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Great News!

IHLS has received several installments for the FY2012 Area and Per Capita Grant in the amount of $1,460,666.66.

We at IHLS truly appreciate the support of our colleagues at the Illinois State Library, Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, and our dedicated board and staff.

Board Meeting Recap - October 2012

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their October 23, 2012, meeting in Effingham, IL. Click here for the original agenda. Next board meeting date: November 27, 2012, 6:00 pm at the the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.  

Moving Forward TOGETHER

IHLS had an incredible maiden year, and we have much to anticipate and realize in the future. A lot of hard work, long hours, and multitude of meetings were responsible for the success of the first year in joining our four organizations into one. The IHLS Fact Sheet highlights IHLS services and successes for FY2012.    

SHARE Update

Is your Internet connection ready for Polaris? You can test your connection speed, all the way to the IHLS servers. To take the test, visit the IHLS website.

Live and Learn Construction Grant Workshops

Staff from the Illinois State Library will provide an overview of the Live & Learn Construction Grant Program for public libraries. These sessions will discuss the eligibility requirements, the three different grant categories available, and the application submission and review process. Applications are due January 11, 213.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 ♦ 10:30 AM-12:00 PM ♦ IHLS Edwardsville ♦ Register in L2.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ♦ 1:30 PM-3:00 PM ♦ Adobe Connect ♦ Register in L2.

ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund Read For Information Grant

The Illinois School Library Media Association/Library Book Selection Service Fund announces a new grant this year. To apply for this grant you must be a school librarian and a current ISLMA member by the date of your application.

This grant is designed to show the importance of “literary nonfiction” in the new Common Core Standards that will be in effect in the next few years. As priorities change, our collections need more informational texts. For the purpose of this grant, non-fiction materials may include print, audio, or electronic formats-- subscription materials will not qualify.

Information about the grant, including the criteria, checklist, and rubric is available at the ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund website ( The online application form will be available at the website beginning November 1, 2012. All grant applications must be submitted by December 15, 2012. Questions may be sent to, by fax to 309/649-0916 or by phone to 309/649-0911.

College of DuPage Library & Information Technology program - Spring, 2013

New student registration begins on Nov. 8 for the College of DuPage Library & Information Technology program. Spring classes run Jan. 10 – May 10, 2013. You may complete the entire 9-class certificate online. The program is certified by the Library Staff Support Certification.  Course listings are on the LTA program web page.   Please contact Carol Sturz, Coordinator at or call 630-942-2597 for more information.

ILEAD USA Applications Available — National Day of Application November 1

The State Library continues its preparations to host ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover): The 21st Century Technology and Leadership Skills Institute for the States. This continuing education initiative will be held at the University of Illinois Springfield on March 25–28, June 17–20 and October 21–24, 2013. Our partner states in ILEAD USA are Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Utah.

We are accepting applications until December 14 for mentors, instructors and participants for ILEAD USA. ILEAD USA is a competitive, application-only program. Please consider applying for one of the three components at Applications are currently being accepted for Illinois, Ohio and Utah, and will be available shortly for Colorado and Iowa.

FY2011-FY2012 ILLINET Interlibrary Loan and Reciprocal Borrowing Statistical Survey

The Illinois State Library has announced that the FY2011-FY2012 ILLINET Interlibrary Loan and Reciprocal Borrowing Statistical Survey is now available online. The Library Performance Assessment System (LibPAS) is a Counting Opinions web-based service used by library organizations to capture, consolidate, process, report and compare Library performance metrics. LibPAS for Illinois libraries is accessible by visiting

Library usernames and passwords to access the system are the same as they were when using the previous system. The deadline for completing the survey is November 30th.

Instructions are available here. These instructions are also available on the LibPAS login screen on the web portal. Please review these instructions prior to completing your online survey.

The State of E-Books in Public Libraries and Publishing - PLA Webinar

The mercurial state of public libraries’ relationship with e-books and their publishers is not always an easy issue to understand. Join instructor Jessica E. Moyer, assistant professor in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, for an informative, up-to-date discussion of the current state of e-books with regards to public libraries and the publishing industry. Jessica will cover current and best practices for managing e-book services at your library as well as give some perspective to what may be coming down the pike.

PLA 2012 Webinar Series
PLA 2012 Conference was one of the biggest learning events for public librarians this year, and so many excellent sessions were delivered, it seemed a shame to leave them all behind in Philadelphia. So we developed the PLA Conference Webinar Series presenting three top programs and ConverStations with original presenters from PLA 2012. The other two webinars are:

Microsoft IT Academy Training Grant

Lumity, a technology and financial consulting organization, has been awarded a grant to provide Microsoft IT Academy training to non-profits in Illinois.

Non-profits that meet the criteria and sign up before funding runs out (first come, first served), get free paid online training on Microsoft products through the Microsoft IT Academy.   For example, if you are a library or other eligible non-profit that is open to the public for a certain amount of hours and has computer access, your patrons can take the online classes for free through the grant.  You just have to sign up. 
It is normally around $200 for the Word training alone, but that fee is paid through the grant.  It takes 3-5 hours to complete the program and the participant receives a certificate of completion.  They have 6 months to complete.    They are not "Microsoft Certified" after completing the program, but they can choose to spend their own money and take the test for that particular certification.
There are regulations about the location being open to the general public a certain amount of time each week.   So, if it is a school that is interested, the computer lab has to be open after hours to the public.   There are also some paperwork requirements to track who starts and completes the program.  (If someone does not complete, that is not a problem.)  Please confirm with the contact below to make sure you are eligible and to answer any other questions.  


Please note that Lumity will do train-the-trainer training downstate.  If there are a group of libraries in a general area, we will try to have the training at a central location.


Is My Internet Connection Ready for Polaris?

This is a question I am asked all the time and the answer is usually, “It depends”.  Although a T1 is plenty fast to run Polaris with no problems, even a T1 will have slow performance if it is running at 100% capacity because of other usage.  Others may think that they won’t have performance problems because they have a cable connection at 20Mbs download speed.  Well, you’re probably right, a 20Mbs download rate is very good, but we have to keep in mind the upload rate, and the usage as well.  Usually it is sufficient, but we need to test your connection anyway.  I have created a special website that is hosted on our servers at SHARE.  This test will tell you exactly how fast your connection speed is, all the way to our servers.  It is simple to use, and you can run it as many times as you need to.

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