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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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Fall 1999      Springfield, Illinois         Vol. 81 No. 4

Table of Contents

Illinois State Library Annual Report: FY99
....................................................   203

Small Town USA to Cyper-Town International
............................................................ Lisa Barnhart    210

The Boys and Girls of Summer: Baseball Theme Programming Tips to Catch Young Readers
.............................. Paul Kaplan    214

Partners in Resource Access: Lincoln Trail Libraries System and OCLC
................................. Jan Ison and Pat Boze    218

Portrait of the Illinois Trustee Community
..............................H. Neil Kelley    222

Questions and Answers on Library Law: The Open Meetings Act, Part II
......................Scott Uhler, Janet Petsche and Rinda Allison   226

A Brief History of Gerber/Hart Library
............................... Michael McCaslin    228

A Location Guide to the General Land Office (GLO) Survey Plats
................................................. Tom Huber    232

Chinese Romanization in Library of Congress Cataloging
..............................Jiajian Hu       250

Guidelines for Illinois Libraries Manuscripts       252


Illinois State Library Advisory Committee 1999


Term Expires

Lydia Acosta
Fountaindale Public Library District, Bolingbrook


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


Doris Brown
DePaul University, Chicago


Vandella Brown
East St. Louis Public Library


Vickie Cook
Kaskaskia Community College, Centralia


Mary Dempsey
The Chicago Public Library


Eileen Dubin


David Dyer


Dale Hoover


Jan Ison
Lincoln Trail Libraries System, Champaign


Mary Barb Johnson
Lake Forest


Deborah Johnson-Small
Illinois Department of Human Services, Springfield


Mary Kay Kickels
Palos Hills


Susan Lucco
Lewis & Clark Library System, Edwardsville


Robert Plotzke
Rolling Prairie Library System, Decatur


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



Jesse White
Secretary of State

Dear Friends,

The Illinois State Library's annual report is included in this issue of Illinois Libraries. It is always worthwhile to summarize the year's accomplishments and provide a lasting record. The year's activities were made possible with the collaboration of libraries, library systems and the State Library working together.

I am pleased with what we have accomplished in FY99 but particularly want to highlight the following:

The first "Bring in an Expert" LSTA grants that enable libraries to benefit from professionals in fields such as local area networking, architecture, policy development and marketing.
The new Penny Severns Early Childhood Grant Program, in honor of the late senator from Decatur.
The Illinois Authors Web site that provides information on hundreds of our state's authors.
The appointment of Jean Wilkins as the new State Library director and leader of Illinois libraries.
The 9 percent increase in grants that were processed by the State Library during the fiscal year.
The partnership with the Washington State Library and others to address electronic access to state documents.

I look forward to working with you during fiscal year 2000 in further expanding and enhancing library service into the new millennium. As the report reveals, by working together we can accomplish a great deal.


Secretary of State
and State Librarian



Kathleen L. Bloomberg

Three articles by Illinois State Library staff members are included in this issue of Illinois Libraries, following the three articles in the summer issue. Neil Kelley's article provides an informative profile of Illinois library trustees - their backgrounds and interests. With thousands of public library trustees serving public libraries, the article, based on a 1998 survey, gives us a close-up look at these people who serve such important roles in the library community.

Michael McCaslin from our Chicago office offers an in-depth view of the development of one of the ILLINET libraries in Chicago. Similar articles on other libraries in the network would give readers a greater understanding of the breadth of libraries that comprise ILLINET. I urge you to submit a profile of your ILLINET library for a future issue.

A resource guide to General Land Office survey plats also is included, thanks to the work of Tom Huber from the State Library's Public Services staff. Tom's article addresses one of the many types of maps available in the State Library's map collection. The extensive collection contains more than 180,000 sheet maps along with maps available electronically, on microform and in atlases.

Other articles cover topics such as the innovative approach to Internet access for the central Illinois town of Gridley, made possible through an LSCA grant, and ideas for library programs based on baseball themes.

As always, your contributions to Illinois Libraries are encouraged. Please feel free to contact me with your ideas for articles.


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