Published 9/8/2021 12:45 PM CT

Request for Comments

Illinois Heartland Library System is in the process of finalizing components for the updated IHLS Personnel Code, and a Personal Social Media and Online Communication Policy has been proposed. This policy has been vetted by legal counsel and was reviewed in a first reading at the Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors meeting on August 24, 2021. It is now being sent for member comment. Members of Illinois Heartland Library System are encouraged to review the proposed policies and share their comments by Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

Published 9/3/2021  9:44 AM CT

Friday Library Link RoundupWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois. In this Library Link Roundup we look at libraries in the news, COVID and misinformation, and resources on fall religious holidays.

Published 9/2/2021 3:25 PM CT

warning symbol, image of a raining storm cloud, and an illustration of a man coping with a painful back injuryIHLS Delivery is dedicated to serving our library members in a safe and effective manner. Recently, IHLS Delivery drivers and sorters have reported several instances of libraries overfilling tubs in weight or volume. This can lead to two main problems for libraries and for IHLS--both of which your library can help avoid.

Published 8/24/2021 4:19 PM CT

IHLS Schools

Welcome back, school library staff! We hope you had a great summer.

The first day of school delivery started on Aug. 23, 2021. We are no longer quarantining items at the IHLS hub locations, so interlibrary loan items will be delivered on a normal schedule. Please return any bags you may have from the previous school year by sending them with your IHLS Delivery driver. If you have any questions, please reach out to your hub manager.

Published 8/23/2021 11:32 AM CT

IHLS SchoolsThe Illinois State Library is currently accepting applications for the FY2022 School District Library Grant. 

Published 8/23/2021 10:44 AM CT

CMC Cataloging Maintenance Center - Statewide Cataloging SupportErin Rose and Heidi Margold had been working on transcribing, editing, describing, and uploading the Marshall Public Library Oral History Project to Illinois Digital Archives since July 2019. At the end of it all, 256 interviews, approximately 187 hours, were uploaded to the Illinois Digital Archives on July 30, 2021.

Published 8/10/2021 5:15 PM CT

CMC: Cataloging Maintenance CenterThe Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) began accepting college interns this summer through their new internship program.

Two students from the University of Illinois masters’ program in library and information studies, Katie Peterson and Sarah Schwartz, have been serving as interns for the CMC to receive college credit. Both students have been working remotely due to the pandemic and have used Zoom and Teams for training and discussions. Katie and Sarah have been helping...

Published 8/10/2021  3:50 PM CT

AISLE, IHLS, and RAILSAISLE has partnered with Illinois Heartland Library System and Reaching Across Illinois Library System for System E-Content and E-Resources for Illinois Educators, an updated webinar for school library staff to be held Thursday, Sep. 23, at 4 p.m. Join presenters from both RAILS and IHLS to learn more about their ebook/e-audiobook programs, vendor discounts, networking events, and much more! This information frequently changes, so even if you attended the last session you'll want to join us for updates. This is an opportunity to learn more about what Illinois library systems can offer your school! 


Published 8/10/2021 12:58 PM CT

3rd Annual Library Crawl - Libraries: Sign up by Aug. 16 to participate.Have you heard of a library crawl? Similar to a pub crawl or knitting crawl (visiting various pubs or knitting shops), a library crawl includes visiting multiple participating libraries. The 3rd Annual Library Crawl, scheduled for the three-week period of Sept. 27 to Oct. 17, is a fun way to introduce your library's patrons to the libraries of the IHLS service area and the many benefits of a library card--which allows them to visit those other libraries and check out their materials, too. Patrons will get a passport stamp at each library they visit to put in their Library Crawl passport. Some patrons have tried to visit every library in the crawl! 

IHLS Continuing Education Flyer (click to open)Looking for information on Continuing Education and Consulting at through IHLS? Learn more about how IHLS can help you here, including our new printable Continuing Education Calendar.

Published 8/5/2021 5:20 PM CT

Friday Library Link RoundupWe've crawled the web for the most useful library links, curated for the librarians of Illinois and published each first Friday. This Library Link Roundup takes a dive into the 2020 Olympics, the SLIDE school librarian research project, and LOTS of new and updated content from the IHLS website (plus some other juicy items).

Published 7/14/2021 9:20 PM CT

Third Thursdays CE starts August 2021Starting August 2021, join Illinois Heartland Library System every third Thursday at 10 a.m. to discuss or learn about an exciting new topic. Sometimes we'll host a full continuing education webinar featuring IHLS staff or guests, and sometimes we'll incorporate a segment into our Members Matter membership events.



IHLS Virtual Member Day 2021

November 18, 2021


look for details late summer 2021


Published 7/14/2021  12:05 PM CT

Library Directory & Learning CalendarIt’s what so many of you have been waiting for! A Learning Log and Annual Library Certification History have been added to Library Learning (L2) and are now live.

young school children looking at the cameraPublished 7/6/2021  5:17 PM CT

A recent amendment to the Illinois Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) is now law, effective July 1, 2021. This amendment is intended to protect student data from third-party providers that primarily serve K-12 institutions, and it directly impacts how Illinois public schools collect and store student information. IHLS supports both the proposed protections and the philosophies behind this new law and sees now as a good time to remind all members of the importance of library confidentiality. Confidentiality of library materials is a core value of librarianship...

Delivery AnnouncementPublished 6/24/2021 9:41 AM CT

Good morning! I have received many questions about exchange points. IHLS is still maintaining COVID procedures used before Illinois went to Phase 5. We are continuing to wear masks, wipe high-touch areas, take the temperature of our staff, and keeping the no-contact exchange points. 

We will be evaluating not just the IHLS policy for our staff, but in Delivery, we will be evaluating the exchange points. ...

IHLS Delivery on the GoPublished 2/25/2016 2:32 PM CT, Updated 5/26/2021 6:09 PM CT

Delivery On the Go (DOG) is where a library on a downstream route has requested an item from an upstream library. If tagged for DOG delivery, that item may be able to be delivered later that very same day. DOG deliveries are only available if that library is on the same route as your library and delivery is scheduled to arrive at the receiving library later that day.

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IHLS has received another 100 copies of ILA's Serving Our Public 4.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries books. These books are now available for IHLS Members to purchase at a discounted price.

Updated 1/8/2021 12:00 PM CT

IL Library Laws & Rules book coverCopies of the 2020 ILA Illinois Library Laws & Rules are still available to purchase. This essential compilation includes all current laws and rules affecting library service in Illinois.

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