You are cordially invited to join the staff and trustees of IHLS for the

2019 IHLS Annual Meeting and Celebration
3:30-5 PM
Tuesday, October 29

Special IHLS Pricing:

Career Online High School


Choose from two webinar dates:

• Thursday, Nov. 14, 10:00 AM CT

• Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1:00 PM CT

Successful Strategic Planning

When You Are Strapped for Resources and Staff

Online training nearly HALF OFF
for IHLS Members

live webinar 
plus on-demand access to the recording

cover of 2 Arabic books

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) recently cataloged two Arabic books for the DeKalb Public Library.

Did you know?

Arabic books are read from what we would commonly think of as the back of the book to the front.

Group Purchase Opportunity

Swank Movie Licensing

Respond by Monday, Nov. 25 is a suite of self-publishing tools and resources and is available to everyone in Illinois free, without the need of a library card. has three main audiences – authors, readers, and libraries.

Think Outside the Barn booth


Think Outside the Barn (TOTB) was created by a group of central Illinois librarians for the sole purpose of promoting libraries and literacy to the farmers, students, families, and agri-business leaders attending the biennial Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.


Thank you to all the libraries that sent donations, books, and volunteered for the booth.

EduCode Academy

Six EduCode Academy demos have been scheduled for IHLS members. Join them for one of several demos to find out more about EduCode and their special pricing for IHLS member libraries.

  • October 10, 2019
  • October 15, 2019
  • October 24, 2019

Three Washington Post demos have been scheduled for IHLS members. Please join Sean Hughes with The Washington Post, to learn more about their digital service for libraries!

  • October 9, 2019
  • October 16, 2019
  • October 23, 2019

image: e-reader, paperback book, and reading glasses on brown wooden table

Advocacy Tools for Libraries

Tools Regarding the Embargoes on Library Purchasing of e-Content

last updated: 9/24/19 5:56 PM CT

In the last several months, publishers of e-books and e-audiobooks have been changing the way they license content and imposing excessive restrictions on access to new titles. This is on top of the existing trend of library-targeted, time-limited licenses and licensing costs that can be up to six times higher than for an individual. Both the American Library Association and the Illinois Library Association list equal access to information as a core value, and ALA includes equal access to information as a core value of librarianship. While some restrictions are an expected reality, the new licensing models impose restrictions that make it far too difficult to ensure access to information for all. Limited access for libraries means limited access for library patrons, including those who count on our services the most. 

The time to act is now--before the Macmillan embargo takes place and before any additional content providers adopt a similar model. Illinois Heartland Library System has developed and collected a few resources for Illinois libraries to use in advocating for libraries and patrons in Illinois and everywhere. Help in the move toward equal information access for all by learning more and by sharing these resources with your library's staff and patrons!

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