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Public Libraries: Non-Resident Fee Survey Now Available

IHLS is required to maintain a list on the IHLS website of non-resident program information from IHLS public libraries and to indicate whether or not a library participates in the non-resident fee program and what that fee is.  Each year IHLS asks all IHLS public libraries for this information.  This information is being gathered by a survey found at this link .  The deadline for completion of the survey is June 15, 2013

Each public library board is required to take action each year on whether to participate in the non-resident program and to determine the fee for non-resident cards.  Additional information on the non-resident fee program can be found on the Illinois State Library website.

If you have any questions about the non-resident fee program or about the survey, please contact Beverly Obert, Resource Sharing Specialist, phone 271-429-2586 ext. 505 or by email

ALA Annual Conference - Chicago, June 27-July 2

The ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 27-July 2, is shaping up to be another outstanding professional development opportunity.  Hope you will be able to take advantage of it being so close this year.

Early bird registration ends on April 12th, so I wanted to alert you to make sure you can take advantage of discounted rate. Registration info is at

Mission Accomplished!

Today 427 Libraries have merged into the Sharing Heartland’s Available Resources Equally (SHARE) system. SHARE libraries will have access to more than 10 million items. We are NOW the LARGEST multi-type library automation consortium in the Country!

Read more for links if your library is experiencing problems.

Makerspaces and Technology Labs

This is a free symposium at SIUE (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) on April 9.

Moving Forward Together

The March 29, 2013, newsletter includes:

Connect with Leslie
SHARE Update - 9 Days to Polaris!
Here Comes Polaris!
Polaris Receipt Printing Tip
Board Meeting Recap
2013 Board Election Preview Ballot
Upcoming Trustee Webinar
Member Directory Search
ISLMA Mini-Conferences
What's New @ WebJunction Illinois
Be Proud! Be Loud! and Shout Out a Nomination!!
Libraries in the News
Grant Opportunities
E-News from the Illinois State Library

Board Meeting Recap - March 2013

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their March 26, 2013, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: Special Meeting April 16, 2013 at the the Illinois State Library in Springfield.

Reminder: No Carterville Delivery on Friday

No Delivery on Good Friday

There will be no deliveries going out of the Carterville office On Friday March 29th, due to Good Friday being a holiday for the Union Drivers.

Three IHLS Offices Closed Due to Weather - Monday, March 25

Due to the inclement weather today, three IHLS offices will be closed for the day:

Champaign Office
Decatur Office
Edwardsville Office

The Carterville Office will remain open

Delivery will not run in the areas that are closed. Delivery will resume Tuesday, March 26th, with extra routes if necessary.

If you have a LLSAP emergency while the office in your area is closed, please call the regular phone number for your hub and follow the directions to reach someone in the automation department.

Be safe!


Moving Forward TOGETHER

March IHLS Board Meeting

Connect with Leslie

2013 Board Election Preview Ballot

Good News

SHARE Update - 17 Days to Go Live on Polaris!

Member Directory Search

Upcoming Trustee Webinar

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois

Grant Opportunities

E-News from the Illinois State Library

ILA Needs your Input

Be Proud! Be Loud! and Shout Out a Nomination!!

Libraries in the News



2013 Board Election Preview Ballot

The IHLS Board election is nearly here. Voting will begin Friday, March 22, 2013 and continue through midnight April 22, 2013.

Here we are presenting a preview of the races.