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Moving Forward TOGETHER

Fun Facts About IHLS Libraries!
IHLS has at least two of the oldest public libraries in Illinois – Edwardsville Public Library and Belleville Public Library. Edwardsville’s library was begun by a group of ladies who started a subscription library the year after Illinois became a state (1819). For a dime a month you could be a member. The collection traveled around – church pews, a store on Main Street, etc.  Andrew Carnegie gave $12,500 to Edwardsville to build a library in 1904/05 and the library was dedicated in 1906.

First IHLS Staff Day

On Thursday, June 28, we closed our four locations for the day and headed to Effingham for the first IHLS all-staff retreat. This was a wonderful opportunity for our staff to get together and get to know each other.  The primary focus of the day was customer service training and making a positive impact on our members. Rebecca A. Clark, Excelegy Consulting Group, presented "We Want to Be Wonderfully WOWful!" Disney’s customer service model.

IHLS offices closed Wednesday, July 4

Just a reminder that all IHLS offices will be closed and delivery will not operate Wednesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. 

All four will reopen July 5th, and additional delivery routes may run to compensate for volume

Vespasian Warner Public Library has reopened.

The air conditioner at the Vespasian Warner Public Library has malfunctioned and is tentatively planning to reopen 9:00, Thursday July 5.

Update: The Vespasian Warner Public Library has reopened.

Board Meeting Recap - June 2012

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their June 26, 2012, meeting in Edwardsville, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: July 24, 2012, 6:00 pm at the the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.


Reaching Forward South Conference for Support Staff

Join us at the Reaching Forward South Conference for Support Staff on September 19 and 20, 2012.  Kick off events on Friday commence at two o'clock  with an author's tea that lasts until 4:30.  Meet various Illinois authors while enjoying tea and cookies as the authors tell you about books, writing, and the author's life.  Autographed books will be on hand for sale.  Immediately after the tea join the RFS committee for a glass of wine, chocolate, and cheese.  The opportunity to relax and get to know each other is priceless.

Friday begins with registration at eight during which a continental breakfast is served.  Our main speaker is Dan Schneider, speaking on "Fonix of the Future"  he is followed by two educational session with three choices each.  After lunch motivational speaker Deb DiSandro presents herself as Dr. Slightly Off and tells us to "Take Two Ho-Ho's and Call Me in the Morning".  

Moving Forward TOGETHER

June 8, 2012

Special Board Meeting Recap - June 7, 2012

IHLS Annual Meeting
You are invited to attend the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of IHLS which will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 5:00 p.m. at the Edwardsville IHLS office, 6725 Goshen Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025.  Join us as we celebrate our first year as the Illinois Heartland Library System!  We will recognize new and departing board members and retiring staff members.  Please register in L2.  (Light refreshments will be served.)  After the Annual Meeting you are welcome to attend the IHLS Board Meeting which will begin at 6 p.m.

Special Board Meeting Recap - June 2012

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their May 22, 2012, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: June 26, 2012, 6:00 pm at the IHLS Edwardsville office.


Less than one week to register for PLA's upcoming copyright webinar!

Copyright: What You REALLY Need to Know

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
1:00 p.m. Central



Understanding copyright issues at your library can be complex and confusing, but believe it or not – it can also be fun! Register for the live, one-hour webinar "Copyright: What You REALLY Need to Know" on Wednesday, June 13 at 1:00 p.m. Central. Instructor Nancy Sims, copyright program librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries, will teach the basics to gain copyright confidence and understand exceptions and exemptions, like fair use and section 108, and how contracts and licensing can alter copyright issues.

Ask Sens. Durbin and Kirk to Support Library Funding

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) is expected to mark-up (take a vote) on the FY 2013 LHHS budget on Tuesday, June 12. This budget is the source of federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as well as funding for school libraries.

You are receiving this e-mail because your senators, Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, serve on this subcommittee. Please call Sen. Durbin at 202-224-2152 and Sen. Kirk at 202-224-2854 today and ask them to support the following in the LHHS FY 2013 Appropriations bill:

1. Level funding of the LSTA at $184.7 million for FY 2013.

2. Level funding of the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program at $28.6 million for FY 2013.

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