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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.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

August 29, 2011

With the foundational elements of our merged library system in place, we move forward to a transitional year of establishing routines and delivering services in innovative ways.  Staff at our four offices are completing FY2011 audits, and compiling final annual reports for our former systems.  We continue to enhance communication methods between buildings and with our stakeholders. 

Our core priorities remain unchanged.  Delivery services at IHLS continue to evolve as demonstrated in this delivery overview.  In FY2011, over 8.4 million items were delivered across the four former library systems and we expect similar volume this fiscal year.  For about 19 cents each, library materials are delivered to a convenient pick up location for patrons (generally their home library)!  As we move ahead to uniform adoption of our delivery standards, we will see continuing improvements.

We value your experiences with our services and want to hear from you!  Please contact us any time a service does not meet your expectations or you have suggestions for improvement.  This transitional year will be more beneficial to all, and we will develop a stronger organization when there is an easy flow of communication.  I look forward to working with you this year!

IHLS Executive Director appointed

photo of Executive Director Leslie BednarOn behalf of the Board of Directors, I am happy to announce that Leslie Bednar has been appointed Executive Director of the Illinois Heartland Library System.  Leslie brings a diversity of experience to this position, including work at the National Council of Teachers of English, the Champaign Public Library and Southwestern Illinois College.  Her work at the Lewis and Clark Library System has included positions as a cataloger, database coordinator, GateNet Manager and Executive Director.  This appointment is effective Wednesday, August 24, 2011.

Those of us who have worked with her have come to know and appreciate all that Leslie brings to systems.  Please join me in wishing her all the best in her new role!

 ----Karen Bounds, Board Chair

Illinois Heartland Library System

IMPORTANT Public Library Survey

The Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld the constitutionality of legislation that enables the State Library to renew the process of implementing the $50 million Public Library Construction Act Grant Program funded through the Build Illinois Bond Fund.

A provision in the law requires the Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library to file a comprehensive assessment of the capital needs of all public libraries with the General Assembly every two years. The first such report was filed with the General Assembly in December 2009. To continue fulfilling our obligation under this law, the State Library must submit a second report prior to January 1, 2012.

Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together
August 19, 2011

A great way to end the week!! 

The Illinois Heartland Library System is pleased to confirm the receipt of funding from the FY2011 System Area & Per Capita Grants.  The total received of $1,074,211.56 combined with previous payments represents 78% of the FY2011 funding for the four merged Systems that created IHLS.  We appreciate the continued support and assistance from the Illinois State Library as we navigate this challenging fiscal period.

Moving Forward Together

It has been a busy week at the Illinois Heartland Library System.  The candidates for the IHLS Executive Director met via videoconference with staff on Monday morning and then with membership in the afternoon.  The IHLS Board then interviewed each candidate on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 9th.  The Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors anticipate taking formal action at the August Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 23,2011 at the system office in Champaign.

Nominations open for the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations are open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

Moving Forward Together

Did you know that…..

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://