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Is My Internet Connection Ready for Polaris?

This is a question I am asked all the time and the answer is usually, “It depends”.  Although a T1 is plenty fast to run Polaris with no problems, even a T1 will have slow performance if it is running at 100% capacity because of other usage.  Others may think that they won’t have performance problems because they have a cable connection at 20Mbs download speed.  Well, you’re probably right, a 20Mbs download rate is very good, but we have to keep in mind the upload rate, and the usage as well.  Usually it is sufficient, but we need to test your connection anyway.  I have created a special website that is hosted on our servers at SHARE.  This test will tell you exactly how fast your connection speed is, all the way to our servers.  It is simple to use, and you can run it as many times as you need to.

Live and Learn Construction Grant Applications Now Available—Workshops Start October 25

Public libraries may now apply for FY2013 Live and Learn Public Library Construction grants.  Applications and other information can be found at

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/livelearn_construction.html

90 minute workshops have been scheduled to discuss this year’s program, eligibility requirements, the application and review process.  Here is the workshop schedule:

October 25—Statewide videoconference from State Library, 1:30 p.m.

November 1—Illinois Heartland Library System, Edwardsville – 10 a.m.

Another workshop will be held at Reaching Across Illinois Library System in Burr Ridge at a later date.

Registration is not required but is encouraged.  Register at L2:  http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=14430

SHARE Executive Council Meeting Agenda - 17 October 2012

SHARE Executive Council Meeting
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Illinois Heartland Library System
At the Four Offices by V-tel

Agenda (PDF)

Try-it! Illinois is Underway

Try-It! Illinois, the State Library’s popular free 13th annual statewide electronic database trial, is underway through November 30.

Log on to http://finditillinois.org/tryit/ for information on obtaining a login and password (right hand column) and to see a list of this year’s databases and participating vendors. Please do not post the Try-It! Illinois login and password on the Internet, on websites or in publicly archived electronic newsletters.

Try-it! Illinois offers the more than 5,000 ILLINET member libraries, their staffs and patrons an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to a collaboration between the State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is NO CHARGE for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Gwen Harrison at gharrison@ilsos.net or 217-785-7334.

Tim Jackson, editorial cartoonist with the Chicago Defender newspaper, came across Try-It! Illinois recently and used some of its resources. Tim sketched a cartoon promoting Try-it! Illinois that ran this week in the Defender. Check it out at http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoon/display.cfm/115750/

ILEAD USA Applications Now Available

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

We are accepting applications for mentors, instructors, and participants for ILEAD USA.  ILEAD USA is a competitive, application-only program.  Please consider applying for one of the three components of this program at http://www.webjunction.org/partners/illinois/il-programs/ileadusa/ilead-usa-illinois.html

For more information regarding ILEAD USA, go to http://www.webjunction.org/partners/illinois/il-programs/ileadusa.html

ILEAD USA is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant awarded to the State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Contact Gwen Harrison at gharrison@ilsos.net (217-785-7334) or Debra Aggertt at daggertt@ilsos.net (217-558-1945) if you have questions.

 

Public Library Survey

The Illinois State Library is currently participating in an IMLS grant-funded project to investigate how public libraries provide training and assistance to patrons on information technology and digital literacy topics. ISL  needs your help.

ISL is asking directors/branch managers of all public library locations to complete a brief survey to tell tem about their training and assistance activities. Libraries’ participation in this survey would be greatly appreciated and would provide valuable insights for state library planning. Your efforts in helping to provide information will ensure a foundation is in place in Illinois when this national project launches in February 2013.

Go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3HMJX8D to access the survey, which should take under 20 minutes to complete. Please submit your response by October 19, 2012.

Questions and comments can be directed to Debra Aggertt, daggertt@ilsos.net.

Thank you for supporting this research. Results will be shared with you later this year.

School District Library Grant Application Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for the FY13 School District Library Grant. Applications and all other information concerning the grant can be found on the State Library's website.
 
Please note, once you have accessed the blank application online, save the file to your computer before completing it. When submitting your application, please include "FY13 SDLP Per Capita Grant - (School District Office Location)" in the subject line on the email.

This year's deadline to submit the grant application and signature page is November 16. For questions concerning the grant, contact Robert Jones at rjones1@ilsos.net, 217-785-1168, or Becky Hunter at bhunter1@ilsos.net, 217-782-7849.

Board Meeting Recap - September 2012

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their September 25, 2012, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: October 23, 2012, 6:00 pm at the the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.

 

Moving Forward TOGETHER

SHARE Update

Everything is moving along on schedule--SHARE staff has started entering data on the Polaris servers;  they are quite actively adding codes to spreadsheets to "slurp" legacy data into Polaris; and SHARE staff is participating in webinars and phone conferences with Polaris, as we prepare to migrate.
 

Exchange Listserv

The "Exchange" list is the listserv you'll want to be a member of if you like to get messages about job postings, questions from your fellow IHLS librarians, and book giveaways. Recent threads include:

  • Overdrive instructions for using audiobooks and iTunes
  • WiFi usage policy
  • Building / maintenance levy question
  • Paid time off for part-time workers
  • Retention list for public libraries
  • Unattended children and/or unattended home schooled children during school hours
  • Lending out Kindles with preloaded purchased books

Go to the IHLS Listserv page to subscribe to the list.

Try-It! Illinois returns October 1–November 30

The State Library will again offer Try-It! Illinois, the popular annual statewide electronic resources trial, from October 1 through November 30. The trial offers the 5,000-plus ILLINET member libraries, their staffs and communities a wonderful opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the collaboration between the State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. Look for the latest on Try-it! Illinois in the weekly electronic newsletter, E-News from the ISL, or contact Gwen Harrison at 217-785-7334 or gharrison@ilsos.net.

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