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Are you faced with a building project, perhaps for the first time?

GSLIS IL offers an intensely practical introduction to the design and construction of library buildings.
LIS 548, Library Buildings,  is aimed in particular at librarians who are faced with structural problems or who are facing space planning, remodeling, or new construction. The course places particular emphasis on the problems that occur in the design and construction of libraries and how these can be avoided.

Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together - December 21st 2012

Upcoming IHLS Closures

IHLS offices will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, in observance of Christmas. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided. Extra routes will run on Wednesday and Thursday, if needed.  

On the Front Lines Conference Returns — Survey Available

The State Library’s popular “On the Front Lines” conference will return August 5-7, 2013 at the University of Illinois Springfield. “On the Front Lines” is designed to provide ‘front line’ library staff with training, technology tools and techniques to effectively and efficiently meet patron needs. ISL consultants Karen Egan and Gwen Harrison will shortly begin organizing a conference planning committee. Contact Karen at, 217-782-7749 or Gwen at, 217-785-7334, if you are interested in taking part in the planning committee.

Apply Now for SPLMI

Applications are now available for the 18th Small Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI).  Sponsored by the Illinois State Library and hosted by the University of Illinois Springfield, the Institute will be held June 2-7, 2013.  The weeklong Institute is intended for directors of small public libraries as well as directors of all sizes of libraries that are either new to their position or new to the Illinois library community.  Key goals of the Institute are to assist public library administrators in better understanding their roles and responsibilities as well as how to provide better service to their constituents.  Topics included for this year will range from legal and budgeting issues to policy development, innovative programs, building safety, leadership, customer service, and personnel.  In addition, there are numerous opportunities for idea-sharing, networking, and team projects.

2013 ILA Annual Conference Call for Programs

The theme for the 2013 ILA Annual Conference is Ignite!, with fire symbolizing the burning enthusiasm of our profession, the sparking and catching of ideas, and the untamed ambition of all those who seek to offer warm atmospheres, transforming ideas, and hot services to their communities.  Illinois library employees are proud to be trailblazers, consistently striving to spark new ideas for serving the burning needs of our communities.  Through kindled inspiration, connectivity and collaboration, we actively share our ideas, Ignite! the conversation and, in doing so, light a path for others.


The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking program proposals that focus on engaging your community, stimulating imagination, fostering creativity and ingenuity, sharing gifts and talents, and demonstrating leadership for libraries of every size and every type.  Whether you are an academic, special, school, or public librarian; a human resources, marketing, facilities, or law professional; or in a rural or city library serving a large or small population, we ask you to consider submitting a proposal.  Please consider collaborating and partnering with each other.


Information Literacy Summit

Bridging the Gap: Knowledge Creation, Information Literacy, and the Role of Technology in Education

Call for Proposals

We are seeking presenters to lead interesting and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels related to this year's theme, Bridging the Gap: Knowledge Creation, Information Literacy, and the Role of Technology in Education. To offer multiple perspectives, we encourage all types of libraries, schools and other organizations to submit proposals.

In keeping with the Summit theme, we'd like to make explicit the connection between teaching and learning digital literacies and the use of technology to teach and learn. We are extending our call for proposals outside of the library community to educational technologists, instructional designers, and instructional technologists.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at three locations across Illinois. When submitting your proposal, please indicate the location(s) at which you'd like to present. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

To propose a breakout session: ; Deadline to submit proposals: Thursday, January 31

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