Targeting Autism: A National Forum on Serving Library Patrons on the Spectrum

The Illinois State Library was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Forum grant to help libraries better serve patrons and family members impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Mary DiMaggio and Amanda Wiesenhofer from the LLCC Library, and Linda Chriswell, accessibility services professional, have been selected to participate in the Targeting Autism forums. The purpose of the forums is to develop an action plan to include the following: 1. Implementation plan to increase ASD awareness, education and support services; 2. Implementation plan to improve and streamline online access to the wealth of information intended to provide support for families and individuals with ASDs; and 3. Infrastructure plan to ensure sustainable, interorganizational partnerships committed to enhancing ASD support statewide. This project explores how libraries can work with diverse community organizations and programs to address the topic of ASD, through training, education and support services. The content of the action plan will be included in a subsequent grant proposal to IMLS. WayMark Systems (a partner in the Targeting Autism Project) is conducting a survey to better understand the needs, priorities and interests around ASD in order to guide the development and delivery of ASD information services by community libraries across the state. The Targeting Autism Forum will present the survey results at the March forum, and use the results to facilitate discussion. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and share with any Illinois residents that you may know who have been personally or professionally affected by ASD.  For further information about this project, please follow this link:

A sincere thanks from Susan Simpson

Thank you to everyone for the many cards, calls, prayers and other support sent my way during my extended illness. Your thoughtfulness and concern continue to lift my spirits as my health improves. I feel fortunate to be part of the LLCC family!

Susan Simpson, director, Institutional Research

Campus Visit Day today

Prospective students and their families are visiting campus today. As of Friday afternoon more than 475 people were expected to attend the morning and evening sessions. Information sessions are being held in Menard Hall, with exhibits in the A. Lincoln Commons. Tours also will be available.


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A-Team to meet Thursday, Feb. 19

Join us for the second meeting of the A-Team, the Asperger’s and Autism Awareness and Support Group, on Thursday, Feb. 19 from noon to 1 pm in MNRD 1179. We will be continuing our conversation from the last meeting and working on developing ways to promote awareness across the LLCC campus. Bring your ideas!

Our deepest sympathy to Tisha Miller

Condolences to Tisha Miller, operations analyst, LLCC-Litchfield/Taylorville on the passing or her father, Paul Ulrici.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Witt Cemetery in Witt with military rites at graveside. Memorials are suggested to the Montgomery County Cancer Association.

Homecoming is this weekend!

Women’s and men’s basketball games and a dance are planned for tomorrow’s Homecoming. During half-time of the women’s basketball game, Dick Dhabalt, former LLCC athletic director, men’s basketball coach and founding faculty member, will be recognized with the Dick Dhabalt Athlete of the Year Award.

The women’s basketball game will begin at 2 p.m. when the Lady Loggers take on the Lincoln College Lynx in Cass Gymnasium. The men’s game will follow at 4 p.m. Admission for the games is $5 for adults, $3 for students K-12 and is free for LLCC students, faculty and staff with an LLCC ID.

The homecoming dance is being held from 8 to 11 p.m., along with the coronation of homecoming king and queen at 9 p.m. in the Student Union, Menard Hall. The dance is open to LLCC students, alumni, faculty, staff and their guests.

Homecoming activities are being sponsored by the Logger Activities Board, Alumni Services and the Athletics Department. More information is available by calling the LLCC Student Life Office at 786.2241.

Still time to complete Facilities Services survey

The Facilities Services Department is committed to providing quality services and is continually looking for ways to improve. There is still time to fill out the brief, anonymous survey (link below). Your opinion matters to us and will help to make a difference as we review key areas and services within our department.

We thank you for your time.

Facilities Survey

In the news

Mary Beth Ray, director of advising, counseling and career services, interviews with Sam Madonia on SportsRadio this morning at 8:10 to discuss the Springfield Collegiate Career Fair on Feb. 17 and career services offered at LLCC.

Lincoln and Homecoming events today

Lincoln Lecture • “Who Does This Guy Think He Is?? 150 Years of Living, Loving and Loathing Lincoln’s Legacy” • 9 a.m. • Trutter Center • Presenter is Ron J. Keller, associate professor of history and political science at Lincoln College and director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum.

Lincoln’s Birthday Party • 9-11 a.m.• A. Lincoln Commons
Treats from the Epicurean Club, build Lincoln’s Home Contest and Penny Pong

Express Your Peace, Love & Appreciation Card-Making • noon-2 p.m. • A. Lincoln Commons

LLCC Foundation still accepting 2015-16 scholarship applications

The LLCC Foundation is still accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year through Monday, March 2. Students planning to attend LLCC in fall 2015 are encouraged to apply.

LLCC Foundation scholarships are available for first-time and continuing students who will be enrolled full or part time at LLCC. Many of the scholarships are designed for students in any major, with the average award being approximately $1,000 per academic year. Students submitting a complete application are considered for all available scholarships in which they are eligible.

Only one application form is needed to apply for all scholarships. More information, in addition to the online application, can be found at by clicking on “For Student Scholarships” at the top right corner of the page. Students may also visit the LLCC Foundation in Menard Hall on the Springfield campus at 5250 Shepherd Road, or any of LLCC’s locations in Beardstown, Jacksonville, Litchfield or Taylorville for a hard copy application.

For more information, call Lori Smith, scholarship program coordinator, at ext. 6.4502.