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Moving Forward Together

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This week saw the release of an IHLS Request for Information (RFI) for a replacement automation product for the four IHLS LLSAP’s. The deadline for vendor submissions is September 2, 2011. The LLSAP Working Group, comprised of representatives from each LLSAP, will coordinate evaluation along with library membership input and product demonstrations. All of this work will be necessary to determine how the current 4 different automation systems can be replaced with one automation system for all members.

Meet the Candidates for IHLS Executive Director

On Monday, August 8, 2011 staff and membership will have the opportunity to “meet” the four finalists who have submitted applications for the position of Executive Director of the Illinois Heartland Library System. The V-Tel session with staff members will take place at each building, plus the Illinois Department of Transportation Office in Effingham.

The afternoon session will be an opportunity for the membership to get to see and hear the finalists. The session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and continue until approximately 3:15 p.m. Again, the locations will be the four system service centers (Carterville, Champaign, Decatur and Edwardsville), plus the Illinois Department of Transportation building in Effingham (400 West Wabash Avenue, Effingham, IL 62401), and the Illinois State Library.


Registration is preferred in order to facilitate room set up, but not required. To register, go to: http://

GateNet Millennium upgrade 3 August 2011

Maintenance Update

The Gatenet membership is currently using release 2009b 1.3  The most current Millennium software release is 2009b 1.4  On Wednesday, August 3, Innovative will begin the Maintenance Update to the latest version.

A Maintenance Update installs updated software within our current software release.  Maintenance Updates do not require system downtime or a system reboot. Library staff can continue to work on the system while the update is being installed.


Notice of Request for Information for ILS for IHLS

The Illinois Heartland Library System has issued a Request for Information from Integrated Library System (ILS) vendors for a new ILS platform to be shared by the four system LLSAPs (Local Library System Automation Program) as of August 2, 2011.

Responses are due in electronic copy (Word or PDF format) by email to contact persons listed in the RFI by 5pm CST, Friday September 2, 2011.

You can also view the answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.

Moving Forward...Together

The Illinois Heartland Library System’s Board of Directors met on Tuesday evening, July 26 at the
Carterville Office.

A significant highlight of the meeting included a report from the Executive Director Search Committee.
The committee recommended five finalists for the board’s consideration. Those finalists are: Leslie
Bednar, Tracy Byerly, Pat Boze, Beverly Obert and Adam Wright. Mr. Wright declined to pursue the
position, so the remaining four candidates will be interviewed by the Board of Directors.

LLSAPs in the Heartland

Local Library System Automation Projects (LLSAPs) are a benefit to members of Library Systems in Illinois.  Within the Illinois Heartland Library System, four automation consortia are working together toward a common, shared platform.  Together, the SILNET (Carterville), LINC (Champaign), Decatur LLSAP, and GateNet (Edwardsville) have more in common than you may realize! 

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Public Library Per Capita videoconferences scheduled

On August 4, 2011 and August 25, 2011, the ISL will sponsor a videoconference session on both how to calculate Census populations and on filling out the Public Library Per Capita Grant application.

Moving Forward Together

Is it hot enough for you yet?  July is zooming along for IHLS staff and the toasty weather has kept us all busy.  We are adjusting to the sheer size of our service area and utilizing electronic methods to meet in groups large and small.  Staff are refining administrative processes and looking at our service priorities from a higher perspective.

The IHLS Board of Directors will meet Tuesday, July 26th in Carterville.  Agenda and meeting documents are now available.  We hope to see you there!

Agenda for July 25 Finance Committee Meeting

The IHLS Board of Directors Finance Committee will meet Monday, July 25, 2011 at 4pm via conference call.

You can view the agenda here, or download the PDF here.


All board and board committee documents can be found in the Board of Directors section of the IHLS website under the About IHLS tab.

Columbia PL renovations complete

Patrons in Columbia, IL, have a sunnier outlook now that renovations at the Columbia Public Library are complete.