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Vol. 9, Issue 14   |   May 11, 2016

Property Tax Freeze Talking Points:
Call Your Senator

 
1.  A property tax freeze takes away local control.  On average, 97% of local library funds come from property taxes.  The most basic responsibility of local library trustees is to manage revenues and expenditures to provide the most cost effective library service for local residents.  A state-mandated freeze automatically and arbitrarily limits library revenues, which should be a local decision.
 
2. A property tax freeze is actually a net revenue reduction for libraries.  The whole point of tax caps is to limit an increase in property tax levies to the rate of inflation.  While inflation is currently low, a permanent freeze would result in levies that have NO inflation adjustment.  Overtime, the net revenues received would fall further and further behind inflation.  A permanent freeze with no inflation adjustment would be devastating, reducing the net revenues to libraries.
 
3. Local libraries already balance their budgets.  Unlike the State of Illinois which has a massive budget deficit, local libraries are required to balance their budgets every year.  Libraries have already done the hard work of trimming staff, services, and other operational costs to meet this obligation.  To further limit local control of revenues punishes libraries that have already tightened belts and made sacrifices.
 
4. The state imposes unfunded mandates on local libraries.  At the same time that a freeze would limit local revenues, the state continues to impose unfunded mandates on local libraries driving up the costs for local residents and taxpayers.  A revenue freeze is totally inappropriate when the state is unilaterally increasing local taxpayer costs.
 
5.  A property tax freeze is especially harmful when the state continues to reduce its own support for libraries.  The State of Illinois does little to support local libraries, supplying on average just 3% of the cost to provide library service. However, as a result of the state budget impasse, libraries are currently receiving less than half that amount. The inability of the state to manage its own finances has already cut library budgets in fiscal 2016 and a freeze would compound this budget shortfall.

Call your Senator.   Time is short.  The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on May 31, 2016.

What's Your Library Doing to Celebrate GLBT Book Month?



June is GLBT Book Month, so you still have time to figure this out! If your plans are already set, tell us about them so we can share them with other libraries in Illinois. To help you get started, contact partner organizations in your community and create a display of GLBT books and authors. This month dedicated to showcasing and expanding library collections and programs is sponsored by the American Library Association and will be featured in many programs at ALA Annual Conference, June 23-28.

ILA Award Nominations Due May 15



Everything you need to know in order to nominate one of your heroes, idols, mentors, colleagues, or best friend is at your fingertips on the ILA website--think about who you'd like to see honored by one of these awards for outstanding librarians, library advocates, and many more categories. It's easy--just do it!

ESL Collections Opportunity 


If your library serves a large Hispanic population, Premio Publishing & Gozo Books would like to send you a bilingual picture book (with English-Spanish pronunciation guide or Spanish-only) for your ESL/children’s section, while quantities permit. While some are hard cover, you may receive a soft cover version due to supply issues. Please indicate a contact name and address, and please only request a book if you have many Spanish or English language learners. Send requests to Karl Beckstrand, karl@multiculturalkidsbooks.com.

World Languages Networking Group Meeting

The next World Languages Networking Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18th, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson).

The topic of this meeting will primarily be Arabic Language Collection Development and Promotion with some discussion of Indian languages as well. Our guest presenter will be Dr. Tasneema Ghazi, Executive Director of the IQRA International Educational Foundation.

The rest of the meeting will be an opportunity to share information and experiences with regard to Arabic language collections including determining what books to select, popular authors and titles, fiction versus nonfiction, helpful websites, vendors, etc.

RSVP to Gina Sheade

Upcoming events

Book Expo America (BEA)
May 11, Chicago

ILA Executive Board meeting
June 10, Chicago

Deadline for August 2016 ILA Reporter copy
June 20

2016 ILA Orientation Session
for board and committee members, and forum leaders
July 22, Normal
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Job opportunities

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Deputy Director for Resources and Staff Development/Training | Mount Prospect Public Library

Supervisor, Media Lab | College of DuPage Library

Library Director | Champaign Public Library

Head of Adult Services | Indian Prairie Public Library District

Assistant Director, Marion Carnegie Library | City of Marion, IL 62959

Head of Library Information Technology Services | Illinois State University, Milner Library


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