|Volume 20, Number 24||November 27, 2009|
|Wed. & Thurs., Dec. 2 & 3||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. Full|
|Thurs., Dec. 3||UG Governing Board Meeting, RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
Thurs., Dec. 3
Sangamon Menard School Librarians Network, TBA, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 8
FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Changes for 2010, PALS OPAL Room, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Seating is limited, and you must be registered and pay $10 to attend this important update with Phil Lenzini. Register now!
Wed., Dec. 9
How to Read an Auditor's Report to Management (Repeat Session), RPLS, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
|Tues., Dec. 22||Barcoder Certification Performance Evaluation, RPLS, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|Thurs. & Fri., Dec. 24 & 25||RPLS is Closed for Christmas Holiday.|
|Mon. - Wed., Dec. 28-30||RPLS is Closed. Note: Delivery routes are still operating during these days.|
|Thurs. & Fri., Dec. 31 & Jan. 1||RPLS is Closed for New Year's Holiday.|
|Mon., Jan. 11||RPLS LLSAP Technology Committee, RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Mon., Jan.11||Farm Progress Show Committee Meeting, RPLS, 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.|
|Wed.,. Jan. 13||RPLS UG Policy Committee Meeting, RPLS, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Thurs., Jan. 14||Sangamon Menard School Librarians Network, TBA, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 19||RPLS Board Meeting, RPLS, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., Jan. 21||RPLS System Orientation, RPLS, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Jan. 22||Free Form Free For All, Blue Mound Memorial Library District, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 26||TechPlan Tuesdays, RPLS OPAL Room, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Three Tuesdays: Jan 26th, Feb 9th and Feb 23rd)|
RPLS HOLIDAY CLOSING: This year because of funding reductions, RPLS Staff will be taking 4 furlough days. In looking at the calendar to determine when taking those days would have the least impact on both members and staff, it has been decided that the System will close the week between Christmas and New Years. RPLS was already scheduled for closure Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan 1 for holidays. Staff will take furlough days Dec. 28, 29, & 30.
Please note, Delivery will still operate on Dec. 28, 29, & 30. LLSAP staff will be answering the emergency cell phone as usual, if any LLSAP member is unable to access the database. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Bev Obert.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
PAST DUE: Please check to make sure that you...
REBROADCAST OF "CUT THE CORD: CONNECTING TO OUR MOBILE USERS' WEBCAST: If you missed "Cut the Cord: Connecting to Our Mobile Users" MLA webcast. It is now available for 30 days for viewing at Rolling Prairie Library System. To view please call Angela Thompson or Doris McKay at 217-429-2586 and make arrangements, as this must be viewed at RPLS.
"The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NLM-N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago."
REDEDICATED LIBRARIES: Eisenhower High School and MacArthur High School, part of Decatur Public Schools, rededicated their libraries during National Education Week in November. Both libraries have had recent improvements to their collections and have also been given "makeovers", with fresh paint and new carpet.
FOIA (Freedom of Information
Act) Changes for 2010:
When: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 ( 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Where: PALS OPAL Room (Web Conference, Max: 100)
Attorney Phil Lenzini will review the changes in the Freedom of Information Act scheduled to go in effect January 1, 2010. The objective of this session is to position PALS members to meet the new requirements. Participants are invited to submit specific questions in advance to email@example.com.
All registrants will be invoiced for the fee of $10 directly to their library. Register in L2 now, in order to reserve your place in what is sure to be a popular online informational session.
MONDAY DEADLINE TO COMPLETE SURVEY FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM: Public libraries, we need to hear from you! We've been asking all public libraries to complete an important one-page online survey in conjunction with the new $50 million library construction program approved by lawmakers and the governor this year.
Many libraries still haven't completed the survey, so we've extended the deadline to complete the survey until NEXT MONDAY November 30th. We are required to file with the General Assembly a comprehensive assessment report of the capital needs of ALL Illinois public libraries before January 1, 2010.
Filing this report is one of the steps that must be completed before the Secretary of State's office can implement the new program to assist public libraries with capital improvement projects.
PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY EVEN IF NO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ARE NEEDED. Access, complete and submit the survey.
This exciting new library construction program is in addition to, and separate from, the Secretary of State's annual Live and Learn Library Construction Grant Program (see next story), which was appropriated $810,800 for FY2010.
Go to the ISL website for a list of answers to frequently asked questions we've received about the survey.
ER-XPO: THE ILLINOIS
STATE LIBRARY'S ELECTRONIC RESOURCE EXPOSITION:
Illinois State Library's Electronic Resource Exposition, which will be
held Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Schaumburg
Township District Library, located at 130 Roselle Road, Schaumburg, Illinois
will once again host this signature event.
The 2009 ER-XPO features vendors who have participated in Try-It! Illinois 2009. The day will provide oportunities for one-one one consultations with vendor representatives, as well as Q & A focus sessions with individual vendor presentations in a lab setting. There is no charge to attend the E-R-XPO.
Pre-registration for this signature event is highly encouraged and available online. Organize vans, buses, and car pools to make this opportunity a reality for your member libraries. We are looking forward to a standout attendance and solicit your assistance in spreading the news.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR "ON THE FRONT LINES" CONFERENCE: "On the Front Lines," the seventh statewide library practitioners' conference will be held March 15-17 at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). The conference, sponsored by the Illinois State Library and the Secretary of State's Office, is designed to equip and enlighten "front line" staff with training, exposure and techniques that will enable them to handle their work more effectively and efficiently. Conference sessions will focus on topics of interest to all types of libraries. The registration fee of $15.00 is applicable to one, two and/or three days of this event. This fee includes several meals and all programs.
Thirty scholarships are available to qualifying applicants. The scholarship will cover the cost of registration, all conference provided meals, and lodging at the University of Illinois Founder's Hall located in Springfield, Illinois. To apply for a scholarship, please complete the following survey by Monday, January 25, 2010.
Please register for this event through the Library Learning website.
NATIONAL DAY OF
LISTENING NOVEMBER 27TH:
The State Library encourages libraries to take part in StoryCorps' National
Day of Listening on November 27. On the day after Thanksgiving, participants
are asked to set aside one hour to record a conversation with someone. Go to
this website to download a free
Do-it-Yourself Instruction Guide with step-by-step interview
instructions, equipment recommendations and great questions.
We would urge participants to interview Illinois veterans and submit their stories to Secretary of State Jesse White's Illinois Veterans History Project.
Chances are if you're a fan of the Discovery channel you may have seen the show called Myth Busters where two very smart dare devils take on common myths and urban legends to determine if they can confirm or "bust" the myth. The most fun is when they bust a popular myth - like the one we've all heard about tooth fillings that can pick up radio signals.
This article attempts to bust a myth that might not be quite so well known, but is probably fairly common in the Illinois library community. The myth goes something like this: "I just don't have time to use WebJunction Illinois. I have too many things on my plate to take the time to browse a web site for interesting information. Besides, there's nothing there that can help me in my job." Read more…
WebJunction Illinois and Your System Affiliation - In preparation for a cleanup of the registered user database, WebJunction Illinois asks that all registered WebJunction Illinois users please verify that you have chosen their Library System affiliation correctly in your Account.
In order to verify and/or change your System affiliation, please follow these steps:
We also encourage you to take the time while in your Account to complete as much of your Profile information as you can. Thank you for your help in this process.
INFORMATION LITERACY SUMMIT 2010: PROBLEM SOLVING IN OUR COMMUNITIES: EVERYDAY INFORMATION EXPERIENCES: Summit registration begins in February 2010.
DATES & LOCATIONS
CALL FOR BREAKOUT SESSION PROPOSALS:
We need your help planning the breakout sessions. We’re seeking volunteers to lead interesting and interactive discussions relating to information literacy or library instruction. Volunteer – or recommend someone you know – for one or more sessions at any of the three different sites. If you know someone who would be a perfect breakout session leader, let one of our Summit Coordinators know and we’ll personally invite them to submit a session proposal.
The 2010 Summit features Sharon Comstock, Director of the School Librarianship Program at Illinois State University. Each of the three Summit locations has its own selection of breakout sessions. You can attend the one that best fits your location and schedule. We encourage all types of libraries and information resources (museums, community centers, etc.) to participate. For the Summit to be most effective, we need many perspectives.
Session topics may focus on anything related to information seeking and use. Special consideration will be given to topics related to this year’s theme of “Problem Solving in our Communities: Everyday Information Experiences.” Breakout sessions will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.
To propose a breakout session, complete this form. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, December 4, 2009.
Not sure about your idea? Feel free to contact a Summit Coordinator for inspiration or help in refining your proposal.
Some ideas to get you thinking …
|CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE DEMCO DR. SEUSS RHYMING CHALLENGE!|
SAVE THE DATE! SPECIAL LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION EVENTS:
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
FOUND ITEMS: Decatur Public Schools would like to find the library home of the following book: Persian Cats, by Wendy Perkins, Capstone Press, 2008. It is stamped LINCOLN inside the book, and has a barcode labeled Abraham Lincoln Elementary, barcode 33512003609463. It does not belong to any libraries within Rolling Prairie Library System. If anyone can help us identify the owning library, please contact Chris Oyer 217-433-3135, or Leeann Grossman at 217-853-6034.
Decatur Public schools also
found another book and would like to find the library home of the following
Please check your shelves for the following items:
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.
|09-449||RPLS TECH TRENDS FAIR PHOTO ALBUM AVAILABLE: Visit RPLS's online photo album page.|
|09-450||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 December 9th.
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 catalogers in LLSAP libraries during their first three months in any one of these positions. 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. These two day class are being held at RPLS on Wednesday, December 2nd (Full) and Thursday, December 3rd (Full), with the Evaluation being offered Tuesday, December 22nd.
HOW TO READ AN AUDITOR'S REPORT TO MANAGEMENT: If you missed this session in November, now is the time to register before this session fills. If your audited financial statements look Greek to you, then you might benefit from Rolling Prairie’s “How To Read An Audited Financial Statement.” Mike Szymkoski, RPLS Chief Fiscal Officer, takes actual audit reports and reviews each part and explains the significance and relevance to library operations. Major topics covered will be the auditor’s opinion, management discussion and analysis and footnote disclosures, as well as the “numbers.” Mike will also discuss briefly the audit process, which will be helpful to those who might be planning for an audit in the future. This is being held at RPLS on Wednesday, December 9th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 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 Tuesday, December 22nd from from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
FREE FORM FREE FOR ALL: This informal group is an opportunity for anyone working with youth or young adults in public libraries to share ideas, success stories, new books, old books, and questions. Please come prepared to share. Bring something to show or discuss and we will all go home with new ideas to try. Handouts are encouraged; bring 20 copies of each to share with the group. This is being held at Blue Mound Memorial Library District on Friday, January 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
TechPlan Tuesdays: Do you need to write a technology plan for the library? Do you have a technology plan that needs to be updated? If you answered either of these questions with a yes, then Tech Tuesdays is for you. Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23 are the designated Tech Tuesdays. We shall use TechAtlas at each hour-long session to cover the components you need in a technology plan. Between sessions you will have assignment to complete. At the end of the three sessions you will have a completed technology plan ready for Board approval. Prerequisite: Completed TechAtlas Inventory.
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 11, 2009. All submissions should arrive before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2009 for inclusion in the newsletter. You may fax submissions to (217) 428-1852, or e-mail them to Doris McKay or Angela Thompson.