|Volume 20, Number 15||July 24, 2009|
|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.|
|Thurs., Aug. 27||RPLS System Orientation, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
|Mon., Aug. 31||TechAtlas Technology Inventory Workshop, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 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. & Fri., Sept. 17 & 18||
|Wed., Sept. 23||Searching Horizon and HIP, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.|
|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:
NEW ITEMS IN RPLS PROFESSIONAL COLLECTION:
|09-274||PUBLIC PER CAPITA CONSULTING APPOINTMENTS: Louise Greene, RPLS Public Library Consultant, is setting up one-on-one appointments at RPLS for libraries needing help with their Public Per Capita Grant.|
|09-275||CONGRATULATIONS!: Please join RPLS in congratulating, Lori Weaver, Director of Weldon PLD, on her completion of her LTA (Library Technical Assistant) certification through the College of Dupage's distance learning program.|
|09-276||LOVINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTING BOOK FAIR: Lovington Public Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from August 10th through the 14th with books for everyone – children and adults! The library is located at 110 West State Street by Hardware State Bank. The hours will be: Mon., August 10 – 4:00 – 8:00 PM; Tues., August 11 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM; Wed., August 12 – 4:00 - 8:00 PM; Thu., August 13 – 10:00 – 1:00; and Fri., August 14 – 10:00 - ? The Book Fair will only be open for business during the hours listed. If you have any questions, please call Lovington Public Library at 873-4468.|
Robert "Bully" Bullen, former NSLS Assistant Director and father of Anne Bullen Craig, Director of the Illinois State Library, and Andrew Bullen, Coordinator for Information Technology for Illinois State Library, died on Saturday, July 18 at his daughter's home in Springfield, IL.
James Robert Enlow, father of Jeanne Urbanek, Program Development Specialist for Illinois State Library, died on Saturday, July 18th at his home in Springfield.
Alphonse F. Trezza, a former Executive Director of the Illinois State Library, died recently in Florida. Alphonse Trezza was instrumental in the establishment and development of multi-type library systems in Illinois. Throughout his career, he exemplified leadership for libraries on the state, regional, and national levels. His publications and awards are too numerous to name, though he was especially proud of winning ALA's Joseph W. Lippincott Award and Honorary Membership in ALA. During his career, he worked for Catholic Library Association, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and Florida State University's School of Library and Information Science. He is survived by Mildred, his loving wife of over 60 years, daughter Carol and son-in-law James Johnston (director of the Joliet Public Library), son Al Jr. and daughter-in-law Ranna, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a large extended family. Memories and condolences may be sent to: Mildred Trezza, 2205 Napoleon Bonaparte Drive, Tallahassee FL 32308. The family requests that memorial donations be made to a library of your choice.
ISLMA/LBSS ENDOWMENT FUND GRANT: Illinois School Library Media Association is thrilled to announce that 160 Illinois schools and libraries will receive the second annual ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund book grants. Grant recipients, who agreed to participate in the Children’s Choice programs, will be shipped one set of books for the 2010 reading campaign at the level indicated on their grant application. The Illinois children’s choice reading awards programs are the Monarch Award (k-3), the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award (4-8), and the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award (9-12). Students throughout the state of Illinois may participate in the programs by reading these books and voting for their favorite title. A complete listing of grant recipients is posted on the ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund website.
The Illinois School Library Media Association received funds for the endowment fund when the nonprofit Library Book Selection Service dissolved in June 2005. A stipulation of the agreement between LBSS and ISLMA was that the assets be invested in order to fund grants to encourage students’ reading of quality literature in Illinois.
RPLS libraries receiving the ISLMA/LBSS book grants are:
I-SHARE SEEKING USABILITY TESTING GROUP VOLUNTEERS: The I-Share Users¹ Group (IUG) seeks volunteers for the Usability Testing Volunteer Group (UTVG). The UTVG will be a standing group of volunteers from I-Share libraries responsible for testing various usability issues that are related to CARLI systems. The I-Share OPAC Team or the CARLI staff will propose testing. To volunteer for the Usability Testing Volunteer Group please complete the online volunteer form and choose ³Usability Testing Volunteer Group² as the group you would like to serve on. If you have further questions please contact: email@example.com.
DOWNSTATE NONPROFIT CONFERENCE: The
Illinois Nonprofit Conference is a unique opportunity for nonprofit board
and staff leaders to connect with national and regional thought leaders
about challenges and opportunities ahead. Come share strategies and stories
and connect with your peers on ways to build your organization and
strengthen the sector. This conference is being
held at the I Hotel and Conference Center 1900 S. First St. in
Champaign, IL 61820 Champaign, IL on August 27, 2009.
Registration and payment must be received by
July 27 for Early Bird rates.
CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE- PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF LIBRARY BUILDINGS: A non-credit Continuing Education course offered by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Approved by ALA- APA for CPLA candidates. Open to other librarians and information professionals needing training in the planning and management of library buildings.
Description: This course will familiarize the student with the basic principles of building planning and management. Topics included are building maintenance and operational procedures, capital and facility development plans, building programs, construction process for new and remodeled buildings, life and safety issues in building operation and planning, technology planning, and post-occupancy evaluation. Upon completion the student be able to employ effective building maintenance and operation procedures, understand and prepare capital improvement and facility development plans, list procedures used in employing architectural, engineering, and consultant assistance in building maintenance and development programs, describe the planning and construction processes for new or renovated facilities, list issues involved in building operation and planning, and describe post-occupancy evaluation procedures.
Dates: July 30 - September 3, 2009
WHAT'S NEW AT WJIL: In this What’s New! at WJIL Focuses on Children’s Services you’ll find innovative programming ideas like the early literacy program “Books and Babies” along with success stories of LSTA grants focused on Children’s Services, an article on understanding content filtering for nonprofits and a list of competencies for Children’s Services staff.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR YALSA’S FALL ONLINE COURSES: (ALA, Chicago) - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will offer three online courses this fall: AIMing at Tweens: Advising, Involving, Motivating, taught by Teri Lesesne; Graphic Novels and Teen Readers: The Basics and Beyond, taught by Francisca Goldsmith; and Reaching Teens with Gaming, taught by Beth Gallaway. AIMing at Tweens and Graphic Novels and Teen Readers both meet for four weeks. Reaching Teens with Gaming meets for six weeks. All courses begin Oct. 5. To read course descriptions, please visit www.ala.org/yalsa and click on “Online Courses.” Registration for YALSA’s online courses is available at www.ala.org/yalsa now through Oct. 2. Four-week courses cost $135 for YALSA members and students, $175 for ALA members and $195 for nonmembers. Six-week courses cost $149 for YALSA members, $195 for ALA members and $215 for nonmembers. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, and all YALSA e-courses are available for licensing; contact Amy Gelbman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5293, for more information.
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.
SAVE THE DATE! SPECIAL LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION EVENTS:
Wednesday, August 12, 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.
|09-288||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 August 19th.
NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES: TRAINING AND ORIENTATION: During this session, 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 is being 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 LIBRARY PUBLIC LIBRARY DIRECTORS: TRAINING AND ORIENTATION:
During this session, 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
RPLS SYSTEM ORIENTATION: 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.
TECHATLAS TECHNOLOGY INVENTORY WORKSHOP: Work with RPLS Consultant Doris McKay and learn how to log into and run the TechAtlas Technology Inventory tool found on WebJunction. This is a hands-on session. You will be running an inventory and we will provide a take-away step-by-step instruction guide. These skills will be required for the FY2010 Per Capita Grant application due in October 2009. The inventory is the precursor to the Technology Plan for your library which is required in FY 2011. This is being held at RPLS on Monday, August 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 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.
SEARCHING HORIZON AND HIP: More information coming soon. This is being held at RPLS on Wednesday, September 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:0 p.m.
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, August 7, 2009. All submissions should arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 for inclusion in the newsletter. You may fax submissions to (217) 428-1852, or e-mail them to Doris McKay or Angela Thompson.