|Volume 20, Number 14||July 10, 2009|
|Mon., July 13||ALA or Bust Trip, Meeting at RPLS, All day event. (Bus is Full.)|
|Wed., July 15||Farm Progress Show Committee Meeting, RPLS, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.|
|Fri, July 17||
West Sangamon Public Library District, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
|Tues., July 21||RPLS Board Meeting, RPLS, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., July 23||FirstSearch, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
|Wed., July 29||RPLS UG Database Standards Committee, RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Wed., July 29||Serials Subcommittee Meeting, RPLS, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Aug. 4||RPLS LLSAP Technology Committee, RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Wed., Aug. 5||A Collection Development Seminar: Bad Books, Bad Books, Chatham Area PLD, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., Aug. 6||UG Governing Board Meeting, RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Wed., Aug. 12||New Public Library Board of Trustees: Training and Orientation, RPLS, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.|
|Tues., Aug. 18||Horizon Circulation, RPLS, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.|
|Mon., Aug. 24||RPLS delivery and pick up for schools resumes.|
|Wed., Aug. 26||New Public Library Directors: Training and Orientation, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|Tues., Sept. 1||The Collection Age Report Subcommittee, RPLS, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., Sept. 3||UG Governing Board Meeting, RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Mon., Sept. 7||Labor Day, RPLS is closed.|
|Wed. & Thurs., Sept. 9 & 10||Searching and Barcoding Basics: an Integrated training for SirsiDynix Horizon (Part I, Part II), RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please remember to sign up for both Parts I & II.|
|Thurs., Sept. 17 and Fri., Sept. 18||
|Tues., Sept. 29||Librarians Advisory Committee Meeting, RPLS, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|Tues., Sept. 29||Medium Pubs, RPLS, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.|
|Wed., Sept. 30||Barcoder Certification Performance Evaluation, RPLS, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Congratulations to Carol White! She is the new director at the ADM Research
Library. If you would like to contact her with a note of congratulations,
Carol can be reached at
Cindy Fuller, Library Director at Staley Library Millikin University, was elected to a 3-year term on the CARLI Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2009. If you would like to contact her with a note of congratulations, Cindy can be reached at email@example.com.
Nancy Weichart is the new library director at the Charles Becker Library at Benedictine College at Springfield. If you would like to contact her with a note of congratulations, Nancy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the eight newest Barcode Certificate recipients: Andrea Trusner, Argenta-Oreana Grade School Library; Jill Baumberger, Mt Zion High School Library; Ken Hawley, Central A & M Middle School Library; Stacy Pygotts, Mt Zion Intermediate School Library; Karen Smith-Cox, Lovington CUSD 303; Yvonne Williams, West Sangamon Public Library District; Jennifer Rhoades, Forsyth Public Library; and Terri McGee, Elkhart Public. Please be sure to congratulate them on their hard work! This brings the total number of RPLS members who are now certificate holders to one hundred forty-five.
All new cataloging staff will need to plan on attending the "Searching Horizon and HIP" and Barcoding Basics: an Integrated training for SirsiDynix Horizon (Part I, Part II) in their first three months on the job, as well as the Barcode Certification Performance Evaluation, which will be offered quarterly (September 9th & 10th, December, March, June). Please plan for this when hiring new staff.
|09-255||RPLS COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR: Rolling Prairie Library System cordially invites you to attend "Bad Books, Bad Books", a Collection Development Seminar, to be held on Wednesday, August 5th at Chatham Area Public Library from 9 am to 3:15 pm. The $10 cost recovery fee includes coffee and coffee cake in the morning, lunch at noon (turkey & cheese sandwiches, pasta salad, veggies, chips, cookies, tea & lemonade) and your choice of sixteen breakout sessions. Call your friends and register to attend in L2.|
ILLINET INTERLIBRARY LOAN TRAFFIC FROM FY2009 NOW
AVAILABLE: The provision of resources through the unique model of
resource sharing - Interlibrary Loan - continues to be a core service
for Illinois Library Systems and ILLINET member libraries.
Please assist with our effort to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the delivery system by completing the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Traffic Form FY2009 (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009) now available. The ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Traffic Form FY2009 (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009) will be available for completion by ILLINET member libraries until October 30, 2009. Each ILLINET member library is encouraged to complete this survey.
For content/subject matter questions contact Gwen Harrison at , 217-785-7334 or Ron Winner, 217-785-1168. The toll-free number is 1-800-665-5576 x1. For username/password information contact Becky Hunter, 217-782-7849 or 1-800-665-5576 x1 for Gwen Harrison or Ron Winner. For software or technology issues, contact Bibliostat at 1-866-785-9935.
|09-257||ADMINISTRATIVE/LEADERSHIP STANDARDS READY FOR COMMENTS: Input is needed on the proposed Administrative/Leadership Standards for Library Systems. The Library System Standards Committee recently approved a draft of the Administrative/Leadership standards for comment by the Illinois library community. The standards are posted on Illinois WebJunction. Please take the time to review and submit your comments. An Illinois WebJunction account is not required to view the draft, but it is needed to post comments. The next Library System Standards Committee meeting is July 23 at the Illinois State Library, so please post your comments as soon as possible.|
WILSON SELECT PLUS: Sign up for Wilson Select Plus for 2009/2010. The Illinois Library Systems have secured pricing for FY2010 for the Wilson Select Plus databases. All new or returning institutions must sign a new agreement prior to September 14, 2009 to ensure uninterrupted access to this resource. For additional information contact Amanda McKay, Special Projects Coordinator, Illinois Library Systems.
WHAT'S NEW AT WJIL: Browse the WJIL State of the Stats, find out how you can get the WJIL “wordle” out, utilize the newly published Competency Index for the Library Field and learn more about bringing Web 2.0 into Academic Libraries. All of this and more in the latest What’s New!
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN LIBRARY RECEIVES NATIONAL DIGITAL NEWSPAPER PROGRAM GRANT AWARD: Urbana, Illinois--The Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a $397,000 two-year grant from the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) for its Illinois Digital Newspaper Project. The award will support the digitization of 100,000 pages of historically significant Illinois newspapers dating from 1860 to 1922.
NDNP is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress to provide online access to U.S. newspapers. It is part of the "We the People" program at NEH designed to promote the study and teaching of American history and culture. The University Library received the grant for Illinois on behalf of a coalition of major cultural heritage institutions in the state, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Illinois State Library, Chicago History Museum, University of Chicago, Newberry Library, and Chicago Public Library. There are now 22 states participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program.
The digitized material will be deposited in Chronicling America, the searchable repository of historical newspapers digitized through NDNP. Chronicling America was launched in 2007 and currently contains more than 1.1 million pages of U.S. newspapers published between 1880 and 1922.
NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR DOWNS INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM AWARD: The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2009.
Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.
Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., Westport, Connecticut, provides an honorarium to the recipient and co-hosts the reception in honor of the recipient. The reception and award ceremony for the 2009 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award will take place in January 2010 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
Letters of nomination and documentation about the nominee should be sent by e-mail to John Unsworth, with a copy to Terry Weech or in paper form to John Unsworth, Dean, GSLIS, 501 East Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820 by October 15. Questions should be directed to Associate Professor Terry Weech.
REACHING FORWARD SOUTH CONFERENCE FOR LIBRARY SUPPORT STAFF: The 13th annual Reaching Forward South Conference for Library Support Staff will be held on September 17 and 18, 2009, at the Northfield Inn in Springfield, Illinois. The theme this year is "Survivor: Welcome to Reality," and will feature a number of sessions aimed at helping you survive and thrive at your library.
On Thursday, September 17, there will be a pre-conference entitled "Language of Colors." Judy Taylor, Youth Development Educator with the University of Illinois Extension at Springfield will help attendees define their individual personality color and help them understand other personality colors to create a more pleasant work environment. On Thursday evening, a networking event will be held featuring Professor Mary Wheeler of Lincoln Land Community College performing her one-woman show, "Trunks: Four Significant Journeys in the Life of Mary Todd Lincoln."
Friday presentations include "Homeschoolers and the Library," "Are eBooks in Your Future?," "It Takes a Digital Tribe," "Effective Displays and Marketing," "Serving an Aging Population," Book Discussions and Libraries:
The Perfect Partnership," "WorldCat Local - the OPAC Revisited," "Team Circulation," "Your Guide to Staying Healthy in the Workplace," "Everything You Wanted to Know About Personal Finances," "Things Your Library Directors Wants You to Know; Things to Tell Your Library Director," and "Libraries in the Future: Stand Firm and Proud."
Library Directors and Staff also have an opportunity to nominate someone from their library who has made an outstanding contribution to their workplace. The Support Staff of the Year Award is an excellent way to recognize someone who has worked hard and made your library a better place. Nomination forms (pdf) are available online. The deadline to submit nominations is August 28, 2009. For more information, please email Kathy Ryan.
Registration cost is only $10 for the Thursday pre-conference and $65 for the entire day on Friday. Registration forms (pdf) are available. For more information, please contact Co-Chairs Ginger Prothero-Schwersenska or Tracy Pierceall at email@example.com. Deadline for registration is September 4, 2009. Reaching Forward South has a block of rooms reserved for conference attendees. Reservations may be made by calling the Northfield Inn at (866) 577-7900 and mentioning Reaching Forward South when making your reservation.
The Directors of the Reaching Forward South Conference hope you and your colleagues from all types of libraries will be able to join us for this educational, informative, and fun conference. We promise you will learn something new, network with others from the library world, and find something to share with your home staff and librarians.
CONFERENCE DISCOUNTS: The State
Library is pleased to announce special rates for two upcoming conferences
for ILLINET member libraries.
A special rate of $445.00 is available for ILLINET member libraries to attend WebSearch University conference. The 2009 fall conference will be held September 14-15 at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C. This special rate is $200 off the regular price and $100 off the early bird registration price. The pre-conference workshops are not included with this discount.
Check out detailed program information for the WebSearch University conference. Registrations must be received at the Illinois State Library no later than August 7, 2009. To receive the registration form indicating the discounted price, contact Jill Heffernan or call Jill at 217-557-3386.
A discount is also being offered to all ILLINET member libraries for the Internet Librarian 2009 conference, held at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California on October 26-28. A special rate of $279.00 is available. In addition, discount prices of $169 on the Internet@Schools Conference (October 26-27) and $279 for the combo of the Internet Librarian general conference and Internet@Schools Conference is also available. Pre-conference workshops are not included.
Check out information about the Internet Librarian 2009 conference regarding conference topics, preliminary program, hotel information and an exhibitors list. To receive a registration form with special discounted ILLINET member pricing, contact Jill Heffernan or call Jill at 217-557-3386.. To obtain the discount, forms must be returned to Jill by September 11, 2009.
SLA CONFERENCE REPORT: For those of you unable to attend the 100th year SLA conference, June 14-17, 2009 in Washington DC, Christina Stoll, MLS Special Library Consultant, has a very informative online article about the conference.
SAVE THE DATE! SPECIAL LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION EVENTS:
Date: Friday, July 24, 2009
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2009
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009
MISSING ITEMS: Please check your shelves for the following books: large print copy of Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer and a dvd What I Did for Love. If you find any of these items in your library please return them to Hope Welty Public Library, Attention: Sandi Hayes.
Please check your shelves for the following books: Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey 332.024R and Afternoon Tea Cookbook by Linda Hewitt 641.53H. These books belong to the Vespasian Warner Public Library, Clinton. If you find any of these books in your library please return them to Vespasian Warner Public Library, Attention: Tom Rudasill.
|09-267||GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: Visit RPLS's online grant notices page.|
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Visit RPLS's online job notices page.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT RPLS: You may register for any of these events on-line at L2, LibraryLearning.info, if you have any questions please contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 429-2586. In order to allow RPLS Staff the time and opportunity to update our course offerings to comply with statewide standards, we will be canceling any classes that do not have three people signed up for the class at least 3 working days before the class meets. You will receive an email the day the decision is made.
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. Courses are starting on July 15th.
ALA OR BUST TRIP: Join RPLS librarians for a fun-filled trip to Chicago to visit the Exhibit Hall at the American Library Association Annual Conference.
class will cover the basic structure of a database, the tools needed in
searching the various
FirstSearch databases, and will help you become familiar
with the terminology and procedures used in searching and in doing
This is being held at RPLS on Thursday, July 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES: TRAINING AND ORIENTATION: Newly appointed or elected trustees will learn about their role in the successful operation of the library. Information will be given on the Illinois library landscape, the legal requirements of libraries of all types and sizes. Trustees will be given an overview of the annual tasks that are board member responsibilities. Directors also welcome to attend. This workshop will be held at RPLS on Wednesday, August 12th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
HORIZON CIRCULATION: A must for all new LLSAP staff members in order to learn how to use SirsiDynix Horizon Circulation correctly. Also, a good workshop for a refresher course in Circulation procedures. This workshop will be held at RPLS on Tuesday, August 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY DIRECTORS: TRAINING AND ORIENTATION: New public library directors or those who anticipate they will be running a public library will learn about the successful operation of the library, the best practices of community and library board relationships. Information will be given on the Illinois library landscape, the legal requirements of libraries of all types and sizes. Specific aspects of operating a library such as marketing, programming and professional networking opportunities will also be discussed. Come meet your colleagues! This workshop will be held at RPLS on Wednesday, August 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SEARCHING AND BARCODING BASICS: AN INTEGRATED TRAINING FOR SIRSI/DYNIX HORIZON: This two day class is required for all those barcoders, copy cataloguers, and original cataloguers in LLSAP libraries. Julia will present comprehensive training and information so you can add your library’s items to Horizon and go confidently into the Barcoder Performance Evaluation. You will learn how to search, match and attach records in the LLSAP database. Please contact Julia regarding the prerequisite preparation. There will be hands-on practicing of the skills needed and examples of what the evaluation will emphasize. This two day class is being held at RPLS on Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Be sure to sign up for both days and to complete the prerequisites before the first class session.
BARCODE CERTIFICATION PERFORMANCE EVALUATION: The RPLS Training room will be open from 8 am until 4 pm for individuals to come complete the Barcode Certification Performance Evaluation. The average time to complete the evaluation is two hours. In order to avoid waiting at computer terminals, it is recommended that you contact Doris with your estimated time of arrival for taking the Certification Performance Evaluation. It is suggested that you plan to arrive before 2:30 pm in order to have adequate time to complete to the Barcode Certification Performance Evaluation. The Performance Evaluation will be held at RPLS on Wednesday, September 30th from from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 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, July 24, 2009. All submissions should arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009 for inclusion in the newsletter. You may fax submissions to (217) 428-1852, or e-mail them to Doris McKay or Angela Thompson.