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IHLS offices closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 & 23

Just a reminder that all IHLS offices will be closed and delivery will not operate Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd, for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

All four will reopen November 26th, and additional delivery routes may run to compensate for volume.

 

Call for Nominations - ILA Intellectual Freedom Award

Presented by the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee and Quality Books, Inc., the Intellectual Freedom Award honors an individual or group for outstanding contributions in defending intellectual freedom or the advancement of these principles as espoused and promulgated by both the Illinois Library Association and the American Library Association.

The recipient will receive a $500 financial award and certificate.

All  Illinois school, academic, special, and public libraries, as well as, Illinois Library Systems, ILA and its forums and committees are encouraged to submit a nomination.  Any other Illinois group or individual may also submit nominations.

To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form, follow all the submission instructions, and attach all support statements, letters, and documentation, etc. required by the award’s criteria.  ILA must receive all nominations by May 15.  http://www.ila.org/awards/intellectual-freedom-award

ILEAD USA Applications Videoconference Nov.19

ILEAD USA Applications Available — Illinois Videoconference November 19

The State Library will host ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover): The 21st Century Technology and Leadership Skills Institute for the States at the University of Illinois Springfield on March 25–28, June 17–20 and October 21–24, 2013.

The ILEAD USA initiative, begun in 2009 by Illinois as ILEAD U, has now been propagated to partner states Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Utah.

Do you have a technology skill or knowledge of technology tools? Be an instructor!  Want to learn?  Be a participant!  We are accepting applications for PARTICIPANTS, INSTRUCTORS, and MENTORS, until December 14 at http://www.webjunction.org/partners/illinois/il-programs/ileadusa.html.

On November 19, a videoconference will be held from 10–11 a.m. for individuals from Illinois who are thinking of participating in ILEAD USA. Learn more at L2 at http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=14518.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

Upcoming IHLS Closures

IHLS offices will be closed Monday, November 12 for Veteran's Day and delivery will not run that day. Extra routes will run on Tuesday, November 13 if needed.
 
IHLS offices will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Extra routes will run on Monday and Tuesday, November 26-27.
 
See our Office Hours page for a listing of IHLS Holidays.
 

Great News!

IHLS has received several installments for the FY2012 Area and Per Capita Grant in the amount of $1,460,666.66.
 
We at IHLS truly appreciate the support of our colleagues at the Illinois State Library, Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, and our dedicated board and staff.
 

November IHLS Board Meeting

The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, November 27, 2012. IHLS Board meetings will be available via videoconferencing at each of our four offices as well as the Illinois State Library. If you are not able to join us in Effingham, perhaps one of these other locations will suffice. When available, you will find the November agenda and board packet here.
 

Illinois Library Laws and Rules

In September IHLS coordinated a group purchase of the latest edition of Illinois Library Laws & Rules (2012) for $20/copy. The books have arrived and we are currently in the process of getting the books  mailed out to the libraries that requested them. An invoice will be in the package with the books. If your library requested books and you have not received them by Friday, November 16, please contact Linda Petty at 618.656.3216, ext. 412.

Courses available at University of Illinois GSLIS

If you already have your master's in library and information science, do you want to expand your knowledge and skills on current topics in LIS such as digital libraries and data mining, or do you need to update or fill in gaps in your LIS education? Perhaps you just miss the classroom environment?  If so, consider registering for a graduate credit course as a non-degree student at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. 

Do you know someone with a bachelor's degree who might be interested in pursuing a master's degree in LIS and would like to explore the field by taking a course or two? If so, encourage them to register for a graduate credit course as a non-degree student at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Admission to the university is not required.

IHLS offices closed Monday, November 12

Just a reminder that all IHLS offices will be closed and delivery will not operate Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day. 

All four will reopen November 13th, and additional delivery routes may run to compensate for volume.

 

Great News!

IHLS has received several installments for the FY2012 Area and Per Capita Grant in the amount of $1,460,666.66.

We at IHLS truly appreciate the support of our colleagues at the Illinois State Library, Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, and our dedicated board and staff.

Board Meeting Recap - October 2012

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their October 23, 2012, meeting in Effingham, IL. Click here for the original agenda. Next board meeting date: November 27, 2012, 6:00 pm at the the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.  

Moving Forward TOGETHER

IHLS had an incredible maiden year, and we have much to anticipate and realize in the future. A lot of hard work, long hours, and multitude of meetings were responsible for the success of the first year in joining our four organizations into one. The IHLS Fact Sheet highlights IHLS services and successes for FY2012.    
 

SHARE Update

Is your Internet connection ready for Polaris? You can test your connection speed, all the way to the IHLS servers. To take the test, visit the IHLS website.
 

Live and Learn Construction Grant Workshops

Staff from the Illinois State Library will provide an overview of the Live & Learn Construction Grant Program for public libraries. These sessions will discuss the eligibility requirements, the three different grant categories available, and the application submission and review process. Applications are due January 11, 213.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 ♦ 10:30 AM-12:00 PM ♦ IHLS Edwardsville ♦ Register in L2.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ♦ 1:30 PM-3:00 PM ♦ Adobe Connect ♦ Register in L2.

ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund Read For Information Grant

The Illinois School Library Media Association/Library Book Selection Service Fund announces a new grant this year. To apply for this grant you must be a school librarian and a current ISLMA member by the date of your application.

This grant is designed to show the importance of “literary nonfiction” in the new Common Core Standards that will be in effect in the next few years. As priorities change, our collections need more informational texts. For the purpose of this grant, non-fiction materials may include print, audio, or electronic formats-- subscription materials will not qualify.

Information about the grant, including the criteria, checklist, and rubric is available at the ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund website (www.lbssfund.org). The online application form will be available at the website beginning November 1, 2012. All grant applications must be submitted by December 15, 2012. Questions may be sent to info@lbssfund.org, by fax to 309/649-0916 or by phone to 309/649-0911.

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