Moving Forward TOGETHER

January 6, 2012

A New Year, and A New Staff Assignment
Juliette Douglas has accepted the position of Operations Director, a new position in our organization.  She will combine this half-time position with her half-time Human Resources duties.  Her primary focus in the new role will be delivery operations and facilities management.  We are fortunate to benefit from Juliette’s broad background in facilities and financial analysis, combined with her considerable experience in logistics and operations. 

We plan to further refine our staffing to take full advantage of our staff experience and credentials, toward our goal of providing an improved customer experience!

Resource Sharing Survey
Heartfelt thanks to our nearly 350 member libraries who have responded thus far to the IHLS resource sharing survey!  We are well on our way to a snapshot of how all members of the Illinois Heartland Library System approach Resource Sharing.
If you have not yet had a chance to participate please visit the survey link today.  If you started the survey and had to exit before you completed it, you will need to start over from the beginning.  A few minutes of your valuable time will allow us to better serve you!

You can access the survey at:

The survey will close Friday, January 13, 2012, at 5 p.m.  We look forward to hearing from all of you!

Check Your LibraryLearning (L2) Information
The new year is a perfect time to ensure we have the most current information on your library, staff and board in the LibraryLearning (L2) database!  IHLS staff and members rely on the database for a variety of information, and checking your account is nearly painless.  ‘Just go to and sign in at the top right corner to review your library’s data.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ellen Popit (   |   618/985.3711, x2024).

Circulation changes at CPL
The Chicago Public Library Board approved circulation policy changes at its December 20, 2011 meeting that went into effect January 1st.  The changes are necessitated by the reduction in operating funds and staff of the Chicago Public Library in Mayor Emanuel’s 2012 budget.  These changes affect all Chicago Public Library cardholders, and as noted, reciprocal borrowers of the Chicago Public Library.

1. Holds Policy for Library Materials: Current policy is to permit all patrons to a limit of 5 Holds pending at a time.  In 2012, the policy will reduce the number to 3 Holds pending per patron record.  This reduction does not impact Holds in transit or Holds waiting for pickup; and does not change CPL’s total circulation limit of 30 items per patron record.

 2. Library Card Status:  Current policy blocks any patron account that owes any amount of fine or fee to CPL.  New policy revises the definition of a library card in good standing to any patron account owing less than $1.00.  Good standing means access to all library services that apply to that card: circulation, accessing electronic resources, online holds placement, online renewal.

3. Borrowing Privileges: Current policy allows patrons in good standing to download electronic format materials regardless of type of library card.  New policy eliminates borrowing of CPL downloadable materials for patrons holding reciprocal library cards, deposit cards and PC reservation cards for non-local patrons.  This revision to eliminate borrowing of CPL downloadable materials on reciprocal cards now makes the Chicago Public Library’s policies consistent with policies previously instituted by reciprocal institutions toward Chicago patrons.  In addition, Chicago Public Library patrons who enter into a reciprocal card arrangement with another library will be limited to a maximum of 30 items on their account at any time, which is CPL’s policy. If a reciprocal library allows its patron to circulate more than 30 items, CPL patrons holding a reciprocal card will be limited to 30 items only from that reciprocal institution.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois
With all of the changes in library systems that have occurred, keep in mind that WJIL is a terrific resource for library staff and board members.

A new year will bring a new WebJunction in early 2012.  As part of the migration project, WebJunction's course catalog will be receiving a system upgrade that will impact active courses you are still working on at this time.  The system will lose the record of all current not-completed enrollments. To avoid losing any current course progress, please complete all enrolled courses by January 30, 2012. Any course still in your active My Courses list after that date need to be re-added to your list after the upgrade, and previous progress in the course will be lost.

Happy 2012!
Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director