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Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community

This workshop is for all library staff. Participants will:

  • Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions.
  • Learn the differences and strengths in communication styles of the Spanish speaking community. Learn how to build strong community partnerships and collaborate with the Spanish speaking community to increase their access to public library computers and resources.
  • Learn techniques for reaching out and marketing the public library and their resources to the Spanish-speaking community. Develop an action plan for reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community.

ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund Grant

ATTENTION New and Seasoned Grant Writers!

Need new books for your library program?  Could you use another copy of the Monarch, Bluestem, Rebecca Caudill or Abe Lincoln Award books for next year?  If you answered yes, you need to go to the following website and apply for the ISLMA/ LBSS Endowment Fund Grant.  It is easy to do….so what is stopping you?

Just click here:

Go to the Grant application, submit it online, and don’t forget to register for the individual award program.  All the instructions are provided for you online. Believe me—this will be the easiest grant you’ve ever written!  Your students will love you for thinking of them.  So don’t wait until the last minute—do it today!

The deadline for submitting the grant and registering for the Readers’ Choice Award Program is May 15th.

Good luck!

Becky Robinson, LBSS Endowment Fund Chair


LSSIRT Library Support Staff Certification Registration Assistance Awards

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is proud to announce that the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT) as well as ten state library agencies will be offering another round of financial assistance to library support staff applying for certification in the LSSC Program.  The LSSC Program offers library support staff the opportunity to achieve recognition for their existing skills and knowledge, to gain new skills and knowledge, and to enhance their library’s service to the public.

The ten states participating are the: Idaho Commission for Libraries, Missouri State LibraryNew York State Library, State Library of Kansas, State Library of Louisiana, Texas Library Association, Washington State Library, Colorado Association of Libraries, Tennessee State Library and Archives, California State Library, and the Wyoming State Library.


Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Grant

Deadline: June 15, 2012

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. annually awards grants for purchasing books published for young people preschool through grade 8. Public libraries, school libraries, and non-traditional libraries operated by 501(c)(3) agencies are eligible. The Foundation provides grants to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need. Grants for 12 will range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases. For more information visit the LLCF website.


ALA Annual Diversity Research Grant

Deadline: April 30, 2012

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and is encouraged to award a total of three awards. Grant recipients will be expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association. Grant proposals may address any diversity topic that speaks to critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. Grant applicants may also email to request a list of proposal topic suggestions. For submission guidelines and proposal evaluation criteria visit the ALA website.


Register Now! ISLMA Spring Mini-Conferences

Now that Spring has sprung, it is the perfect opportunity to attend one of the upcoming ISLMA mini-conferences! The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) is providing two spring mini-conferences to offer additional professional development opportunities for school librarians. There is an exciting and informative slate of sessions ready for you.

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: