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Chris Dawdy selected as GateNet Manager

photo of Chris DawdyIHLS is pleased to announce Chris Dawdy has been selected as LLSAP Manager for the GateNet Consortium.  Chris has worked with the GateNet consortia since 2008 in a part-time capacity.  She has filled several service and training roles for the organization.  Beginning in July, Chris held the title of Trainer II.

Chris brings a wealth of experience and perspective to the GateNet organization and IHLS.  She has served as Director of the Brighton Memorial Library since 2006.  Before that, she had a distinguished career in the field of special education.

The appointment is effective immediately.  Chris will continue to serve in a part-time capacity until Monday, October 24th when she assumes the position of LLSAP Manager for GateNet on a full-time basis.

Chris can be contacted via phone at 618-656-3216 or via email at

Congratulations, Chris!

Deadline extended for National Library Week Grant

U.S. libraries of all types encouraged to apply for $3,000 to support National Library Week activities

CHICAGO – Your library has something for everyone. This National Library Week, celebrate the ways your library provides a place where everyone belongs.

IHLS LLSAP Working Group announces RFI Finalists

The Illinois Heartland Library System LLSAP Working Group, after a month of discussion and evaluation, announces two top finalists for the Request for Information (RFI) for a replacement automation product.  Those two finalists are Polaris and SirsiDynix Symphony

Board Meeting Recap - September 2011

Below you'll find a recap of significant actions taken by the board at their Sept 27, 2011 meeting in Decatur, IL.

Click here for the original agenda and board packet.

Board honors Ellen Popit, Membership Coordinator

photo of outgoing Executive Director receiving certificate from Board PresidentThe IHLS Board of Directors honored Ellen Popit (Membership Coordinator) at its meeting last night.  Ellen served as Interim Executive Director during the first critical months of operation and her leadership provided direction for staff and members.
Karen Bounds (President, Board of Directors) presented Ellen with a certificate and stated that Ellen's "leadership ensures a future where all libraries and information partners collaborate to provide accessible and innovative services."

Moving Forward TOGETHER

Autumn has finally arrived!  IHLS staff continue to implement standards of delivery service, membership and automation.  As we progress through the fiscal year we will share with you our progress large and small.
Some of our projects will be discussed at the September board meeting.  Agenda and supporting documentation are posted to our web site.

2011 ISLMA Conference

2011 Illinois School Library Media Association Conference
October 27 - 29, 2011
Crowne Plaza
Springfield, IL

The list of concurrent sessions being held at the 2011 ISLMA Conference is now posted on the conference website.  Early bird registration ends this Friday September 23.  For more information or to register visit:

Moving Forward TOGETHER

The Illinois Heartland Library System is home to the Illinois Machine Sub-Lending Agency. In addition to facilitating resource sharing and delivery, Library Systems in Illinois have been charged with supporting the Library of Congress’ National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped program. 

SLA President Cindy Romaine to speak at SLA Illinois Chapter Meeting

The Special Libraries Association (SLA)–Illinois chapter is excited to announce that the featured speaker of the September 13 meeting will be SLA President Cindy Romaine. Romaine’s initiative as SLA President is to encourage information professionals to become Future Ready by adopting strategies that will prepare us for emerging opportunities in the information industry.


Romaine will outline how we can become more Future Ready in order to give ourselves and our  organizations a competitive edge by adopting an attitude of being adaptable, flexible, and confident in utilizing the skills of the information and knowledge professional. Being ready for the future enables us to be more connected, relevant and valuable.

Bonney Patterson at St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library

The St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library will host author Bonney Patterson on Saturday, September 10th at 1 p.m.  She'll be talking about her book and the case as well as selling copies of her book.  Bonney has written the book "Hunted in the Heartland: A Memoir of Murder".  Bonney had just moved in next door in January 1978 and had not gotten to know her neighbors well enough when Virginia Lee Witte was murdered in May 1978.  This is a true crime that happened in Marion, IL.