Click 'Read More' for the recap of significant actions taken by the board at their June 28, 2016, meeting.


Tomorrow is the day we in delivery have been planning for. Route changes.

These route changes will affect all IHLS members. The great thing is that these changes are being done in order to provide functional 5 day a week service for all of IHLS libraries. Here is the link to the overview on our website of all the delivery enhancements we are implementing.

The June 24, 2016, IHLS newsletter includes:

  • IHLS Annual Meeting is Tuesday
  • IHLS Board Meeting – June 28, 2016
  • IMSA Moving to the ISL
  • IHLS Closed Independence Day – July 4, 2016
  • First Members Matter Meeting July 12
  • IHLS Hiring Sorters & Courier Drivers
  • Member Spotlights:
    • Anita Walters Retirement
    • Rita Lesemann Retirement
  • Grants, Awards & Scholarships
  • In the News
  • E-News from the Illinois State Library
  • ILA Reporter
  • I Love Libraries Newsletter
  • Free Webinars & Workshops
  • Upcoming Events in Library Learning


You may have heard about the exciting changes coming in delivery! The end result of these changes will be more service for you, our member. I wanted to provide you an overview of what is happening and a general timeline. There are a couple of external factors that are driving IHLS to re-evaluate and modify our delivery service.

Dedicated Sorters/Drivers

When does 1 + 1 = 3, 4 or even 5?

Illinois Library Delivery Service (ILDS) is the courier service that distributes library materials between academic libraries (who are members of Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois…CARLI) and the Illinois Library Systems (IHLS, RAILS and CPL). Since it is a courier service, periodically that contract has a Request for Proposal (RFP) managed by the University of Illinois Procurement Division. The current contract for the ILDS expires on June 30, 2016.

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%.

Thanks to the quick work of the Illinois State Library and the Secretary of State staff, libraries were included for partial funding under HB 2039 that Gov. Rauner signed last week.  If you would like to take this opportunity to reach out to your local legislators with a thank you and perhaps let them know what an important difference this partial per capita funding will make to their constituents, Jim Deiters and Denise Raleigh, co-chairs of the Illinois Library Association's Advocacy Committee, have put together handy tips for strengthening relationships with legislators. They have also included the vote totals for HB 2039.

Earlier this year 192 respondents completed the second IHLS delivery survey. Thank you to the members that completed the survey.


Click here to view the report.

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