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.
Illinois has now entered into an unprecedented 6 months without a state budget and it doesn’t seem like legislators are making much progress. Very soon, many of our members will be forced to make hard decisions about collections, programming, and staffing in light of the budget impasse. Services that Illinois patrons depend on are in jeopardy and Illinois Heartland Library System is calling you to action!
The Vision, Mission, Values and Goals are the guiding documents that will lead the organization forward for the next few years. Strategic initiatives and activities will be developed to support the long range goals and will be included in each year's plan of service.
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.
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.