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Searching for Candidates for IHLS Board of Directors Elections

The IHLS Nominating Committee is searching for potential candidates for the 2012 IHLS Board of Directors elections. If you're interested in serving on the board and would like the Nominating Committee to consider placing your name on the election ballot, please complete this survey: 

Please forward the survey to  board members, colleagues and others who may be interested in appearing on the ballot, and to anyone you feel would make a great candidate!

Hop on over to the next District 522 Meeting and put some new ideas into your BASKET!

WHERE:  Mascoutah High School Library (They built a whole new high school!)
WHEN:    Friday, March 30, 2012
TIME:     9:00am Refreshments; 9:30-Noon Meeting


Meeting Agenda (click on Read more to see full details):

· -- What the heck is it?

·       Wikipedia is Gaining Respect

·       Dealing with Challenging Patrons in your Library

·       Showcase and Share About You and Your Library

·       Eggstraspecial Library Discussions

·       Tour of the NEW Mascoutah High School

We really hope you can make it to the meeting!  We’d love to meet you!  Or see you again!

And don’t forget to RSVP!  We want to make sure we have a cup of coffee or juice ready for you!

Write a My Turn column for the ILA Reporter

Hello library people,

Would you like to write an article or My Turn column for the ILA
Reporter? Please read below, and if you’re willing to write one of the
articles we need about Digitization/Local History Collections, email
your idea to me at  . I will send a
second message to the list when I’ve got the authors I need. Thank you
for considering this.

Be proud! Be Loud! Celebrate our accomplishments by nominating someone for an ILA Award!

One way to validate the importance of libraries in Illinois is to document and publicize the wonderful things we do. The ILA Awards are an established and prominent conduit we can take advantage of to help achieve this goal.

Besides promoting libraries to our public, this is also an opportunity to let our colleagues know about innovative programs and ideas that hard-working librarians and staff throughout Illinois have created. Inspiration and good ideas should be shared.

The first step in this process is to nominate someone for an award.  And this is where you can help. We need to get the word out.

Awards are due this year by May 15th. Nominating someone for an ILA Award is easy to do. Visit to learn about all of the awards, then submit the nomination form and all supporting documentation via the ILA Web site.

Poster/announcement pdf.

Board Meeting Recap - February 2012 Board Meeting

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their February 28, 2012, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: March 27, 2012, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.

Millikin's Edible Book Festival

Save the Date! Join Staley Library at Millikin University for its fourth annual Edible Book Festival!  Individuals and groups of any size from Millikin and the Decatur community are invited to submit an "edible book" in Millikin's festival. This year's festival will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd from noon-2pm (or until all the leftovers are eaten!) at Staley Library, Millikin University (second floor gallery space). Entry instructions, pictures from last year's festival, and additional information are available on the Staley Library website.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

February 28, 2012

February IHLS Board Meeting
IHLS continues to evolve, and we are adding opportunities for members to participate at many levels.  Beginning this month, 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.  You will find the February agenda and board packet here.

ILA Library Trustee Forum 2012 Workshop - Charting a New Course in Times of Change
There is still time to sign up for the Illinois Library Trustee workshop presented by the Illinois Library Association on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center.  For more information on the program, and to register online, please visit

College of DuPage Lib. & Info Tech Program

Carol Sturz, Coord., College of DuPage Lib. & Info Tech Program announces:

Summer registration begins April 2 for new and returning students.

8 week courses: June 11 – Aug. 5
LIBRA 1101 – Intro to Libraries & Info Age (3) ONLINE
LIBRA 1102 – Intro to Reference & Info Svcs (4) ONLINE
LIBRA 1103 – Acquisition – Library Materials (3) ONLINE
LIBRA 1104 – Library Workplace Skills (3) ONLINE
LIBRA 2300 – Multimedia Services & Equip. (3) ONLINE
LIBRA 2200-001 – Serving the Public (4) HYBRID

10 week course: May 29 – Aug. 5
LIBRA 2100 – Cataloging (4) HYBRID

Tax Cap Bill Passes in the Illinois House of Representatives.

The Illinois House of Representatives passed this afternoon Senate Bill (SB) 2073, would reduce the revenues available to local taxing districts in tax-capped counties.  Where property assessments are declining, the bills would prevent any increase in the aggregate tax levy extension, even though the costs to provide services continue to rise with inflation. 

Sponsored in the House by Rep. Jack D. Franks (D-63, Woodstock), the Senate sponsors are:  Senator Terry Link (D-30, Lincolnshire), Senator Dan Kotowski (D-33, Park Ridge), and Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40, Chicago Heights).

This bill will directly affect libraries in property tax-capped counties by not allowing for any increase in the property tax extension, ignoring escalating budget factors that are beyond the control of the library such as insurance programs (property, liability, unemployment, workers’ compensation), employee benefits, fuel supplies, etc.

Don’t Panic! Responding to Disasters in a Public Library


Choice of Friday, March 23, 1:00-4:00pm or Wednesday, March 28, 1:00-4:00pm


Urbana Free Library, the Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor),

For PDF flyer, click here.


Rehearsing for disasters is an important and fun way to be better prepared for the unexpected when it strikes your institution. “Don’t Panic! Responding to Disasters in a Pubic Library” is a free disaster response workshop based on a workshop created by GSLIS student Jessica Lapinsky for the Smithsonian Institution. This three-hour workshop covers the basics of how to respond to emergencies affecting public library collections, with an emphasis on using FEMA's Incident Command System to organize a safe and efficient response team. Topics covered include: the most common disasters affecting public libraries, some simple salvage techniques for library material, vital records, and the importance of team work. The workshop ends with a mock disaster table top exercise