THIS WEEK AT THE ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY (August 22, 2008)
Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian
Anne Craig, Director
IN THIS ISSUE:
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GRANT TALKIN’…STAYIN’ CONNECTED-LSTA GRANTS
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded FY09 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants totaling $3.19 million to 106 of Illinois’ academic, public, school and special libraries and regional library systems.
“It is always a pleasure to award LSTA grants each year because these funds reward libraries for being creative and innovative,” White said. “LSTA grants are designed so that librarians can identify specific local needs and use these funds to address those needs. They help provide our libraries with some of the financial resources they need to remain our state’s most reliable sources for information. Over the last ten years, LSTA grants have produced hundreds of worthwhile new programs in Illinois’ libraries, library systems and museums with libraries. I congratulate all of our grant recipients for their hard work and creativity in seeking to address their patrons needs.”
This year’s LSTA grants were awarded in four categories:
- Digital Imaging grants allow libraries to create Internet-ready versions of their materials and collections, specifically Illinois-related historical and cultural materials. 21 projects were awarded LSTA grant funding this year.
- In Sync With Technology grants focus on improving library services for people of all ages by developing programs that integrate new technologies or significant equipment. 54 projects were awarded LSTA grant funding.
- Research & Development grants are awarded to conduct research on topics that have the potential to improve and create new library practices, resources, programs, and services for library patrons across Illinois. 3 projects were awarded LSTA grant funding this year.
- The Value of Resource Sharing grants allow recipients to expand their holdings to an online consortium, linking the catalogs of multiple libraries to greatly increase patron access to library resources across Illinois. 28 projects were awarded FY09 LSTA grant funding.
LSTA funding is awarded to states by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Illinois State Library administers LSTA funding awarded to the state of Illinois each year, and issues grants to applicants who seek funding as part of a competitive grant program. LSTA grants are available for the development of projects that specifically provide and focus on library service, new initiatives and library activities. All types of libraries-academic, public, school and special-and regional library systems and museums with libraries are eligible for funding.
See a list of all recipients.
THE BIG READ
This past June, the National Endowment for the Arts, in cooperation with Arts Midwest, announced that 208 libraries, municipalities and arts, culture and science organizations throughout the United States were awarded grants to participate in “The Big Read”. The Illinois State Library’s “The Big Read in West Central Illinois” was among those awarded a grant.
“The Big Read” is a nationwide reading initiative to restore reading to the center of American culture. The book selected by the State Library for “The Big Read in West Central Illinois” is “Fahrenheit 451″ by Illinois native Ray Bradbury. With its themes of censorship, freedom of thought, and the effects of television and technology on society, Bradbury’s classic novel is as relevant today as when it was published in 1953.
Joining the State Library as west central Illinois Big Read participants are:
- Alliance Library System
- Beardstown Houston Memorial Library
- Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield
- Chatham Area Public Library District
- The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
- Illinois Center for the Book, Jacksonville Public Library
- Macomb Public Library District
- Quincy Public Library
- Lincoln Library
- The Public Library of Springfield
- Rochester Public Library
- Rolling Prairie Library System
- Sherman Public Library District
- Springfield School District 186
- Springfield Urban Leagu.
All participants are from areas served by our grant partner, Network Knowledge, the Public Broadcasting System stations in West Central Illinois (WMEC/WQEC/WSEC TV).
Kick-off programs by some of the communities are scheduled to begin as early as September 2. Among other events, Bradbury will be awarded the Illinois Literary Heritage Award from the Illinois Center for the Book. “The Big Read in West Central Illinois” will also incorporate Banned Books Week and Fire Prevention Week during the fall of 2008.
For more information on the programs currently scheduled for The Big Read in West Central Illinois, visit the national Big Read website.
A local website will be available September 2. Information about that website will be announced here next week.
We’re delighted to pass along congratulations to ISL Webmaster Vicki Strohm, who recently marked her 35th anniversary as an employee of the State Library. Thanks for all of your hard work, Vicki!
READ FOR A LIFETIME
With school starting up again, high school students may be interested in participating in the State Library’s highly acclaimed Read for a Lifetime program. Read for a Lifetime was the state’s first program specifically targeting high school readers. The primary goal of the program is to promote the enjoyment of reading and hopefully encourage readers to develop a love for reading that will last a lifetime. Students participating in the program receive a list of 25 book titles, representing a mixture of classic and contemporary literature. More information, including reading lists and participation forms, can be found online.
IPLAR DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 1
This is an important reminder for every Illinois public library district that September 1 is the deadline to submit your FY2008 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR). All other types of public libraries (city, town, township, village) should already have submitted their annual report to the Illinois State Library since their FY2008 fiscal year ended on or before June 30.
An information packet with username/password and access information was mailed to every public library in late April/early May. Access information (other than username/password).
The IPLAR URL is [http://collect.informata.com]. If your library has not already done so, please begin working on your IPLAR immediately in order comply with legal deadlines as detailed in the Illinois Compiled Statutes [hereinafter referred to as ILCS] to: (1) compile, preserve and publish public library statistical information [15 ILCS 320/7(m)], and (2) compile the annual report of local public libraries and library systems submitted to the State Librarian pursuant to law [15 ILCS 320/7(n)].
For information contact: Ron Winner at 217-785-1168.
ILLINOIS BLUE BOOKS
If your library has not received the 2007-2008 edition of the Illinois Blue Book and would like a copy, please send an e-mail to Mary Downing. Please indicate “Blue Book” in the subject and specify your library name and ILDS route code in the body of the message.
The Blue Book is available online. Earlier editions of the Blue Book are available via the Illinois Digital Archives, in the Illinois Blue Book collection.
Every week we honor a provider who receives a literacy grant from Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois State Library Literacy Office. This week we shine the spotlight on the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) of Chicago. One student has studied at CMAA on and off for the past eight years. She originally managed to obtain a low-level position in a local bank where Mandarin was spoken. She could not get a better job at the bank, however, until she returned to CMAA for additional English classes. After much hard work, this student was promoted to a position that required English fluency. She eventually was promoted again and relocated in the suburban location where she was able to purchase a small condominium of her own.
When another student was unable to find a job due to her inability to speak English, she also visited CMAA. After studying very hard, the student managed to obtain a job bussing dishes in a local restaurant. She continued to study and has now been promoted to a server position where she earns more money and is able to interact directly with customers in English.
Learn more about the ISL Literacy Office and the hundreds of literacy providers who receive grants from us.
It may not receive the attention the Illinois State Fair achieves, but the DuQuoin State Fair is still a terrific event for folks visiting Southern Illinois. The event starts tomorrow.
CULTURAL AWARENESS: DIVERSITY IN ACTION
The Annual Diversity In Libraries “DiversiTEA!” will be held on September 24th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference at Navy Pier in Chicago. This year the event features ethnic cuisine, speakers, a lively discussion on the importance of creating equal access in libraries and music from a high school chorus. A fundraiser and raffle benefit the Sylvia Murphy Williams Scholarship Fund for minorities in library science.
The moderator is ISL Diversity Program Manager Vandella Brown. Pre-registration is required, and information can be found online.
ILLINOIS DIGITAL ARCHIVES
Illinois will be center stage in Denver next week as our junior U.S. Senator, Barack Obama, accepts the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States. The last U.S. President with an Illinois connection was native son Ronald Reagan. See a flyer promoting President Reagan’s appearance at the Illinois State Fair in 1986.
ILLINOIS INVENTOR OF THE WEEK
Clarence D. Reed of Chicago is this week’s Illinois Inventor of the Week. On September 11, 1934, Reed was granted United States Design Patent Number D93,287, for “Design for Candy.” He assigned it to Reed Candy Company of Chicago. The Illinois State Library Patent & Trademark Depository Library is available to assist you with your patent and trademark questions. Contact us at (217) 782-5659.
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- August 26-Illinois State Library Advisory Committee meeting, ISL
- September 8 – International Literacy Day
- September 23-26–Illinois Library Association annual conference, Chicago
- October 2-3-Reaching Forward South Conference, Springfield
- October 3 and 6-Mandatory LSTA Grant Management Workshops, ISL
- October 7-ILLINET Network Advisory Council meeting, ISL
- October 30-System Presidents and Directors meeting, ISL
- November 6-8-Illinois School Library Media Assn. Annual Conference, Arlington Heights
- December 4-ISL Electronic Resource Exposition (E-R-XPO), Schaumburg Township District Library
December 6-Deadline to enter 2009 Letters About Literature competition
Questions about “E-News from the ISL” should be referred to Pat McGuckin, Illinois State Library or 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.