Published 2/26/2021 3:40 PM CT

Due to the RBmedia/Overdrive merger, our RBdigital service will be suspended in mid-March. RBdigital e-audiobooks will no longer be accessible after March 15, 2021, and e-magazines will be discontinued on March 31, 2021. Libraries that subscribed to RBdigital this fiscal year will be receiving refund information shortly. Questions can be directed to Lesley Zavediuk, SHARE Circulation & Resource Sharing Specialist.

Published 2/25/2021 2:15 PM CT

Illinois Heartland Library System is pleased to announce the recipients of the IHLS Vehicles Grant: Crab Orchard Public Library District East Saint Louis Public Library Jerseyville Public Library Rochester Public Library District Danville Public LibraryIllinois Heartland Library System is pleased to announce the recipients of the IHLS Vehicles Grant: 

  • Crab Orchard Public Library District
  • East St. Louis Public Library
  • Jerseyville Public Library
  • Rochester Public Library District
  • Danville Public Library

3 books from Roosevelt University Library's Roosevelt CollectionRoosevelt University Library, Chicago, has an extensive collection of New Deal materials (hence their name, Roosevelt University), and they recently asked the Cataloging Maintenance Center to catalog their Roosevelt Collection.

2/18/2021 Delivery Update:
IHLS Delivery Quarantine Time to Reduce to 48 Hours

Illinois Heartland Library System and the IHLS Delivery Working Group are pleased to announce that we are reducing the IHLS quarantine time for interlibrary delivery from 72 hours (3 days) to 48 hours (2 days) beginning Monday, Feb. 22. We will continue to quarantine these items within our hubs. Please remember that IHLS's 48-hour quarantine applies only to materials transferred by IHLS and is in place to protect IHLS staff. It is up to your library as to whether and when to use a quarantine period as part of your library's mitigation strategies. 

Published 2/11/2021 3:10 PM CT

Join us Thursday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to noon for this bright and cheerful presentation about planning your Summer Reading Program, presented by IHLS and ILA. We will discuss a broad spectrum of topics, some of which include program development, marketing, partnerships, and activities. You will leave the training with confidence and excitement about your socially distanced program that meets the needs of your community. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Published 2/11/2021 1:55 PM CT

Join your IHLS friends and colleagues from around central and southern Illinois on March 4, 2021, for a Members Matter meeting featuring a presentation on library ethics followed by updates from the Illinois State Library; the administrative, delivery, and membership staff of IHLS; and the SHARE consortium.

Published 2/9/2021 4:08 PM CT

Certification Tutorial Video ThumbnailLibraries that are members of a regional library system are required by statute to annually certify that they are compliant with the membership criteria as set forth in the Illinois Administrative Code (23 ILAC 3030.200). In conjunction with this certification, all libraries are also required to complete the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Statistical Survey.

The window for certification will open on Monday, Feb. 15, and will remain open through Saturday, May 15. This year, it will not be done through a dedicated website, but through your library’s account in Library Learning (L2). 

Published 2/8/2021 6:03 PM CT

Applications for the Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant must be received no later than March 15, 2021. The date for submission was pushed back this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the deadline is now rapidly approaching. The money provided by this grant is vital to many IHLS-member libraries.

Published 2/8/2021 12:00 PM CT

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training presented by Hollaback! Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021  |  9:30-11:30 a.m.

For too long, sexual harassment trainings have been designed to tell people what not to do. This training will show attendees how they can show up to build a safe, inclusive, workplace environment.

This sexual harassment prevention training is unique in that it explores all forms of harassment--not just sexual harassment--and includes elements of bystander intervention training. Hollaback's bystander methodology centers on the 5 Ds of bystander intervention, strategies for people to use if they witness harassment at work. The strategies help employees reduce instances of workplace harassment by teaching them to address disrespect head-on long before it escalates to harassment. This sexual harassment prevention training also meets compliance meets the compliance mandate for the State of Illinois. After completing the training, a certification template will be sent that can be completed for each employee that attended.

Published 2/5/2021 11:30 AM CT

Friday Library Link RoundupWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois. This #LibraryLinkRoundup is heavy in programming ideas and marketing tips, from Library cookbook TikTok demos and weird and wacky soda flavor tastings to the art and science of writing subject lines and great content examples from Illinois Libraries

Published 1/14/2021 5:38 PM CT

ILA Legislative Meet-Up Days - Advocacy for Illinois Libraries with The Illinois Library AssociationOnce again, Illinois Library Association has arranged its spring 2021 series of legislative events as opportunities for library staff and advocates to meet with your state and federal legislators and speak with them about issues affecting you and your library. This year, all legislative meet-ups will be held in a virtual format. Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate.

Three of these meet-ups are dedicated to elected officials and library representatives from the central and southern Illinois areas: the Central Illinois Library Legislative Zoom Meet-up, Metro East Library Legislative Zoom Meet-up, and the Southern Illinois Library Legislative Zoom Meet-up.

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IHLS has received another 100 copies of ILA's Serving Our Public 4.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries books. These books are now available for IHLS Members to purchase at a discounted price.

Updated 1/8/2021 12:00 PM CT

IL Library Laws & Rules book coverCopies of the 2020 ILA Illinois Library Laws & Rules are still available to purchase. This essential compilation includes all current laws and rules affecting library service in Illinois.

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