Please comment proposed IHLS Bylaws Change

At the January meeting of the Illinois Heartland Library System, two items were approved by the board in a first reading and are now being sent out for member comment.

The first item is a revision of the board by-laws.  Article VIII of the bylaws that were approved in July, 2011 called for the establishment of Advisory Councils.   In reality, that was never a successful model for IHLS and in July, 2016 we began holding “Members Matter” meetings at locations throughout the system.  The revision approved by the board reflects the movement from the Advisory Council Model to the “Members Matters” meetings

Article VIII: Membership Input
The Executive Director shall hold regularly scheduled meetings for system members at rotating sites throughout the system.

The purpose of these meeting is to:

  1. ​Gather input and feedback from members regarding current System services and initiatives.
  2. Offer an additional opportunity for communication and networking with and among membership.
  3. Provide a forum in which suggestions can be made for the consideration of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director.

These meetings will be held on a bi-monthly schedule at geographically diverse locations throughout the system. Videoconference sites will be open to enable members from throughout the system to attend in several locations. As they become available and effective, other electronic methods of connectivity will be implemented to offer other meeting options for members.

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