TRANSCRIPT: IHLS Directors' Chat - May 5, 2022


Directors' Chat
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Hi Eunice How are you?

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  Hi Anna, how are you? We're having a lot of rain these past days. BUT the weather went "under

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  and over for our best attended children's program last Saturday!

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Sharla, I thought we were having hail but it was just super heavy rain.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Sharla I am so glad you had a very successful program.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  Anna, I thought my roof had a leak this morning the rain sounds were so loud!

Anna Yackle IHLS:  I would like to encourage everyone to look at our Budget and Operations Plan and provide your comments. You can go to our website to see it and find the feedback form.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  We might have to all build canoes to get around in if this weather keeps up. I have not had to water my potted plants yet.\

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  We paid homage to our incredible Volunteer Fire and Rescue departments serving Raymond and Harvel. So many young families have participating volunteers. It was a wonderful Saturday morning!

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Ellen and Leah are visiting one of our high school members today.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  That is such a nice community wide program Sharla.

Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  As many of you are aware, IHLS is currently investigating the cost and benefits of an Automatic Material Handler (AMH). We are currently in the Request For Information (RFI) stage of this research. We have had some questions regarding the AMH and its impact on members. The RFI will provide us with important data for next potential steps. Once we have an analysis of this data, we will be bringing it to our members so we can present what we have, discuss our ideas, listen to your feedback, and work on solutions. Please know that no action will be taken until we can gather feedback from members and figure out the best ways on if and/or when to move forward.

We’d also like to encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to review our FY2023 Budget Narrative and Operational Plan, view the feedback and responses available, and provide any feedback of your own. You can find more details here: Feedback Requested: FY2023 Proposed Budget & Operational Plan Available for Member Comment | Illinois Heartland Librar Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  Looks like it didn't link, sorry about that! Link:

SARA Z - Litchfield:  Question: who has narcan at their library? A couple of ladies just stopped by here and wanted to put a "help yourself" box of narcan outside out library

Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  Feedback on the Budget Narrative and Operational Plan closes at noon on Friday, May 20.

Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  I'd also like to bring your attention to two upcoming events. The first is the next session with HR Source on Effective Delegation. This will be on May 11:

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  @SARA - We have Narcan. It was given to us by the Champaign County Health Department SARA Z - Litchfield:  @Sherry have you used it? is your staff comfortable giving it to people?

Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  The second is Spilling the Tea with the CMC: Virtual Internships:

Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  Two CMC interns will discuss their internship experience with the CMC.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Anna- I am so glad I have my kayaks-- if this rain keeps up much longer.

Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  The Internship session may be helpful if your library is considering looking into interns

Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  And what that process can look like

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Sara. we have a couple of doses of Narcan.  it was given to us by a drug awareness/prevention group here in town.  At our recent CPR/AED training for staff, the trainer went over how to use it.

Loretta Broomfield:  I was pleased that the operational plan included the possibility of added a mobile "Library of Things" and a digital memory lab.  I don't remember exactly what the memory lab was called.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Thank you Danielle for sharing all of that valuable information. We also have Members Matter on the 19th and it will be about serving individuals with memory loss and their caregivers.

eunice mcclung:  Eunice @ Hi Anna I'm good now that the storms passed us by.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Julie I am not coordinated enough for a Kayak.

SARA Z - Litchfield:  they had a grant to put narcan boxes outside public buildings for people to take. I thought this sounded like a bad idea...

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  @SARA  - we have not had to use it.   We keep it with our other first aid supplies. As we are a small rural library I don't expect to have to use it but it is nice to have if needed. We were provided directions for use. I imagine that if we had to use it, working staff would confer and  quickly determine our steps. As it would be potentially life saving, we would do what we need to.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Sara Z- a help yourself box of narcan? I have never heard of this before.

Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  @Loretta, it would be a Mobile Memory Lab!

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  @SARA - I don 't like the idea of a 'help yourself' box. 

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Thanks for bringing those up Loretta. Yes the library of things kind of originated with this group. I heard you all say how you wanted an easy way to share things like popcorn makers, bubble machines, etc. without having to own and store them yourselves.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @Jo Keillor  who provided your CPR training? We really need this at DPL.

SARA Z - Litchfield:  @ Sherry me either! I told them no, and to contact police or fire dept and put them there

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Sara are you having a new or worsening problem with drugs?

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @SARAZ- I agree, that sounds like trouble. a help yourself box of narcon..  Our police dept is just the hall now, I am sure they will agree with me on that one

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  It was part of the package with the AED.  One of our board members coordinated the AED with HSHS Hospital System.

Loretta Broomfield:  A large canopy would be nice to add to the library of things too!

Bill from the Brehm Library:  @Jo who did your CPR training? I am looking for someone to do our staff (most have expired CPR cards).

SARA Z - Litchfield:  @Anna locallly yes there is an problem but I don't want it be the "thing" to shoot up at library bc we have narcar

SARA Z - Litchfield:  we have had one OD here and I'm not looking forward to another!!

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @Danielle Beasley-Thank you, Danielle, I registered for this program!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Anna- we sit in the kayak and then someone usually pushes us off the boat ramp== You can do it! LOL..

Danielle Beasley - Communications Coordinator:  Wonderful, @Sharla!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  The one good thing about Narcan is it won't hurt someone even if they don't need it.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Loretta, I know we discussed that but I will try to make sure it makes the list. I think we also were thinking folding tables and a screen and projector for watching movies outside.

SARA Z - Litchfield:  @Anna would these things be delivered by IHLS or would it be library's responsibility to pick up and return?

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @SARA and Anna- I was thinking the police dept or fire dept, or even the food pantry might be a better place-- not just a box on a sidewalk. Yes, it is a problem but I sure do not want to be a bigger part of that problem. just my thoughts.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Sara, I used to have people put there drugs in the drop ceilings in t he bathrooms. Fortunately, iI never caught anyone shooting up or overdosing. They would usually take them and go. So sad.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  RE: Narcan availability-what if someone experiments with it who isn't ODing?

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  We librarians are having to learn and prepare for so many things..

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Julie and Sara , I agree it does sound misguided. You want to help but I am sure just making it available in the fashion you described is the best way.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public Library Dist.:  Has anyone subscribed to Patron Point?  I received a sales pitch and wondered if it was money well spent and how spendy it is...

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @Jo, I just saw your response after posting my question. That's a plus!

SARA Z - Litchfield:  that's my point: its shouldn't be like a "take one, help yourself" thing outside a library

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  I wonder what the police dept policy is. for this.. if someone needs Narcan, can they arrest them? It is a difficult thing for all sides.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  I would have to look more deeply into the subject before I could speak to it. I am not sure how it would help the person who is overdosing and passed out.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @JO- I did not know that-- it will not be harmful if they take it and are not Oding. Thanks.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  I think even with the narcam the person should go to the hospital.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Narcan is only for opioid overdose - not crack, heroine, etc.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Kathleen what is Patron Point?

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  We were told if you use Narcan, you should also call 911.

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  @Kathleen - Have not heard of Patron Point. A quick glance at their website - not sure I like how they connect to your ILS.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @Jo, what does "AED" stand for?

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Thanks JO- I would not mind having some behind the counter here if we were properly trained and a policy was in place for such an action. With the Police being so close and cameras are in place monitored by the police station I doubt they would come here

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Sharla I  just know it is the defibrillator

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public Library Dist.:  @Anna - It is a data anayzer software, I think.  A marketing tool...The sales pitch said that Champaign Public Library is one of their clients.  We are so small that I do not think it would be money well spent but thought I would ask others.  They specifically said that they could connect to the ILS.

Diane Holtgrave, Breese:  AED-Automated External Defibrillator

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public Library Dist.:  "analyzing", :/

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Sharla- AED Automated Electronic Defibrillator

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  Thanks Anna, our Fire/Rescue is one block over so I have chosen not to have a defibrillator. But, I would like us to do a CPR class.  Thanks Diane and Anna.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  How is everyone doing with programming now that things seem to be a bit better at least in my area? We just started Storytime again -- after two years of grab bags, etc. We are also doing an in person summer reading program. Staunton was very cautious maybe too cautious with covid but we are happy to be back again.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public Library Dist.:  These are the libraries they list as customers: Patron Point is now being utilized by over 450 Public Libraries which includes Libraries in IL such as Naperville Public Library, Decatur Public Library, Aurora Public Library District, Champaign Public Library, Palatine Public Library District, Fountaindale Public Library District, Skokie Public Library, Evanston Public Library and many more (of all shapes and sizes!).

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  @Julie  - we are program strong at Allerton. Had a Dinosaur program a few weeks ago which drew over 100 people

Bill from the Brehm Library:  We are doing in person programs for Summer Reading (with a backup plan incase things get bad again). We Have done other in person programs since March.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Kathleen if you had a big collection and wanted to strategically target your book purchasing I can see where that would be helpful.  They need to come up with a way to measure the analytics for small collections with limited budgets.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  here is another question? We have been rotating our toys and games in our children's room-- every day or two we would change things out to possible combat those germs depending on the crowds.. are other libraries now at the point where you just leave your stuff out? We have a cool train table I would love to be able to leave out 24 - 7 with the staff wiping it off on a regular basis. I am not sure if I am ready yet to be that free.  I want to go back to almost normal though too.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  I am so happy to hear about in person programming successes that you have had.  Lets hope we can have great summer programs safely.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public Library Dist.:  We started our Coffee Talk program yesterday.  We had a Star Wars enthusiast come give a small light hearted presentation on Star Wars to our group of mostly retired folks.  We were inside and did not know how many people would come and we had a respectable 17 people show.  That is really a large group for us.  We will meet outdoors as long as it is not too cold and not too hot - Goldilocks weather:)

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Sherry- I am glad to hear that - that is great you all are doing so well. Our  Storytime drew 14 people the first session. In Staunton, that is huge for us!

SARA Z - Litchfield:  we did May the Fourth be With you and gave away Star Wars books. Doing Revenge of the Fifth today -- more books

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Sara- I was thinking about you yesterday and today given the big Star wars dates. LOL.

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  @Julie - we leave our toys out and we do not wipe them down

Diane Holtgrave, Breese:  Same here at Breese.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  Has anyone created/advertised their summer reading program schedule?

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Bill- Yes, we are doing the same as you.. We reserve the right to change the SRP if warranted but we are really hopeful we can proceed as normal.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @Sara Z- I remembered you for the 4th, did not know about the 'filth' lol

SARA Z - Litchfield:  @Sharla mine is almost done but not quite tweaked yet

SARA Z - Litchfield:  Today is Sith Day (bad guys)

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Sherry- Thanks, I was hoping for some feedback on this subject. I think our staff is ready to go back to almost normal as well..

Carrie Winkelmann - Petersburg PL:  @Sharla I sent copies of our program offerings and registration to the local school last week and am promoting on facebook already.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @Sara Z, we have competition with your library and Hillsboro also, I want to make sure my day is different than yours.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Thanks Diane. Yes, I am glad to hear that. It feels like we might be in a better spot finally :)

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Anyone celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Sharla, sorry I got called away from my desk, but I see others have defined what an AED is. 

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  @Sharla - Ours is done. You can find on our Facebook page.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @ Carrie, that's a great idea! I'll do the same! I've had a lot of requests for 'when are we starting?'

Carrie Winkelmann - Petersburg PL:  @ sharla  You will have to wade through my last 8 days of library promotion/arbor day tree giveaways to find it!1

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Sharla- we have begun advertising on face book and to the area schools, I hope to put an ad in the local paper next week. We shall see what those numbers are for our programs in June.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  Oh, excellent about the paper. I always notify them with my programs but didn't do it last year.

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  We've had a lot of interest in our summer programming which is a bit frightening considering that my Youth Services staff person is resigning and leaving 4 days before summer programming starts

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  We still have germ x everywhere,, and a few signs saying masks are optional, plexi glass is still up but other than that,, summer of 22 might be a good place to be. I hope I do not regret typing that.

Carrie Winkelmann - Petersburg PL:  I hear you @Sherry my summer helper is getting married Jun 18 and her mom is my PT library assistant so I am going to be short staffed for two weeks right off the get go.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Carrie are they getting Married at the library?

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  I am so happy that I have a new clerk who is so creative and enthusiastic about our programs which I've been creating and performing myself for the past year plus!

Carrie Winkelmann - Petersburg PL:  Has anyone taken their plexi glass down?  Mine is in the way (it has a very small space to put books through 2 at a time at best) and I was thinking about removing it.....

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Yay, Sharla!  It is always wonderful to have enthusiastic help!

Carrie Winkelmann - Petersburg PL:  ahahaha @Anna that would be cool, but much too small for the occasion!!

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  When is everyone starting and how many weeks for summer reading? I did just six last summer and afterwards missed them so much I regretted not doing eight!

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  @Carrie - I asked the staff about the plexiglass - they want to keep it up

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Our plexiglass will stay.  Plus we had plexiglass put up between computers with the On the Road to Recovery grant.  Those are permanent.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Carrie, I remember small weddings. My daughte had spromised if she ever ties the know it will be in Vegas with a Kligon Elvis Impersonator and ten or less of her nearest and dearest.

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  @Sharla - we have 6 weeks of programs but 8 weeks of reading. There is something scheduled everyday M-F for those 6 weeks even if it's just story time. 

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Our plexiglass will stay in place, germ x too. It has become a way of life for our library-

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  We are so proud and happy that when property next door to our library became available, that the library was able to purchase it. We need more room!

Sherry - Allerton Public Library:  @Sharla - Our kickoff is on Wed. June 1

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Jo, I Notices a few other places keep the plexiglass up and I kind of like the illusion of privacy.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Anna- I am begging my girls to do a nice wedding-- both have great bfs but no desire yet to take me and their dad up on that offer just yet. ha ha..

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  Thanks Sherry! Our schools are still open until the 3rd of June.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  We just stopped having masks available at the front door.  Our signs say Masks are encouraged, not mandatory.  However, people were using them to walk past the front desk and then taking them off.  What a waste!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Sharla- that is great news!

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  Our M-W-F exercise class is such a hit, if I had a larger room I'd advertise it more than word of mouth and we'd have twenty or more seniors exercising!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Sharla, I am happy for you and I am jealous!  Our board dithered around and the property next door sold to someone else.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Jo- we still have masks at the door if they want them but no one is really wearing them now. It has become quite rare here in Staunton.

Carol, Ashley Public:  @Sharla Do you need some kind of liability insurance for your exercise class?

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  The youtube classes we do are from a Seniors PT specialist from Australia-such exercise diversity! Whole Life Health Seniors. After six months I demonstrated my ability to do an Asian Squat yesterday!

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:   @ Carol, no I do not have any special liability exercise. Perhaps I should create a waiver?

Carol, Ashley Public:  @Sharla I just wondered. A waiver might be a good way to go.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @Jo, yes the house next door burnt down and I heard that a storage unit business were wanting it and we jumped and got into escrow the day after our board meeting.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Sharla, good for you!  I can get down to one, but getting back up ....

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Sharla, good for you!

Anna Yackle IHLS:  @Sharla, deep respect. @Carol, I used to have twice weekly Zumba classes and we stole the liability waver from our Park District. I think you can find samples on line.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  I have two 90 years old faithful participants for six months now, and many mid 70s. He even has eye exercises that we do once a week.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  I have a great book called "Steal Like an Artist" and I will mosey around and find a liability waiver for our classes! Thank you!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Sharla- I love the fact you are offering seniors work out class, I would check with insurance or your legal person . a waiver might not be a bad idea here.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @ Julie, I will do that as soon as I go in today! I'd hate anything to go wrong with our very successful class.

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @ Anna, we have a few parks in our village, I will get on that today.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):   @ Sharla Yes, I agree with Anna- It  sure would not hurt, but I love that idea! glad it is working for you all.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Sharla, tell us about Steal Like an Artist

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @Anna, it's just about what we librarians do as much as our creativity allows. You don't have to be the originator of all the ideas behind your work and creations. Our forum here is a perfect example of 'stealing like an artist'. Many heads are better than one.

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Sharla, I love your exercise class and feel like I would fit right in.  Anyone have programs with mental exercises people can do to stay sharp?

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Anyone have any other topics they want to bring up before we close the meeting?

Carol, Ashley Public:  Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Thanks everyone!  I appreciate the great information

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Thank you Carol and the same to you and all of the other Mothers out there.

Bill from Brehm:  for someone to do a CPR/AED class for my staff

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST is in our system. We have a copy of it at DPL. Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  I will look that up Sharla -- Thanks!

Anna Yackle IHLS:  Alright thank you all and see you next Thursday,

Carol Brockmeyer-Daugherty PLD:  contact your fire department and they may know who can give you a  class AED/CPR

Twilla Coon-Mount Carmel Public Library:  Happy Mothers Day and Have a wonderful Week and Weekend.