ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort grant opportunity

Public libraries are invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and 18 months of professional development in community engagement.

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.  Further information and application instructions can be found at:

ILA Library Trustee Forum 2014 Workshops

The 2014 Illinois Library Association (ILA) Library Trustee Forum Workshops have been set for Saturday, February 15, 2014 (Oak Brook, IL) and Saturday, February 22, 2014 (Springfield, IL). The program is designed specifically for library trustees. For more information on the program, and to register online, please visit:

Call for Posters: IACRL 2014 Conference

The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) 2014 Conference is now accepting proposals for poster sessions. To submit a proposal and register for the conference, visit the IACRL conference website.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, February 1, 2014. Notification will be given by Monday, February 17. Questions and other inquiries may be directed to Andrew Lenaghan at

SPLMI Set for June 1–6, 2014

Applications are now available for the 2014 Small Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI).  Sponsored by the Illinois State Library and hosted by the University of Illinois Springfield, the Institute will be held June 1–6, 2014. The weeklong Institute is intended for:

  • Directors of small public libraries.
  • Directors of all sizes of libraries that are either new to their position or new to the Illinois library community

Classes during the week will take place on campus and participants will be housed in individual rooms at UIS. The registration fee for successful applicants is only $50, which includes housing, meals, speakers and program materials.

More information on submitting the application and contact information is available on the State Library’s website.  Applications can be mailed, faxed, or submitted as an email attachment and must be received by 5 p.m., March 3, 2014.  For additional information, contact the State Library’s Library Development Group at 217-782-1891 or 800-665-5576.

Morton Library Helping Tornado Victims Reconnect With Lost Items

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.

International Games Day 2013

International Games DayOn 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

If your library would like to participate, simply register (for free) at   A library press kit is available at  Follow International Games Day on Twitter at @igamesday!

Free Webcast on Using Cloud Based Library Management Services

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.

2013 ISLMA Conference Set to Begin October 31

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 to view the schedule. For further details, visit ISLMA’s website.

State Library Seeks Input on Library Services for Residents Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders

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!

October 17th is Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

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!