Shawnee Library System Likely to Merge
The Shawnee Library System Board of Directors is expected to vote on whether to merge with three other regional library systems at its December 16 meeting. If the measure passes, the Shawnee Library System will dissolve on June 30, 2011 and the new entity would begin on July 1, 2011. The Shawnee Library System would join the Lincoln Trail, Rolling Prairie, and Lewis and Clark library systems in creating the new entity.
The Illinois State Library strongly urged library systems to merge in a memo (pdf) released earlier this year. Individual systems were responsible for deciding whether to merge with other systems, but “an environment of extreme austerity and upwardly spiraling costs” made merger an attractive choice.
The change will likely benefit Carbondale Public Library patrons who order books through the Shawnee Library System, as the new entity will have more member libraries and a greater selection of books.
To keep up with news about the mergers, visit this website.
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