THIS WEEK AT THE ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY (October 19, 2007)
Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian
Anne Craig, Director
IN THIS ISSUE:
Construction Grant Applications-Letters of Intent Due TODAY!
Grant Talkin’…Stayin’ Connected
We Need Your Input!(ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code Revision)
Try-it! Illinois Database Trial
Illinois Century Network (ICN) Meetings
Letters About Literature
Ask?Away Free Trial Expanded to 2008
Staff Work Week
Gov Doc Info
Cultural Awareness: Diversity in Action
Illinois Digital Archives
New Titles in the ISL Collection
Inventor of the Week
Spread the News About E-news!
CONSTRUCTION GRANT APPLICATIONS
Just a reminder that the FY 2008 Public Library Construction Grant program has been announced, with information available online. The required letter of intent must be faxed, postmarked, or delivered to the State Library by THE END OF THE DAY TODAY, Friday, October 19, 2007. Full applications must be postmarked or delivered to the State Library by December 14, 2007. Please refer all inquiries to: H. Neil Kelley at 217-782-1891 or Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901.
Dates have been announced and applications are being accepted for Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2008.
Synergy is the statewide library community’s proactive movement to recruit and nurture future Illinois library leaders. Objectives include self-assessment; discovering and developing personal values; identifying the local, state and global environment; fostering and expanding skills and tools for personal, professional and positional leadership; creating a cohort group; establishing mentoring relationships; and developing a vision of and beyond the field of librarianship.
Librarians selected to participate in Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2008 will commit to a yearlong process.Three three-day seminars will be held:April 1-3, Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, Utica; August 5-7, Pere Marquette Lodge, Grafton; and November 18-20, Hickory Ridge Marriott Conference Hotel, Lisle. Each site has been chosen for its unique Illinois flavor and for the natural progression, geographically, personally, professionally, as Synergy and its participants travel across the state.
Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2008 applicants are responsible for compiling and submitting their complete applications to Ellen Popit, Committee Chair, at Shawnee Library System. Applications must be post marked by Friday, November 30, 2007. All applicants will be notified in regard to their application by late January 2008. Questions about Synergy may be directed to Patricia Norris, Vandella Brown or Cyndy Colletti at the State Library (1-800-665-5576 Option #1) or Ellen Popit (1-800-455-4374 extension 2024).
GRANT TALKIN’…STAYIN’ CONNECTED
Grant packets for the School District Library Grant Program (commonly referred to as School Per Capita) have been mailed to Superintendents.School librarians/grant writers should contact their superintendent for the packet. The FY08 grant application consists of three components:(1) online; (2) attendance centers; and (3) signature page. Take note that the attendance center component and the signature page are paper components that each have unique deadlines and must be postmarked and returned separately. Grant information and the online component are accessible on the ISL website.
ILLINET member academic, public, school and special library staff are invited to attend the free Illinois State Library Electronic Resource Expo (E-R-XPO) on Thursday, December 13, 2007 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.at the Schaumburg Township District Library, located at 130 South Roselle Road in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Sponsored by the Illinois State Library and the Schaumburg Township District Library, the E-R-XPO will showcase electronic resource products and feature Try-It! Illinois 2007 participating vendors.
One-on-one contact with product representatives and focus sessions will be offered.
Electronic resource representatives will highlight various databases applicable to all types of libraries (academic, public, school and special).
Participating electronic resource representatives include but are not limited to: Gale, Encyclopedia Britannica, Alexander Street Press, Rosen Publishing, CQ Press, Morningstar, HW Wilson, World Book, EBSCO and ProQuest.
There is no charge to attend the E-R-XPO.
School librarians are encouraged to bring their principals and/or superintendents. Public library trustees are also invited to attend.
Boxed lunches will be available for purchase. To reserve your boxed lunch, contact Kris Kenney at 847-923-3328. Payment for lunch must be made the day of the event.
To register please log on to: http://www.islcleo.org.
For more information, contact Gwen Harrison at 800-665-5576 (press 1 then select extension 1) OR 217-785-7334.
WE NEED YOUR INPUT!
The ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code has been revised. Until November 2, 2007, public comments to this draft document are being accepted. The draft revision of the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code is online.
Members of the library community are strongly encouraged to peruse the draft revision of the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code and make comments. The ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code will be presented to the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee during their December 2007 meeting for final adoption. Please direct comments to Gwen Harrison.
TRY-IT! ILLINOIS DATABASE TRIAL
The eighth annual Try-It! Illinois database trial, sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the State Library, launched this week and runs through November 30.
Try-It! Illinois offers the 5,000+ ILLINET member libraries, their staffs and their communities-library users, customers, clients, faculty, students, and boards–a wonderful opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources.Thanks to an agreement between the State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during the trial period.
Libraries are encouraged to share Try-It! Illinois with their library users, providing them with the opportunity to use and recommend electronic resources for possible purchase at the local level. Try-It! Illinois users are also invited to suggest electronic resources for consideration in E-RICH, the Illinois State Library’s electronic resource service that works with vendors to negotiate best prices for Illinois libraries.Some of this year’s participating vendors are:
Alexander Street Press
Carroll Publishing, Inc.
Children`s Literature Comprehensive Database
Credo Reference (formerly Xreferplus)
Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.
Facts On File News Services
Facts on File Online
Geographic Research, Inc.
Greenwood Publishing Group
H.W. Wilson Co.
Naxos of America, Inc.
Record Information Services, Inc.
Rosen Publishing, Inc.
Taylor and Francis, LLC
Value Line, Inc.
The World and I Online
World Book, Inc.
Try-It! Illinois is available at:
If you have questions, contact Gwen Harrison at 217-785-7334.
DISCLAIMER: 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.
The Illinois State Library is pleased to cooperate with the Illinois Century Network (ICN) in promoting a series of regional information meetings during the months of October and November. The meetings are designed to share information about what is new with the ICN, and also allow ample opportunity for you, the constituent, to ask questions of ICN management and Regional Technology Center staff. Some of the highlights of this year’s meetings will be: plans to upgrade the backbone using dark fiber and current efforts to expand the availability of metro ethernet as a last mile connection option.
Please visit the ICN website for date and location information and to register.
LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White urges students in grades 4-12 to enter the 2008 Letters About Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Illinois Center for the Book in partnership with Target. The contest combines reading and writing, two skills that will benefit students for the rest of their lives.Entry forms, guidelines and other information can be found on the Illinois Center for the Book website.
ASK?AWAY FREE TRIAL EXPANDED INTO 2008
If you’re a library that has yet to try the Ask?Away virtual reference service, you can sample it for free through December 15, 2007. We’re also pleased to announce a NEW free trial lasting from January 15, 2008-May 15, 2008. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to provide 24/7/365 reference service to your patrons. For more information on Ask?Away, visit the website or contact Natalie Tagge at (217) 557-6329.
STAFF WORK WEEK
Anne Craig attended the 2007 fall meeting of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) in Omaha, NE.
Joe Natale attended the Rural Telecon ’07 Conference on Oct. 15-17 in Springfield. More than 200 people representing government and business, including telephone companies and broadband providers, attended the conference to address the need for high-speed Internet access in rural America.The conference, hosted by the Office of the Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, included presentations on libraries providing online services to teens through the Skokie Public Library and services from the Illinois Century Network. A underlining theme of the conference was how the Internet is increasingly becoming weaved into the social fabric of communities, and in many rural areas the public library is the primary access point to the Internet, thus making the library pivotal in local economic development.
Vandella Brown attended the Center for Reading and Literacy Meeting at Illinois State University to discuss continued facilitation of diversity in literacy in Illinois libraries.
Kathleen Bloomberg took part in a CARLI Collections Working Group conference call and a CARLI Collections Working Group subcommittee conference call.
Lynn Bierma conducted two resource sharing training sessions.
Greg McCormick hosted a CARLI delivery committee meeting.
Mark Shaffer attended a Senior Olympics meeting and a Senior Celebration meeting.
Dorothy Whitney attended a Southside Literacy Coalition Meeting at Brainerd Community Development Corp.
Cyndy Colletti attended the Lincoln Trail Libraries System board meeting, an Illinois Community College Board Tech Advisory Council meeting, and made a report to the Board of the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educator’s Association.
Pat Norris attended the Rolling Prairie Library System board meeting.
Ron Winner attended the Lewis and Clark Library System board meeting and will attend the Illinois School Library Media Association board meeting Saturday.
Neil Kelley attended the Metropolitan Library System board meeting.
Gwen Harrison attended the Prairie Area Library System board meeting.
Mary Downing attended the DuPage Library System board meeting.
Bonnie Matheis and Alyce Scott attended the 17th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture in Champaign/Urbana featuring Clara Budnik.
With news this week that the price of oil has reached $90 a barrel, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has released its list of the most fuel-efficient 2008 model cars.
The announcement of the E-Rate application window dates for Funding Year 2008 will be coming soon. If you plan to apply for anything more than basic telephone service, it’s a good time to check and see if your Technology Plan has expired or needs to be updated. The E-Rate rules require that a Technology Plan be written before a 470 form is submitted. Check the USAC’s Schools and Libraries “News Brief,” October 12, 2007 or the USAC website for the details on drafting a plan. Once it’s written, send it to the coordinator at your Regional Library System to begin the certification process.
CULTURAL AWARENESS: DIVERSITY IN ACTION
The Illinois State Library’s Diversity Program is proud to be featured in an article in the October 2007 ILA Reporter published by the Illinois Library Association.The article entitled “Success In Diversity: How Three Illinois Libraries Embrace Multiculturalism,” examines the uniqueness of a diversity program at a special library in Illinois.
Some key points from the article are the “Tips for Success in Diversity for Multi-type Libraries,” which includes:
Training staff to relate to and work with diverse communities,
Employing minority and special interest library workforce;
Planning to celebrate diversity, heritage, and culture;
Involving local schools;
Inclusion of diverse populations in planning, trustees, and on committees;
Partnering with local cultural organizations;
Engaging local businesses;
Staying creative, and
Evaluating programming and involvement, with input from library staff and community members.
Read more at ILA Reporter.
ILLINOIS DIGITAL ARCHIVES
We mentioned a few weeks go that the Illinois State Library Automation and Technology staff has begun digitizing Illinois Veterans History Project forms submitted by veterans and their families. Have a look at some of the forms.
NEW TITLES IN THE STATE LIBRARY COLLECTION
Facing accountability in education: democracy and equity at risk, Christine E. Sleeter, editor.Teachers College Press, c2007
Safe, legal, and unavailable? : abortion politics in the United States, by Melody Rose.CQ Press, 2007
Between peril and promise: the politics of international law, by J. Martin Rochester.CQ Press, 2006
ILLINOIS INVENTOR OF THE WEEK
Horace L. Hervey of Quincy is this week’s Illinois inventor of the week.The United States Patent Office granted Hervey Patent Number 14,314, on February 26, 1856, for “Arched Trussed Bridge,” He received several patents for his inventions. The Illinois State Library Patent & Trademark Library is available to assist you with your patent and trademark questions.Contact us at (217) 782-5659
SPREAD THE NEWS ABOUT E-NEWS!
Our weekly newsletter is the best source available to find out what’s going on at the State Library-everything from grant offerings and important meetings to news about electronic resources.We’re glad to have you as a subscriber, but if you know of anyone else you think should be getting E-news from the ISL, let us know and we’ll sign him or her up, or have him or her contact Pat McGuckin. Join the more than 6,000 subscribers who depend on E-news every Friday to find out what’s happening at the State Library!
October 25-26 –Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference, Urbana
October 30-System Presidents and Directors Meeting, ISL
November 1-3-Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) annual conference, Springfield
November 15-Family Reading Night
November 15-”Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community” seminar, ISL, register online.
December 11-Illinois State Library Advisory Committee, ISL
December 13-ISL Electronic Resources Exposition (E-R-XPO), Schaumburg Township District Library
December 14–Deadline to submit entries for “Letters About Literature” writing contest
Questions about “E-News from the ISL” should be referred to Pat McGuckin, Illinois State Library, at 217-558-4029. Please let me know if you ever have trouble accessing any of the website or e-mail links listed in the weekly newsletter.