Big news! Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) is embarking on our seventh year of operations. In the last few years we have grown and come together as an organization. This is the perfect time to evaluate our organization’s brand and logo to ensure it conveys who we are today and how we are moving forward in the future. We are pleased to announce that today we are releasing an updated brand identity, which includes a new logo, colors, and font as part of the ongoing evolution of Illinois Heartland Library System.

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The June 2, 2017, IHLS newsletter includes:

  • MyMediaMall Annual Meeting
  • IHLS Annual Meeting – June 20, 2017
  • All IHLS Public Libraries Required to Complete Non-Resident Fee Survey
  • Prevailing Wage Rates
  • Calling All School Librarians and Media Specialists!
  • Think Outside The Barn @ your library – Call For Books 2017
  • GLBT Book Month
  • Grants, Awards & Scholarships
  • In the News
  • Upcoming Events in Library Learning
  • Free Webinars & Workshops
     

Updated prevailing wage rates are now available. To view the rates, visit https://www.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/CONMED/Pages/prevailing-wage-rates.aspx. These rates are effective for work performed on public works projects on or after Monday, June 5, 2017.

IHLS is required to maintain a list on the IHLS website of non-resident program information from IHLS public libraries and to indicate whether or not a library participates in the non-resident fee program and what that fee is. Each year IHLS asks all IHLS public libraries for this information.

 

More information and a link to the survey can be found on the IHLS website: http://illinoisheartland.org/?q=members/non-resident-fee.

 

The end of the school year is fast approaching.  The System’s courier delivery service to schools for this school year will end on Friday, May 19, 2017.  The first day of delivery for the 2017-18 school year will be the week of August 21, 2017.  If your school needs to adjust either of these dates, please contact your hub manager to work out a schedule that will work more efficiently for you.  I know some of the managers have already spoken to a few of you and your end date for this year, has been changed.

There has been some confusion as to whether or not we still do Delivery On the Go (DOG).  DOG is where a library, on the same route, has requested an item for delivery. That item may be able to be delivered later that day when the driver arrives at that library.  DOGs are only available if that library is on the same route as your library and delivery is scheduled to arrive at the receiving library later that day.

Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) is an organization dedicated to providing high quality services to its 539 members in central and southern Illinois. Our primary annual revenue is the System Area and Per Capita (SAPC) grant from the Illinois State Library/Secretary of State. For several years the annual grant appropriation for IHLS has been approximately $3.36 M. We very recently learned from the Illinois State Library our appropriation for the current fiscal year (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) will be approximately $1.97 M--a decrease of 42%.

IHLS placed a bulk order of the latest edition of Illinois Library Laws & Rules (2015)!

The books are available to our members at $22.50/copy.  We strongly recommend all members have at least one copy for their library due to the very recent changes in the Library System service standards.  The books are also available to ILA members for $25/copy and $50/copy for nonmembers.

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