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Board Meeting Recap - July 2013

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their July 23, 2013, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: August 27, 2013 in Effingham.

Save staff time and increase your ILL fill rate with the OCLC Policies Directory

From OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan,  you have one-click access to the OCLC Policies Directory, where you can review the lending and copying policies of other libraries participating in WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, plus their billing, system and contact information. You can use this information to choose your potential lenders based on policies that meet your needs, and publish your own policies in the Directory to reduce the number of unfilled requests you receive.

Constant data settings determine format of address labels

A frequent request we hear from WorldShare ILL users is:  Will you please ask people to update their constant data settings so their addresses print appropriately on our labels?


Constant data updates will benefit your library as well as the libraries with whom you borrow and loan. In WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, when address fields in constant data records are not broken into separate fields for individual elements, labels will not print correctly.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Role of Libraries

The American Library Association anticipates that many Americans will turn to libraries for help in accessing enrollment information when open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins on October 1, 2013. Is your library prepared to assist your patrons?

Moving Forward Together

The July 19, 2013, IHLS Newsletter includes:

  • July IHLS Board Meeting
  • Connect with Leslie
  • IMAC Meeting
  • 2014 Public Library Per Capita & Equalization Aid Application Now Available Online
  • SHARE Update
  • Invitations to Grant Presentations and Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • WorldShare Watch
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Role of Libraries
  • What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois
  • American Libraries Live
  • RDA—It’s not ARmageDdon
  • Libraries in the News
  • E-News from the Illinois State Library
  • Grant Opportunities

Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) Now Available Online

The FY13 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) is now available to complete. As a reminder, Illinois Public Library Districts must submit an annual report by September 1, 2013. Municipal libraries must submit an annual report 60 days after the expiration of their FY13 fiscal year.

To access the Illinois Public Library Annual Report using the Library Performance Assessment System (LibPAS) portal, you will need to know your library’s Illinois State Library User Name and Password. It is the same User Name and Password used on the previous data collection system. If you need assistance with this information, contact Becky Hunter, Illinois State Library,, 217-782-7849, or 800-665-5576, ext. 2. You will also need Adobe version 8.0 or higher for PDF printing.

FY2014 Public Library Per Capita & Equalization Aid Application Now Available Online

Public libraries may now apply for FY2014 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants.  The application is only available online at

For questions, please call 800-665-5576, ext. 2, or email:
The application must be submitted electronically to on or before 11:59 p.m. on October 15, 2013. All required supporting documentation must be attached as a separate document(s) and submitted with the application.  Retain an electronic copy for the library's files; be sure the copy includes the email time stamp.

WorldShare Watch July 17

It is important that every library that uses OCLC for interlibrary loan to take the training for the new WorldShare ILL.  Training sessions have been added to L2.  These are live webinar sessions where you can ask questions of the trainer presenting the information.

If attending a live session is not convenient for you or staff at your library, links to recordings of those training sessions can now be found on the IHLS website.  Look under "IHLS Members-Resource Sharing - WorldShare ILL Migration"

.  In the section Training Sessions you will see the titles of the three trainings.  These are now live links to the recording of that training.  Below the description of the Borrowing and Lending sessions are links to the Simulation Exercises and Borrowing and Lending Guides.  These recordings are also useful to review if you have already taken the training but need a refresher on what to do.

Moving Forward Together

The July 12, 2013, IHLS Newsletter includes:

  • July IHLS Board Meeting
  • Connect with Leslie
  • SHARE Update
  • LibraryLearning (L2)
  • What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois
  • Think Outside the Barn @ your library
  • Explore Program: Free NASA Webinars
  • Registration open for Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association Annual Meeting
  • Open Call for Public Libraries to Participate in Super Wi-Fi Pilot Project
  • Conference Internships Available
  • Early Bird Registration is Open for Reaching Forward South
  • Libraries in the News
  • E-News from the Illinois State Library
  • Grant Opportunities

Will You Stand for Privacy?

A Message to ALA Members from ALA President Barbara Stripling


In early June, reports of the National Security Agency’s secret practices rang loudly around the world. News reports detailed PRISM, the U.S. government surveillance program that obtains the Internet records from ten U.S. companies: Verizon, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. It appears that phone records, emails, photos, and social networking activities have been collected and catalogued by the FBI and the NSA over the last seven years.


ALA is saddened by recent news that the government has obtained vast amounts of personal information and electronic communications of millions of innocent people. The extent of the personal information received by the government is very troubling. Those of you who have been long-time members of ALA know that we have always argued that provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act encroach on the privacy expectations of library users. Worse, the surveillance law erodes our basic First Amendment rights, all while undermining the very fabric of our democracy.

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