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