Published 10/1/2021  10:22 AM CT

Friday Library Link RoundupWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois. In this Library Link Roundup we look at issues in human resources, collections, and religious and racial Inclusion.

Published 9/29/2021 11:25 AM CT

IHLS Members Matter with special presentation by Jayne Walters, "Think Forward, Not Straight"Join other library directors and IHLS staff from around central and southern Illinois for IHLS Members Matter, a system-wide forum for IHLS-member libraries.

Thursday, October 21
10 a.m. to Noon via Zoom

Published 9/27/2021 3:58 PM CT, updated 9/29/2021 11:08 AM CT

3rd Annual Library Crawl - Libraries: Sign up by Aug. 16 to participate.Have you heard of a library crawl? Similar to a pub crawl or knitting crawl (visiting various pubs or knitting shops), a library crawl includes visiting multiple participating libraries. The 3rd Annual Library Crawl, scheduled for the three-week period of Sept. 27 to Oct. 17, is a fun way to introduce your library's patrons to the libraries of the IHLS service area and the many benefits of a library card--which allows them to visit those other libraries and check out their materials, too. Here you'll find some information and resources to get your library started.

Published 9/27/2021 11:44 AM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) provides cataloging services to libraries in the state of Illinois. If your item qualifies for cataloging with us there is absolutely no charge for our services. Local author and special collection materials all fall within our purview. Some examples of special collection materials are genealogy or local history. Local authors are also cataloged by the Cataloging Maintenance Center for free. Recently, the Cataloging Maintenance Center cataloged these local items:

Penny the Unbearable Pup, by Katlyn Gobleck, for Crab Orchard Public Library

Penny is a rescue pup...

Published 9/22/2021 12:00 PM CT

IHLS Member Day 2021: Celebrating Libraries, Building Partnerships. presented by Illinois Heartland Library System, celebrating 10 years 2011-2021Registration for Member Day 2021 is now open! 

November 18, 2021


A virtual day of professional development, networking, and inspiration for library leaders, staff, and trustees of IHLS's member libraries

Open and FREE to all staff of IHLS libraries thanks in part to our generous sponsors.


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Published 9/21/2021 5:00 PM CT

 Internet Explorer is being retired, and this will affect your access to Polaris as early as Oct. 5. Here's what you need to do.IE is retiring and Windows 11 is launching. Will your library still have access to Polaris after these changes? SHARE staff shares what you need to do to keep access for your library. Read More

COVID-19 Updates and Resources for the Libraries and Central and Southern Illinois (text on image of coronaviruses, blue cast to image)

Vaccination resources have been added to the COVID-19 Updates & Resources page. The pages have also been condensed into a single resource guide page.

Published 9/2/2021 3:25 PM CT

warning symbol, image of a raining storm cloud, and an illustration of a man coping with a painful back injuryIHLS Delivery is dedicated to serving our library members in a safe and effective manner. Recently, IHLS Delivery drivers and sorters have reported several instances of libraries overfilling tubs in weight or volume. This can lead to two main problems for libraries and for IHLS--both of which your library can help avoid.

Published 8/23/2021 11:32 AM CT

IHLS SchoolsThe Illinois State Library is currently accepting applications for the FY2022 School District Library Grant. 

Published 8/10/2021 5:15 PM CT

CMC: Cataloging Maintenance CenterThe Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) began accepting college interns this summer through their new internship program.

Two students from the University of Illinois masters’ program in library and information studies, Katie Peterson and Sarah Schwartz, have been serving as interns for the CMC to receive college credit. Both students have been working remotely due to the pandemic and have used Zoom and Teams for training and discussions. Katie and Sarah have been helping...

IHLS Continuing Education Flyer (click to open)Looking for information on Continuing Education and Consulting at through IHLS? Learn more about how IHLS can help you here, including our new printable Continuing Education Calendar.

Published 7/14/2021 9:20 PM CT

Third Thursdays CE starts August 2021Starting August 2021, join Illinois Heartland Library System every third Thursday at 10 a.m. to discuss or learn about an exciting new topic. Sometimes we'll host a full continuing education webinar featuring IHLS staff or guests, and sometimes we'll incorporate a segment into our Members Matter membership events.

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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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