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E-Books and Libraries: What's Next?

"Public Libraries at Work" Webinar Series


The library e-book market is constantly shifting as publishers and distributers identify their e-book business models and protocols. Many library professionals are frustrated by the limitations and uncertainty the developing market presents, but there are steps you can take to bring a little more certainty to your library and forge your own e-books model. Learn about outside-of-the-box, innovative options to provide quality e-book services to your patrons during PLA's upcoming hour-long webinar, "E-Books and Libraries: What's Next?"

Instructor Jamie LaRue, director, Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries, has sidestepped the "traditional" e-book model and found viable and successful alternatives to provide e-books to the Douglas County community. Hear about models that you can replicate at your library and gain a better understanding of options available for libraries striving to offer their patrons the best e-books service possible.

Deadline for ILA award nominations approaching

Just a reminder that now is the time to submit nominations for the ILA Awards.  The deadline is May 15th.  I'm appealing to you as lHLS members and also as people who know many other folks in libraryland. Many Illinois librarians have done great things.  Please nominate them for awards.

New Website Puts Law Within Reach for Spanish Speakers empowers Illinois’ booming Hispanic population with free self-help legal resources

CHICAGO, IL, January 23, 2012 – Hispanics in Illinois unable to afford an attorney now have an online Spanish-language resource to help them resolve their legal problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The new website,, developed by Illinois Legal Aid Online and Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), delivers easy-to-use, free legal information in more than two dozen areas of law.

Board Meeting Recap - April 2012 Board Meeting

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their April 24, 2012, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: May 22, 2012, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.


IHLS Board Elections: Link for voting

 Please read carefully: The link to the IHLS Board of Directors election ballot is listed below. All voting is done electronically via  this survey. EACH MEMBER LIBRARY CAN VOTE ONLY ONCE. Please ensure that only one person at your library responds to this survey. If your  system membership is shared among multiple locations or branches, be sure that only one person votes on behalf of ALL combined locations. A  preview ballot is available on the IHLS website here. Prior to voting via this survey,  please consult with your board, branches, or others as needed. If you  are not sure whether your library's system membership is shared among  multiple locations (for example, among multiple schools within your  school district), please contact the Illinois Heartland Library System  for that information prior to voting.

 VOTING DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, MAY 15, 2012

 If you are the one person voting on behalf of your member library (and all of its branches or locations), follow this link, to cast your  member library's vote:

Moving Forward TOGETHER

April 13, 2012

April IHLS Board Meeting
The next IHLS Board meeting is Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  IHLS Board meetings will be available via videoconferencing at each of our four offices as well as the Illinois State Library.  If you are not able to join us in Effingham, perhaps one of these other locations will suffice.  When available, you will find the April agenda and board packet here.

IHLS Delivery Study
The 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.

We are in the process of sending a delivery survey to the director of each of our member libraries.  We are hoping that one person from each library will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this brief survey.

This information obtained is critical in helping us plan for FY 2012-2013 and beyond. We may have incorrect contact information and if your library does not get a survey, follow this link to take the survey:   

Specific information from each library will be kept strictly confidential!  Only aggregate information will be shared.  If you have any questions, contact


Candidates for IHLS Board of Directors Election

Voting for the IHLS Board of Directors is done via an online survey/ballot. The link to that survey will be distributed via the IHLS Announce listserv around April 15, 2012. EACH MEMBER LIBRARY RECEIVES JUST ONE VOTE. This is a preview ballot for viewing the candidates prior to voting.  Please consult with your board, branches, or others as needed prior to voting. One designated person should then vote on behalf of the entire member library using the link distributed on the IHLS Announce listserv.

VOTING DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, MAY 15, 2012

New ILDS codes as of May 1, 2012

The new ILDS codes will be implemented as of May 1, 2012.

The new IHLS codes:

New IHLS Codes Previous Codes
ZCA - IHLS Carterville SHLS - Shawnee Library System
ZCH - IHLS Champaign LTLS - Lincoln Trail Libraries System
ZDE - IHLS Decatur RPL - Rolling Prairie Library System
ZED - IHLS Edwardsville LCLS - Lewis & Clark Library System


Mobile Technology in Libraries

SIUE Library and Information Services Spring Symposium 2012

Monday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Abbot Auditorium in Lovejoy Library

Jim Hahn, Orientation Services and Environments Librarian, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present "LOCATION-BASED SERVICES IN

The Future of Young Adult Literature

YALSA's Young Adult Literature Symposium
St. Louis, MO
November 2-4, 2012

Registration is now open! You can register three ways: