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LibraryOnTheGo launches new website

LibraryOnTheGo is a consortium of public libraries in the Decatur area (the former Rolling Prairie Library System) to provide e-books through Overdrive.

The new website for LibraryOnTheGo can be found here:

Moving Forward TOGETHER

March 30, 2012

The Illinois State Library is requesting that the appropriate staff member from each ILLINET member library complete an important survey that will help us determine how we can best use Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds we receive from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The survey was designed to inform the State Library’s 2013–2017 Long Range Plan for the Use of Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Funds, which provides a blueprint for federally funded activities over the next five years. Survey results will help determine areas of greatest need, and develop goals and priorities for use of LSTA funds.

Please complete the survey.

The organization we have been calling One Big Happy has a new name--SHARE (Sharing Heartland's Available Resources Equally)!  Read all about it on the IHLS website.  There is also a new migration site where members can peruse the latest happenings with the proposed LLSAP4 merger. You can find the site at:  Questions about the merger and migration? Please go to the IHLS website, then to the Automation page, then click on Questions, or contact one of the SHARE staff leaders (Joan Bauer, Chris Dawdy, Traci Edwards or Michelle Ralston).

Board Meeting Recap - March 2012 Board Meeting

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their March 27, 2012, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: April 24, 2012, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.

College of DuPage Lib. & Info Tech course registration

Summer registration begins April 2 for new and returning students.  8 week courses: JUNE 11 – AUG. 5, 2012; 10 week course: MAY 29 – AUG. 5, 2012

Fall registration begins April 26 for returning Students and May 17 for all Students. All courses are 16 weeks and meet AUG. 20 - DEC. 14, 2012

For further information, contact Carol Sturz, Coordinator, Library & Information Technology

425 Fawell Blvd., SRC3048, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 

Ph: 630-942-2597  email:

Customer Service at the Library - Joliet Public Library

This spring, MLNC is hosting a fun and interactive all-day customer service workshop in Joliet, Illinois, at the Black Road Branch of the Joliet Public Library. The workshop will help attendees develop attitudes and actions for cultivating customer loyalty with both internal and external customers at the library.

Customer Service at the Library
May 17, 2012, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Joliet Public Library—Black Road Branch, Joliet, Illinois
$100-$130 depending on MLNC Membership (includes lunch!)

This customer-centered workshop is recommended for any staff member who interacts with patrons on a regular basis. An extremely interactive workshop, it includes a variety of hands-on exercises, and is an enjoyable and valuable learning experience. The impact of the program will be reflected in improved employee job satisfaction and greater effectiveness with customers.

ISLMA announces Readers' Choice Awards - 2012

ISLMA is pleased to announce the winning titles of the Readers’ Choice Awards for 2012:


The winner of the 2012 Abraham Lincoln Award is:


                                Maze Runner by James Dashner

"Public Libraries at Work" Webinar Series


"Public Libraries at Work" Webinar Series

Illinois Collections Preservation Network offers free workshops

Institutions around Illinois collect and care for tens of millions of objects that record the history, material culture, and natural history of the state.  Many are at risk of damage from a variety of sources including fires and natural disasters.  The Illinois Collections Preservation Network (ICPN) was established in 2010 to ensure the long-term preservation of museum, library, and archival collections in Illinois that document cultural and natural heritage for the education and enrichment of future generations.

The One Big Happy LLSAP has a new name!

We were pleased to have 50 entries submitted to the LLSAP managers' Name the New LLSAP contest.

The members of the Joint LLSAP Advisory/Governing Boards voted for their favorite among the five, and the winner was announced at that group's meeting on March 19.

Small Public Libraries Meeting

The next Small Public Libraries Meeting will be at Blue Mound Memorial Library District  on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 10:00AM hosted by Alice Reed, Library Director.  We share ideas, discuss problems, and share events at our libraries.   If you are unable to attend and have something you would like an answer too, let me know before Wednesday, 4/11, and we will try to discuss it at the meeting.  Alice and her crew will be serving us a light lunch, please be sure to RSVP in L2.  Blue Mound Library is located at 213 North Saint Marie Street, Blue Mound, IL 62513.  Register in L2.