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The October 28, 2016, IHLS newsletter includes:

  • IHLS Funding News
  • IHLS Board Recap - October 25, 2016
  • Thank You for Visiting IHLS at ILA
  • Zinio for Libraries – School Edition
  • Member Spotlight – Case-Halstead Public Library
  • Grants, Awards & Scholarships
  • YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium
  • International Games Day
  • Illinois Youth Services Institute (IYSI)
  • In the News
  • ILA E-Newsletter
  • I Love Libraries Newsletter
  • Free Webinars & Workshops
  • Upcoming Events in Library Learning


A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their October 25, 2016, meeting.

Next board meeting date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Photo:  The Board recognized Tina Hubert, IHLS Board Treasurer, on being awarded Librarian of the Year at ILA.

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their September 27, 2016, meeting.

Next board meeting date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Your voice needs to be heard. In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. It includes language regarding “effective school library programs”, yet school librarian positions in the state of Illinois are disappearing. ISLMA has issued a statement regarding the loss of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) library positions. It is their hope that the work ISLMA and others have been doing regarding ESSA will help reverse this trend.


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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