhart
Sincerely, Lisa Barnhart, email@example.com, Grant Project Coordinator LibraryU Reloaded
|03-446||OPEN MEETING ACT REMINDER: All library boards (district, municipal, village, etc.) that are subject to the Open Meetings Act, beginning January 1, 2004 must comply with the new requirements to record closed board meetings. SB 1586, now Public Act 93-523, requires all public bodies that meet in closed sessions to make video or audio recordings of the meetings. These recordings must be maintained for a minimum of 18 months and may be destroyed subject to certain conditions. Library boards should consult with their legal counsel to assure full compliance with the new law.|
|03-447||21st Century Information Literacy Workshop: The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in partnership with Rolling Prairie Library System has a special opportunity for Illinois Librarians and Teachers who are interested in learning how to improve research skills on the Internet and how to integrate these skills into the classroom. With funding provided by the US Department of Education, we are offering a free one-day workshop on how to locate, evaluate and integrate digital information. To optimize the learning experience, we encourage Librarians and Teacher(s) to attend as a team. The workshop has been approved by ISBE for 7 CPDU’s. The workshop will be held Monday, March 1, 2004 at: Rolling Prairie Library System offices, 345 West Eldorado Street, Decatur, IL 62522. Register now.|
|03-448||MISSING BOOK: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is missing the following book Integrated Test for Home and Management call number 363.78IES. Please check your library shelves. If found please contact Tracy Pierceall at 217-782-9691 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
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.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, CARBONDALE,
CARBONDALE, IL: The
SUI library has following job openings:
Electronic Resources Librarian (Assistant Professor)
Acquisitions Librarian (Assistant Professor)
Reference Librarian (Assistant Professor)
CORPORATE LIBRARIAN, WOLFRAM RESEARCH, CHAMPAIGN, IL: Wolfram Research has a job opening for a corporate librarian. For more information please visit the following website
DIRECTOR, PEORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY, PEORIA, IL: The Peoria public library is seeking a director for its library. For more information please visit the following website.
VIRTUAL MEDICAL REFERENCE LIBRARIAN, SILVER CROSS HOSPITAL, JOILET, IL: Are you entrepreneurial, self motivated, a self starter, want to make your own hours, work from home but yet be a vital part of a thriving organization, can search the medical databases on Ovid like a pro? Then have we got a job for you! Silver Cross Hospital is looking for a Virtual Librarian who fits the description above for a very innovative part time position, where you create the business and the hours. Guaranteed to 10 to 20 hours per week at $30.00 per hour, you build your business at Silver Cross and deliver results remotely. We are looking for an MLS with medical searching experience, ideally with Ovid, Dialog and MD Consult experience. Want to know more about us, check us out online.
CARLE FOUNDATION HOSPITAL, LIBRARIAN, URBANA, IL: Carle Foundation Hospital has a full-time exempt Librarian position open in their Medical Library. A Masters Degree in Library and information Science is required. The ability to analyze information needs and experience in conducting complex searches across multiple databases for diverse patron population is essential. Previous experience in a health science library is preferred but not required. For more information please visit the following website.
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
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 December 10th.
LibraryU Reloaded: We will provide a step by step process (recipe) for creating a web based training module from scratch. We'll cover such ingredients as defining learning objectives, organizing your material into logical learning units, how to create learning activities that will help to reinforce your materials, and how to put it all together using the authoring software (IntraLearn). This training will be offered January 9, 2004 in the Gates Lab at Decatur Public Library from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for 6.0 ISBE cpdu's. Seating is limited, so register early.
SOARING TO EXCELLENCE: What is Soaring to Excellence? Soaring to Excellence is a series of three teleconferences transmitted live from the College of DuPage that provide information and training to library support staff nationwide. In addition to staff training and development, the theme for 2004 is “Toolkits for Advancing Your Career.” The topic for the January 23rd program is “A Technology Toolkit: Survival Basics for Everyone”. This program is FREE to member libraries! Bring your lunch and enjoy. This workshop is being held January 23, 2003 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
|03-451||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 19, 2003. All submissions should arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2003, for inclusion in the newsletter. You may fax submissions to (217) 428-1852, or e-mail them to Doris McKay at email@example.com or Angela Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org|