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ICPN Webinar January 29

New Illinois Collections Preservation Network Webinar January 29

The Illinois Collections Preservation Network, of which the State Library is proud to be a partner, has scheduled another Webinar in their preservation series. The Webinar, to be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. central time on Tuesday, January 29, deals with “Funding Opportunities for Collections Preservation.” Presenters will bePatricia L. Miller, Executive Director of the Illinois Heritage Association, and Bonnie Styles, Director of the Illinois State Museum.

This Webinar will provide basic tips on applying for grants and an overview of funding opportunities to support collections preservation. Staff, volunteers, board members, and anyone interested in collections care funding for library, museum, or historical society collections will be interested in taking part. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions. To take part in the event, log on as a guest at

Looking For ILA Conference Proposals

This year’s Illinois Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference is set for Navy Pier in Chicago, October 15-17. The theme for this year’s event is “Ignite!”, with fire symbolizing the burning enthusiasm of the library profession.

The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking program proposals that focus on engaging the community, stimulating imagination, fostering creativity and ingenuity, sharing gifts and talents, and demonstrating leadership for libraries of every size and every type

CE Courses at GSLIS IL

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, is pleased to offer the following online, non-credit continuing education courses open to all interested library and information professionals. 

Three ALA-APA approved Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) courses:

Organization and Personnel Management

Current Issues in Libraries

Fundraising and Grant Writing for Your Library

Moving Forward TOGETHER

SHARE Update - 87 Days to Polaris

We've hit the ground running! Since Friday, January 4, we have conducted nine QuickStart and Offline Circ training sessions in five locations. Of the 121 library staff members trained in those sessions, approximately 75 of them participated in the Train the Trainer program, and will be training the rest of the staff in their libraries.
Next up! Watch for a schedule of training for Cataloging (including barcoding), Intermediate Circ, Advanced Circ, Serials, and more!
If you are registered for an event, and are unable to attend, please contact the presenter identified on L2. Though we have publicly announced that there will be no snow or ice on training days, we will let you know if a class is cancelled due to inclement weather. If you have not signed up for a class yet, please do! If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled classes, please contact Chris Dawdy ( | 618.656.3216 x443).
If you ordered hardware from the SHARE credits program, the equipment has all physically arrived in our offices. We are in the process of sorting it out and getting individual library orders ready for pickup. We will be in contact about various ways to pick up your equipment from around our area.

LibPAS Webinars Next Week

On January 16 and 17, Counting Opinions will host two different training Webinars on using the LibPAS system, a Web-based service used by library organizations to capture, consolidate, process, report and compare library performance metrics.

FY 2012-2013 IPLAR

The Illinois State Library is pleased to release the FY2012-2013 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) data collection tool using the LibPAS software for data collection.

To access the Illinois Public Library Annual Report using the LibPAS portal, you will need to know your library’s Illinois State Library User Name and Password. If you need assistance with this information, contact Becky Hunter, Illinois State Library,, 217-782-7849, or 1-800-665-5576, ext. 2. You will also need Adobe version 8.0 or higher for PDF printing.

Apply Now for SPLMI

Applications are now available for the 18th Small Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI). Sponsored by the Illinois State Library and hosted by the University of Illinois Springfield, the Institute will be held June 2-7, 2013. The weeklong Institute is intended for directors of all sizes of libraries who are either new to their position or new to the Illinois library community.

Public Library Summer Reading Survey

The State Library encourages Illinois public libraries to complete a Public Library Association/Institute of Museum and Library Services survey aimed at identifying the different types of summer reading programs available in public libraries across the country.  January 31 is the deadline to complete the survey, which can be found at

Friday, JANUARY 11 — DEADLINE for Three Important Initiatives

Friday, January 11, is the deadline to submit applications for the State Library’s FY2013 Live and Learn Construction Grants. Find the application and information about the program at

SHARE Executive Council Meeting - January 9, 2013

There will be a SHARE Executive Council meeting at the IHLS Edwardsville office at 10am Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

Click here to view the agenda.