L2: Library Directory and Learning CalendarL2 Update: Launch date, Required unique email addresses, Data freeze, Learning reports 

The launch of the new Library Directory & Learning Calendar (L2) is tentatively planned for mid-August, and we need you to act now. Here's what to do.

new law iconSenate Bill 2135 has passed in both houses of the Illinois Legislature and is expected to be signed by Governor Pritzker. This bill amends the Open Meetings Act and addresses remote participation in meetings of public bodies while under disaster proclamations. Although it is not yet law, it is expected to become effective immediately upon the governor’s signature. Advice from the Attorney General’s Office and the Public Access Counselor is that these procedures should be adopted immediately. Attorney Phil Lenzini has outlined the required steps for virtual meetings...

From May 13 to 21, 2020, public libraries in the IHLS service area were asked about their reopening plans in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The survey, which was sent by email and promoted in the IHLS newsletter and during IHLS Directors' Chats, asked about library's already drafted plans or their best predictions for how they plan to reopen (if they closed), where "open" meant offering services beyond virtual services. 137 responses were collected. See the results on our Reopening Illinois Public Libraries survey dashboard.

Delivery is a part of our partnership with each library and its community. Each of us wants to ensure that the processes are safe for everyone from the IHLS staff driving the vans to your patrons picking up the materials. A working group of IHLS delivery staff members and staff members from nine member libraries are helping us to figure safety procedures and a plan to resume the responsible delivery of library materials. Each library needs to create its own plan for providing services, but it is up to all of us to make sure that the exchange of materials is safe for everyone.

Bigger Than a Building - 3 silhouettes in front of a building shape with an abstract community in the backgroundWhether our libraries are closed, open to curbside only, or have resumed full services, it is and will continue to be important to communicate the value libraries have brought to our communities during Illinois’ stay-at-home order. To assist you in communicating with your boards, administrators, city council members, patrons, students, and others, ILA has created a set of talking points.

IL Library Laws & Rules book coverCopies of the 2020 ILA Illinois Library Laws & Rules are still available to purchase. This essential compilation includes all current laws and rules affecting library service in Illinois.

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IHLS has made a group purchase of 250 copies of Serving Our Public 4.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries.

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