A wonderful and talented volunteer has updated the IHA website. Jamey Faulkner, who is a music educator and a web and print designer at Bowen Technovation, one of our corporate members, has adapted our existing web content to a new WordPress theme that has made the website mobile responsive. If you visit our site from your tablet or smart phone, you will now be able to see things clearly, navigate easily, and move smoothly from section to section. Be sure to refresh your browser to get the latest version of the website.
The first thing you will notice on the IHA website is that we have lots of attractive new photos. Click on each of the tabs across the top of the home page and you will see a different array of images of cultural heritage sites throughout the state, such as the famous “Bean” in Chicago’s Millennium Park, a bust of Lincoln on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, and the Stinson Library in Anna. As you navigate the website you can find information about the history and purpose of the IHA––did you know that we are celebrating our thirty-fourth anniversary this year? Read a little about our board members and their intriguing family stories. The topics listed in the column on the right side of the home page lead to more features. Meet some of the IHA members. Learn about our services, such as the extensive circulating library available to members; access to reviews of interesting books; and telephone and onsite consultations for members. A special section available to any online visitor contains FAQs about audiences, collections, disaster planning, governance, interpretation, management, and safety and security. IHA members receive our bimonthly printed newsletter, and each issue includes a technical insert on a pertinent topic. A list of the inserts is on the website, and most are available from the IHA office for a nominal fee.
Visitors to the website who might be in the job market can click on “Jobs” to access resources for positions in museums, libraries, and other cultural heritage areas. The IHA website also offers sales of publications, including two history books written by the founding IHA board president and the executive director. We offer IHA members an 18 percent discount off of retail prices of archival supplies from the Gaylord Brothers supply house. This includes a discount on shipping; orders of $200 or more ship for free.
The IHA is primarily supported by memberships. By clicking on the “Join” tab on the home page, you can see the categories: Individual, $40; Institutional, $45; Governmental, $100; Corporate, $100; Advisory (voting), $100. You will also find instructions on how to become a member. Members receive a monthly electronic newsletter in addition to the bimonthly printed newsletter, and they are eligible for consulting services. Advisory members can be elected to the IHA board of governors.
We are very pleased with our new look and appreciate the many hours that Jamey Faulkner put into updating the website. We highly recommend Jamey to anyone who might wish to engage him. Not only is he skilled, but he was very empathetic to our mission and goals. You can find out more about Jamey at his LinkedIn site, https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jamey-faulkner/27/108/594.