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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


IHLS Advisory Council Meeting Agenda - 23 February 2012

The agenda for the IHLS Advisory Council meeting for 23 February 2012 is now available.

Click here to view the agenda in PDF format.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

February 10, 2012

Our new Delivery Vans have Arrived!

Moving Forward TOGETHER

January 30, 2012

WebJunction Illinois Coordinator
We are happy to announce Jeanna Vahling has been promoted to WebJunction Coordinator.  As a full-time coordinator, Jeanna will be overseeing all aspects of the project including platform migration and implementation, budget and continuing education opportunities.  Congratulations Jeanna!

PLA 2012 Virtual Conference
PLA is offering a great way to participate in and enjoy the PLA Conference, even if you can't be there in person. The PLA 2012 Virtual Conference will consist of live programming on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, including five hour-long programs each day, plus author interviews, poster sessions, and opportunities for networking. Programs are chosen from among the highest rated in PLA’s session preference survey. Each day also will include a closing session "happy hour" event for attendees to get together and discuss the day's programming.  For more information, visit here.

Board Meeting Recap - January 2012 Board Meeting

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

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: February 28, 2012, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.

Chapter & Verse Book Club at Chatham Area Public Library

We are starting a new book club at the Chatham Area Public Library. It's called Chapter & Verse, a book club for adults who enjoy reading and discussing children's, middle grade, and young adult literature. Our first meeting will be held at the Chatham Area Public Library on Monday, January 30th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. We will choose the books for the  upcoming months at this first meeting. Bring any favorites you would like to share.

Upcoming Chapter & Verse Book Club Times at Chatham Area Public Library -
6:30 - 7:30 PM

Monday, January 30, 2012 - First Book Club Meeting
Monday, February 20, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012