Library Journal, By Michael Kelley Feb 8, 2011
Excerpt: “Regional systems vote to consolidate
The state’s ten regional library systems, which deliver more than 30 million items annually and operate the online catalogs for more than 800 Illinois libraries, are a significant concern.
The systems have been struggling for some time, as LJ has reported, but the boards of five northern/central library systems (Alliance, DuPage, Metropolitan, North Suburban, and Prairie Area) and the southern/central systems (Lincoln Trail, Rolling Prairie, Lewis & Clark, Shawnee) voted in January to merge into two systems effective July 1, 2011. Chicago Public Library will make a third system unto itself. This consolidation will reduce administrative costs, streamline operations, and improve the coordination of resource sharing services.”