Looking for ways to get involved? Passionate about culture, learning and libraries? We have a seat waiting just for you!

We are looking for organized and creative individuals from all types of libraries to join our dedicated team of working and retired professionals who have a passion for libraries in Illinois. Board members share their time, provide guidance, and leadership.

Does this sound like you or someone you know? Please share this with your library's stakeholders that you believe could be a good fit.

Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) is committed to providing great services to you. As we focus on continuous improvements, we recognize how important delivery is to you and your library patrons. Your candid feedback is critical to help us understand your library’s delivery needs and how we are doing meeting those needs.

Please complete the survey before Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The survey should take you about 5-10 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the 2018 IHLS Delivery Survey

It is almost time for the next quarterly count week. Great news! ALL libraries will only have to count items that have a hand-written label on them which includes gift/donation items. You can find a link to the count form on the IHLS website on the delivery page. Thank you again for your cooperation and assistance. Quarterly Delivery Count Form (PDF)

The Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors Nominating Committee is preparing for the 2018 election cycle and has opened the nomination process. The following positions on the board are up for election this year:

1 Public Librarian Representative (3-year term)
2 School Library Representatives (3-year term)
2 Public Library Trustee Representatives (3-year term each)

Hello. Winter is upon us. Please keep an eye on our website and the announce list for any cancellations of routes or delays of routes.

You may also sign up for text alerts at www.rainedout.net. Simply search for Illinois Heartland Library System. It will then prompt you to choose which hub’s alerts you would like to receive and you may put in your cell phone number and/or email. We will use this method of alerting you of closings/delays.

We promise not to spam you. Any charges that you normally incur for a text message will apply.

We are cognizant of everyone’s time and will try to let you know as far in advance as we can, when we are not running a route or closing a hub.

Thank you.

Susan Palmer

Following a national search, Illinois Heartland Library System is very pleased to announce that Cassandra Thompson has accepted the position of SHARE Director.

Ms. Thompson comes to us from the public library sector, with positions in a variety of institutions in different parts of the country and her experience includes using and training with Polaris.

Ms. Thompson will begin work on Monday, January 22. We will be sharing information about meetings dates with SHARE governance and members as soon as those dates have been determined.

IHLS would like to give a special thanks to the interview team as their input was invaluable throughout the search process. Team members include: Leslie Bednar (IHLS Executive Director), Ellen Popit (IHLS Membership Coordinator), Rhonda Johnisee (IHLS Senior Accountant), and Troy Brown (IHLS IT Director), as well as three members of the SHARE Executive Council: April Becker (Hanson Professional Services Incorporated), Scott Drone-Silvers (Lake Land College), and Jill Pifer (Fairview Heights Public Library).

We look forward to welcoming Cassandra as the newest member of the IHLS/SHARE team of customer service experts!

IHLS received a generous Walmart State Giving grant to assist bringing 21st century technology to small rural libraries in central and southern Illinois. Libraries were selected to participate in this program based on their membership in IHLS, population, and the amount of their income from property taxes and grants. 

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