Illinois Library Law requires public libraries of all types to have the Treasurer Bonded in an amount not less than 50% of the total funds received by the library in the last fiscal year. 75 ILCS 5/4-9 or 75 ILCS 16/30-45(e) Some libraries have reported to the ILA Public Policy Committee (PPC) that they are having difficulty in either obtaining a bond from an insurance company or having a treasurer willing to answer the personal finance questions on the application for the bond. PPC is seeking information to find out if this is a wide spread problem in the Illinois Library Community. If your library is having either of these issues, please contact Bev Obert, Executive Director, Rolling Prairie Library System. You can contact Bev by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, identify your library, librarians name and what your issue is with the surety bond. Thank you for your help.
Per Capita Grant funding helps ensure that public libraries have some of the resources they need to address the needs of their patrons. Libraries count on Per Capita Grants for expenses such as paying for material, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid Grants are important because they help public libraries which have a low library tax base, and help ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.
Grant applications are to be legibly postmarked on or before October 15, 2010, or hand delivered to the Illinois State Library no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 15, 2010.
For additional information contact Mary Downing at email@example.com or Jeanne Urbanek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of September 30, 2010, the current E-RICH subscription to Novelist/Novelist Plus for ILLINET libraries coordinated by the Illinois State Library will expire. The subscription will not be renewed by the Illinois State Library.
Additionally, EBSCO recently acquired OCLC's NetLibrary Division. EBSCO plans to maintain and enhance the NetLibrary platform and will integrate NetLibrary e-books into the EBSCO host platform. Service to libraries will not be interrupted. Additionally, OCLC is no longer a reseller of vendor-owned databases; they plan to discontinue the sale of these third party databases once current subscriptions have ended.
The Reaching Forward South Conference is being held October 7 and 8 this year and Moderators are needed for helping the speaker with handouts. They also introduce the speaker ,evaluate speakers and make signals to the speaker about how much time they have left. Here's a link to the 2010 Reaching Forward South Conference sessions http://www.reachingforwardsouth.org/sessions.shtml and here is a link to the schedule for the sessions http://www.reachingforwardsouth.org/schedule2010.shtml If you are interested in being a moderator or know of anyone who might be interested in being a moderator email Lonnie Clark at email@example.com
This summer make a resolution to dive into the free learning opportunities available to you as a registered user of WebJunction Illinois. Find out more about how to market your library by enrolling in a variety of courses from the WJIL Course Catalog, or take an hour from your day to attend one of the upcoming WebJunction webinars on topics such as technology planning, rural library trustees and tips on navigating the WebJunction site. You won’t find a better continuing education bargain this summer than what WJIL has to offer!