May 6, 2020 - 3:08pm

At the May 5th fireside chat I shared that SWAN would be looking at providing Curbside Communicator from Unique Management. I signed the agreement today and we will be sharing details with libraries as soon as we have them. If you want to know more about the service, refer to the Unique brochure... Read more

May 4, 2020 - 8:04am

Fireside Chat Update - GoToWebinar (must register in advance)

Please note that we will be using GoToWebinar on Tuesday, May 5th for the Fireside Chat. This service allows for more participants since we reached... Read more

April 30, 2020 - 3:01pm

We know that libraries are working to provide limited service, including curbside and home delivery. We want to make sure all system configurations are set to support you. Please complete this short webform on your expected dates and whether you would like any Fine Free for Now policies created... Read more

April 24, 2020 - 7:15pm

As we prepare for limited services and potential return of materials, it may be helpful to understand what to expect in the early days of offering reduced service.

Currently Checked Out Items

Reviewing the items currently checked out, approximately 25% of items checked out at... Read more

April 24, 2020 - 3:14pm

The announcement from Governor Pritzker extending the stay-at-home order does indicate there *could* be some allowance for libraries providing curbside service. This executive order has not been shared yet, but I want to let you know that SWAN is preparing for some system changes to assist you... Read more

April 22, 2020 - 2:25pm

SWAN member libraries approved the purchase of EBSCO databases for all 92 public libraries at the March 5th membership meeting. This vote took place with 33 library directors in favor, with 6 voting against the proposed purchase (3 directors abstained and 55 were absent). This EBSCO deal will... Read more

April 22, 2020 - 11:49am

The SWAN Patron Use Report is now available. This interactive data visualization tool provides data on how your patrons are using the catalog and BLUEcloud Mobile app.

You can view the... Read more

April 21, 2020 - 8:12am

A COVID-19 Reopening Survey has been developed to help identify reopening concerns and needs across the membership. Please complete the survey by May 1, 2020. We will share findings, as well as continue polling the membership with surveys as we move through reopening phases.

We are... Read more

April 21, 2020 - 7:58am

Actions Impacting Patrons (Recap)

  • Due Dates extended to June 3, 2020 (for public libraries)
  • Card expiration extended to July 4, 2020 (for all cards expiring between January 1 and June 30, 2020)
  • Holds suspended until May 1, 2020 (waiting on Governor's announcement
  • ... Read more
April 15, 2020 - 7:38am

Stay Connected!

Join our SWAN Community Forums to discuss topics, connect with colleagues, and share information. Current hot topics include reopening plans, book club facilitation, electronic resources, and previews of projects, reports,... Read more