TRANSCRIPT: IHLS Directors' Chat - April 28, 2022


Directors' Chat
Thursday, April 28, 2022


Ellen Popit:  Hi, Everybody!  Happy Thursday!

Ellen Popit:  What's on your plates this week?

Kami Komm - Germantown:  I have to share something I overheard.  My son was watching Lego Nexo Knights and there was a magic book being carried by one of the knights.  The knight said, You're a fat book.  the book said, I'm not fat I just have Big Binding. 

Ellen Popit:  Ha!

Holly:  Hello everyone!! I finally remembered to log in at the right time :)

Ellen Popit:  Glad you're here!

Ellen Popit:  Just to let you know, our operational plan and budget are on our website for comment.  We'd love to hear what you all think.  Please take a look when you have a minute!

Ginger - Athens:  I'm finalizing and sharing summer reading calendar. BAH. It's scary once it's in print.

Ellen Popit:  Here the website link to the plans:

Ellen Popit:  We're especially interested in what impact our plan might have on our members.

Sara - Litchfield:  Gearing up for May the Fourth be With You and Revenge of the Fifth

Anna Yackle IHLS:  That is amazing. I am glad summer programming is a thing again.

Kelsey Schaep --Nashville PL:  Next week is a busy week for us! Sending out SRP sponsorship request letters, beginning the IPLAR, and reaching out for bids for lighting at the library.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Sara I love that. OI hope syou will have lots of pictures

Holly:  I’m looking to connect with libraries that are similar in size to my own (small less than 1,000 population and small rural building) is there somewhere that has this information through IHLS?

Sara - Litchfield:  @Anna I am sure we will! giving away Star Wars books each day

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Sara that sounds lie so much fun. @Holly if you go to the state libraries website they have a place  for statistical resources and you can put in your variables and get comparable libraries. Give me a sec and I will get the link.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  This morning I went to an annual breakfast that one of our local banks does for community organizations such as several school groups like FFA and Character Ed and non-profits like the police department and the Library.  They say nice things about each organization and give them a donation.  We received $500.  It was nice.

Sara - Litchfield:  @Jo that's cool

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Holly here is the link

Anna Yackle IHLS:  That is very nice Jo and what a good way for the community groups to network.

Holly:  @Anna thanks!

@Sara FUN!!! As usual :)

Sara - Litchfield:  lol Holly I try

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Directors University will be in person this year  in Springfield the first full week of June. It is hard to find the perfect time for everyone, but if the date were to change for DU when do you think would be good?

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Does anyone do 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?  We are starting the program in June.  We had a Board member donate towards the purchase of the record book for each child that signs up.  We are taking donations of hardback picture books to give to the child when they reach 1,000 books.  But I want to give them a small incentive prize for each 100.  Any suggestions?

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Sara - I always say, if you have to work, you might as well make it fun!

Sara - Litchfield:  @Jo we don't do that but we send rewards to grade schools when kids reach 100 / 200 AR points

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Sara - what do you give as rewards?

Sara - Litchfield:  books and a bag of candy / small toys. We have a kindergartner who has 200 points!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Sara - wow!  Good for them!

Sara - Litchfield:  he is a frequent flyer at the library and I already told him I'd hire him when he turns 16. alas, he is going to be a fighter pilot so he doesn't need the job LOL

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Jo I love that program and found members love it too. Rotary always donated the books .

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Anna - sadly, we no longer have a Rotary, or Kiwanis, or Jaycees, or ...

Sara - Litchfield:  us either... all the volunteers clubs have disbanded

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  It's sad.  I think people don't choose to spend their time that way.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Jo I love your work philosophy and I think libraries offer us plenty of opportunities to have fun.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Anna - YES!  They sure do!

Ginger - Athens:  We're having a tea party this weekend - first since the pandemic. We have like 40 ladies signed up! Whimsy Tea from Springfield is coming and teaching us to make loose leaf tea!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Ginger - that sounds fun!

Amy Byers - Chatham APLD:  @Ellen, I'm reading the proposed budget, I see that IHLS got a grant to create trustee trainings. That's great. Is there any more information about that?

Ellen Popit:  Stay tuned, Amy!  Anna's going to be a rock-star!

Sara - Litchfield:  @Ellen are there plans for continuing education / learning for library staff? Like the "old days" lol

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Dear Ms. Amy there will be more information coming. I will be creating committees and advisory groups. I want statewide input at the grassroot level.

Angie -- Trenton Public:  I have a question about the orange deliver-on-the-go bags that were delivered today.  We are excited about these.

Amy Byers - Chatham APLD:  Awesome!  Thanks Ellen and Anna. :-)

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Angie, what is your question?

Angie -- Trenton Public:  Does anyone know if we are write the name or our sending library and the receiving library or the delivery codes for both?

Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  Hi Angie, all you should need to write is the name of the library the materials are going to. For your reference:

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD:  @Angie--in the past, we used one bag for each library that got delivery after us on that day. You do the normal transit slips for the items and just label each bag with the Library its going to.

Amy Byers - Chatham APLD:  For those of you who might remember I asked if you had any good book puns to help us name our book bike, I thought you'd like to know the winner: BIKELANGELO

Ellen Popit:  LOVE IT!

Angie -- Trenton Public:  I just wondered why the bags are asking for OUR library name as well.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Amy - That's perfect!

Ellen Popit:  Angie, you can always shoot that question to to Linda Petty at the Edwardsville Hub!

Angie -- Trenton Public:  @Elllen ---- good point

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Angie, I am trying to get an answer for you. If you don't hear by the end of the session I will find out.

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD:  @Angie--I'm not sure about that. I know in the past some libraries sent on more bags than they got in from other libraries. People were always asking for bags. So maybe this will help  with that.

Angie -- Trenton Public:  No worries.  We have always done DOG books here, just wanting to make sure we are using this correctly now.

Sherry Waldrep - Allerton PL:  @Anna - re: DU date change - anytime in the fall - October or November would work much better (in my opinion).

Sharla ~  Doyle Public Library:  Sara, you provide so much fun for your library!

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Sherry, thank you. I know that has been suggested but that seems to conflict with some conferences.

Sherry Waldrep - Allerton PL:  @Anna - another option would be Feb or Mar.  My calendar has nothing for March (in terms of tasks to do).  June on the other hand....

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Thank you Sherry, I will share those suggestions.

Holly:  My library is finally going forward with our major repair project… smack dab in the middle of the Summer (hand to forehead the way this has unfolded for us) anyhoo, is there anyway to keep incoming delivery, but shut off outgoing- meaning still be able to keep patrons supplied with items even if they are not ours since we will be packing up the whole building.  To say I am stressed is putting this mildly.

Sara - Litchfield:  @Sharla we try!

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD:  Holly--Let Dena Porter know when you want holds for other libraries to end and she can set it up. You can then let Delivery know what days not to deliver.

Holly:  Thanks Esther

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD:  You're welcome

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Holly, you will do brilliantly during the coming exciting times. Reminds me of the saying about needing pressure to form diamonds.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  What was the most successful program you ever did?

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD:  Our most popular program is the southern Illinois ghost hunting group.

Sara - Litchfield:  Harry Potter Day was a huge turn out

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Esther, I would sign-up for that one.

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD:  Anna--they are always very interesting

JJudy Daubs:  Our Library Gardeners Club, the city, several High School Clubs went together and planted flowers downtown in barrels, then we had the K thru 5th color pictures for us and the city displayed them in their office windows. We are having a very good turn out for our Library Garden seems everyone is planting gardens this year. It has been a great program for us.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Any topics you would like us to have CE  programs for?

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Judy that sounds very sweet and great community engagement.

Sara - Litchfield:  @Anna library law, policy writing, grant writing, employee issues, board issues, patron issues, technology plans, long range plan writing... want me to go on???

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Sure, send me your list.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  If we can't do them sooner we can always use the ideas for Member Day

Holly:  I second all of Sara’s

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Sara covered a lot of what I'd be interested in also.

Sara - Litchfield:  basic collections: what to have, what to weed, what to keep forever even if you don't want to

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Everyone, please feel free to send me your suggestions. We appreciate hearing your suggestions. We might not be able to do everything right away but it gives us ideas of what you need.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  I would add how to handle requests to remove books.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Sara I love your keeping it even if you don't want to.

Sara - Litchfield:  @Jo has that happened to you? Hasn't to us -- but it could be coming Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Yes.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Well it is time to end our session . Thank you all for joining us and we will see you next week.

Sara - Litchfield:  @Anna we have a book by a local author. It SUCKS. It's badly written, not edited, and never circs. Guy comes in several times a year to "look" at his book

Ellen Popit:  See you all in May!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  STL Post had an article titled "The Next Front in Culture War:  Public Libraries"

Sara - Litchfield:  @Jo ack!!!

JJudy Daubs:  that what we need....

Holly:  Library layout/ making great use of the space you have… do most libraries hire someone for this?

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Thanks everyone. Bye til May.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Thank you!