Published 8/11/20 3:17 PM CT

The Illinois State Library (ISL) announced on Aug. 10 that applications are now open for three new grants, available to public libraries, school districts, and community colleges that are members of Illinois Heartland Library System, Reaching Across Illinois Library System, or Chicago Public Library systems: The deadline for all grants is Sept. 30, 2020. Awards are paid via reimbursement. Read the full article to learn more.

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IHLS Library Members,

In light of the increasing coronavirus positivity rates and other metrics tracked in the Restore Illinois pandemic plan, it's possible that Region 4, the Metro East Region, or another of the plan's 11 regions could move back into Phase 3. We want to assure our member libraries that IHLS Delivery will continue to operate and make deliveries should Region 4 or any region reenter Phase 3. ...

Data Freeze (text is frozen in ice)Library Staff and Trustees,

Re-development of the Library Learning (L2) platform is on target for the new website launch in mid-August. In preparation for the final data migration, account data in the current L2 platform will freeze late in the day this Friday, July 31. This means that after July 31 (Items marked with " *** " may need your swift attention)...

Make Your Community Count! Public Libraries and the Census Today


The deadline for responding to the 2020 Census has been MOVED UP to Sept. 30. Are you ready? Join us for a Census reboot event featuring Joe Natale of the Illinois State Library and a panel of public library staff working to ensure a complete count in Illinois. Advance registration is required.

Open Meetings Act (OMA) - words overlay a white board room conference table

Several of the traditional ways we conduct library business, run our daily operations, and provide services have been dramatically impacted. Governor Pritzker has issued several executive orders and signed new laws to deal with the conditions of the pandemic. One of these new laws is Public Act 101-0640, known as the Government Emergency Administration Act. (This act, before being signed into law, was discussed as Senate Bill 2135 in the article Senate Bill 2135 and Required Steps for Virtual Meetings, in which library law attorney Phil Lenzini discussed the changes and what they would mean for board and committee meetings held.) The key things to know about this new law are that once a disaster has been declared by the Governor or the Illinois Department of Public Health: ...

Published 7/1/20 4:00 PM CT

Reopening and interlibrary loan restarting information and reminders from: IHLS Delivery, SHARE consortium, and the REALM Project (informally known to some as "the Battelle study").

Now and Later: Thinking About Your Library's Future, a blog post by Anna Yackle, Membership Coordinator, Illinois Heartland Library Systemby Anna Yackle

During the few months under the shelter-in-place order, it seemed that just making it through the day was an accomplishment. We were all following the governor’s executive orders, CDC announcements, local health departments assessment of the situation, and articles from a variety of sources. Weighing all this information and extracting nuggets of knowledge to assess your library’s readiness for reopening has been both exhausting and invigorating. When you feel that you are ready to look beyond the end of the week, consider how your community and library has changed. As you reopen, you might want to incorporate...

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