Beverly J. Obert, Executive
The Future: The planning has begun
On Thursday, August 12, the first official meeting of the Southern
Systems Planning Panel met. The group affirmed the process and created four
subcommittees to begin work towards a merged system. Those subcommittees are
Strategic Planning; Legal, Governance and Membership; Delivery; and Resource
Sharing. Each subcommittee met briefly that day to begin their work.
One of the decisions of the panel was to hold each of the next four
meetings at a different system headquarters. The September 14th meeting that
was originally scheduled to be in Effingham will now be held in Carterville,
the location of the Shawnee Library System. The exact dates of the following
meetings have not yet been set but the locations have been announced. The
October meeting will be held at the Lewis and Clark Library System in
Edwardsville, and the November meeting will be at Rolling Prairie Library
System here in Decatur. Lincoln Trail Libraries System in Champaign will be
the location of the December meeting. As soon as exact dates are known we
will post them.
There are many unknowns at this time. The only thing that we know for
certain is that support of delivery and LLSAP services must continue in the
new entity that is being created. How will these services be provided, from
what locations, and by whom? These are all unknowns. This is the work that
the panel and current System staff will be undertaking. At this time we do
not know when merger documents and application documents for the new system
need to be sent to the State Library. What we do know is that the new entity
must be in place and ready to operate on July 1, 2011, if there is to be no
interruption in services.
What can you do to stay informed about the planning process and
- Read the documents found on the
Cooperation Today website.
You can add comments to any of the documents listed there, and we need to
hear what you have to say. Give us your feedback on the current documents.
Ask questions or propose solutions.
- Contact the members of the
planning panel directly. Their names and
contact information have been added to Cooperation Today. Ask your system
director questions on the process.
- Attend meetings of the System Board where the process is being
reported and discussed.
- If you are an RPLS LLSAP member, plan to attend the October Users’
Group meeting, where the planning process as it relates to the LLSAP will
- Attend the meetings of the planning panel, observe what is happening
and talk with the panel members face-to-face.
Get involved now, and let your voice be heard.
Beverly J. Obert, Executive Director
Rolling Prairie Library System
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