THIS WEEK AT THE ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY (November 16, 2007)
Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian
Anne Craig, Director
NEXT ISSUE NOVEMBER 30
THE STATE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED NEXT THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 IN OBSERVANCE OF THANKSGIVING
IN THIS ISSUE:
- 2008 Family Reading Night Order Form Available
- Important Rule Change
- New Delivery Service Website
- WebJunction Illinois News
- Grant Talkin’….Stayin’ Connected
- E-Rate News
- 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!
- Upcoming Events
Thanks to everyone who contributed to another successful Family Reading Night last evening. The order form for posters and bookmarks for Family Reading Night 2008 (mark your calendars now for November 20, 2008) can be found online.
A proposed rule to consolidate all of the Illinois State Library grant programs into a single administrative rule was approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) at its Tuesday meeting in Chicago. The new Part, Illinois State Library Grant Programs (23 Ill. Adm. Code 3035), includes regional library system annual grants; library system technology grants; special library services to the blind and physically handicapped; public library per capita and equalization aid grants; school district library grants; Educate & Automate automation/technology grants; and library grants for veterans’ homes. The new Part requires that grant applicants submit proposals on time and on forms prescribed by the Illinois State Library, which retains the right to deny a grant application if program requirements or deadlines are not met. The Literacy Grant Program (23 Ill. Adm. Code 3040) and The Illinois State Library Training Program Grants (23 Ill. Adm. Code 3037) have been repealed and incorporated into the new Part. The Public Library Construction Grants (23 Ill. Adm. 3060) will be repealed and incorporated into the new Part in early 2008.
The new Illinois Library Delivery Service (ILDS) will begin on January 2, 2008. A terrific website has been established with answers to questions you might have about the new ILDS. Visit the website at www.illinoisdelivers.net.
Congratulations to Susan Tulis of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the winner in the recent WebJunction Illinois registration drawing. Susan will receive a great prize for registering between September 21st and October 5th.
Just a reminder that the FY 2008 Public Library Construction Grant program has been announced, with information available online.
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 or Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901. In order to qualify for a FY2008 Public Library Construction Grant, the applying public library must have previously submitted a Letter of Intent by the October 19 deadline.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-923-3328.
Payment for lunch must be made the day of the event.
For more information, contact Gwen Harrison at 800-665-5576 (press 1 then select extension 1) or 217-785-7334.
The full Eligible Services List for FY2008 is available. Here are the principal updates and clarifications for the FY2008 list:
- Centrex service is treated as basic telephone service and does not require a technology plan.
- Basic conduit access to the Internet for the purpose of accessing distance learning and video conferencing is eligible for funding in the Internet Access category but distance learning and video conferencing tools are NOT ELIGIBLE for funding.
- Applicants can request funding for the transmission component of Broadband over power lines (BPL) as a Telecommunications Service. This new entry appears under "Digital Transmission Services."
- Applicants can request funding for BPL-enabled Internet Access service under the Internet Access category if the service is bundled with the Internet Access. This entry appears under "Internet Access."
- Program participants are not required to provide cost allocations for calendaring functions ancillary to email services.
- Funding of Web hosting is limited strictly to provision of website traffic (bandwidth); provision of disk space for storing applicant provided content; provision of File Transfer Protocol (FTP) transfer or a web interface to upload files; and domain name registration necessary for the creation of a school or library website.
- "Failover" products or services have been added to the list of miscellaneous components that are NOT ELIGIBLE for funding.
(from USAC’s "Schools and Libraries News Brief," November 9, 2007)
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. YOU DO NOT NEED TO MONITOR CHAT HOURS TO PARTICIPATE IN ASK?AWAY. We are also offering a NEW free trial lasting from January 15, 2008-May 15, 2008. Have questions? Let Ask?Away help answer them. 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.
- Anne Craig attended an Illinois Library Association Executive Board meeting at Rolling Prairie Library System in Decatur.
- Karen Egan attended the Shawnee Library System board meeting.
- Mary Downing attended the DuPage Library System board meeting.
- Sharon Russwinkel and Lisa Waller returned to the office after spending time last week at Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center in East Peoria working with staff on various projects.
- Joe Natale attended the meeting of the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
- Lynda Maddox attended a forum on the Illinois Veterans History Project at the 2007 Illinois Council of Community College Administrators (ICCCA) in Tinley Park.
- Vandella Brown conducted an "Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of Spanish Speakers" workshop at the State Library. Vandella, Sharon Layne and Pat McGuckin met with Springfield area library program planners to develop programming for the 2008 Black History Month celebration and Springfield Race Riot of 1908 centennial commemoration.
- Mark Shaffer made literacy grant monitoring visits to Southeastern Illinois College and John A. Logan College.
- Sue Burkholder returned to the office after attending the OCLC Business Managers meeting in Lansing, Michigan.
- Lynn Bierma attended a CARLI/I-Share Resource Sharing Forum in DeKalb.
- DeeAnn Powless, Earl Huston and Merleen Dibert attended a CARLI/I-Share Cataloging Forum at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
- Kathleen Bloomberg conducted a training meeting on ISL services available to state employees for staff from the Illinois State Police. She also took part in a CARLI/I-Share Collection/Serials Task subgroup conference call.
Some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and crave sweets and starchy foods. They may also feel depressed. Though symptoms can be severe, they usually clear up. This condition is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Learn about SAD from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
The National Center for Education Statistics has released its 2007 study related to the Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities. The report examines the educational progress and challenges that racial and ethnic minorities face in the United States.
In honor of Thanksgiving next week, here’s a lovely drawing of turkeys from the November, 1970 edition of "The Living Museum", published by the Illinois State Museum.
- Poverty traps, by edited by Samuel Bowles, Steven N. Durlauf, and Karla Hoff. Princeton University Press, 2006.
- Supreme conflict: the inside story of the struggle for control of the United States Supreme Court, by Jan Crawford Greenburg. Penguin Press, 2007
- There goes the neighborhood: racial, ethnic, and class tensions in four Chicago neighborhoods and their meaning for America, by William Julius Wilson and Richard P. Taub. Knopf, 2006
Joseph L. Cwik of Chicago is this week’s Illinois inventor of the week. On December 23, 1947, Cwik was granted Design Patent Number D148,147 for "Design for a [turkey] Figurine". The Illinois State Library Patent & Trademark Library is available to assist you with your patent and trademark questions. Contact them at (217) 782-5659.
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!
- 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
- December 14– Full construction grant applications must be postmarked or delivered to the State Library (see above)
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.