As reported by numerous news outlets, the Morton Public Library in Tazewell County is working to reunite storm victims with their lost family documents that were scattered during last month’s devastating tornadoes. Documents carried away in the storms that hit Washington, Illinois have been found more than 100 miles away. Below are several links to news reports regarding the Library’s efforts in collecting and cataloging thousands of documents and items that families lost during the tornadoes.
The Morton Public Library is in need of gallon size Ziploc bags, sheet protectors and three ring binders. If you would like to help them continue the project, please send the items to 315 W. Pershing St. in Morton, IL.
On Saturday, November 16, over a thousand libraries around the world will celebrate the American Library Association’s 6th annual International Games Day @ your library. This event is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world and auspiced by the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. To find gaming events taking place in your community or for more information on International Games Day @ your library, visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/gaming/.
If your library would like to participate, simply register (for free) at http://bit.ly/igd13reg. A library press kit is available at http://igd.ala.org/library-press-kit/. Follow International Games Day on Twitter at @igamesday!
On Wednesday November 13, 2013, 1-2pm (EST), Library Journal and OCLC will be hosting a live webcast entitled, Implementing Change: Realizing the Results of Collaborating in the Cloud.
Joseph Janes – Associate Professor & Chair of the MLIS Program, University of Washington, will be the keynote speaker. Joseph will discuss the cost savings, workflow efficiencies, and user satisfaction realized from using today’s cloud based library management services. In addition to Joseph, Andrew Pace will moderate a panel discussion on the topic that includes:
George “Tad” A. Mindeman – Director Library Services, Kresge Memorial Library, Covenant College
Steve Shorb – Dean of the Criss Library, University of Nebraska Omaha
Rene Erlandson – Director of Virtual Services, University of Nebraska Omaha
Andrew K. Pace – Executive Director for Network Library Services, OCLC
You may register for this FREE event online.
The 2013 Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) Conference begins tomorrow, Thursday, October 31 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. This year’s conference theme is School Libraries: The Core of Student Success. The conference will feature two full days of programming with 80 concurrent sessions from which to choose. There are 15 seminars on Thursday, Exhibits on Thursday and Friday, the Author Showcase on Saturday and plenty of time for networking. You can see the full conference schedule, descriptions, rooms and all, online! Go to islma13.sched.org to view the schedule. For further details, visit ISLMA’s website.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., affecting 1 in 88 children. The Illinois State Library will be submitting an FY2014 IMLS National Leadership Forum Grant to convene a group of experts and stakeholders to explore ways to improve and expand library services and programs for Illinois residents affected by ASD.
As an initial step, the State Library is asking that you take a few minutes to complete a brief online survey. Your input is very important and valuable. Thank you!
Great Central U.S. ShakeOut
October 17th is the 2013 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, which is part of a nationwide effort to help people be prepared in the event of an earthquake. Illinois is very much a part of the area that would be affected if an earthquake occurs at the New Madrid seismic zone.
Valuable information for residents of the central United States about the threat of earthquakes in that area, particularly along the New Madrid seismic zone, is provided in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) publication Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country—Your Handbook for Earthquakes in the Central United States. This handbook offers tips on how to prepare for, survive and recover from an earthquake, and explains the need for concern about such events in the central United States.
If you have children, check out the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut website. It features a number of activities and educational resources designed to increase student knowledge about earthquake science and preparedness.
Don’t forget: Drop, Cover and Hold on!
Due to the popularity of the last Back 2 Books grant offering, applications are now being accepted by the Illinois State Library for a competitive Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant: Another Opportunity for Back 2 Books. The deadline to submit a grant application is Friday, November 22, 2013.
The application, eligibility and all other information concerning the grant can be found on the Illinois State Library’s website.
Applications are now being accepted by the Illinois State Library for the FY2014 School District Library Grant. Applications and all other information concerning the grant can be found on the Illinois State Library’s website.
This year’s deadline to submit the grant application and signature page is November 22, 2013. For questions concerning the grant, contact Robert Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-785-1168; or Becky Hunter at email@example.com, 217-782-7849.
The Illinois State Library is pleased to announce that Try-It! Illinois, their popular free annual statewide electronic database trial, has returned as of October 1. Over 40 electronic resource vendors are participating in this year’s trial.
The trial offers all ILLINET member libraries, their staffs and patrons an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to a collaboration between the State Library and the participating vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. To obtain the login and password, visit Try-It! Illinois. The database trial ends November 30, 2013.
Note: The Office of the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library makes no representations, guarantees, or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability of the Try-It! Illinois electronic resource offerings. The Office of the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that may result from the use of electronic resources included in the Try-It! Illinois offering. The responsibility for content rests with the organizations that are providing the information. The inclusion of links from this site does not imply endorsement by the Office of the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library.
Libraries are poised to play an important role in providing information to patrons interested in learning about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An important component of the ACA is the availability of a health insurance exchange. An exchange is a transparent, centralized marketplace that will offer a choice of health insurance plans to individuals and small businesses. Plan enrollments began Tuesday, October 1, 2013 with a coverage effective date of January 1, 2014. One way to gain access to information at the Illinois Health Insurance Reform Information Center is through the Illinois Department of Insurance website at http://insurance.illinois.gov/.