February 26, 2019

IHLS Carbondale Office

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Play an active role and keep abreast of what is happening in the library world. The IHLS Board of Directors are looking for people who believe in the value of libraries and literacy and who want to support and strengthen library services in Central & Southern Illinois! 

The following positions on the board are up for election this year:

  • 1 Public Librarian Representative (3-year term)
  • 4 Public Library Trustee Representatives (3-year term each)

The survey will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1st.


Thank you for your support of the IHLS Member day logo apparel sale. Great news! We are extending the sale until March 4 to give those who missed the deadline the chance to place an order. Please be sure to share our sale information with your colleagues, family and friends. All proceeds will be used to support the 2019 Member Day.

Information has been provided by the staff at the Illinois State Library with the intent of providing useful tips for writing a successful Project Next Generation grant. However, these tips can easily -- and should -- be applied to any grant the staff of your library wishes to pursue.

Currently the Illinois Legislature is examining several bills that could significantly impact libraries. Now is the time to recruit trustees, staff and patrons to advocate for our libraries.


The next required delivery count week is February 25 - March 1. Libraries only have to count outgoing items that have a hand-written label on them which includes gift/donation items.


The next Roadside Training Series is Library Management Basics on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) is helping the Dixon Public Library with cataloging their local history collection. A couple of these items include sheet music for their local festival and facsimiles of the first and second drafts of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

March 21,-22, 2019

Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel and Conference Center

Registration is Open!

Libraries owe much to the unpaid volunteers, whether elected or appointed, who serve on their boards. It is worth investing time and money to help them do their jobs better, network with other trustees and get an overview of the power and future of libraries.

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