Vol. 9, Issue 25   |   September 9, 2016

CPS School Library Crisis

The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) has sent a letter of protest to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) leadership regarding recent cuts to school library media services in the district, and the American Library Association (ALA) has prepared an op-ed scheduled to appear in Saturday's Chicago Tribune. At latest count, the number of CPS schools with school library media positions has dropped from 90% in 2012 to closer to 30% in 2016, largely as a result of positions being reassigned to classroom teaching, as principals grapple with tight budgets. The absence of school media positions poses a serious threat to student learning, teacher support, and the skills and abilities of Chicago's future citizens to participate knowledgeably as workers, parents, and voters. ILA asks Chicago residents to contact your Chicago alderman and your elementary and high school principal(s) to urge restoration of these positions before it's too late!

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Key Library Days and Dates, 2017-2018

Each year, ILA requests that attorney Phillip Lenzini of Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C., to prepare a calendar of key dates for filing public notices and/or various actions required by municipal (city, village, and incorporated town) libraries. The list contains preliminary dates as well as deadlines, and deals with such things as electing trustees, budget filings, annual reports, and numerous other required filings.

Please click here to download the document.

Manufacturing Exodus?  What About College Freshmen?

Six of nine state universities have smaller freshman classes compared to last year, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, where the first-year class is down 5.1 percent, the Chicago Tribune reports.

At Eastern Illinois, Northern Illinois, and Southern Illinois-Carbondale universities, first-year enrollment has dropped more than 20 percent. Northeastern Illinois, Governors State, and Chicago State have not reported figures.

2016 fall enrollment at Illinois public universities

With change from 2015 fall enrollment

School 2016 total Total change 2016 freshmen Freshmen change
Eastern Illinois U. 7,415 -13% 1,251 -25.2%
Southern Illinois U. - Carbondale 15,987 -7.6% 2,126 -23.7%
Western Illinois U. 10,373 -6.5% 1,527 -0.5%
Northern Illinois U. 19,015 -5.5% 1,802 -20.2%
Southern Illinois U. - Edwardsville 14,142 -0.9% 1,935 -7.7%
U. of Illinois at Chicago* 28,710 +0.3% 3,307 -5.1%
U. of Illinois at Springfield* 3,483 +1% 300 +11.9%
Illinois State U. 21,039 +1.1% 3,638 +1.5%
U. of Illinois at Urbana* 44,880 +1.8% 7,592 +0.4%

Note: University of Illinois schools show on-campus enrollment only. Western Illinois figures are for both campuses.

Autism Works in Libraries: A New Discussion List

In an effort to address one of the many needs among adults with autism, Autism Works in Libraries provides a private forum through a closed e-mail list to discuss matters relating to:
  • Professionally trained librarians or library paraprofessionals with an autism diagnosis who are having trouble finding or maintaining library employment
  • Employed librarians or paraprofessionals with autism who would be willing to show support for job seekers
  • Librarians, library students, or library staff members with autism who are interested in networking with others like themselves
  • Professional librarians or library administrators who are willing to be advocates for those individuals with autism who are looking for library employment
  • Autism advocates with professional career experience who can offer advice, tips and job interview or social skills coaching.
This discussion list provides an interactive venue for sharing stories, challenges or frustrations experienced by anyone on the autism spectrum who is having difficulty finding or keeping a library job, as well as, providing a platform for discussion among library professionals and paraprofessionals. In addition to networking with each other, autism advocates are able to present opportunities for mentoring, offer advice, support, provide access to social skills interview/employment coaching as well as links to available jobs in libraries. Our intent is to build a large infrastructure to support library job seekers on the autism spectrum, nationwide, even globally.

To subscribe, e-mail or visit the Autism Works information page.

The Autism Works in Libraries discussion list is part of the Targeting Autism initiative, which is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The forum is the 2016 Demco Library Innovative Award winner.

Science Kits for Public Libraries Grant Application Deadline, November 15

The Science Kits for Public Libraries Grant program is offering up to $2,000 in funding to Chicago area public libraries for the development of circulating math and science collections for pre-university students (K-12). The grant seeks to be a catalyst for educating students about how math and science are used for the benefit of humanity and to provide seed money for creation of library programs that will make a lasting impression. 
Past grants have allowed a number of Chicago area libraries to develop science kit circulating collections and give students access to prepared experiments and science materials they might not encounter in the traditional classroom. Additionally, these libraries have created educational programs that allow students to conduct experiments at the library with the guidance of a librarian.
Please click here Chicago Science Kit Grants for application and budget forms, grant guidelines and to learn about the successes of past grant recipients.
To get updates:  Science Kits for Public Libraries.
Send your completed application by November 15, 2016 to:
Matt Zawicki, Project Manager
IEEE Science Kits for Public Libraries

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Investor Group's Solar Power Proposal Focuses on East Peoria City Hall, Fondulac District Library

1984-1985 ILA President Valerie J. Wilford, 76, of East Peoria passed away on August 31, 2016
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