All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 20, 2017.

Delivery Services will run on President’s day. If we have access to your library via key or alarm code we will deliver as usual unless you notify us otherwise. As always, thank you for partnering with us to get items into your patron’s hands as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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The February 16, 2017, IHLS newsletter includes:

  • IHLS Holiday Closing – February 20, 2017
  • 2017 Delivery Survey
  • Items for Member Comment
  • IHLS Board Meeting – February 28, 2017
  • 2017 ISLMA Virtual Maker Meetup
  • Reaching Forward South 2017
  • Vendor Offer
  • Grants, Awards & Scholarships
  • In the News
  • E-News from the Illinois State Library
  • ILA E-Newsletter
  • Free Webinars & Workshops
  • Upcoming Events in Library Learning

At the January meeting of the Illinois Heartland Library System, two items were approved by the board in a first reading and are now being sent out for member comment.

The first item is a revision of the board by-laws.  Article VIII of the bylaws that were approved in July, 2011 called for the establishment of Advisory Councils.   In reality, that was never a successful model for IHLS and in July, 2016 we began holding “Members Matter” meetings at locations throughout the system.  The revision approved by the board reflects the movement from the Advisory Council Model to the “Members Matters” meetings

The second item approved by the board for member comment was a policy created to address requests that come to the system for sponsorships and endorsements.

Illinois Heartland Library System recognizes how important delivery is to you and your library patrons. As we evaluate our services, we need your help to better understand your library’s delivery needs.

Click here to take the survey

We’re more than halfway there!
With over 300 libraries having completed their certifications and just over 200 left,
the annual online certification process is well underway. 

This is a two step process:

The first step is to complete the Interlibrary Loan Traffic Survey. Information can be found at:

Attention IHLS libraries:

The Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors Nominating Committee is preparing for the 2017 election cycle and has opened the nomination process. The following positions on the board are up for election this year:

The Office Hours page on the IHLS website includes the IHLS procedures for closing due to emergencies or inclement weather. If you have not already done so, visit this page to sign up for the IHLS Text Alert System service. IHLS will send out text alerts for weather delays, building closings, and route changes.

Did you miss the Members Matter on January 5? In additional to Leslie Bednar, Ellen Popit, and Susan Palmer highlighting what was happening at the system, other topics of interest included:

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%.

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