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ILA Career Clinic

The ILA Career Clinic returns for a third year! The resume review clinic will be available for new or soon-to-be graduates, as well as those seeking 
job and resume advice. At each twenty-five-minute session, candidates will receive free advice on how they can improve their resumes from librarians who have experience with the hiring process.

Career Coaches are being sought to participate in the Career Clinic. The deadline to sign up as a coach is September 28. You can sign up today or contact Portia Latalladi at


Smithsonian Exhibition has arrived at the Glen Carbon Library

photo of Smithsonian display at Glen Carbon Centennial Library
With a team of 20 local volunteers the traveling Smithsonian Exhibition, Journey Stories, was set-up yesterday at the Glen Carbon Centennial Library. The Glen Carbon Library was one of only 6 institutions in Illinois chosen by the IL Humanities council to host the exhibit. The exhibit is at the Library through September 22nd.
The Opening Reception is on  Thursday, August 16th at 6:30pm at the Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main Street.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

SHARE: The Largest Library Consortia in the Country
IHLS has chosen Polaris Library Systems of Syracuse, N.Y., to provide its next ILS system.  More information has been posted to the IHLS website under Library News.

First Search Administration: The Basics

Would you like to learn more about FirstSearch and how it benefits your patrons?  We have planned additional sessions using the FirstSearch Administrative Module and hope the dates/locations work for you!  This web interface allows you to customize every aspect of your account and each screen of the Administrative Module will be reviewed.  Please bring your FirstSearch logins and passwords to update the Administration Module as you learn.

Administrative Module trainings will be held from 9 am – Noon at the following locations--
Aug 14  IHLS Edwardsville Office
Aug 16  IHLS Champaign Office
Aug 21  IHLS Decatur Office
Aug 23  Marion Carnegie Library
Click on the location for a link to the L2 session to register or to find more information on the class.

Board Meeting Recap - July 2012

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

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: August 28, 2012, 6:00 pm at the the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.


The largest library consortia in the country coming soon to a library near you!

Edwardsville, Illinois – July 26, 2012 -- Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) has chosen Polaris Library Systems of Syracuse, N.Y., to provide its next ILS system.  On Wednesday, Leslie Bednar, Executive Director of IHLS met with Bill Schickling and Jodi Bellenger of Polaris to sign the contract.

Illinois Heartland Library System covers 28,141 square miles in the southern half of Illinois. It is comprised of four former library systems (Lewis & Clark, Lincoln Trail, Rolling Prairie, and Shawnee). Before the merger on July 1, 2011, staff members and the LLSAP4 Working Group had already begun working on merging four separate automation systems into one.  Early next year all of their automated libraries will share the same database and catalog to become THE largest library consortia in the country: SHARE (Sharing Heartland’s Available Resources Equally) powered by Polaris Library Systems of Syracuse, N.Y.
















Bill Schickling, President and CEO, Polaris Library Systems and Leslie Bednar, Executive Director, Illinois Heartland Library System


From the Illinois State Library newsletter:

The Illinois State Library is in the final stages of the process to select a vendor to maintain data collected for the Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) and Illinois Library and Information Network (ILLINET) surveys. At this time, Illinois libraries should not complete their online FY11–12 IPLAR or ILLINET surveys. If you have begun completing these surveys online for submission, or if you have any additional questions, please email Robert Jones (IPLAR) or call him at 217-785-1168, or email Gwen Harrison (ILLINET) or call her at 217-785-7334.

Register now for LTA classes in the College of DuPage Library Technology program

 LSSC certified. 

All classes available either online or on campus. 

Contact Carol Sturz for additional information.  630-942-2597

Moving Forward TOGETHER

Fun Facts About IHLS Libraries!
IHLS has at least two of the oldest public libraries in Illinois – Edwardsville Public Library and Belleville Public Library. Edwardsville’s library was begun by a group of ladies who started a subscription library the year after Illinois became a state (1819). For a dime a month you could be a member. The collection traveled around – church pews, a store on Main Street, etc.  Andrew Carnegie gave $12,500 to Edwardsville to build a library in 1904/05 and the library was dedicated in 1906.

First IHLS Staff Day

On Thursday, June 28, we closed our four locations for the day and headed to Effingham for the first IHLS all-staff retreat. This was a wonderful opportunity for our staff to get together and get to know each other.  The primary focus of the day was customer service training and making a positive impact on our members. Rebecca A. Clark, Excelegy Consulting Group, presented "We Want to Be Wonderfully WOWful!" Disney’s customer service model.

IHLS offices closed Wednesday, July 4

Just a reminder that all IHLS offices will be closed and delivery will not operate Wednesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. 

All four will reopen July 5th, and additional delivery routes may run to compensate for volume