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Agenda announced for the IHLS automation vendor demonstrations

The IHLS LLSAP4 Working Group has completed an agenda for the 2-day in-person demonstrations with Polaris and SirsiDynix, the two top automation vendor finalists.  Please see the 2-day Agenda here, which will be the same for both vendors.  Day 1 for both vendors covers Circulation & the OPAC; Day 2 for both vendors covers Cataloging, Acquisitions, Serials, & Reports.

Just a reminder of the dates:

  • Polaris - November 7 & 8, 9 am-5 pm, Keller Convention Center, Effingham 
  • SirsiDynix Symphony - November 15 & 16, 9 am -5 pm, Keller Convention Center, Effingham

We would like a large number of IHLS LLSAP member library staff people to attend the in-person demonstrations.  Registration for the in-person demonstrations is available via L2.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

October 24, 2011

Looking Ahead
The next few weeks will be busy ones for IHLS staff:

The October IHLS Board meeting will be held tomorrow at the Edwardsville office.  You can find meeting materials here.

We all look forward to the LLSAP vendor demonstrations to be held November, and we strongly encourage registration via LibraryLearning (L2):
Polaris - November 7 & 8, 9 am-5 pm, Keller Convention Center, Effingham
SirsiDynix Symphony - November 15 & 16, 9 am -5 pmKeller Convention Center, Effingham

We invite any IHLS LLSAP member library staff to attend these two demonstrations.  We will also offer web-based recordings of the demonstrations so those who cannot attend the in-person sessions can view the presentations and evaluate the products as well.   Critical to the success of the evaluation is the need for membership input from everyone who attends either the in-person sessions or views the recordings.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

Getting To Know You

As our member leaders were crafting a new library system last year, they appreciated the high value of member input and viewed Advisory Councils as one way to gain that feedback.  If you would like to participate on a council, please tell us a little about yourself, and we will take it from there!

Be a part of the Exchange list!

eXchange-logo2.pngHave you ever had a book to give away, or an idea to share, or maybe an event that’s going on at your library and you want to share it with libraries in IHLS?  Then you will want to be a part of our newest listserv.  We call it “Exchange”.  On the Exchange list, you are in charge of the content.  IHLS staff encourages all of our libraries, regardless of LLSAP membership, to share announcements, opportunities to learn, and of course materials across the entire IHLS area.  Membership is completely voluntary and you must sign up in order to start receiving emails. 

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: