Illinois Libraries in the news for the week of June 26, 2010

Rolling Prairie Library System cuts workweek
herald-review.com
Instituting a four-day workweek at the Rolling Prairie Library System will mean the library will close Mondays, starting after July 1…

Evanston branch libraries to remain open until February
dailynorthwestern.com
The Evanston City Council voted 7-2 on Monday to allow the city’s branch libraries to remain open at least until February…

Libraries caught in state budget crunch: Late payments have north suburban sharing program running on fumes
Chicago SunTimes
We’re running out of money,” said Jan Hayes, co-director of the North Suburban Library System, which operates a popular program that allows readers to fetch books from other libraries. “We’ve laid off our director, and we’ve laid off all of our staff except the delivery people,” she said…

Readers are losers in Illinois’ budget crunch
Chicago SunTimes
The well-regarded North Suburban Library System, which links local libraries into a large group, pretty much shut down at the end of May because the state didn’t make its payments. Now, another of Illinois’ multi-library systems has reached its last chapter…

Library, workNet may merge office space to cut costs, offer services
dailynorthwestern.com
Illinois State Senator Jeff Schoenberg and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl held a press conference Monday at Evanston’s North Branch Library to announce a plan that might allow Evanston’s South Branch Library to stay open, they said…

Schoenberg pitches pairing library, office
Evanston-Review.com
For the newly unemployed, the first two stops are often the unemployment office and the local library, where job seekers go to scour job ads, research a career change or investigate an idea for a new business…

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