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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Front and Center with:  John Callaway

Patriot Act: Security or Suppression Join host John Callaway as he and his guests examine the impact of the Patriot Act on American security and liberty.  Monday, May, 24, 2004.  5:00 p.m. Reception - 6:00 p.m. Program.  Pritzker Military Library, 610 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL.  Ever since President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law in October of 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, a national debate has raged on whether the act provides necessary tools to fight terrorism or deprives Americans of basic civil rights. May 24th Callaway and his guests will explore the Patriot Act and its impact on American security and liberty.

The Pritzker Military Library welcomes the public at its live web casts. Although there is no admission charge, reservations are suggested as space is limited. Call 312.587.7917 or email: Audience members are invited to attend a reception preceding the event with a cash bar at the Library beginning at 5:00 p.m.

If you can't attend in person, be sure to log in to our members area and participate live over the Internet by submitting your questions to the expert panelists.

For more details vistit

1:13:23 PM    

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Hello everyone,

Please check the following URL for the slate of candidates and other information related to the election.

Janet Hayes
Assistant to the Executive Director
Suburban Library System
125 Tower Dr.
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
1 (630) 734-5147
1 (630 734-5050 (fax)

10:48:33 AM    

The specific items available from the former library of the New Standard Encyclopedia are listed at the end.  They are available for pick up. 

Interested institutions should respond to me at either or 708-386-0456.  The deadline for requesting any of the materials is Monday, 5/3/04.
The requesting library will have to make arrangements to pick up the items in downtown Chicago (Jackson & Wells).  Depending on how much, or if it is the shelving, weekends would be best--either the last weekend of April or the weekend of  5/8/04.

The following is available:

   40 units with shelving
   Frames 84 x 36 x 10  (HxWxD)

  Facts on File 1941-2001
  NY Times Index 1964-1999
  World Book Science Year 1970-2001
  World Book Year Book 1970 2001
  Americana Annual 1964-2001
  Britannica Book of the Year 1948-2001
  Dictionary of American Biography with supplements through 1980
  Current Biography 1940-1998
  MGH Encyclopedia of World Biography
  Who's Who 1950-1998
  Who's Who in America with supplements 1950-1997

  NYT  1969-1999
  Science  1965-1997
  Science News 1965-1996
  Scientific American 1960 -1996
  Unesco Courier 1967-1984
  Sky & Telescope 1978-1996
  Sea Frontiers 1967-1984
  Sea Secrets 1973-1984
American Record Guide   vols. 54-57 (1991 - 1994)  4 boxes
Architectural Record    vols. 157-184 (1975 - 1996 (Jan-June)   43 boxes
Computers and Electronics   vols. 20-22 (1982 - 1984)  3 boxes
Macleans                vol. 109 (1996)  2 boxes
Physics Today           vols. 19-48 (1966 - 1995)  30 boxes
Popular Electronics     vols. 34 ? (1971-1972); v.3, v. 4 - v.17,v.18
(1973--1980; 2 vols/box); vols. 19-20 (1981-1982)
11 boxes MICROFILM READER Minolta RP405E

Carolyn Hayes

10:45:25 AM    

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

 CALL for NOMINATIONS - The Presidents of the SLS and CMLS Boards have appointed a Nominating Committee to select and confirm candidates for election to the new System Board. Members of the Nominating Committee include: Mary Sue Brown, Woodridge PL; Jim Wall, Elmhurst PL; Sylvia Jenkins, Moraine Valley Community College; Pat Pinkowski, Alzheimer's Institute and Nancy John, University of Illinois at Chicago. You are invited to submit your name, interest and qualifications to the Nominating Committee by Monday, April 19, 2004. The Committee will meet shortly thereafter to establish a slate of candidates.

The Procedure for the Nomination Process as well as the Board Responsibilities and the official Application are attached here in PDF format.

Of the 15 member board, 10 seats are currently available. Remember, this year, for the first time, you will be electing a public library administrator as well as public library trustees, school and special library representatives.

9:13:38 AM    

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

ILSDO Webcast

The webcast for advocacy - your library's contribution to your community -is now posted on the ILSDO website. The links are not active as of the end of today but should be within the next couple of days. See ad below. You can use this promo to push it to members. I think those people already registered will get a copy of this ad (right Jan I?) and that new registrants will be led to it via an automatic email.

Thanks to Joe and Jan for getting it connected and Tina and Dean for doing a really great job!

Attachment converted: RoadRunner:webcast ad.doc (WDBN/MSWD) (000CB137)

Attachment converted: RoadRunner:Susan Lucco 21.vcf (TEXT/MSWD) (000CB138)

Jan Ison, Executive Director
Lincoln Trail Libraries System
1704 West Interstate Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61821
Phone: 217-352-0047, ext. 221
Fax: 217-352-7153
Web Site:

12:03:46 PM    

Tuesday, March 30, 2004


Following a “Building the Future” day on March 22, 2004,  with the members, boards, and staffs of CMLS and SLS, both boards met separately to vote on whether or not the merger should take place. Both boards voted unanimously that, on July 1, 2004, CMLS and SLS will become one system.

The transition board then met to approve the combined System Area and Per-capita grant application, during which time they discussed and approved the name for the new system. On July 1, 2004, we will become METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM.

A special thanks to the membership, board and staff of both systems who worked so hard to make this happen.

9:51:46 AM    

Thursday, March 25, 2004

The Chicago Area Instruction Librarians Group

Celebrating National Library Week  April 18-24

Marketing Strategies: Tips & Techniques From the Pros

Friday, April 23, 2004
2-4 p.m.
Chicago Multitype Library System (parking & directions)
224 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 680
Chicago, IL 60604
312/341.8500 (ext. 228)

Please join the discussion of marketing our instructional resources and services with panel members Alexis Sarkisian, Sue Cisco-Laga and Debra Popely. Alexis is a library marketing consultant and principal of, Sue is a professor of marketing at Oakton Community College and Debra is president of What's Cooking In Nonprofits.

The following article from the November 2003 issue of College & Research Libraries News highlights the importance of marketing and provides a starting point for our discussion.

Integrating Outreach and Building Partnerships: Expanding Our Role In The Learning Community

If you have questions regarding marketing that you would like specifically addressed at the April 23 meeting, please forward to Patty or Judith before April 21.  Light refreshments will be served. Bring a colleague with you! We look forward to seeing you there.

Patty Cloud, Roosevelt University

Judith Mayzel, Oakton Community College

2:16:40 PM    

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Greetings all,

Mark your calendars and join us in Springfield for Illinois Library Advocacy Day 2004 on April 21, 2004.

Sponsored by the Illinois Library Association, Illinois Library System Directors Organization, and the Illinois School Library Media Association. Hosted by the Illinois State Library.


You can register for Illinois Library Advocacy Day online at:

Pre-register for Illinois Advocacy Day using the online registration form. There is no cost to attend, but registration is important so that you will receive a packet of information before the event.


Want to ride the bus from Chicago to Springfield the day of the event?

We're leaving at 5:45 AM SHARP (yikes that's early!) from the intersection of Wabash and Jackson (we'll be parked right in front of Starbucks--which thankfully will be open). We have to stop and pick library folks up in the Suburban Library System (SLS) in Burr Ridge and possibly the Heritage Trail Libraries System (HTLS) in Shorewood as well.

We'll leave Springfield for Chicagoland at (or near) 2:30pm with those same stops at SLS and again possibly HTLS on the way back to Chicago.

Here's what we'll do that day:

Illinois State Library Atrium. - Wednesday, April 21, 2004 10:00 a.m. Briefing Session Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Kip Kolkmeier, ILA Legislative Consultant Following the Briefing Session: Visits with Legislators

Now is the time to deliver the message about the role of libraries in the 21st century to policymakers in Springfield. Join your colleagues from academic, public, school, and special libraries in getting the message out and making the day a success. Now more than ever it's important for those who care about libraries to meet with lawmakers and make the case for support of library issues and funding.

Questions? Please contact Lynette Glenn, Membership Services Assistant at 312.341.8500 extension 228 or

1:42:57 PM    

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