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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.

Explore Program: Free NASA Webinars

The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore program team is offering FREE NASA webinars on July 31 and August 16. Each webinar will feature a different selection of hands-on activities that use food, art, storytelling, and interactive investigations to celebrate our Moon.  Would you be interested in helping us disseminate an invitation for these professional development opportunities to children’s and youth library staff?  Details are in the attached PDF.

NASA is promoting two celebrations of the Moon and exploration this September and October; we will discuss the events and how libraries can be involved during the webinars.

Think Outside the Barn @ your library

Greetings from the “Think Outside the Barn @ your library” committee!  We are a group of librarians in the Decatur area who have been organizing a library booth at the Farm Progress Show when it is in Decatur in the odd-numbered years.  This year’s show will be held on August 27-29 at the Progress City grounds at Richland Community College on Decatur’s northeast side.  At the Farm Progress Show we organize a booth that gives away free paperback books donated by Illinois libraries, and promote libraries to all the folks, young and old, who visit our booth. We’ve been doing this since the early 1990’s, and in recent years have given away literally a ton - yes, 2,000 pounds! - of paperback books to attendees each year at the show.

IHLS Holiday Closing

All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Independece Day  on Thursday, July 4. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided. Additional routes may run on Friday to compensate for volume.

See our Office Hours page for a listing of IHLS Holidays.

Letter addressing Lost Items

Please click Read more to see a letter from IHLS Executive Director Leslie Bednar addressing IHLS policy on Lost Items.

Moving Forward Together

The June 28, 2013, IHLS Newsletter includes:

  • IHLS Holiday Closing
  • Board Meeting Recap
  • IHLS 2nd Year!
  • IHLS Facilities Update
  • Delivery Update
  • IHLS Member Libraries Suspended
  • Groundbreaking Invitation
  • SHARE Update for Non-SHARE Members
  • On the Front Lines
  • WorldShare Watch
  • ALA Annual Conference Tech Wrap-Up Webinar
  • What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois
  • Libraries in the News
  • E-News from the Illinois State Library
  • Grant Opportunities

WorldShare Watch June 28

Recently OCLC installed new features and enhancements to WorldShare ILL. As a member of the Illinois, you have the unique opportunity participate in a managed migration from WorldCat Resource Sharing to the new service. It’s important to take advantage of this opportunity for training in the new service before access to WorldCat Resource Sharing ends in December.

OCLC will continue to add features to WorldShare Interlibrary Loan on an ongoing basis.  These additions will expand the service to deliver functionality beyond that available in WorldCat Resource Sharing, including enhancements made in response to suggestions from WorldShare Interlibrary Loan users.

Board Meeting Recap - June 2013

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their June 25, 2013, meeting in Decatur, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: July 23, 2013 in Effingham.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

The June 14, 2013, IHLS Newsletter includes:

  • IHLS Annual Meeting
  • June IHLS Board Meeting
  • IHLS Holiday Closing
  • SHARE Update
  • Call for talk table discussion leaders and poster session presenters
  • Illinois Public Libraries Are Eligible for Free Energy Assessments and 75% Grants for Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • WorldShare Watch
  • “On the Front Lines” Keynote Speaker Will Highlight Customer Experience
  • What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois
  • Libraries in the News
  • Grant Opportunities

IHLS Annual Meeting


All library staff, boards, and friends of IHLS are invited to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of IHLS on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Join us as we recognize new and departing board members and celebrate the completion of our second amazing and innovative year.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at our Decatur office and light refreshments will be served. Please register in L2


After the Annual Meeting you are welcome to attend the IHLS Board Meeting which will begin at 6 p.m. 

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