Happy Retirement, Faith!

Congratulations to Faith Jones, Operations Manager in our Du Quoin office, on her upcoming retirement on Friday, May 22. Faith has 27 years of dedication and service to library system members in Illinois. We thank Faith for her many years of hard work.

Happy Retirement!

Moving Forward Together - May 14, 2015

The May 14, 2015, IHLS newsletter includes:

  • Illinois Library Laws & Rules discount
  • Delivery Update:  New Delivery Customer Ticketing Software
  • IHLS Holiday Closing
  • Member Spotlight:  “Up and Away”
  • Member Spotlight - Call for Submissions
  • Intellectual Freedom Award
  • ILEAD USA Survey
  • Grants, Awards & Scholarships
  • In the News
  • E-News from the Illinois State Library
  • ILA E-Newsletter
  • Upcoming Free Webinars
  • Upcoming Events in Library Learning


Illinois Library Laws & Rules discount

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

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.

New Delivery Customer Ticketing Software

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.

IHLS Member Survey - Deadline Friday

The Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) is currently undertaking a strategic planning process. We are gathering input from a broad range of IHLS member libraries. To that end, we are conducting a web-based survey to evaluate member library satisfaction with current services and identify future needs. Using the survey results, along with the results of focus group interviews conducted this March, the IHLS Board will meet this July to draft our next plan.

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.