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Public Library Summer Reading Survey

The State Library encourages Illinois public libraries to complete a Public Library Association/Institute of Museum and Library Services survey aimed at identifying the different types of summer reading programs available in public libraries across the country.  January 31 is the deadline to complete the survey, which can be found at

Friday, JANUARY 11 — DEADLINE for Three Important Initiatives

Friday, January 11, is the deadline to submit applications for the State Library’s FY2013 Live and Learn Construction Grants. Find the application and information about the program at

SHARE Executive Council Meeting - January 9, 2013

There will be a SHARE Executive Council meeting at the IHLS Edwardsville office at 10am Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

Click here to view the agenda.

REQUIRED Annual Library Certification Continues

During the second week of the Annual Library Certification process, more than 500 libraries have submitted their online forms. Remember that this is a requirement for any current full or developmental system member library. The online form is available at

The Annual Certification Process is required for all library system members to qualify for system services and programs/services from the Illinois State Library. The window for this certification began January 2 and will be open through March 31, 2013. Questions about the process should be emailed to ISL Library Development Group at

Are you faced with a building project, perhaps for the first time?

GSLIS IL offers an intensely practical introduction to the design and construction of library buildings.
LIS 548, Library Buildings,  is aimed in particular at librarians who are faced with structural problems or who are facing space planning, remodeling, or new construction. The course places particular emphasis on the problems that occur in the design and construction of libraries and how these can be avoided.

Jesse White Visits Rochester Public Library

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White visited the Rochester Public Library, meeting with staff and patrons and taking a tour of the library.  He presented the library with the "2012 Commitment to Community" Award.

Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together - December 21st 2012

Upcoming IHLS Closures

IHLS offices will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, in observance of Christmas. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided. Extra routes will run on Wednesday and Thursday, if needed.  

On the Front Lines Conference Returns — Survey Available

The State Library’s popular “On the Front Lines” conference will return August 5-7, 2013 at the University of Illinois Springfield. “On the Front Lines” is designed to provide ‘front line’ library staff with training, technology tools and techniques to effectively and efficiently meet patron needs. ISL consultants Karen Egan and Gwen Harrison will shortly begin organizing a conference planning committee. Contact Karen at, 217-782-7749 or Gwen at, 217-785-7334, if you are interested in taking part in the planning committee.

Library Annual Certification Website Now Online

We told you recently about a new process that takes effect January 2, under which all regional library system member libraries will complete a mandatory annual online library certification. The State Library’s Annual Library Certification Website is now available at

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