For Some Students, E-Resources Can Make the Difference, by Ellen Popit, Illinois Heartland Library System (image of young girl reading on an e-reader)By Ellen Popit, IHLS Associate Director
Published 12/2/2020 4:10 PM CT

Since March of 2020, it would be a safe bet to say that the number of Illinois students with some type of tablet has skyrocketed. Last spring, and certainly through the 2020-2021 school year, those tablets got plenty of use—a very good thing. Once Illinois began to shut down last March, a major priority for libraries of all types was support of remote learners. Programs already in place were ebook platforms that were developed through the eRead Illinois grant awarded to Illinois library systems in 2013. When funding was made available this fall by the Illinois State Library for grant programs through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, systems were offered the opportunity to submit grants for e-resources and IHLS made the decision that a major focus would be ebooks to support student learning. . . .

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Great news! The Illinois Secretary of State (IL SOS)/Illinois State Library (ISL) awarded Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) $125,000 for the purchase of e-resources for members. Read more...

Congratulations! Ellen Popit, IHLS Associate Director, Recipient of the AISLE Crystal Honor Award.We would like to congratulate Ellen Popit, Associate Director of IHLS, on being awarded the prestigious Crystal Honor Award by the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE) at the organization’s recent annual conference.

IHLS Library Members, 

In light of the increasing coronavirus positivity rates, hospitalization rates, and other metrics tracked by the State of Illinois, Governor Pritzker announced Tuesday that all regions of the state will begin Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations starting this Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

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The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) recently cataloged Census documents for the Metropolis Public Library.

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