Beverly J. Obert, Executive
Have you ever wanted to have the ability to see into
the future? I think every one at sometime in their life would like to be
able to do just that. Fortunately, or unfortunately, we do not have that
ability. I have people asking, “What is the future of RPLS? What is the
future of the LLSAP? What is the future of libraries?” My answer is that I
do not know the answers to these questions.
However, this is what I do know. Things will be
different in the future. By July 1, 2011, Rolling Prairie will most likely
not be in existence. What will take its place is not yet in existence.
Much work will take place over the next 6-12 months to create an entity to
serve the libraries in RPLS and the other systems. The services will be
different. The only two services that I can guarantee will remain are
delivery and the LLSAP.
The LLSAP? Yes, the LLSAP will continue in some form.
The who, what, where, and how will be worked out over the next 12 months.
Jo has been in discussions with LLSAP personnel in other systems about how
to collaborate and consolidate services. At some point, and with input from
member libraries, the database software and how it is implemented will be
changing. But we are all committed to ensuring that both local library
automation services and statewide resource sharing will continue.
The input of all our members is vitally important.
There will be surveys, questions, meetings, phone calls, emails, and other
communications with you as we move forward. I ask that you respond as fully
and quickly as possible to these communications. The new system that RPLS
will become a part of, whatever it is, will be your system. Your voices
must be heard now during its creation. Your voices will be just as
important in the future so that libraries in Illinois continue to receive
the services they need to thrive.
Beverly J. Obert, Executive Director
Rolling Prairie Library System
A Library for Librarians
Helping Libraries Serve Illinois Citizens