Published 4/2/2021 6:00 AM CT, Updated 4/8/2021 10:05 PM CT

We're getting a new phone answering system. Soon you'll be able to contact IHLS staff with better reliability and ease--no matter where their desks are located.New auto-attendant to start, old extensions to stop working sometime on April 12

We are pleased to share that IHLS is transitioning to a new phone system. Soon, we'll be able to receive your call even if our desks are located outside of the office or we’re working away from our desks.

Published 4/8/2021  2:20 PM CT

Public Libraries are still serving our communities (video thumbnail)Illinois Heartland Library System, Illinois Library Association, and WSIU Public Television: WSIU • WUSI • WSEC • WMEC • WQEC

"Hemingway," the three-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, was brought to public television stations of central and southern Illinois April 5-7 2021, with support from the public libraries of Illinois, Illinois Heartland Library System, and Illinois Library Association. Missed it? Stream it tonight through WSIU Public Television and watch the Illinois Public Libraries spot broadcasted during the WSIU showing.

Published 4/2/2021 11:30 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, see how 3 libraries held virtual egg hunts and find books recs and intros to April holidays from 5 different world religions, resources for reducing anti-Asian harassment, and ways to celebrate National Library Week!

published 3/25/2021 3:31 PM CT

The fiscal year 2020-21 Illinois Public Library Annual Report (IPLAR) survey is now open. Each public library is required to submit the IPLAR 60 days after the library’s fiscal year end.

Published 3/25/2021

The ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Statistical Survey for FY2020 (July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020) is currently open. The survey is to be completed by May 15.

Published 3/25/2021 2:13 PM CT

Comics Plus Powered by LibraryPassBrodart is partnering with LibraryPass to bring digital graphic content to libraries through Comics Plus® for Public and Academic Libraries. Now you can cater to your graphic-loving patrons by offering a unique tool for accessing a vast range of digital titles, spanning comics, graphic novels, and manga. 

Published 3/19/2021  6:13 PM CT

Movie popcornSwank Movie Licensing provides public libraries and certain other institutions with the licensing needed to legally show films from the major Hollywood studios in their buildings to engage and entertain patrons. For 2021, there is also an exception to the license to use some films outdoors on library property!

By signing up for Swank Movie Licensing through this partnership with IHLS, your library will receive a discounted rate, giving you the best value in movie licensing and the ability to expand film programming for patrons.

IHLS Delivery drivers have recently reported several instances of libraries leaving over-filled tubs of materials for IHLS pickup. Overfilling tubs can result in damage to materials as the materials are crushed or exposed to rain and snow. Additionally, it creates a hazard for delivery drivers when stacking and transporting the tubs. 
We understand libraries are anxious to get their items out as soon as possible. However, for the benefit of all, we ask that you please fill tubs only as full as they can properly be closed. 
If you need additional tubs, we have some. Please be sure to reach out to your delivery hub manager. Additionally, libraries can send materials in boxes. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Published 3/15/2021 1:50 PM CT


Voting Period Now Open for IHLS Board of Directors

Welcome to the Board of Directors Election 2021 hub, where you'll find election information, an overview of what board members do, candidate statements/bios, and a sample ballot. 

The official ballot, available electronically only, includes 12 candidates for the five open seats on the Board of Directors for a three-year term. All were candidates were confirmed as eligible by a Nominating Committee, chaired by Sarah Isaacs. IHLS Board of Directors members help set policies for the library system and have an impact on the quality of library services throughout central and southern Illinois.

Published 2/26/2021 3:40 PM CT

Due to the RBmedia/Overdrive merger, our RBdigital service will be suspended in mid-March. RBdigital e-audiobooks will no longer be accessible after March 15, 2021, and e-magazines will be discontinued on March 31, 2021. Libraries that subscribed to RBdigital this fiscal year will be receiving refund information shortly. Questions can be directed to Lesley Zavediuk, SHARE Circulation & Resource Sharing Specialist.

Published 2/25/2021 2:15 PM CT

Illinois Heartland Library System is pleased to announce the recipients of the IHLS Vehicles Grant: Crab Orchard Public Library District East Saint Louis Public Library Jerseyville Public Library Rochester Public Library District Danville Public LibraryIllinois Heartland Library System is pleased to announce the recipients of the IHLS Vehicles Grant: 

  • Crab Orchard Public Library District
  • East St. Louis Public Library
  • Jerseyville Public Library
  • Rochester Public Library District
  • Danville Public Library

Published 2/11/2021 3:10 PM CT, updated 3/30/2021 4:02 PM CT

Join us Thursday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to noon for this bright and cheerful presentation about planning your Summer Reading Program, presented by IHLS and ILA. We will discuss a broad spectrum of topics, some of which include program development, marketing, partnerships, and activities. You will leave the training with confidence and excitement about your socially distanced program that meets the needs of your community. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Published 2/11/2021 1:55 PM CT, updated 3/5/2021 3:05 PM

Members Matter: Library Ethics 101: What Would You Do? + System UpdatesJoin your IHLS friends and colleagues from around central and southern Illinois on March 4, 2021, for a Members Matter meeting featuring a presentation on library ethics followed by updates from the Illinois State Library; the administrative, delivery, and membership staff of IHLS; and the SHARE consortium.

Published 2/9/2021 4:08 PM CT

Certification Tutorial Video ThumbnailLibraries that are members of a regional library system are required by statute to annually certify that they are compliant with the membership criteria as set forth in the Illinois Administrative Code (23 ILAC 3030.200). In conjunction with this certification, all libraries are also required to complete the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Statistical Survey.

The window for certification will open on Monday, Feb. 15, and will remain open through Saturday, May 15. This year, it will not be done through a dedicated website, but through your library’s account in Library Learning (L2). 

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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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