Last Tuesday, April 16, members of the IHLS and RAILS Boards and staff, State Library staff and Chicago Public Library staff gathered for a joint meeting to discuss mutual concerns and share information. A key part of the meeting was devoted to small group discussions of the following issues:
- What are the challenges faced by all three systems?
- What are the strategies for overcoming those challenges?
- What issues are your member libraries facing?
Lively discussion ensued, as you can well imagine. Below are some samples.
Challenges: funding; members feel disconnected from systems;
Strategies: better communication; use technology; strategic planning
Member Library issues: funding; need for training and continuing education
I’d love to hear your thoughts on these important questions.