The July 23, 2015, IHLS newsletter includes:

  • IHLS Board Meeting – July 28, 2015
  • Please Comment on Proposed IHLS Bylaws Change
  • Minimum Bids Reduced on Cargo Vans
  • Our Website is Changing
  • Plinkit Libraries to Migrate in August
  • Don’t Forget to Purchase your Illinois Library Laws & Rules Books
  • Member Spotlight – Sparta Public Library
  • Grants, Awards & Scholarships
  • In the News
  • Continuing Education Opportunities
  • Upcoming Free Webinars & Workshops
  • Upcoming Events in Library Learning


Illinois Heartland Library System is selling surplus cargo vans in an effort to offset the cost of purchasing new delivery vans. The minimum bid has been reduced to one third of the Kelley Blue Book value.

Today we received $730,333.32 for the FY2015 System Area & Per Capita Grant, which represents the remaining Live and Learn payments for this fiscal year. This is the second year in a row we have received all grant funds before our fiscal year end.

The total FY2015 grant allocation is $3,364,429.41. However, this year we received an additional $36,270.91 from remaining equalization funds available in the budget line. That brings the grand total for FY2015 to $3,400,700.32.

Section 10. Committees

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their June 23, 2015, meeting in Champaign, IL.

Next board meeting date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

From Left to Right:  Jacob Roskovensky, Karen Bounds, James Matthews and Nancy Huntley.

First Row: Dee Brennan, Leslie Bednar, Illinois State Library Director Anne Craig, Veronda Pitchford
Middle Row: Chris Dawdy, Natalie DeJonghe, Secretary of State/State Librarian Jesse White, Lynn Schmit, Marian Albers
Back Row: George Kalinka, Jane Plass, Rebecca Scott, Lesley Zavediuk

The Dream Grant video highlights how SHARE membership can have a very positive impact on a community—especially smaller more rural ones.



IHLS delivery staff have been testing our new customer ticketing software and are now at the stage where we feel we can release it to everyone.  We ask that you please be patient! We are confident that any “bugs” will be worked out, as our members begin to utilize the software.