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Jesse White
Secretary of State and State Librarian

Jean E. Wilkins
Director, Illinois State Library

Kathleen L. Bloomberg

Kristie Metrow
Assistant Editor

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Winter 1999      Springfield, Illinois         Vol. 81 No. 1

Table of Contents

Preservation - Everybody's Job.
Elizabeth M. Schobernd    5

A Library CD-ROM Collection for Educators
Marilyn E. Barnes   11

Questions and Answers on Library Law: The Freedom of Information Act, Part 2
Scott Uhler, Janet Petsche and Rinda Allison   20

A New Look at Community Connections
Jane Angelis and Joan Wood   23

Stone Soup: A Recipe for Successful Coalitions.
Joan Wood    25

Building Dynamic Coalitions: A Communication Model
Jane Angelis   29

The Illinois State Library: 1818-1870.
Mark Sorensen    33

Virtual Reference Desk for Regional Education Center Libraries
Jim Jackson and Becky Parton    39

R.E.A.D. (Read, Enjoy and Do)
Barbara Flynn      42

Library Services and Technology Grants in Illinois: Fiscal Year 1998   50

Guidelines for Illinois Libraries Manuscripts       60


Illinois State Library Advisory Committee 1998


Term Expires

Lydia Acosta
Fountaindale Public Library District, Bolingbrook


Ann P. Bishop
Graduate Library School, University of Illinois, Urbana


Doris Brown
DePaul University, Chicago


Barbara Burroughs
Rock Falls


David Dyer


Pam Feather
DuPage Library System, Geneva


Dale Hoover


Jan Ison
Lincoln Trail Libraries System, Champaign


Mary Barb Johnson
Lake Forest


Mary Kay Kickels
Palos Hills


Robert Plotzke
Rolling Prairie Library System, Decatur


Jill Rodriguez
Besenville Community Public Library District

Fayne Tharp
East St. Louis School District 189

Robert Wedgeworth
University of Illinois, Urbana
Mary Wyly
Newberry Library, Chicago


Jane Yoder
Waukegan Community Unit Schools, District 60


Kathleen Zar
University of Chicago


Ex Officio Member
Pamela Gaitskill, President, Illinois Library Association
Mary Dempsey, Commissioner, Chicago Public Library



Jesse White
Secretary of State

Dear Friends,

This issue of Illinois Libraries marks the beginning of my administration as Secretary of State as well as a renewed approach to bringing library services to the people of Illinois.

Illinois has a long-standing tradition of outstanding library service. I am very impressed by the dedication of library personnel and governing officials in this state. I look forward to working together with you as we address the many issues that affect our libraries today and into the next century.

Through publications such as Illinois Libraries and Insight, the State Library's bimonthly newsletter, my office will continue providing information on innovative library programs, exemplary grant projects and new technologies. As the next millennium draws near, I accept the challenge of making sure Illinois libraries are equipped with the technology, staff and physical resources necessary to maintain their role as a vital and valuable resource for all Illinois citizens.


Secretary of State
and State Librarian


Kathleen L. Bloomberg

An array of library topics are covered in this issue of Illinois Libraries, including coalition building, preservation and technology. Several of the articles resulted from successful Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) projects, including the articles titled "R.E.A.D" and "Virtual Reference Desk for Regional Education Center Libraries." Additionally, an article with summaries of last year's LSTA projects are included to provide information on outstanding LSTA initiatives.

This issue also includes part two of a three-part article on the Freedom of Information Act. Attorneys Scott Uhler, Janet Petsche and Rinda Allison have provided a very informative and useful resource for libraries that are covered under the Freedom of Information Act.

The first decades of the Illinois State Library, which celebrates its 160" anniversary this year, are depicted in another article. Mark Sorensen's article, which covers 1818 through 1870, offers an excellent overview of the State Library's beginning, including its tie to Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas.

As always, your contributions are welcomed. Manuscript guidelines are included at the end of the issue.


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