Volume 18, Number 01
January 12, 2007
|Mon., Jan. 15||RPLS is Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.|
|Tues., Jan. 16||RPLS Board Meeting, RPLS, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 17||Ed2Go classes begin. (You may now pay online with a credit card.)|
|Wed. Jan. 17||RPLS LLSAP UG Meeting, Lincoln Library, Springfield, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Remember to send your proxy, if you are not able to attend.|
|Wed. Jan. 17||Serials Subcommittee Meeting, Lincoln Library, Springfield, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., Jan. 18||Copy Cataloging with Connexion, RPLS, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 23||FirstSearch/SILC/I-Share, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to noon.|
|Tues., Jan. 23||RPLS UG Policy Committee Meeting, RPLS, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., Jan. 25||Introduction to Plinkit!!, RPLS, 10:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|Mon., Jan. 29||InterLibrary Loan Through FirstSearch, RPLS, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 30||Horizon Circulation/PAC, RPLS, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 30||Library Advisory Committee Meeting, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 30||Medium Pubs Meeting, RPLS, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.|
|Wed., Jan. 31||RPLS UG Database Standards Committee, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 1||UG Governing Board Meeting, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 6||Barcoding Basics in Dynix Horizon, RPLS, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 6||Copy Cataloging with Connexion, RPLS, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.|
|Wed., Feb. 7||RPLS System Orientation, RPLS, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 8||InterLibrary Loan Through FirstSearch, RPLS, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 8||FirstSearch/SILC/I-Share, RPLS, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Feb. 9||Soaring to Excellence: Next Gen Librarianship: Where Do We Go from Here?, RPLS, 11:00a.m. to 1:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 13||RPLS LLSAP Technology Committee, RPLS, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 15||Horizon Circulation/PAC, RPLS, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Feb. 16||2007 IREAD Brainstorming, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Feb. 16||2007 IREAD Artist Showcase, Forsyth Public, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.|
|Mon., Feb. 19||RPLS is Closed for President's Day.|
|Tues. Feb. 20||Copy Cataloging with Connexion, RPLS, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Tues. Feb. 20||InterLibrary Loan Through FirstSearch, RPLS, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 20||RPLS Board Meeting, University of IL Springfield, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 22||Barcoding Basics in Dynix Horizon, RPLS, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.|
|Thurs., Feb. 22||Copy Cataloging with Connexion, RPLS, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.|
|Mon., Feb. 26||Macon County School Librarian's Group, Argenta Oreana High School, Argenta, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 27||InterLibrary Loan Through FirstSearch, RPLS, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 27||FirstSearch/SILC/I-Share, RPLS, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: On Tuesday, March 13th and Wednesday, March 14th, Rebecca Butler of Northern Illinois University will be presenting four sessions on Copyright. Each of the sessions will provide an overview of copyright with each individual session focusing on the copyright issues related to a specific type of library: School, Special, Academic and Public. These sessions will be offered both live and in person at Rolling Prairie, as well as through the RPLS OPAL room.
Our presenter, Rebecca Butler, is the Associate Professor Educational Technology, Research and Assessment and is the advisor for School Library Media Certification/Endorsement. She holds an MSLS from the University of Kentucky and a PH.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the author of Copyright for Teachers and Librarians published by Neal-Schuman in 2004.
If you have specific copyright questions that you would like addressed, please submit them to Bev Obert by Monday, Feb 26, 2007. This program is available through "The YES Culture" grant.
"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)."
RETIREMENT: As many of you already know, Carolyn Greger retired
effective the end of 2006 from the position of director at the Mt. Pulaski
library. You may send well wishes to Carolyn for her new phase in life to
her home address:
825 North Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, Illinois 62656
|07-004||NEW DIRECTOR AT MT. PULASKI PUBLIC LIBRARY: Please welcome the new library director of the Mt. Pulaski public library Marilyn Howe. Marilyn Howe can be reached by telephone at (217) 792-5919. If you see Marilyn at a workshop or meeting take a moment to introduce yourself.|
|07-005||ALA READ GROUP PURCHASE: RPLS is planning to do a group purchase of the ALA Read CD sets: CD ($52) and CD2 ($52). for our members. We will also be offering a training session on Wednesday, April 4th on how to use the ALA Read graphics to create your own posters using Publisher and the ALA Read CDs. If you are interested in participating in the group purchase please fill out this form and send it to Doris McKay at RPLS, 345 W. Eldorado St., Decatur, IL 62522, or send an email to Doris McKay providing the same information. Orders must be received by Friday, February 2nd. You will be billed when the order arrives.|
ART AND ARCHITECTURE EXHIBIT & PROGRAM: This program is in conjunction with the Art & Architecture in
Libraries exhibit that will be traveling to some of the Rolling Prairie
Libraries in the near future. Our system had the highest number of
respondent libraries to the survey conducted by Eastern Illinois' Booth
Rebecca Hunter will present a lecture dealing with architectural salvage and historic preservation in connection with the "Art and Architecture in Illinois Libraries" exhibit hosted by Shelbyville Public Library during the month of January. The lecture will be given on January 16th at 2:00 PM. Refreshments will be served.
The "Art and Architecture in Illinois Libraries" exhibit, which celebrates the rich architectural and artistic heritage of Illinois libraries, was developed based on information and images collected by Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library through surveys and more than 600 site visits. Funding for this project was provided by the Illinois State Library, using funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the federal Library Services and Technology Act. Using a variety of formats, the exhibit is designed to appeal to audiences of all ages.
|07-007||ASK?AWAY: Do you wish you could provide quality 24/7 reference service for your patrons at an affordable price? 'Ask Away' is an interactive online service that allows you to chat with a librarian, much like Instant Messaging. Through e-mail and chat, librarians answer questions, assist in conducting online research and help navigate the Internet. For more information visit Ask?Away.|
ILLINOIS TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE FOR EDUCATORS:
The Illinois Technology Conference for Educators (IL-TCE) website now has
the complete schedule posted online. It is time to make your plans now,
especially if you want to attend one of the workshops. The conference is
Feb. 27th – March 2nd.
There are workshops to match many aspects of our jobs. There are workshops on plagiarism, deep web searching, and global literacy in addition to all of the great new technologies. “TOOTLES – Tons of Outstanding and Original Tools for Library Specialists” is offered on Thursday and Friday.
MARION CARNEGIE LIBRARY UNVEILS JAPANESE WEBSITE:
The Marion Carnegie Library has unveiled a
as part of the ongoing Southern Illinois Japanese Friendship Program at
the library. The site is written in
Japanese with a connected page explaining the program in English. Through
this site, the library will be continuing its efforts to encourage
Japanese citizens of Illinois to visit their local libraries. Robert
Newcomb, the coordinator of the Southern Illinois Japanese Friendship
Program, stated: this website will expand the reach of this project beyond
The new website contains policies and library forms for the two libraries currently participating in this project: Marion Carnegie Library and Paris Public Library in Paris, Illinois. The site lists the approximately 600 titles in the Japanese collection at the Marion Carnegie Library with each title linked to the corresponding page for that title on the Amazon Japan website. On Amazon Japan, Japanese patrons can read a synopsis and customer reviews of the work in question.
The introduction of Marion Carnegie Library's Japanese website precedes an Open House at Paris Public Library on January 21, 2007, at which time the website and a small Japanese satellite collection will be introduced to the Japanese community in associate with North American Lighting's Illinois headquarters on Paris, Illinois.
For further information regarding the Southern Illinois Japanese Friendship Pram and other services of the library, contact Rob Newcomb at the Marion Carnegie Library. The library is located at 206 S. Market St. in Marion. Its hours of operation are 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-5pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
"This Phase of the Southern Illinois Japanese Friendship Program was made possible through a grant awarded in October 2006 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)."
NATIONAL AWARD FOR MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICE - DUE
deadline for applications for the National Award for Museum and
Library Service, given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is
fast approaching. It's February 15.
Here's the scoop:
Qualifications and Criteria for Selection
Nominations should describe:
You can see more information about previous winners and the award ceremony that took place at the White House on the IMLS web site.
Please take a look and apply, or encourage a library that you think is outstanding to apply!
THE 2007 GIANT STEP AWARD: Thomson Gale and
School Library Journal have developed the annual Giant Step Award to
recognize school and public libraries that have made significant
improvement or created new initiatives in programs and services that
greatly impact student learning and development, or enrich services both
in the school and in the community. We are looking for programs that, over
the past three years, have made a real difference in their institution.
Up to $10,000 Awarded in Cash Prizes - Thomson Gale will award $5,000 to each winning school and public library, a celebration at the ALA Annual Conference, and a cover story in School Library Journal (SLJ).
Act Today! The 2007 Giant Step Award nominations will be accepted through February 16, 2007. Follow the entry guidelines. If you have any questions, call Phyllis Levy Mandell at School Library Journal at 646-746-6763 (or toll-free at 1-866-436-0727, ext. 6763).
MISSING ITEMS: Please check your shelves for the book, "How to Prepare for the ACT, American" This item belongs to Stonington Township Public and had been lent to Decatur Public Library and has been in transit for several weeks. If you find this book in your library please return it to Stonington Township Public attention Nancy Moma.
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: Visit RPLS's online grant notices page.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Visit RPLS's online job notices page.
Ed2GO - Rolling Prairie Library System offers six week computer based training courses at your own desktop at a very reasonable cost, which can now be paid online with your credit card or sent directly to RPLS. Courses are starting on January 17th.
INTERLIBRARY LOAN THROUGH FIRSTSEARCH: Are you checking your OCLC message file? If you aren't or don't even know what this is, you need this workshop. You will learn how to do Inter-Library Loans through FirstSearch including, how to do basic searching, how to make a request, how use the request manager for borrowing and lending. The workshop is a must for LLSAP and Weed & Feed libraries. This workshop is being held at RPLS on January 29th and February 8th and 27th from 8:30 to 11:30. It also being held at RPLS on February 20th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
HORIZON CIRCULATION/PAC: This class is designed to introduce librarians and new circulation clerks to the features of the Horizon Circulation module. This workshop will be held at RPLS on January 30th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. It is also being held on February 15th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
FIRSTSEARCH/SILC/I-SHARE: Learn how to search for materials in FirstSearch, SILC and I-Share at this workshop being held at RPLS on January 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This workshop is also being held on February 8th and 27th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
COPY CATALOGING WITH OCLC CONNEXION AND DYNIX HORIZON: You will learn to properly download, install, and configure the OCLC Connexion software for use in their library. Be sure to review the prerequisites for this class. This workshop is being held at RPLS on Februrary 20th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. It is also being held on January 18th and February 6th and 22nd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
RPLS ORIENTATION: Do you have new staff or board members? Send them to this session to learn the role of the library system in helping libraries meet their patrons needs. Learn about the services and the individuals to contact for those services at Rolling Prairie. You will also be introduced to the online services and information available from RPLS. This workshop is being held at RPLS on Wednesday, February 7th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
INTRODUCTION TO PLINKIT!!: What is Plinkit? It stands for Public Library Interface kit, a simple software program that allows libraries to create and mount easy to update, great looking websites for the library.
Rolling Prairie Library System along with the Alliance Library System wrote an LSTA grant that brings this Oregon State Library program to Illinois. RPLS plans to train up to 15 libraries on Plinkit in the spring of 2007 and that all trained libraries have active web page by June 30. The first year of web hosting services, domain name registration, and all training is provided by the grant. This workshop is being held at RPLS on January 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SOARING TO EXCELLENCE: NEXT GEN LIBRARIANSHIP: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?: Today's multigenerational library workforce faces a number of both internal and external challenges. To meet these challenges, we need to learn how to work together effectively, keep connected and current, and draw on individuals' unique strengths. In a graying profession, we also need to pay attention to succession planning, passing on institutional wisdom, and recruiting, retaining, and mentoring the next generation. This workshop is being held at RPLS on February 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
2007 IREAD BRAINSTORMING: It may still be winter, but plan ahead for
summer fun at the 2007 Summer Reading Kickoff! This is your chance to space out
with other youth services librarians as we brainstorm ideas for “Mission Read:
To the Library and Beyond”.
2007 IREAD ARTIST SHOWCASE: Enjoy an afternoon of mini performances from various performers at the Forsyth Public Library. Hear and see these artists in action, then schedule them for your programming needs. Keep watching for more details about artists and times. Don't forget to start your day at the 2007 Summer Reading Kick-off - 9:00 a.m. at RPLS. Check Cleo for details and to register. This workshop is being held at Forsyth Public Library on February 16th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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, January 26, 2007. All submissions should arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January23, 2007, 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