The September 30, 2016, IHLS newsletter includes:

  • Connect with Leslie Recording and Board Recap
  • Zinio eMagazines for IHLS School Libraries
  • FY2017 School District Library Grant Application and FY2015 Expenditure Reports Deadline is Approaching
  • ESSA Listening Tours
  • Library Law: A Day with Phil Lenzini – October 21
  • Library Days and Dates to Remember 2017-2018
  • Member Spotlight – Gregg McGee Retirement
  • Grants, Awards & Scholarships
  • Try-it! Illinois Returns October 1
  • Teen Read Week
  • National Friends of Libraries Week
  • Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Conference
  • In the News
  • ILA E-Newsletter
  • I Love Libraries Newsletter
  • Free Webinars & Workshops
  • Upcoming Events in Library Learning

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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.

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their July 26, 2016, meeting.

Next board meeting date: Tuesday, August 23, 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%.

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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