IHLS Board Seat Nominations Survey

The Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors Nominating Committee is preparing for the 2015 election cycle and has opened the nomination process. The following positions on the board are up for election this year:

  • 1 Public Library Representative
  • 2 School Library Representatives
  • 2 Public Library Trustee Representatives

Individuals interested in running for one of the open seats should click this link to complete the nomination survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W7C59X5

Only people interested in appearing on the election ballot should complete the survey. The Nominating Committee will consider all completed survey responses and will select candidates to appear on the ballot. The committee has several factors to consider in creating a balanced ballot in accordance with the IHLS bylaws. Completing the survey does not guarantee one’s appearance on the ballot.

We had a bit of a late start this year and have modified our schedule to ensure sufficient time to seek out and vet candidates for these important roles in IHLS.  If you are interested in appearing on the election ballot please complete the survey by Friday, March 13 at midnight.  The official ballot will be available and distributed on Friday, March 20.

If you have questions or comments for the Nominating Committee, please feel free to contact us:

Thank you for your consideration.

Moving Forward Together - March 3, 2015

The March 3, 2015, IHLS newsletter includes:

  • IHLS Board Meeting – March 5, 2015
  • Metro East Annual Library Legislative Breakfast
  • Proposed Library System Rules
  • ISLMA Spring Mini-Conferences
  • Applications Still Available for the Statewide Public Library Management Institute
  • Upcoming Free Webinars
  • In the News
  • E-News from the Illinois State Library
  • I Love Libraries Newsletter
  • Grants, Awards & Scholarships
  • Upcoming Events in Library Learning

Please comment on the proposed IHLS Bylaws Change

Please comment on the following proposed changes to the IHLS Bylaws:

Bylaw Change – Article VI, Section 9

The Policy and Membership Committee presents to the Board a proposed language change in the Bylaws Article VI, Section 9 – Attendance of Board Members. 

Board Meeting Recap - January 27, 2015

A recap of significant actions takens taken by the board at their January 27, 2015,meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click Here - for the original agenda

Next board meeting date: February 24, 2015 in Effingham.

System Services

As you may be aware, the Illinois State Library has submitted a draft update to the Administrative Rules related to the Illinois State Library System Act to be adopted by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).  You will find the complete text in the Illinois Register here.  Our sister system Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) has analyzed the proposed rules and posted that analysis here.

IHLS Funding News

IHLS recently received $1,903,762.75 of its FY2015 funding. These payments included $659,722.21 of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, $513,707.20 General Revenue funds, and $730,333.34 Live & Learn funds. To date we have received 56.5% of the total $3,364,429.41 allocation or FY2015.


Many thanks to Anne Craig (Director, Illinois State Library) and Jesse White (Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian). Their continued support is much appreciated as we strive to deliver core services in innovative ways to our members.