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Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together - December 21st 2012

Upcoming IHLS Closures

IHLS offices will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, in observance of Christmas. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided. Extra routes will run on Wednesday and Thursday, if needed.  

On the Front Lines Conference Returns — Survey Available

The State Library’s popular “On the Front Lines” conference will return August 5-7, 2013 at the University of Illinois Springfield. “On the Front Lines” is designed to provide ‘front line’ library staff with training, technology tools and techniques to effectively and efficiently meet patron needs. ISL consultants Karen Egan and Gwen Harrison will shortly begin organizing a conference planning committee. Contact Karen at, 217-782-7749 or Gwen at, 217-785-7334, if you are interested in taking part in the planning committee.

Library Annual Certification Website Now Online

We told you recently about a new process that takes effect January 2, under which all regional library system member libraries will complete a mandatory annual online library certification. The State Library’s Annual Library Certification Website is now available at

Apply Now for SPLMI

Applications are now available for the 18th Small Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI).  Sponsored by the Illinois State Library and hosted by the University of Illinois Springfield, the Institute will be held June 2-7, 2013.  The weeklong Institute is intended for directors of small public libraries as well as directors of all sizes of libraries that are either new to their position or new to the Illinois library community.  Key goals of the Institute are to assist public library administrators in better understanding their roles and responsibilities as well as how to provide better service to their constituents.  Topics included for this year will range from legal and budgeting issues to policy development, innovative programs, building safety, leadership, customer service, and personnel.  In addition, there are numerous opportunities for idea-sharing, networking, and team projects.

Interlibrary Loan/Reciprocal Borrowing Survey Deadline Extended

The deadline for completing the FY2011–2012 ILLINET Interlibrary Loan and Reciprocal Borrowing Statistical Survey has been extended to December 31. The survey can be accessed on LibPAS for Illinois libraries at Library usernames and passwords to access the system are the same as used on the previous system.

2013 ILA Annual Conference Call for Programs

The theme for the 2013 ILA Annual Conference is Ignite!, with fire symbolizing the burning enthusiasm of our profession, the sparking and catching of ideas, and the untamed ambition of all those who seek to offer warm atmospheres, transforming ideas, and hot services to their communities.  Illinois library employees are proud to be trailblazers, consistently striving to spark new ideas for serving the burning needs of our communities.  Through kindled inspiration, connectivity and collaboration, we actively share our ideas, Ignite! the conversation and, in doing so, light a path for others.


The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking program proposals that focus on engaging your community, stimulating imagination, fostering creativity and ingenuity, sharing gifts and talents, and demonstrating leadership for libraries of every size and every type.  Whether you are an academic, special, school, or public librarian; a human resources, marketing, facilities, or law professional; or in a rural or city library serving a large or small population, we ask you to consider submitting a proposal.  Please consider collaborating and partnering with each other.


Information Literacy Summit

Bridging the Gap: Knowledge Creation, Information Literacy, and the Role of Technology in Education

Call for Proposals

We are seeking presenters to lead interesting and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels related to this year's theme, Bridging the Gap: Knowledge Creation, Information Literacy, and the Role of Technology in Education. To offer multiple perspectives, we encourage all types of libraries, schools and other organizations to submit proposals.

In keeping with the Summit theme, we'd like to make explicit the connection between teaching and learning digital literacies and the use of technology to teach and learn. We are extending our call for proposals outside of the library community to educational technologists, instructional designers, and instructional technologists.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at three locations across Illinois. When submitting your proposal, please indicate the location(s) at which you'd like to present. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

To propose a breakout session: ; Deadline to submit proposals: Thursday, January 31

Moving Forward TOGETHER

December 7, 2012


New Petition Filing Deadline for Board of Trustees:
December 26

It is official. The Governor has signed SB 3338 that changed the deadline for filing of petition for library Board of Trustees and other local officers from Christmas Eve, December 24 at 5 PM to December 26 at 5 PM. Note also that objections to petitions must be filed within "5 business days" after the new petition deadline of Dec. 26, so with the weekend and New Year's Day holiday, the objection deadline will be January 3.  ILA worked with other local government associations to get this bill passed. Thanks to all who contacted their legislators on this issue.

SHARE Update - 123 Days to Polaris! 

Many, many dates for the first Polaris class--QuickStart and Offline Circ--are now posted on L2. Member library staff are welcome to sign up for the location and time of their choice. To find the classes go to and select LLSAP in the Categories drop down menu.
Work continues on dedup-ing bib records, adding profile information for each member library, a new SHARE website, and, of course, entering codes.

Call for Nominations - ILA Intellectual Freedom Award

Presented by the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee and Quality Books, Inc., the Intellectual Freedom Award honors an individual or group for outstanding contributions in defending intellectual freedom or the advancement of these principles as espoused and promulgated by both the Illinois Library Association and the American Library Association.

The recipient will receive a $500 financial award and certificate.

All  Illinois school, academic, special, and public libraries, as well as, Illinois Library Systems, ILA and its forums and committees are encouraged to submit a nomination.  Any other Illinois group or individual may also submit nominations.

To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form, follow all the submission instructions, and attach all support statements, letters, and documentation, etc. required by the award’s criteria.  ILA must receive all nominations by May 15.

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