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Merger Work Progresses

September 22nd, 2010

Tuesday, September 14 RPLS Board, staff and members traveled to Carterville for the meeting of the Merger Planning Panel. Carterville is the location of the headquarters of the Shawnee Library System. The day began at 10:30 with the four subcommittees meeting and working on their particular charge. The Delivery subcommittee looked at routes and statistics from each system. The Resource Sharing subcommittee heard a report from the LLSAP managers of the four systems that detailed the shared values and principles that are guiding their discussions. The Strategic Plan subcommittee reviewed the current plans of each system and determined to survey the membership of all four systems on the services to be provided and values of the new merged system. The Legal, Governance, Membership subcommittee reviewed the legal guidelines and determined that the new board will be large, most likely the 15 member maximum allowed in law, and a majority of the members will be public library trustees. There was discussion of possible membership requirements with further work in the area of public and school criteria. Finally, a list of governance issues was created and will be added to and investigated as the committee moves forward.

After lunch the panel held its regular meeting. Anne Craig, Director of the Illinois State Library and Greg McCormick, Chief Fiscal Officer of the Illinois State Library, attended the meeting and responded to questions from the panel members. Each subcommittee gave a report on the results of the morning meetings. Most importantly, a timeline of committee activities and milestones for the entire panel was created and will be added to the planning process document. The key milestone is that a merger plan is targeted to be submitted to the State Library on or before April 1, 2010.

There is much work to be done. To hear first hand from the RPLS panel members, attend the RPLS Board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 1 PM at RPLS headquarters. The next meeting of the
Planning Panel
will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 at the Lewis and Clark Library System in Edwardsville . The Panel will begin at 10:30 AM with subcommittee meetings, followed by lunch and the formal panel meeting. These are open meetings and anyone may attend.

Beverly J. Obert, Executive Director

Rolling Prairie Library System

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