Results from the Illinois public library construction survey, Publib’s favorite books of 2008, a WJIL Course Catalog spreadsheet and how you can use My WebJunction to customize your WJIL use. It’s all below in the latest “What’s New @ WJIL.”
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- This is the first of several Executive Summaries obtained from the responses provided by the 626 Illinois public libraries that applied for the FY 2009 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization grant. The answers were compiled from the: (1) “Library’s Environmental Profile”, (2) “Standards Chapter Review”, (3) “ADA-Self Evaluation” and (4) “COSLA Library Construction Survey”. The libraries provided valuable information about the state of library buildings throughout Illinois. This information will supply important data that can be used to benefit Illinois libraries in the future.
- Path: [Grants » ISL Grants » Public Library Construction]
- Best of the best of 2008 If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of the best books of 2008, you can’t go wrong with this list compiled by Reader’s Advisory Online Blog.
- Path: [Library Services » Readers Advisory]
- Each year the members of The Publib http://lists.webjunction.org/publib/ electronic discussion list pick their favorite reads. You can find the 2008 list in both excel and word format by clicking on the link above.
- Path: [Library Services » Readers Advisory]
- Your comments are welcomed on the proposed standards for Professionial Development & Consulting. These standards address responsibilities for library systems and system members. The committee will review the comments at its meeting on Feb. 17, 2009. To comment go to the Library Systems page and click on the Discussion tab.
- Path: [Illinois Center » Illinois Libraries » Library Systems]
- Find out more about how to use the Event Tracker feature in TechAtlas with these resources from the webinar of the same name.
- Path: [Technology » Technology Planning » TechAtlas]
- On February 6, 2009 Alyce Scott from the Illinois State Library gave an OPAL presentation on the Illinois Digital Archives. Find links to the streaming audio, downloadable MP3 and slides on the Digital Illinois page.
Courses and Learning
- On the WJIL Course Catalog Help page we have now posted a convenient spreadsheet listing all of the courses available in the course catalog. Download or print off this spreadsheet for an alternative way to browse the course offerings.
- Path: [Illinois Center » Illinois Learning Center » WJIL Course Catalog Help]
- Links to the archived webinar and additional resources
- Path: [Member Center » Events » Webinars » Webinar Archives]
- Watch the archived webinar from January 2009. Brenda Hough interviews Bob Bocher, Technology Consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning.
- Path: [Technology » Public Access Computing » MaintainIT Cookbooks » MaintainIT Webinars]
Upcoming WJ Webinars (see L2 for details)
- WJIL: Welcome to 2.0, February 13th
- WJIL: Intro to TechAtlas in Illinois, February 13th
- Technology Services for Children, February 17th
- 23 Things Summitt, March 3rd
In the WJIL Member Center tab you’ll find a Quick Link to the Illinois Groups page. These Groups represent a number of different topics and shared interest in the Illinois Library community. Each group page provides a space for the members to share documents, discussion and general information. Below are some of the groups currently in place that you can join. Have an idea for a group? Find out more about how to create Illinois Groups.
- Course of the Month
- Youth Services Summer Reading
- Computer Class Instruction
- Path:[Member Center » Illinois Library Community » Illinois Groups]
What’s the best way to get quick access to your bookmarks, groups, activities, friends list and courses on WJIL? You guessed it – My WebJunction. Log into the site and by clicking on this tab at the top, you’ll see a page customized to you as a user. Here are some of the options you’ll have on this powerful page:
- Quick access to all Groups you have joined or created, including the capability to leave the group or invite people
- A list of the colleagues you have “friended” on the site, as well as the opportunity to invite and find new friends
- Easy access to any pages that you have bookmarked on the site
- A list of your courses with the option to launch them
- A running update of your activity as well as the chance to see the activities of your “friends” on the site. (If they have configured their privacy settings to allow this)
Take advantage of the organization that My Webjunction provides and make it a part of your WJIL routine.