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Anna Yackle, Membership Coordinator

We are pleased to announce that Anna Yackle has joined the Illinois Heartland Library System as our new Membership Coordinator.  Anna comes to us from the Indian Trails Library where she served as Business and Career Services Liaison.  She’s had experience as a public library director as well as many years of service at the North Suburban Library System.

When asked what her hopes were for this position, Anna replied:

Having held a variety of positions in special, academic and public libraries plus another library system, I feel like  libraries have become a part of my DNA. This century is a defining time for libraries and I want to help members and their boards stay the vital, beating heart of their communities. To do this I feel it is crucial that we all work together to identify expectations, needs, and resources and build on our shared knowledge to utilize what we currently have and target what we need for the future.

Welcome, Anna!

Member Spotlight: Litchfield Public Library

Congratulations to Sara Zumwalt, Library Director, and the staff at Litchfield Public Library District. On Monday, February 26, the library opened for business in their beautiful, new building. Sara shares more of the story below.

This has been my dream.  I worked with the board, the architects, the staff, the patrons...all to provide what I hoped would become a phenomenal library. I think we won!

Sara Zumwalt, Litchfield Public Library District

2018 IHLS Delivery Survey

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

IHLS Board Seat Nomination Survey

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)

New SHARE Director

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!

Act NOW to protect net neutrality

The FCC is about to vote to kill net neutrality.
Only Congress can stop it.

The term “Net Neutrality” has been all over the news, Facebook, and the topic of many people around the water cooler lately.  There is a lot of good information online about the topic. Some of the descriptions are intended to scare you with scenarios that will likely never pan out. As with everything though, there is some underlying truth to the statements.  


Here is the main thing that libraries need to worry about.  We want to keep the decision of what is appropriate to view on public computers up to the libraries and not the internet service providers (ISPs). 

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