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Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference

If you work in a small  and/or rural library, there is a conference for you.  The Association for Rural and Small Libraries  is holding its annual conference September 27-29, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

It is a great conference with programs designed just for you.  Meet people working in small, rural libraries and share ideas, solve problems, and learn.  All programs focus on practical, hands-on, and how-to, so you will come away with information  you can use  immediately. 

For more information, go to the ARSL website at .   Click on the “conference tab” and then “conference” on the sub-menu.    

ARSL is also looking for a few good people to serve on their board.  For more information on that, check the website’s first page on how to apply to serve.  I have been there, done that, and highly recommend the experience.  You will meet people from all over the country and create your own support network for running a small and/or rural library.

Changing Your ILDS Stop (Delivery Code) in OCLC ILL Constant Data Records

May 1 the ILDS codes changed.  It is important that you update your OCLC Constant Data records to reflect the new code for your library location.  Below are instructions for how to do this.

      1.  Go to

       2. Enter your FS Administration authorization which is 9 digits long and then your password, click the start button.

       3. Click the “Resource Sharing” tab.

       4. Under the “Staff ILL settings” in the left side bar click the down arrow and select “Constant Data Records”.

       5. Scroll down the borrowing library information until you get to the “Ship Via” field.  In this field it will say “ILDS Destination code [your code]” or something similar.  Replace the old code with the new code for your location from the chart below.

       6. Scroll down to the lending library information until you get to the “Return Via” field.  In this field you will update your code as you did in the “Ship Via” field.

       7.Click the “Save Changes” button.

       8. If your library has more than one constant data record you need to update each record Using steps 5-7.

Digital Youth Participation preconference

Connect teens with online tools in YALSA’s Source Code

CHICAGO — As virtual and physical worlds continue to converge, teens need tools and support to harness information in a way that is meaningful to their particular needs and interests and as participants in diverse social and learning environments. Join YALSA for Source Code, a preconference panel session featuring experts who use technology to provide cutting edge and high impact programming to help young adults build 21st century skills as content creators and leaders in their library communities.

The preconference takes place 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, in Anaheim, Calif., in advance of ALA’s Annual Conference. Tickets for this half-day preconference cost $129 and include light refreshments.

E-Books and Libraries: What's Next?

"Public Libraries at Work" Webinar Series


The library e-book market is constantly shifting as publishers and distributers identify their e-book business models and protocols. Many library professionals are frustrated by the limitations and uncertainty the developing market presents, but there are steps you can take to bring a little more certainty to your library and forge your own e-books model. Learn about outside-of-the-box, innovative options to provide quality e-book services to your patrons during PLA's upcoming hour-long webinar, "E-Books and Libraries: What's Next?"

Instructor Jamie LaRue, director, Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries, has sidestepped the "traditional" e-book model and found viable and successful alternatives to provide e-books to the Douglas County community. Hear about models that you can replicate at your library and gain a better understanding of options available for libraries striving to offer their patrons the best e-books service possible.

Deadline for ILA award nominations approaching

Just a reminder that now is the time to submit nominations for the ILA Awards.  The deadline is May 15th.  I'm appealing to you as lHLS members and also as people who know many other folks in libraryland. Many Illinois librarians have done great things.  Please nominate them for awards.

New Website Puts Law Within Reach for Spanish Speakers empowers Illinois’ booming Hispanic population with free self-help legal resources

CHICAGO, IL, January 23, 2012 – Hispanics in Illinois unable to afford an attorney now have an online Spanish-language resource to help them resolve their legal problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The new website,, developed by Illinois Legal Aid Online and Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), delivers easy-to-use, free legal information in more than two dozen areas of law.

Board Meeting Recap - April 2012 Board Meeting

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their April 24, 2012, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: May 22, 2012, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.


IHLS Board Elections: Link for voting

 Please read carefully: The link to the IHLS Board of Directors election ballot is listed below. All voting is done electronically via  this survey. EACH MEMBER LIBRARY CAN VOTE ONLY ONCE. Please ensure that only one person at your library responds to this survey. If your  system membership is shared among multiple locations or branches, be sure that only one person votes on behalf of ALL combined locations. A  preview ballot is available on the IHLS website here. Prior to voting via this survey,  please consult with your board, branches, or others as needed. If you  are not sure whether your library's system membership is shared among  multiple locations (for example, among multiple schools within your  school district), please contact the Illinois Heartland Library System  for that information prior to voting.

 VOTING DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, MAY 15, 2012

 If you are the one person voting on behalf of your member library (and all of its branches or locations), follow this link, to cast your  member library's vote:

Moving Forward TOGETHER

April 13, 2012

April IHLS Board Meeting
The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, April 24, 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 April agenda and board packet here.

IHLS Delivery Study
The Illinois Heartland Library System recognizes how important delivery is to you and your library patrons. As we evaluate our services, we need your help to better understand your library’s delivery needs.

We are in the process of sending a delivery survey to the director of each of our member libraries.  We are hoping that one person from each library will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this brief survey.

This information obtained is critical in helping us plan for FY 2012-2013 and beyond. We may have incorrect contact information and if your library does not get a survey, follow this link to take the survey:   

Specific information from each library will be kept strictly confidential!  Only aggregate information will be shared.  If you have any questions, contact


Candidates for IHLS Board of Directors Election

Voting for the IHLS Board of Directors is done via an online survey/ballot. The link to that survey will be distributed via the IHLS Announce listserv around April 15, 2012. EACH MEMBER LIBRARY RECEIVES JUST ONE VOTE. This is a preview ballot for viewing the candidates prior to voting.  Please consult with your board, branches, or others as needed prior to voting. One designated person should then vote on behalf of the entire member library using the link distributed on the IHLS Announce listserv.

VOTING DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, MAY 15, 2012