Our first Members Matter meeting for 2018 will be held at our Champaign Office on Tuesday, February 6th from 10:00 a.m.---12:00 p.m. and we’d love to see you there!
Join our Executive Director, Leslie Bednar as well as Operations Director, Susan Palmer and Ellen Popit, Members and Grants Director for some system updates. This event will be a great chance to meet our new SHARE director Cassandra Thompson, who can tell you about her first two weeks on the job! The State Library typically joins us and gives an update on what’s happening at their office. Content will include a presentation by the “Serving Patrons with Dementia” group from the northern part of the state, as well as information on an online LTA program and updates on a Dominican cohort.
These meetings have proven a wonderful networking opportunity for all of us! We’re also interested in extending the meeting and continuing the conversation over lunch with anyone who would like to join the group! We’d love you to join us, but if you can’t make it to the Champaign Office, please consider joining via Zoom. You can register at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=25956
The IHLS Board of Directors Nominating Committee is preparing for the 2018 election cycle and has opened the nomination process. The following positions on the board are up for election this year:
- 1 Public Librarian Representative (3-year term)
- 2 School Library Representatives (3-year term)
- 2 Public Library Trustee Representatives (3-year term each)
More information, including the link to the survey, has been posted on the IHLS website. If you are interested in appearing on the election ballot please complete the survey by Wednesday, February 15.
Are you attending one of the ILA Legislative Meet-ups? If so, the ILA Advocacy Committee has shared: Making the Most of Your Legislative Meet-Up
There are plenty of great opportunities for learning and networking coming up in the next several months! We truly hope that our members can take advantage of these. One in particular to highlight is Elevate! Elevate is a statewide library initiative to recruit and nurture future Illinois library leaders. The program is a joint project of Illinois Heartland Library System, the Illinois Library Association, the Illinois State Library, and Reaching Across Illinois Library System.
Effective leaders play to their strengths. This one-day program is for library staff who want to understand the fundamentals of strengths-based leadership, including gaining insights into their own strengths. Participants will identify a leadership project that they hope to take on in their own library or with the community they serve and receive advice from a mentor as well as from fellow participants. Together, this program will allow participants to learn what their strengths are and how they can apply those strengths to leadership in a real-world project.
Illinois libraries of all sizes and types make a big impact on their unique communities and Elevate should represent this diversity. Future leaders from all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special) and all parts of Illinois are encouraged to apply. Applicants are not required to hold any specific positions in their library, but should have an interest in developing as a leader. An MLIS is not required.
The registration fee for the program is $75 per participant. This fee covers materials and meals. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses. Participants will have a few hours of mandatory pre-work prior to the one day workshop in order to best utilize our time together.
Applications are due Friday, February 23. Notifications on status of applications will be sent by March 9.
Visit ila.org/elevate to submit your application.