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New Website Puts Law Within Reach for Spanish Speakers empowers Illinois’ booming Hispanic population with free self-help legal resources

CHICAGO, IL, January 23, 2012 – Hispanics in Illinois unable to afford an attorney now have an online Spanish-language resource to help them resolve their legal problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The new website,, developed by Illinois Legal Aid Online and Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), delivers easy-to-use, free legal information in more than two dozen areas of law.

Board Meeting Recap - April 2012 Board Meeting

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their April 24, 2012, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: May 22, 2012, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.


IHLS Board Elections: Link for voting

 Please read carefully: The link to the IHLS Board of Directors election ballot is listed below. All voting is done electronically via  this survey. EACH MEMBER LIBRARY CAN VOTE ONLY ONCE. Please ensure that only one person at your library responds to this survey. If your  system membership is shared among multiple locations or branches, be sure that only one person votes on behalf of ALL combined locations. A  preview ballot is available on the IHLS website here. Prior to voting via this survey,  please consult with your board, branches, or others as needed. If you  are not sure whether your library's system membership is shared among  multiple locations (for example, among multiple schools within your  school district), please contact the Illinois Heartland Library System  for that information prior to voting.

 VOTING DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, MAY 15, 2012

 If you are the one person voting on behalf of your member library (and all of its branches or locations), follow this link, to cast your  member library's vote:

Moving Forward TOGETHER

April 13, 2012

April IHLS Board Meeting
The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  IHLS Board meetings will be available via videoconferencing at each of our four offices as well as the Illinois State Library.  If you are not able to join us in Effingham, perhaps one of these other locations will suffice.  When available, you will find the April agenda and board packet here.

IHLS Delivery Study
The Illinois Heartland Library System recognizes how important delivery is to you and your library patrons. As we evaluate our services, we need your help to better understand your library’s delivery needs.

We are in the process of sending a delivery survey to the director of each of our member libraries.  We are hoping that one person from each library will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this brief survey.

This information obtained is critical in helping us plan for FY 2012-2013 and beyond. We may have incorrect contact information and if your library does not get a survey, follow this link to take the survey:   

Specific information from each library will be kept strictly confidential!  Only aggregate information will be shared.  If you have any questions, contact


Candidates for IHLS Board of Directors Election

Voting for the IHLS Board of Directors is done via an online survey/ballot. The link to that survey will be distributed via the IHLS Announce listserv around April 15, 2012. EACH MEMBER LIBRARY RECEIVES JUST ONE VOTE. This is a preview ballot for viewing the candidates prior to voting.  Please consult with your board, branches, or others as needed prior to voting. One designated person should then vote on behalf of the entire member library using the link distributed on the IHLS Announce listserv.

VOTING DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, MAY 15, 2012

New ILDS codes as of May 1, 2012

The new ILDS codes will be implemented as of May 1, 2012.

The new IHLS codes:

New IHLS Codes Previous Codes
ZCA - IHLS Carterville SHLS - Shawnee Library System
ZCH - IHLS Champaign LTLS - Lincoln Trail Libraries System
ZDE - IHLS Decatur RPL - Rolling Prairie Library System
ZED - IHLS Edwardsville LCLS - Lewis & Clark Library System


Mobile Technology in Libraries

SIUE Library and Information Services Spring Symposium 2012

Monday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Abbot Auditorium in Lovejoy Library

Jim Hahn, Orientation Services and Environments Librarian, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present "LOCATION-BASED SERVICES IN

The Future of Young Adult Literature

YALSA's Young Adult Literature Symposium
St. Louis, MO
November 2-4, 2012

Registration is now open! You can register three ways:

Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community

This workshop is for all library staff. Participants will:

  • Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions.
  • Learn the differences and strengths in communication styles of the Spanish speaking community. Learn how to build strong community partnerships and collaborate with the Spanish speaking community to increase their access to public library computers and resources.
  • Learn techniques for reaching out and marketing the public library and their resources to the Spanish-speaking community. Develop an action plan for reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community.

ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund Grant

ATTENTION New and Seasoned Grant Writers!

Need new books for your library program?  Could you use another copy of the Monarch, Bluestem, Rebecca Caudill or Abe Lincoln Award books for next year?  If you answered yes, you need to go to the following website and apply for the ISLMA/ LBSS Endowment Fund Grant.  It is easy to do….so what is stopping you?

Just click here:

Go to the Grant application, submit it online, and don’t forget to register for the individual award program.  All the instructions are provided for you online. Believe me—this will be the easiest grant you’ve ever written!  Your students will love you for thinking of them.  So don’t wait until the last minute—do it today!

The deadline for submitting the grant and registering for the Readers’ Choice Award Program is May 15th.

Good luck!

Becky Robinson, LBSS Endowment Fund Chair