A Newsletter from the Illinois State Library
INSIGHT Jesse White •Secretary of State & State Librarian
Secretary White awards $3.4 million in LSTA grants
Secretary of State Jesse White has awarded FY07 the cost of bringing in a trainer for library staff,
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants boards of trustees, faculty, patrons or students
totaling $3.4 million to nearly 500 libraries, library to learn more about library-related topics and
systems and museum libraries in Illinois. issues to better serve patrons.
• Digital Imaging — Libraries may create elec-
“LSTA funds encourage our libraries to be creative tronic versions of their materials and collec-
and innovative,” said Secretary White. “Illinois tions, specifically Illinois-related historical,
librarians work hard to identify specific local needs archival and cultural materials.
and use these funds to address those needs. Over the • Emerging Technologies and Methodologies —
years, LSTA grants have produced hundreds of new Grants are put toward the research, develop-
programs in our state’s more than 4,000 libraries, ment and implementation of emerging tech-
regional library systems and museum libraries.” nologies and incorporating innovative methods
to address the diverse needs of library patrons.
LSTA grants were awarded in six cate- • Demonstration of Public Library Services —
Grants are used to expand public library services
gories: to new areas. A demonstration project must cul-
• Bridging the Gap Between Community and minate in a referendum question for tax support.
Collection — Funds are used to “bridge the • Developing a Statewide Technology Toolkit —
gap” between the needs of a specific targeted Regional library systems are encouraged to col-
audience within the library community and the laborate on a statewide initiative to enhance
library’s non-fiction materials collection. library services using new technologies such as
• Bring in a Trainer — Grants help underwrite blogs, RSS, Wikis and instant messaging.
in N A T I O N A L B O O K F E S T I VA L
this State Library employee and Illinois
issue Center for the Book coordinator
Bonnie Matheis (center) represented
Illinois at the 2006 National Book
LSTA grants Festival in Washington, D.C., in
awarded September. Joining Bonnie in the
ILA conference States Pavilion on the National Mall
were award-winning Illinois author
Arabic language Richard Peck (left) and Ray Elliott,
kits Illinois author, board member of the
Illinois Center for the Book and presi-
grants awarded dent of the James Jones Literary
Society. More than 100,000 visitors
Illinois Host attended the festival.
J E S S E W H I T E • I L L I N O I S S E C R E TA RY O F S TAT E & S TAT E L I B R A R I A N
International librarians involved in the Illinois Library Host Program toured the State Library’s Map Department during
their October visit.
State Library hosts 16 international librarians
The Illinois State Library welcomed 16 international librarians from Chile, Columbia, Japan,
Nigeria, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam in October through its Illinois Library Host Program,
in partnership with the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Illinois Library Host Program is a unique experience not only for the international visitors
but also for Illinois library professionals to mentor international librarians in their libraries —
regardless of size and location — and to welcome them into their homes and communities.
During the program’s past five years, the State Library has partnered 88 Mortenson internation-
al library associates with 43 Illinois libraries.
For more information about the Illinois Library Host Program or hosting an international librar-
ian at your library and/or home, please contact Bonnie Matheis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-
Construction grants awarded to
17 Illinois public libraries
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded library construction grants
totaling nearly $600,000 to 17 Illinois public libraries. The grants went to libraries with
infrastructure improvement needs under the FY07 Live & Learn construction grant pro-
gram through the Illinois State Library.
“These grants assist public libraries in paying for the cost of projects such as remodeling
for accessibility, new carpeting, interior or exterior painting and, in some cases, new con-
struction or additions to existing buildings,” said Secretary White. “I am pleased that the
budget for my office this year included an additional $250,000 over last year to allow for
more construction grants to help maintain our public libraries as cornerstones of our
Libraries receiving construction grants are: Altamont Public Library; Bryan-Bennett
Library, Salem; Bunker Hill Public Library; Caseyville Public Library District; Christopher
Public Library, Colona District Public Library; Lansing Public Library; Marissa Area Public
Library District; Martinsville Public Library District; Nashville Public Library; New Baden
Public Library; Olney Public Library; Paris Carnegie Public Library; Pinckneyville Public
Library; Somonauk Public Library District; Stockton Township Public Library; and
Winchester Public Library.
Illinois State Library at
Arabic language kits at the Illinois Library
12 Illinois libraries
Persons interested in learning the basics of the Arabic language may now
borrow a 10-CD kit from their local libraries. Arabian Sinbad: Arabic
Learning Treasure Chest, which includes a sing-along CD, CD-ROM game,
flashcards and a puzzle, is available at 12 public libraries in communities
with significant Arabic speaking populations or libraries with collections of
foreign language instructional materials. The kits are designed for young
English-speaking students but may be useful to anyone wanting to learn ele-
The kits are available at the following libraries but may be borrowed via
interlibrary loan from other libraries as well: Bridgeview Public Library;
Chicago Public Library (10 copies); Elk Grove Village Public Library; Skokie
Public Library; Worth Public Library District; Addison Public Library;
Downers Grove Public Library; Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, Lombard;
Villa Park Public Library; Peoria Public Library; Urbana Free Library; and
Mississippi Valley Public Library District, Collinsville.
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White addressed ILA
conference participants and took part in a question and answer
Synergy seminars set for 2007 session at the ILA annual conference in October at Chicago’s
The statewide library community’s proactive movement to recruit and nur-
ture future Illinois library leaders — Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership
Initiative — has set its seminars for the 2007 program year. Objectives of
the three-day seminars include self-assessment; discovering and developing
personal values; fostering and expanding skills and tools for personal, pro-
fessional and positional leadership; creating a cohort group; establishing
mentoring relationships; and developing a vision of and beyond the field of
Dates and venues for the 2007 seminars are:
March 20-22: Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, Utica
August 7-9: Pere Marquette Lodge, Grafton
November 6-8: Hickory Ridge Marriott Conference Hotel, Lisle
The Illinois State Library and the Illinois Library Association are sponsors of
the Synergy Initiative. For more information, please contact Patricia Norris State Library Director Anne Craig received the ILA’s Librarian of
or Vandella Brown at 1-800-665-5576, opt. #1. the Year award from Joel Patrick Berger of C. Berger Group, Inc.
State Library publications online
Many State Library publications are available at the touch of a fingertip.
Find newsletters, information about the map collection, patent and trade-
mark library contacts as well as publications for the visually impaired.
Following are just a few of the publications you will find at www.cyber-
driveillinois.com (click Publications):
• Diversity Program fact sheet • Patent and Trademark Program
• Family Reading Night posters • Inform Quarterly newsletter from
• Guide to Illinois Literacy booklet the Reference Department
• Illinois Literacy quarterly • Illinois Libraries quarterly online
• ISL Map Collection brochure • Insight bi-monthly newsletter Talking Book & Braille Service director Sharon Ruda (standing)
and State Library employee Laurie Bartolini greeted visitors at the
• Publications of the State of • Talking Book and Braille publica-
State Library’s booth at the conference.
SAVE January 19-24
American Library Association
Seattle, Washington Book Fair wrap-up coming next issue!
Look for complete coverage of the November 16-18 Illinois Authors
Book Fair in the January/February 2007 issue of Insight.
Synergy: The Illinois Library
Starved Rock Lodge and
Conference Center, Utica
April 15-21 Secretary of State and
National Library Week
State Librarian Jesse White
The Illinois State Library and the staff of the Illinois State Library
will be closed Friday, December 22,
and Monday, December 25, in wish you and yours a joyous holiday season
observance of Christmas. and Happy New Year!
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Produced by the Secretary of State Communications Department.
Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian.
Springfield, IL 62701-1796
300 S. Second St.
Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
Secretary of State