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Beyond All Limits #IHLSMemberDay2020 November 10, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., sponsored by Innovative, a ProQuest Company

R. David Lankes, Scholar, Speaker, Writer, Teacher, Advocate

A virtual day of professional development, networking, and inspiration
for library leaders, staff, and trustees of IHLS libraries




Published 9/16/2020 4:55 PM CT

IHLS Members, 

As announced in the September 14 Members Matter meetingIllinois Heartland Library System will begin transitioning back to a single-day pickup by taking on the responsibility of the 7-day quarantine. Starting as soon as possible, IHLS will begin picking up additional tubs from libraries and quarantining items on libraries' behalves within our hubs, eventually for the full 7 days. We hope this will take some pressure off of libraries and allow libraries to regain space lost by quarantining tubs and materials. ...

September 14, 2020, Members Matter video title screenIHLS Members Matter: Delivery Services and COVID-19

September 14, 2020, 10:30 a.m. to noon via Zoom

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support.

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) is busy preparing for the Illinois Library Association (ILA) conference that will be held October 20-22. The CMC is presenting Looking at the Past for Your Future on October 20, 1:45-2:45 PM.

Library Link RoundupWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois and published on Fridays. This #LibraryLinkRoundup includes resources surrounding storytime strategies, research results, 9/11 and Patriot Day, teaching tolerance, new and updated IHLS web content, and links to upcoming library conferences

How Small & Rural Librarians Can Access Big Picture Views Without Leaving HomePublished 8/27/2020 11:35 AM CT, Updated 8/27/2020 12:27 PM CT

By Anna Yackle, IHLS Membership Coordinator

It’s easy to say that professional development is important to the librarian, but it’s not always easy to stay current on library issues and trends or to upgrade skills, especially when you’re a rural librarian with a small (or no) staff and very limited resources. Yet, free and inexpensive resources do exist, including...

Published 8/11/20 3:17 PM CT

GrantsThe 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.

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. ...

Published 07//30/2020
Includes announcements on Virtual Programming Guidelines for the IPLAR, an extension to the Non-Resident Services declaration deadline, and an extension for completing and reporting the ILL Survey

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.

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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