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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.

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

Vespasian Warner Public Library has reopened.

The air conditioner at the Vespasian Warner Public Library has malfunctioned and is tentatively planning to reopen 9:00, Thursday July 5.

Update: The Vespasian Warner Public Library has reopened.

Board Meeting Recap - June 2012

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their June 26, 2012, meeting in Edwardsville, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: July 24, 2012, 6:00 pm at the the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.


Reaching Forward South Conference for Support Staff

Join us at the Reaching Forward South Conference for Support Staff on September 19 and 20, 2012.  Kick off events on Friday commence at two o'clock  with an author's tea that lasts until 4:30.  Meet various Illinois authors while enjoying tea and cookies as the authors tell you about books, writing, and the author's life.  Autographed books will be on hand for sale.  Immediately after the tea join the RFS committee for a glass of wine, chocolate, and cheese.  The opportunity to relax and get to know each other is priceless.

Friday begins with registration at eight during which a continental breakfast is served.  Our main speaker is Dan Schneider, speaking on "Fonix of the Future"  he is followed by two educational session with three choices each.  After lunch motivational speaker Deb DiSandro presents herself as Dr. Slightly Off and tells us to "Take Two Ho-Ho's and Call Me in the Morning".  

Moving Forward TOGETHER

June 8, 2012

Special Board Meeting Recap - June 7, 2012

IHLS Annual Meeting
You are invited to attend the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of IHLS which will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 5:00 p.m. at the Edwardsville IHLS office, 6725 Goshen Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025.  Join us as we celebrate our first year as the Illinois Heartland Library System!  We will recognize new and departing board members and retiring staff members.  Please register in L2.  (Light refreshments will be served.)  After the Annual Meeting you are welcome to attend the IHLS Board Meeting which will begin at 6 p.m.

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