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First Book believes that education is the best way out of poverty for children in need. First Book aims to remove barriers to quality education for all kids by making everything from brand new books to school supplies, basic needs items, digital learning resources, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 550,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. First Book also works with dozens of corporate and nonprofit partners to help subsidize costs even further through special funding opportunities made available exclusively to members.

The Frances R. Dewing Foundation supports innovation in early childhood education. Emphasis is placed on new, untried, or unusual projects and programs that, if successful, could have a snowball or ripple effect benefiting the larger educational or local community. Generally, such projects and programs need seed money to develop and try new educational methods and tools. The foundation provides seed money through small grants, generally ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.

Published 7/20/2022 3:54 PM CT, Updated 7/21/2022 10:54 AM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support

Learn the nuances of cataloging and collection discoverability in 20 minutes when you attend the Cataloging Maintenance Center’s Online with the CMC. These brief, 15- to 20-minute webinars, led by CMC cataloging and metadata experts, cover a different challenging or interesting cataloging special topic each month, such as examining accessibility in cataloging and how to use some of the less-common MARC fields. A 40-minute Q&A session follows each presentation, allowing participants to seek clarification or ask about additional cataloging topics.

Online with the CMC webinars are free to all library workers in Illinois thanks to a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Top Workplaces 2022 -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Edwardsville, Ill. - June 25, 2022 - Illinois Heartland Library System has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

"Companies need to authentically represent their brand to job-seekers," said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. "The employee experience needs to be on the mission-critical list. Leaders who embrace a people-first culture will benefit greatly. By giving employees a voice and showcasing your authentic culture through employer branding, organizations can attract those job seekers who complement their culture. Culture drives performance."

We at IHLS are so grateful for our fabulous staff and their dedication to supporting Illinois libraries. From our delivery hubs to our offices, our employees’ enthusiasm and dedication enable IHLS to provide the best service possible. Thanks to them, we continue to fulfill our vision of empowering libraries to embrace innovation and collaboration.


Published 6/22/2022 11:55 AM CT

Newspaper Archive -- Unlock and Discover History -- Discount for Illinois Heartland Library System members

World Archives Offers 10% Discount to IHLS-Member Libraries

World Archives specializes in newspaper archiving, microfilming and digitization. They have an extensive global database that their partners in various universities and libraries throughout the world utilize for all different types of research.

They would love to discuss this possibility with you and to learn more about your current collections and any additional library or resource needs you may have. The NewspaperArchive database currently has over 15,600+ different publications ranging from 1607 to present day. All their content is primary-source material, which is digitized directly from microfilm or PDF, so it appears exactly as it did in print -- with the added benefit of being 100% searchable.


Published 6/8/2022 3:58 PM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support

For seasoned librarians interested in exploring new avenues in metadata, as well as library workers looking to learn the fundamentals of cataloging, the Cataloging Maintenance Center provides cataloging training for library workers across the state of Illinois. Subjects range from the basic to the complex — from cataloging fundamentals to the nuances of metadata across lending item types.

All courses are asynchronous, so students may study each module’s materials as their schedules allow so long as they complete the assignments and quizzes by the end of each week.

Courses are free to all library workers in Illinois thanks to a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Published 5/23/2022 5:02 PM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging Support

The Cataloging Maintenance Center provides free cataloging services to system libraries throughout Illinois. We hope, by now, that this is fairly well-known, and we appreciate all the cataloging work we get to do for the many amazing libraries across Illinois. But did you know that one of the services the CMC provides is metadata cataloging services? If you have any digital collections, like digital photographs, documents, and video or audio recordings, and you need help cataloging them or would like your collection uploaded into the Illinois Digital Archive (run by the Illinois State Library), then we have a dedicated metadata cataloger on staff who is eager to work with you, Katy Egts. Right now, Katy...

Published 5/17/2022 2:14 PM CT


Congratulations to the newly elected members of the IHLS Board of Directors! Election results are pending board certification at the May 24 board meeting. 

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