Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging students in grades 4–10 to enter the 2013 Letters About Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing competition.
“Every year thousands of students in Illinois enjoy participating in this inspiring competition,” White said. “Illinois has had more entries than any other state for five years in a row. I encourage all of our students to take part in Letters About Literature, and I hope their participation leads to a lifetime love of reading.”
Participating students read a book and write letters to the authors, living or deceased, describing how that book positively impacted their life. The contest is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Illinois Center for the Book. State winners’ letters are forwarded for judging at the national level.
The deadline to enter the competition is January 11, 2013. State winners will be announced in April 2013.
2012 Letters About Literature Winners: (from L to R):
Nadeen Shaban, Ben Gachpar, and Kate Wardenburg
For more information about the competition, contact Bonnie Matheis at 217-558-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can also be found at http://illinoiscenterforthebook.org.
Today, we’re proud to kick-off our latest blog series: The Learning Curve!
In this series, we’ll take a closer look at continuing education opportunities offered by WebJunction Illinois. You can look forward to posts featuring an in-depth look at the course catalog, opinion pieces on the benefits of continuing education, and an overview of all that WebJunction Illinois has to offer.
Check back each week for valuable resources to enhance your personal learning curve!
If you are interested in contributing to The Learning Curve series, please email Lesley Zavediuk at: email@example.com.
This week the Illinois State Library spotlights the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation in Effingham.
This adult learner wanted to complete paperwork and forms by herself without depending on her son or roommate for help. She was matched with a volunteer tutor, and in no time she was able to complete a change of address form on her own. This adult learner has an amazing attitude despite being a single parent with only a ninth grade education. She volunteers at an animal shelter and can now read instructions left for her by the shelter supervisors. She lightens their workload and derives satisfaction from her job.
Before tutoring, her living skills were limited. Now she is grateful that she can read notes from her landlord, statements from her bank, and forms from her doctor. She enjoys visiting the library and checking out books. She has accomplished her initial goal; she lives on her own and no longer depends on a roommate or her son to read for her. Her son is very proud of his mother’s efforts, and earning his pride is truly one of her greatest accomplishments!
A discount is being offered to ILLINET member libraries for the Internet Librarian 2012 Conference, being held in Monterey, California, October 22–24.
To receive a registration form with special discounted ILLINET member pricing, contact Jill Heffernan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-557-7259.
To obtain the discount, registration forms must be returned to Jill by September 14.
Good news Mac users! Nine new Mac courses have been added to the Course Catalog!
Outlook for Mac 2011:
- Getting Started
- Managing Contacts
- Managing Conversations and E-mail
- Mastering E-mail
- Scheduling with the Calendar
PowerPoint for Mac 2011:
- Getting Started
- Adding Simple Presentation Enhancements
- Animations and Presentation Tools
- Using Media Files in a Presentation
Simply log in and click on “Browse the Catalog.” You’ll find these new courses listed under Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.
The Office of the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library has selected Counting Opinions as a result of the procurement process to collect and maintain data for the Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) and the Illinois Library and Information Network (ILLINET) surveys. Their data management product, LibPas, will be used to collect Illinois library statistics. The IPLAR and ILLINET surveys should be available on LibPas in early September.
The Secretary of State’s office does not have statutory authority to grant an extension to the deadlines established in the Local Library Act or the Public Library District Act for the Illinois Public Library Annual Reports (IPLAR). However, due to the unforeseen circumstances in procuring the services of Counting Opinions, the Illinois State Library will accept filings of the IPLAR after the statutory deadlines (Local Library Act: (75 ILCS 5/4-10); District Act: (75 ILCS 16/30-65)).
Note: Access is no longer available to Baker and Taylor Bibliostat. If you have submitted an electronic survey using Bibliostat, the Illinois State Library has it on file. If you have not submitted your survey, instructions will be available soon about LibPas use.
This week the Illinois State Library spotlights Fishes & Loaves Outreach in Springfield.
Each day was the same for this adult learner. He spent most of his time watching television because he didn’t like to read. After working in various restaurants he began to dream of becoming a chef, but he couldn’t understand written recipes. His family encouraged him to obtain tutoring, and he reluctantly enrolled at Fishes and Loaves.
Three years later, he is ready to enroll in the culinary arts program at Springfield’s Lincoln Land Community College. This adult learner enjoys cooking and is very good at it. He loves to read, even more than watching TV! Not only does his tutor motivate and inspire him, the tutor has also helped him learn to communicate and express his thoughts in a productive way. Due to a changed attitude his relationship with his mother has improved.
This adult learner is well on his way to becoming a chef!
Thursday, August 23, 2012 ♦ 12 pm CST ♦ 60 min ♦ Cost: $0
Learn how to tell a succinct, powerful story about the value of libraries. Based on OCLC’s “From Awareness to Funding” and the latest findings of brain research, this session focuses on turning the evidence of daily patron encounters into short, compelling, and memorable messages that build support.
Presented by: Jamie LaRue, director, Douglas County Libraries (CO), blogger, and chair of committee who created The Big Hairy Audacious Goal, a public library advocacy initiative.
The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has approved three rulemakings by the Illinois State Library that were effective on July 18.
An adopted rulemaking amending the Illinois State Library Grant program (23 Ill. Adm. Code 3035) allows for the submission of grants through the Internet. Libraries will be required to annually certify their regional library system membership status to be eligible for grants (Section 3035.135 (a)).
Other changes include increasing the maximum amount of a mini-grant from $25,000 to $35,000 (Section 3035.435 (c) in the Live and Learn Construction Program) and incorporating the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service rules (formerly 23 Ill. Adm. Code 3025) as Subpart F of Part 3035. The full text of the rulemaking can be found in the Aug. 3, 2012, issue of the Illinois Register.