- Recently the Glen Carbon Centennial Library received an LSTA grant to “Bring in the Arts.” Partnered with the Edwardsville Children’s Museum and the Edwardsville Arts Center, the mission of this grant was to help children learn more about the arts. One of the most exciting features of the grant was three kiosks targeted for 5-9 year olds which were developed to represent the umbrella title of “Bring in the Arts.”Each mobile kiosk represents a different subject. These include: Storytelling and Theatre, Music and Dance, and Arts and Crafts. The kiosks have three components: Interactive Touch-Screen Displays; Cabinetry for hands-on items, and shelving for titles related to the subject.In the true library spirit of lending and sharing, the Glen Carbon Centennial Library is now willing to loan these wonderful kiosks out to area libraries, schools, day-cares and pre-schools. You can view the kiosks on the Glen Carbon Centennial Library web site, or by clicking on the link above to see the LSTA Grant Update post. The kiosks will be available for loan starting on September 1st. An online calendar and request form to borrow the kiosks, coming soon. Until then, to schedule the kiosk(s), contact Anne Hughes, Library Director, at email@example.com or 618.288.1212.
- All of you reading this are familiar with the weekly “What’s New @ WJIL” on BlogJunction Illinois. We’ll be using this weekly update to to help you find out more about the exciting changes coming up for WJIL later this summer with the migration to a new software platform. In addition, the staff at WebJunction global are busy writing blog posts that will help you understand more about the changes you will be seeing. We’ve added these posts to our feed on the WJIL site. Click on the link above, then click on the “Migration News” anchor at the top of the page to find out more. Or go directly to the WJ Blog and view the “Next WJ” category.
Courses and Learning
Cultivate a Culture of Learning in Your Library – Review and Archives
- Just two weeks ago in this blog we encouraged you to attend the free learning webinar on cultivating a culture of learning in your library. Debbie Aggertt, ILLINET/OCLC Coordinator for the Illinois State Library, took that encouragment and attended. Here is what she had to say – “I just attended the WJ webinar on ‘Cultivating a Culture of Learning in the Library’. It was easy, the right topic, the right length.” The good news is, if you didn’t take the hint the first time, you can still take advantage of the presentation and accompanying materials by visiting the archive for the webinar to listen and review the materials at your convenience.
- How do you set up a cleaning schedule? What needs to be done daily, weekly, monthly? Presented by Alliance Library Systen Library Development Consultant Rose Chenoweth, this was an interactive session with participants sharing experiences and reacting to information presented. You can listen to the archive by clicking on the link above and scrolling to the bottom of the Wimba Archives for Illinois page.
- Did you know that the free WJ Learning Webinars are now Closed Captioned? If you are in need of this feature, click on the link above to find out more about how you can take advantage of it.
Grants You Wished You’d Thought Of - Updated
- For many years on the ISL website they have featured a grant link entitled “Grants You Wished You’d Thought Of,” showcasing some of the wonderfully creative grants librarians have developed. The Illinois State Library has decided to update the link so you can see what folks are doing currently with LSTA grants. You can now visit the LSTA Grant Updates category on BlogJunction Illinois to be inspired, get ideas, or contact the recipients of grants to find out more about their experiences.