TRANSCRIPT: COVID-19 Directors' Chat - September 24, 2020


Directors' Chat
Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Good afternoon all! I have three things I want to share.  First is the Election Day closing issue.  I am still waiting to hear if the state has anything different to say on the issue and this is what I post to the Directors list in case you may have missed it. ” I called the state library this morning to see if they have any advice to give us that is different than their previous decision about it being a local matter.  Here is a blurb about the Illinois Municipal Leagues (IML) suit. I will keep you informed as I hear more. “

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Second is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), this is a topic garnering some well-deserved attention. IHLS was set to part with PLA on a project but with COVID it has been put on hold because of the stress on PLA’s staff. The Illinois State Library would also potentially like to partner with us. In the meantime, we will be looking at ways to provide programs around this topic.  RAILS has a very nice page on the topic, I urge you to look at;

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Third is an issue one of our member libraries is dealing with. They are trying to serve their homeless population that possess no permanent address but are staying for short periods of time at various residences and locations around their community. There is not even a homeless shelter in the town to provide an address. Would your library issue a card to a person in this situation and how would you make that happen? I am afraid with the financial fall-out of COVID we might see more people in these kinds of housing situations. They may have a desperate need to use the services of a library but might find themselves with very limited access. I know there is the need to protect taxpayers’ interests, but these individuals may have been and may again be taxpayers.  

Tina Hubert SMRLD: Our attorney advised us to close and so we will be closed in compliance with the governors order for local governments (since we are a district office) and even though we would only be required to close our administrative office location, we are closing both locations in fairness

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: we will allow anyone to use materials inside the library but won't let them take home materials without a valid card. The only exception is if the local philathropic Christian charities writes a recommendation for them

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: My board already said no to closing on election day ; will they have to meet in a special meeting if it is deemed required to close?

Tina Hubert SMRLD: anyone can use our computers inhouse, we provide "guest passes" for those without library cards - it's the same for us as Sara - they only need a library card to take things home, oh and to access e-resources outside of the library

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @ Sara - our board did not take action, we are just following the governors order

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Sara that is an interesting approach to dealing with the homeless has it worked for you?

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: Anna so far so good lol

Tina Hubert SMRLD: election day won't be a huge deficit for us as not a lot of people are actually coming into the library

Tina Hubert SMRLD: and I expect even less would be inclined to come in that day

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: i work the election as a day-of registrar so i have to work regardless lol

Tina Hubert SMRLD: Miss you, Sara!

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: back atcha Tina!! I miss all the IHLS stuff.... not sure I miss it enough to come back LOL

Tina Hubert SMRLD: LOL ;-)

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: i guess i don't quite understand why NOW the election day is being declared a holiday. Will the April 2021 election be one as well? Or is this a Trump v Biden thing?

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Sara I think it is more of a COVID thing in anticipation of longer lines and wait times

Tina Hubert SMRLD: I saw some pictures from Madison County courthouse this morning - long long lines for early voting - folks wanting to avoid crowds

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: maybe in big cities. Montgomery Co has less than 30% voter turnout, no matter whos on being elected

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Sara.  Their is a lawsuit filed by the Illinois Municipal League that is asking for guidance regarding closgin:

Tina Hubert SMRLD: although the early voting site down the street from th e library doesn't have a long line - at least yet

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Sorry for the typo:  THERE is a lawsuit.....

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Tina yes i expect that to be busier than election day itself

Bill from Mount Vernon: I am having trouble registering as a registered user on L2 not a guest. What do I use for a name (I know my password)?

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Good afternoon, everyone!  If you're participating in this chat, please don't forget to register in the new L2.

Nichole L. (Millstadt): Does anyone know how to become a voting registrar? I know in Illinois people can just go online, but I think us having a paper service would be beneficial as well.

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Nicole ask your county clerk. they can make you one. I am one

Bill from Mount Vernon: I am registered on the new L@

Bill from Mount Vernon: l2

Nichole L. (Millstadt): Thanks Sara!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Thanks, Bill!

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): I apologize for any confusion, I post three topics for people to read and consider while waiting for the meeting to start and we just jumped into conversation.  You are in the right spot and we have just started.

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @nichole - we have several staff who are deputy registrars - and Sra's right - you do that through the county clerk's office

Christi-Glen Carbon: I'm registered on L2, but I can't see where I can edit my staff and Board.  I have a few people who need to be added and a few to take off.  That was never a problem with the old L2

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Christi welcome to "improvements" LOL

Bill from Mount Vernon: We issue cards to people in shelters, and have a list of materials we never got back.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Nichole - Yes, the county clerk. It's a very painless process.

Tina Hubert SMRLD: I sent, though their "help" link a question asking how to make suggestions to L2

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Christi----once we as a staff feel comfortable enough with the new L2 and there's a little more "help" documentation, we'll roll some opportunities out for people to become more familiar.  It's a learning curve!!!!!

Bill from Mount Vernon: $772 worth to be exact

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: I have had a lot of trouble registering because there isn't a location option in the location box.

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Bill that is the cost of doing the right thing. which is why we don't allow materials to go home

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @ Bill, do the shelters take any responsibilities for lost materials?

Bill from Mount Vernon: True, but we also get most of the materials back

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @ Bobbie - check the affiliation option - if you can see it - in L2 - that's how we have been choosing location

Rachel Miller - Forsyth: @Ellen Are the director's chats for next week and beyond listed on L2 and available to register?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: I'll take a look, thanks Tina!

Bill from Mount Vernon: No they don't

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Rachel, if they're not on now, they will be shortly!

Christi-Glen Carbon: When I tried registering yesterday I was told that needed that.  I tried again a couple hours later and it worked fine

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Christi.  That was a glitch for which we found a temporary fix, but hopefully it will be REALLY fixed today!

Bill from Mount Vernon: My Back to Books grant included $400 for job hunting materials and $3600 for popular books because the demand goes up with the unemployment rate. I am presuming that things don't get worse and we can go back to normal sometime early next year (I know I am an optimist.

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Bill... since you have a shelter, could you donate some books to them to create their own library?

Bill from Mount Vernon: A good idea, let me contact them

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): When Ellen and I got the training for L2 it all  seemed very logical and clean-cut. The real word reality has been a little different for me. As Ellen said we are all learning and beg your patience. We will pass along instructions as they are available.  Here is a document I found in the Rails Newsletter

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @ Cassandra - I really apprecaiated your discussion regareding RBdigital the other day - thank you!

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: I need to create a website for our library. I have used Squarespace for our church site. Is there a certain library Website creator?

Jennifer- Riverton Village Library: Riverton lets non-card holders use computers and they can use material in-house. Like Sara and Tina we just cannot let them take the items out of the library.  

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Mary- we use Wix, but if you have something you're used to, I would say stick with it.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: @Bobbi-Thanks! I am very familiar with Squarespace.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Jennifer - we're the same. We do have specific cards for homeless/displaced patrons that allow them to take out materials. We do not allow them ILL privilages.

Kathleen  Bennett - Catlin Public: I think that donating books, books in good condition, to a shelter could solve the materials issue.   I take leftover book sale items to Good will but we could really stock a shelter if we gave them our books.   We allow anyone to use our computers.  RIght now we have a 30 minute time limit but anyone can use them.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Tina you are so welcome! I’m planning on speaking to our rep this week.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Hi Everyone, I am jumping on late as usual. Staunton will be closed on election day. Our city attorney advised us to do so- City Clerk office will be closed. I do not want to but there it is.

Rachel-Sherman PLD: I haven't been able to find the learning journal where we can add our own entries for learning/conferences/classes not listed on L2.  Has that been eliminated?

Jennifer- Riverton Village Library: @Bobbie - Most of our displaced persons are just "staying with" someone local for a few weeks.  The library is sometimes the way they get out of the house in the day.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @ Jennifer - that makes sense

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Regarding granting homeless people cards, I understand the concern about never seeing materials again and Bills comments about the list of items never returned but does anyone consider these losses the cost of doing business.? I know in bigger well funded libraries that is an attitude some of them have adopted.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Also- we do as Litchfield does, we share our resources with anyone inside the building,(homeless situation). They cannot leave with materials unless they can have someone with a card vouch for the materials. it has worked so far. This year since we came back from SIP, we have not had an issue with loitering- this might have helped on that end.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Rachel, I'm not sure and we can certainly look into that.  I know that enhancements are planned.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Is Wix or Squarespace easier to use?  Does one give a better looking or easier to use website?  Cost?  We need a website also.

Rachel-Sherman PLD: Thanks Ellen

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Anna larger libraries can better afford that kind of loss  we cannot

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Kathleen - Wix is pretty easy to use and it's fairly cheap.

Jennifer- Riverton Village Library: @Anna - Yes to the cost of doing business.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: Regarding library cards for the homeless. We have not had to address this issue but keep info on hand from the Secr of State webpage with instructions/form for Homeless Status Certification at

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Anyone can use a computer in Staunton- we just need a name to make sure everyone has a turn

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): @Sara, I understand that.  @Diana thanks for sharing that link

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Bobbi, do you build the site yourself?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Kathleen - We used one of their pre-made templates and modified it to suit us. You don't have to have any coding experience to use it.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We do pay extra to have a domain name.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: @Kathleen-I started using Squarespace in a web design class so I had a basic knowledge of design. I believe it was around $135 for a year, but that was a discounted price because I designed while in class. Not sure what the next one will be.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Thanks!  I will look into it and take a peek at your website, too.

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: i wish someone would host training on what used to be PLINKIT. We still use that for our website

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Staunton can not afford to absorb that kind of loss. I am very tolerant and sympathic to all situation but especially to those with housing challenges of course. We try to accommodate everyone as best we can.

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): @Sara WOW, ghost of technology past, have not heard that name in a very long time

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: LOL Anna... yes it has been a while but it still works. i just need a refresher

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: @Kathleen-the domain name wa also free the first year.

Ginger - Athens: @Mary @Kathleen We are redoing our website and using SquareSpace

Ginger - Athens: It's what I was familiar with as well

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Sara.  You might check with Troy or Brant.  We're not involved with PLINKIT any longer, but they may be able to help you find a refresher.

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: I asked Troy. He told me no :(

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Mary, how much does the domain cost after the first year?

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Sorry!

Ginger - Athens: You should be able to get a free domain name from being a government entity

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Wix starts at about $23 per month, depending on how fancy you want to get.

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): @Ginger, I did not know that was an option.

Ginger - Athens:

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: @Kathleen-Squarespace has templates you can use and adjust for what you need, very easy to get started and update which I do weekly for church.

Ginger - Athens: that will be ours

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Ginger, what are you using now?

Susan IHLS: @Sara Here is a link to the manual and it looks like there are YouTube tutorials but  fairly specific.

Ginger - Athens: There's some way to register it to your library and never have to pay. I have a guy who deals with the domain. I can do all the web design though

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Susan thanks

Susan IHLS: fairly specific issues that the YouTube videos address...

Ginger - Athens: I'm new, but my predecessor used Weebly and it looks like garbage, sadly.

Robin Geralds: @ Ginger can you get another free domain name if you had one previously? A past IT tech didn't like ours so he deleted it. Needless to say he no longer works here.

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Ok, I worked at a library where a domain name very similar to the libraries was owned by a porn site. Not a pleasant situation.

Rachel-Sherman PLD: Domain name is $19.95 per year through Weebly

Ginger - Athens: My domain guy is local, but can work remotely. You could ask him! I have no idea!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Thanks for all the info!  Like everyone else, we need simple and cheap....but not porn site cheap!  lol

Ginger - Athens: @Anna  !!!!!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Anna - that's a unique poblem!

Bill from Mount Vernon: Weebly is still around. I used it 20 years ago and thought it had died.

Tina Hubert SMRLD: WE have helped people fill in their homeless status certification as Diana provided the link - but we also have had to refer them to a local social services agency to act as their agency (our library does not act as agency in that regard)

Ginger - Athens: @Robin, I would assume the government issued web address is yours forever, or you can reregister though.

Bill from Mount Vernon: !! forgot exclamation marks

Julie Jarman (Staunton): LOL. Bill we use Weebly. It works fine but we focus much more on our Facebook page than anything else right now.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: @Tina what agency do you refer them to?

Robin Geralds: @ Ginger TY. I will look into it.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): It must be a free website for us, we do not pay anything.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: I hope you've all seen the latest Member Connection and the announcement of our 2020 Member Day.  Mark Your Calendars:  November 10th!  Here's a link to the information:

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @Diana - we have a community care center in town that provides meals and they will act as agency for displaced persons

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @ Ellen - registered already - LOL!

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Tina that's what our Christian charity does. Wonder if they can use the form

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): I appreciate all of the information you have shared and the concern you have displayed around the issue of homelessness. I hope the financial problems do not get any worse and.

Bill from Mount Vernon: Wonderful, Member Day falls on my Board day

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: @Tina thank you!

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: i am supposed to be on vacation that week.... guess I can work one day lol

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Bill, well at least it is virtual!

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @ Sara & Diana - I think those social service agencies are somewhat used to that form - I had only seen it for the first time in the last few years and had to do some research to figure out how to help

Scott - Lake Land College: @Cassandra - has anyone ever investigated a consortial deal for Springshare / LibGuides? I have NO idea what pricing might be like. But there is a lot of functionality in that platform that members might be able to take advantage of.

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): @Bill maybe you can sit on for parts of it, since you don't have to travel anywhere.

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @Bill - my board meeting date as well...sigh

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Scott, not that I’m aware of. I can certainly reach out to them.

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): @Scott, I know Central Kansas Library System uses LibGuides and it has an impressive "library" of programs they have created on that platform.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: @Sara with the state certification they will get a state ID card and it is free,a%20completed%20Homeless%20Status%20Certification.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Who will be participating in the Rural Libraries Conference next week?

Ginger - Athens: Current "problem" here: I have a couple sixth grade boys who want to volunteer. I started with one and I cannot find enough stuff for him to do!!! He does everything at a run. What have you had kid/teen volunteers do at your library?

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: Has anyone read "Librarian Problems" by William Ottens??

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: I'm signed up for the ARSL conference. Picking out my sessions now and adding to my agenda.

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Everyone should come for at least the opening and closing sessions. We have the Library Legend David Lankes as the opening speaker. I have attended a few of his presentations and have always been moved, inspired and ready to scale new heights after listening.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Ginger - we have the same problem. We rarely have enough work for volunteers to do unless we have programs

Rachel-Sherman PLD: @ Ginger help prepare crafts for programming

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Ginger  dust dust dust lol

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Diana and anyone else participating----I just noticed yesterday that the session schedule reflects the Pacific Time Zone, so we'll need to do some math!!!!

Christi-Glen Carbon: We have three registrations that will be shared between staff for ARSL.  I'm planning on doing the same thing for ILA

Rachel-Sherman PLD: @ Ginger send him over to Sherman and we'll use him to pull weeds!  LOL

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): @Sara, tell us more about the book "librarian Problems"

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Ginger do you have a CD cleaning machine?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We're also doing ARSL. I'm letting staff pick sessions to watch recordings later.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: I wanted to sign up for the class, "Transforming Teen Servics Training The Trainer (T3), but don't see where to do that, can't remember which site it was on. Got approval from the board last night. Anyone know?

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Anna it's really good! Lots of familiar situations   Our staff has now decided we are going to write our own! lol

Deb Paxton Carnegie: Sorry..what's ARSL?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I signed  up for ARSL membership just last week, Looking forward to learning new things about Library land.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Association of Rural and Small Libraries

Ginger - Athens: These are good suggestions. And Rachel, he's an awesome kid who looooooves the library. I'll be keeping him, sorry. haha!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Bobbi..gotcha, thanks

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: It's great for smaller libraries and their annual conferences are fantastic.

Ginger - Athens: @Cassandra, have him clean the dvds? thats a great suggestion!

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @ ARSL attendees:

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Here is the link for ARSL

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: yep! he could listen to a podcast or audiobook and get your high traffic stuff in shape!

Kami - Germantown: Still need to register for ARSL, but am planning on attending.  Just paid for my membership today.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I like the fact that its all virtual. I can still get great info without leaving my desk.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: @Mary Ray Just saw it in the RAILS newsletter. You register on L2 here's the info link.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: @Diana-Thanks! I love these chats!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Also, regarding ARSL I believe that the registration fee is still at $65.00 for a week's worth of continuing education.  Here's the link:

Scott - Lake Land College: @ Cassandra - another thing to look at for consortial benefit:

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: ARSL is a great deal

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): I like ARSL because the membership and this year even of the cost of the conference is very inexpensive in comparison to what else is out there.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Tina---thanks for the converter, I'll need that!

Janet McAllister Rochester: If your looking for someting to do this Sunday - Our Farmers Market will have the Planters NUTmobile on site :)

Julie Jarman (Staunton): The price for me as a small part time library director was fantastic

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Online is great but I miss the networking with library staff from outside of Illinois.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: Thanks @Scott!

Ginger - Athens: @Janet, didn't you have the weiner mobile too?

Janet McAllister Rochester: Yes we did!

Bill from Mount Vernon: I prefer online, less time spent in traveling

Janet McAllister Rochester: Exciting times in Rochester :)

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Yes Anna I do too. miss that social interaction. no replacement for that.

Ginger - Athens: @Janet, obviously! cute ideas though!

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): @Janet I thought the Nut mobile was permanently park outise my hous.

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @Ellen - I use that ALL the time - LOL

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @Janet how do you get those? I want the nut mobile! lol

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: actually the kisses car would be better... chocolate!!

Janet McAllister Rochester: @Anna Yackle  Definitely me!

Rita Stephens  ISL: We are awaiting your PPE, Back to Books, Digital Access Grants....@ISL.  Questions call

Janet McAllister Rochester: They actually contacted us

Ginger - Athens: I finished two of the grants this week and my brain is mush!

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ janet well if they ask, give them my info! we'd love it

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Rita: Grants. I applied to all three of the ISL grants. Thank you though for the reminder to call if needed.

Janet McAllister Rochester: Will give them your information!

Rita Stephens  ISL: WE want your grant applications!!!!!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Yep, I am mush too.  I submitted the last one yesterday.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: I'm hoping to finish the B2B grant this weekend.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Rita, we're talking them up!

Ginger - Athens: We want your grant money!!!!!! ;)

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Thank you Rita and the rest of the staff at the ISL. These are great grant opportunities.

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: ty Janet!

Kami - Germantown: Grants - I've never written one before and I'm afriad I may not include enough information.  I tend to keep answers short and sweet.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I applied for PPE and B2B grants.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: I am new at grants. Is there an online class I can take quickly to help?

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Kami - SAME!!!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I hope the grant powers that be keep in mind most library directors are stressed, tense and mush right now when they read our answers. LOL. Kindness needed please.

Rita Stephens  ISL: Kami, great stats on your application

Deb Paxton Carnegie: first time as well. I probably went into too much detail!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Rita, a local history/genealogy books able to be included in the Back to Books grant?

Kami - Germantown: I turned in  PPE and need to proofread B2B before submitting

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Kami- I do short and sweet too. It seems to work out for me most of the time.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: In my experience, ISL staff will bend over backwards to make sure libraries get grant money.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Mary, you can give Anna or I a call and we'd be happy to answer questions or talk you through it.  If you read the application carefully and follow the directions, you'll do well.

Kami - Germantown: @ Julie - Thank you for that encouragement.  :-)

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): With any grant offered by the state library, as Rita says, remember to call. The staff their are helpful, kind and they want you to succeed.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Kathleen, if you do purchase those don’t forget about CMC cataloging!

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Sorry there not their

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: I took hope the previous director's application and will be using that as guidance.

Rita Stephens  ISL: Kathleen I will check

Robin Geralds: Are there any grants that would help with hotspots? Our library currently does not offer them. We have limited internet service in our area. Hotspots would definitely help with remote learning.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: *home

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Cassandra, I won't!  You guys have been a life saver for my genealogy section overhaul I'm working on.  It's a slow and tedious project, but much needed!  It was a hot mess.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Kami- no problem. Best of luck. I am sure you will do fine

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: @Ellen-Thank you!

Ginger - Athens: @Robin -

Rita Stephens  ISL: Kathleen has long as local history/genealogy books would be ok...I checked

Robin Geralds: @ Ginger Thank you!

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Robin our school district just got this T Mobile grant

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Thank you, Rita!

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Kathleen that is great! I’m so glad that they’re able to help.

Rita Stephens  ISL: Thanks, Anna

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @Robin - read the grant offering carefully, I read where you cannot purchase items for loan, but instead items need to be used for extending the library's capability  - the digital network access grant that is

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Cassandra, there will be much more coming when I get to the piles of loose newspaper obits, pictures, etc.  Ugh!

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: :)

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Robin.  Rita Stephens can correct me if I'm wrong.  The grants won't cover hotspots that you would check out to patrons.  The idea is to provide accessibility and connectivity within the community if there was another shut down.  So, anything that would make the WI-FI more robust for  you library would work.

Tina Hubert SMRLD: @ Robin - sorry I was only describing the ISL grant offering

Rita Stephens  ISL: True, Ellen

Janet McAllister Rochester: I am sumiting a grant for libraries transforming communities for wifi hotspots thru ALA

Robin Geralds: @ Sara T Mobile is not available in our area. :(

Janet McAllister Rochester: The grant is for $3,00

Robin Geralds: @ Tina I noticed. :(

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @ Robin i am not sure it is very effective in ours but they granted the school $19K

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: so they can get 49 hotspots for 1 year

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Does anyone know of any grants available for equipment to turn slides, old 35mm film and negatives into digital format?

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): @Kathleen, I love history and your project sounds fascinating. Genealogists will love it. These are the kinds of projects that create content unique to our communities. I was in charge of a local history collection at one of my previous libraries and I met people from all over the world because of it.

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: @Kathleen I have a little box thingy that scans slides / negatives and creates jpegs

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield:

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: wow... thats a long link LOL

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @ Kathleen - we paid for our memory lab through a combination of grants from local agencies. I would recommend seeing what is in your area.

Ginger - Athens: @Janet, how do you find current ALA grants? i can only locate past ones

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Bobbi, ballpark figure on equipment cost?  Is it used well by patrons?

Rachel-Sherman PLD: @ Ginger:

Ginger - Athens: thanks!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Sara, a long URL is no problem in this format.   However, a fun tool I use with documents is Tiny URL:

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Thank you, Sara!

Janet McAllister Rochester: I received an email from ALA

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Kathleen - for everything, it was about $2,500. That includes a computer and cart. We finished the lab less than a week before we closed for COVID, so patrons haven't had a chance to use it yet!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: It can convert VHS, photos, slides, negatives, 16mm film, and audio cassettes.

Robin Geralds: @ Janet I will look into that. TY!

Tina Hubert SMRLD: For your entertainment:

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Bobbi, does it have the ability to turn 35 mm movie film and super 8 film to digital

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: No, but we chose not to purchase that equipment.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: The hardest thing to get was a VCR. We finally had a patron who donated one.

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale):  @Bobbi, I might have to take a future field trip to see what you have.

Robin Geralds: @ Tina LOL

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Bobbi, after I get my B2B finished, is it okay if I get with you for more details, please?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Anna - we'd be happy to show it off! I can't wait until the public can use it.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Kathleen - of course!

Ginger - Athens: @Tina, the raisins!!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Tina----brings back memories!

Ginger - Athens: Bobbi, I'm always amazed by your library i

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Thanks :)

Anna Yackle - IHLS (Carbondale): Well this has been informative and fun. Thank you everyone but it almost 2:00 pm

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Have a great week!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks everyone! stay safe!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Thanks, everyone! Have a great afternoon!

Robin Geralds: Thank you for the great info. Bye!

Sara Zumwalt - Litchfield: thanks!@

Carol Tomaszewski: Till next time!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Public: Thanks and everyone stay safe!

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: Thanks for all the help!

Kay Burrous  South Macon: Thanks and stay safe!!!

TWILLA COON-Mount Carmel Public Library: Thank you and have a great weekend