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Articles From ILA Newsletter of December 23, 2013

When you have a chance, please take a look at the following two articles from the latest edition of the Illinois Library Association’s newsletter.

“For Illinois Senators, An Odd Public Friendship”
This article discusses the unusual bipartisanship between Illinois’s U.S. Senators, Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk. (Such bipartisanship is uncommon in “split delegations”, or sets of senators from the same state who are not members of the same political party.) The level of cooperation between the two is especially encouraging at such a time as this, given that budgets are tight and divisive partisanship could lead to many constituents not receiving an equitable share of funding.

“The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013”
Although there is just one Illinois school (DePaul University) on the latest list, many of the freedom-of-speech issues concern the expression of political viewpoints, something that is clearly relevant to many college campuses, especially given that the current economic and political climate is conducive to debate and outright protest. In addition, a look at the previous list (no Illinois schools are on it) reveals the ongoing controversies surrounding free expression via social media, another item relevant to college campuses everywhere, due to the extensive use of social media by students and other members of the campus community.

Thank you, and happy holidays.

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Grassroots Advocacy

Bumper Sticker from MAKESTICKERS.COM
The bumper sticker above was created by Susan Shelly and posted on MedLib-L. Another great suggestion from Dina McKelvy is:
Does your doctor use a library?
Don't you think they should?

Get the message out any way you can, hospital libraries are important!
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Illinois Library Association Call for Proposals

The 2014 ILA Annual Conference will take place at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL, on October 14 -16, 2014. They are now soliciting program proposals:

Call for Proposals
The 2014 ILA Annual Conference theme, Kickstarting Connections, Creativity, Communityfocuses on how libraries align ideas, passion, and commitment to cultivate connections and create imaginative approaches, methods, and/or library services across Illinois communities. Actively share ideas by submitting a conference proposal and kickstart the conversation!

The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking program proposals that enhance relationships and demonstrate connections between libraries and their patrons, partners, other libraries or communities; proposals that stimulate imagination, foster creativity and ingenuity; proposals that engage communities and demonstrate leadership for libraries of every size and every type. Whether you are in an academic, special, school, or public library; 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 to truly demonstrate connections.

Consider submitting proposals that go above and beyond the basics. Libraries interested in facilitating a hands-on experience(s) for conference attendees should indicate this in a program proposal. Use your imagination to kickstart connections, creativity and community!

Proposals for participation in Poster Sessions, the Maker Showcase, and Author Showcase will be accepted at a later date.

Become catalysts for the larger world and kickstart strategies to connect and create Illinois library services for communities large and small. Attend the 2014 ILA Annual Conference at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL, on October 14 -16, 2014.

Proposals are due February 28, 2014.

Click here to submit your program abstract.

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Legislative update from ILA–2014 action agenda

When you have a chance, please take a look at the 2014 action agenda proposed by the Illinois Library Association.

These cover general issues and goals, rather than specific legislation. Also, note that there are currently no initiatives tailored specifically to hospital and medical libraries. (This point came up at the ILA conference back in October.) Given that staffing at hospital libraries, in particular, has been hit hard by funding cuts, the lack of a particular focus on preserving funding for those types of libraries should be of significant concern.

That is why it is more imperative than ever to take advantage, if you can, of the upcoming advocacy events. There will not be an Illinois Library Day this year, but there will still be the individual legislative meet-ups. The link to the registration form is below.

Also, there will be a national legislative advocacy day, in Washington, D.C. If attending this might be a possibility, further information can be found at http://www.ila.org/ila-events/national-library-legislative-day.

Thank you very much.

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2014 HSLI Conference November 13-14, Champaign Illinois

Mark your calendars for November 13-14, 2014 for the HSLI annual conference. The 2014 meeting will be held in at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Illinois. The theme for the meeting is “Communicate and Advocate”.

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The State Library will host ILEAD U: Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover, The 21st Century Technology Tools Institute for Illinois Library Staff at the University of Illinois Springfield on March 24-27, June 23-26 and October 27-30, 2014.

The ILEAD U Steering Committee is looking for participants, mentors and instructors to implement web technologies that foster community participation as well as develop leadership, innovation and positive change. Project ILEAD U will encourage both the experimentation with and building of participatory Web services and programs.

Do you have a technology skill or knowledge of technology tools? Be an instructor! Want to learn? Be a participant! We are accepting applications for PARTICIPANTS, INSTRUCTORS, and MENTORS, until December 20, 2013 at ILEAD U Applications

On December 4, 2013, a Statewide Day of Application Webinar will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM for individuals from Illinois who are thinking of participating in ILEAD U at Webinar
Registration is strongly encouraged. Completing the application is an act of leadership.

Questions: Contact Gwen Harrison, Project Director at gharrison@ilsos.net or Sandra Fritz, Assistant Project Director at sfritz@ilsos.net

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WIU awarded LSTA Grant for Nursing Resources

In May, WIU was awarded a Back to Books Grant LSTA Grant through the Illinois State Library. The grant was titled Nursing Resources for a Rural Academic Library, we were awarded the maximum award of $5000. Eighty-five titles were purchased. Please take a look at the title that were purchased with Illinois state funds. These resources can be found searching through CARLI’s I-Share catalog as well as through WorldCat. Please request any items that will be of use through ILL.

I created a LibGuide for this collection that offers a subject list, individual pages by subject that include the book cover and library location information with a link to our catalog and a printable list of the items purchased. Please share this with anyone that may be interested. http://wiu.libguides.com/NursingResources

If you have any questions about the collection please email me directly at D-Richardson2@wiu.edu.

Daneen Richardson

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Legislative Update from ILA


ILA included the following legislative update in its most recent newsletter. Note that most of the bills mentioned concern funding issues (specifically, either property taxes or the minimum wage). These types of bills require particularly strong action. If you plan to participate in one of the legislative meet-ups, or if you are scheduling your own meeting with your Illinois representative or senator, please include at least some of these bills in the discussion. This is especially true if the person or people with whom you are meeting are sponsoring the legislation.
Thank you.

Eric Edwards
HSLI Secretary-Elect
HSLI Legislative Committee Co-Chair


2014 ILA Legislative Agenda
At their meeting on November 15, 2013, the ILA Executive Board adopted the following positions to guide library advocates in addressing key bills before the Illinois General Assembly:

  • Oppose House Bill (HB) 3678, amends the Property Tax Code HB3678
  • Monitor House Bill (HB) 3686, amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act HB3686
  • Oppose House Bill (HB) 3718, amends the Minimum Wage Law HB3718
  • Oppose House Bill (HB) 3726, amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law HB3726
  • Oppose House Bill (HB) 3727, amends the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law HB3727; and
  • Oppose House Bill (HB) 3732, amends the Minimum Wage HB3732.

ILA will work with Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) on a bill that would create the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act. The bill would apply to all legal material designated as official under the act and published after its effective date including court reports, statutes, session laws, rules, and agency decisions. The American Association of Law Libraries supports enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act in every state and the District of Columbia.

ILA will continue to monitor and inform the Illinois library community of any developments in the Illinois General Assembly impacting libraries and our key concerns. Most importantly, we will call upon you to take action at the appropriate time. Thank you for interest and support!

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ILA Updates on Advocacy Events

There are a couple of items of interest in the latest news update from the Illinois Library Association.

2014 Advocacy Calendar

It’s not too early to get key library advocacy dates on your calendar for 2014. Here goes:

  • February 14: South Suburban Breakfast, Lockport
  • February 14: West Suburban Lunch, Oak Brook
  • February 17: North Suburban Breakfast, Buffalo Grove
  • February 21: Metro East Breakfast, Edwardsville

These FOUR Legislative Meet-Ups in February will give us an opportunity to talk with members of the Illinois General Assembly, and if your library isn’t covered by one of these regional meetings, think about setting up a visit with your legislators around the same dates.

Register at www.ila.org/advocacy/24th-annual-library-legislative-events

May 5 & 6: National Library Legislative Day in Washington,DC

We know this trip to our nation’s capital is a major commitment of time and resources, but it remains an important way for libraries to be heard on the national stage. ILA will reserve a block of rooms and assist in coordinating appointments with members of the U.S. Congress. Details will be announced as our delegation forms in early 2014.

The advocacy days take the place of Illinois Library Day this year. Illinois Library Day, which occurs in Springfield and is a day of lobbying and advocacy on behalf of all Illinois libraries, was last held in 2012. Note that, even if your library is not covered by one of the regional meet-ups, you can still arrange a meeting with your legislators for around the same time. The more voices that are heard on behalf of Illinois libraries, the better. If you are not sure who your state legislators are, you can find out at the Illinois State Board of Elections website, http://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx. Also, for more information on National Library Legislative Day, including the registration link and a tentative schedule for the Illinois delegation, you can check at http://www.ila.org/ila-events/national-library-legislative-day.

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Back Issues Added to HSLI Newsletter Archive

Fran Kovach has digitized the 1980s and 1990s issues of the HSLI Newsletter. You can now view these back issues at


They are also linked on the menu at the right.

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