Beverly J. Obert, Executive
Merger Talks Continuing
It was a cold day outside, but that did not stop the members of the
Planning Panel from meeting at the
Libraries System in Champaign. The structure of the meeting was the same
as the last, subcommittee meetings, a lunch, then the panel meeting.
Progress is being made and below is a short summary of the subcommittee
Delivery subcommittee is working on finalizing delivery frequency based
on the volume of materials delivered. In January, a face-to-face meeting
with delivery supervisors is scheduled.
Resource Sharing subcommittee has drafts of Resource Sharing and
Interlibrary Loan policies. These are not LLSAP policies, but the policies
of the new system as a whole, LLSAP and non-LLSAP. These will be available
for comment soon. The LLSAP managers are continuing their talks, working
together on a process for gathering information and selection of a new
automation platform. Be patient, as this is a time-consuming process and one
that should not be rushed.
Legal Governance and Membership presented a
document (pdf) on the proposed makeup of the Board of Directors for the
new system. This document is being reviewed by the System Boards and will be
approved in February. It is imperative that you, the members, contact the
RPLS Board or the
RPLS Planning Panel members with your comments about this document.
Another document that was presented was a draft intergovernmental agreement
that spells out the relationship of the current System boards with the
transition board. This document is being reviewed by legal counsel and the
State Library. The Panel is targeted to approve this in February and
each board will be asked to approve it in March.
Strategic Planning subcommittee submitted a vision, mission and values
statement to the Panel. The Panel voted to take this to each Board for input
and approval. They also presented a draft of strategic directions for the
new system. Here are the mission, Vision and Values as presented.
MISSION: XXX is a community of multitype libraries
developing partnerships and sharing resources in pursuit of excellent
VISION: We envision a future where all libraries &
information partners collaborate to provide accessible & innovative
VALUES: We value--
Open access and sharing of resources.
Cooperation, collaboration and contribution among members & information
Quality customer service.
Honest and open communications among stakeholders.
Respect and integrity in all interactions.
The diversity of our members and their communities.
Fiscal stability and accountability.
The protection of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy.
Innovation and creativity.
Beverly J. Obert, Executive Director
Rolling Prairie Library System
A Library for Librarians
Helping Libraries Serve Illinois Citizens