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Volume 3, Issue: # 1   January 6, 2010
February 10, 2010
A Snapshot of a Day in the Life of Your Library
We all know that libraries are busier than ever, providing incredible service in these challenging economic times.  What if libraries went away, even for a day?  What would the impact be on our state and the people we serve? What would happen if there were no libraries? 

The Illinois Library Association is encouraging the Illinois library community to gather statistics, photographs, and stories on February 10, 2010, to provide indisputable proof that libraries consistently provide invaluable services to our community.

Following the example of our colleagues in New Jersey, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Maine, we are asking libraries to document in statistics, stories, and photographs "a day in the life" of their library.  The data will be aggregated and should provide powerful statistics and heartfelt stories that demonstrate the positive impact libraries have on community members in every part of our state on a daily basis.

Participants should use the results of "Snapshot Day" to advocate with elected officials, mayors and council members, members of the Illinois General Assembly, members of the school administration or school board, the deans at their respective academic institutions, or your department head or boss at your company.  The results should be published in your local newspapers and newsletters, and shared with your "Friends of the Library" members and other stakeholders.

The Illinois Library Association's Advocacy Committee is currently preparing the questionnaire, which will be posted on SurveyMonkey, determining other procedural matters, and preparing copy for posting on our various Web sites.  In the upcoming weeks, more details will be announced.  In the interim, for more information, please contact the ILA Advocacy Committee chair Kathleen McSwain.

Check out the new ALA Web site on this topic.

What can you do right now?

  • Circle Wednesday, February 10th on your calendar for "Snapshot Day;"
  • Alert staff that you will be collecting daily statistics and asking patrons to share their stories about the library on that day; 
  • Arrange for cameras to be available for taking photos around the library; and
  • Watch for the Snapshot Day forms which will be distributed shortly.
Feb. 2010 ILA Reporter on the ILA Web site

Check out the latest issue with articles on:


Buildings - Books - Bodies:  Which is the Library? by Melissa Henderson

 

An Overview of Distance Learning at Illinois Colleges and Universities by Christopher Stewart

 

New Library Buildings:  Hayner Public Library, Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Gail Borden Public Library District Rakow Branch


Trove of Library Treasures:  The Newberry Library 1887 to the Present by Chris Watkins

 

Dear Elsie by Richard A. Stewart

 

Sally in Libraryland by Sally Decker Smith

ILA Joins Responsible Budget Coalition
In early December, ILA joined over 100 diverse Illinois organizations in becoming a member of the Responsible Budget Coalition.  The Coalition unites these organizations around a single goal:  a state budget that includes a significant revenue increase in order to eliminate the state's structural deficit.  The requisite tax increase would raise the necessary revenue to both maintain essential public services and preserve jobs.  In particular, the Coalition supports the revenue mix contained in HB 174, a comprehensive tax-reform package that was passed by the Illinois Senate and approved by a committee of the Illinois House.  The bill, which increases the earned income tax credit and the personal exemption and provides property tax relief, is fair to low and moderate income earners.  It is a sound basis for a solution to Illinois' budget crisis.  The Coalition urges the House to pass this legislation, which would enable Illinois to pay its bills in a timely manner, fund its pensions, and meet other needs.
Northwestern University's "Hidden Collection"
In February 2009, Northwestern University Library with its partner Michigan State University Libraries was awarded an $89,733 grant funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).  The purpose of the grant is to make 'hidden collections' in research libraries accessible to students, faculty, and scholars.
 
Posters pertaining to the continent of Africa were targeted as an ideal resource for the grant, because the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University and Michigan State University Libraries   have significant collections in this area.  The posters represent a number of social, political and cultural issues, dating as far back as the mid 19th century to the present.
 
Several Northwestern University graduate students have been employed to catalog the posters.  To date, approximately 1,000 posters have been cataloged and added to NUCAT.  The Council on Library and Information Resources grant will allow for a total of 3,000 posters to be cataloged over the next two years.  For more information, please visit the project Web site.
In the News
Des Plaines Library Saves Money Using Outside Vendors
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Belleville Public Library, Built in 1916, Could Use Some Sprucing Up
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Cook Memorial Library Building Projects on Track
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La Grange Library Eyes Customer Service, Technology
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New Teen Center Up Next at Gail Borden Public Library
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Palatine Library Renovation Complete
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Huntley Library to Install New Mobile Unit
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Wanted Man Fires Cop's Gun in Joliet Library

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Huntley Library Director Lays Out Goals for Facility
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Sculpture to Honor Former Vernon Area Library Director
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Expand Your Mind with Vote for Library
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New and Creative Leniency for Overdue Library Books
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A Storyteller's Craft, Honed at Bath Time

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Fenger High School Students Protest at Mayor's Office Over Lack of Library Near Altgeld Gardens
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Mt. Prospect Library Hits One Million Mark in Circulation
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Cook Library's Armstrong Announces Plans to Retire
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Evanston Budget Calls for Closed North and South Branch Libraries
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Dziedzic:  A Librarian with Talent and Other Accolades
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Cook Memorial Library Board Member Quits
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Itasca Library Honors Longtime Board President
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Former ILA President Betty J. Simpson Dies
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Joliet Library Chief Says Patrons Are Protected
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Aurora Library Closes Deal on Old Beacon Building
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Galena Public Librarian Meta Mazur Starts a New Chapter
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Cook Library Board Will Hire Firm to Help Director Search
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If your library has a newspaper story with link, send it to us at doyle@ila.org for possible inclusion in the next ILA E-News.  Thanks.

Sincerely,
Illinois Library Association
Robert P. Doyle
Illinois Library Association
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