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New Fast Facts Survey: Staffing Analysis

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

Staffing analysis

"Has your library ever conducted a Staffing Analysis?"

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Jill Boreham
jboreham [at] fountaindale [dot] org
Fountaindale Public Library District - Bolingbrook Library

New Fast Facts Survey: Homebound Delivery

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

Homebound Delivery Service

"Requirements for Homebound Delivery Service"

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Deb Meder
debmeder727 [at] gmail [dot] com
Crete Public Library District

New Fast Facts Survey: B&T Audiobook Program

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

Baker & Taylor "Automatically Yours" audiobook program

"We are not entirely happy with our largest vendor of books on CD, and the timeliness with which current titles are delivered. We would like to know about libraries' experiences--if any--with B&T's "Automatically Yours" audio program."

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John Richmond
jrichmond [at] alphapark [dot] org
Alpha Park Public Library District

New Fast Facts Survey: Impact of Fine Revenues

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

Impact of fine revenues when having remote book returns

"Our Board of Trustees would like to know if libraries who have remote book returns have found any impact on the amount of revenue brought in from fines."

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Paula Pena
ppena [at] wnpl [dot] info
Warren-Newport Public Library District

PHPLD Elm Leaf Newsletter - May 2014

PHPLD Elm Leaf Newsletter - May 2014

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards UIC $194,000 Grant for Online Portal

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards UIC $194,000 Grant for Online Portal in Conjunction with the Chicago Collections Consortium

The University of Illinois at Chicago Library (UIC), in connection with the Chicago Collections Consortium (CCC), announced today that it has received a $194,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development and implementation of the Chicago Portal. The grant was awarded to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on behalf of the Library, which is leading the project with CCC. 

The fifteen-month grant will fund the development of CCC’s major first initiative, a freely accessible, online portal to materials documenting the rich history of Chicago. The portal paves the way for CCC to fulfill its vision of connecting and preserving Chicago-focused collections, and increasing public and scholarly interest in and study of the Chicago region’s diverse history and culture. 

Mary M. Case, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at UIC, and Chair of the CCC Board of Directors, commented, “The portal will use the power of technology and the research expertise of librarians and archivists to put information about diaries, photographs, letters, and other original materials from those who shaped Chicago’s history into our hands. We are very grateful to The Mellon Foundation for making it possible for us to tangibly connect the past and present and, in this way, promote scholarship and learning.”

CCC members already collaborate to connect researchers with materials. A few recent examples are these:
•    A professor from Princeton was looking for an image of Charles Percy in the 1966 midterm campaigns for a book he is finishing on the Great Society. CCC enabled him to retrieve an image in just 24 hours.
•    A member of the public traveled to the Chicago area from Ohio to conduct research for a biography he is writing on family member Katherine Whitney Curtis, the originator of synchronized swimming.  CCC helped him schedule a visit to the local institution that holds Curtis’ papers.
•    Cook County, IL is inventorying their historical archives and sought CCC assistance in identifying an institution for consultation on collection development, preservation, access, and education.  UIC library staff provided advice and referral to the Illinois State Archives.

Using the technology of the Chicago Portal, researchers worldwide will discover historical resources even more quickly and easily.  Jaclyn Grahl, Executive Director of the CCC, remarked, “The portal represents just the beginning of this terrific collaboration of Chicago institutions working together to provide first-rate programs and services that will benefit the public in exciting new ways.”

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
UIC ranks among the nation's leading research universities and is Chicago's largest university with 27,500 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state's major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world. For more information about UIC, please visit www.uic.edu.

ABOUT THE CHICAGO COLLECTIONS CONSORTIUM The CCC is a new nonprofit organization that preserves, presents, and promotes the history and culture of the Chicago region by coordinating and leveraging the collections, programs, and expertise of its member libraries, museums, and other institutions with Chicago-focused archival materials. By promoting cooperation and collaboration across Chicago’s cultural heritage community, CCC aims to develop a robust offering of collaborative programs highlighting the unique collections that document both the history and contemporary concerns of one of North America’s largest and most complex urban communities. With the Chicago Portal as its cornerstone initiative, future projects such as citywide online and physical exhibits, neighborhood guides, curricular materials, and educational programs will be developed.  Founding members of the CCC include: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, The Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, The University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago.     

For more information, contact Linda Naru at 312.413.0394.

Open House to Celebrate Nann Blaine Hilyard’s Retirement May 1

There will be an Open House to celebrate Nann Blaine Hilyard’s retirement from the Zion-Benton Public Library District.
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Zion-Benton Public Library, 2400 Gabriel Avenue, Zion

More information is available in this invitation.

New Fast Facts Survey: BookMyne

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

Anyone using BookMyne as your mobile app?

"We are exploring mobile app options other than LibAnywhere (what we currently use) or Boopsie. If you are using BookMyne from Sirsi as your mobile app, I'd love to hear about it! Thanks."

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Penny Ramirez
pramirez [at] clpl [dot] org
Crystal Lake Public Library

N.Y.Times Bestselling Author Mary Monroe to Come to P.J. Night Read

          

Make Reservations Now for Pajama Night Read

with Bestselling Author Mary Monroe

 

            Peoria Public Library Read-On Book Club will host the Reaching for New Horizons Literary Event and “Pajama Night Read” with N.Y. Times Bestselling Author Mary Monroe on Saturday, June 7 from noon to midnight at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria.

            Mary Monroe is the award-winning author of the well known, God Don’t Like Ugly that created memorable characters from the small town environments in which she grew up. She received the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles National Literary Award, 2001, for God Don't Like Ugly; as well as the Best New Southern Fiction Award, and the Memphis Black Authors Group in 2004 for Gonna Lay Down My Burdens. Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published in 1985 and reprinted in 2001.   Mary Monroe has written 15 novels with a new novel coming out in June 2014, titled Family of Lies.

            The event includes the author luncheon, book sale and signing, fashion show, a local speaker on women’s health, the “Pajama Night Read,” and music with a DJ. The cost is $30 per person and registration runs through May 30 with registration forms available at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org>Events>BookClubs>ReadOn Book Club or at any library location. Those who wish to spend the night can reserve a discounted hotel room at the Par-A-Dice through Friday, May 16 by calling 1-800-438-6777.

            Mary Monroe said, “I am the third child of Alabama sharecroppers and the first and only member of my family to finish high school.  I never attended college or any writing classes.  I taught myself how to write and started writing short stories around age four.  I spent the first part of my life in Alabama and Ohio and moved to Richmond, California in 1973.  I have lived in Oakland since 1984.”

            She earned her first money writing for Reader’s Digest while still in high school. The author says that she loves to travel and meet other authors. Writing in Black Issues Book Review, Robin Green-Cary commented that the author "does [an] artful job of fleshing out intriguing, complex characters."

“I am divorced, I love to travel, I love to mingle with other authors, and I love to read anything by Ernest Gaines, Stephen King, Alice Walker, and James Patterson.  I still write seven days a week and I get most of my ideas from current events, the people around me, but most of my material is autobiographical. As far as readers are concerned, an author never really 'finishes' telling a story. After the release of each of my books, I receive e-mail and letters from dozens of fans demanding to know, 'What happens next with these characters?’ ” Monroe said.

A complete biography and description of all her works appear in the Peoria Public Library database Contemporary Authors under the Research tab at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org. For more information call (309) 497-2601.

 

 

New Fast Facts Survey: Disposal Policy

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

Disposal Policy for print, non-print, equipment, and supplies

"Mainly interested in dollar amounts and who makes the final decisions."

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Richard Lee
richardlee [at] waukeganpl [dot] info
Waukegan Public Library