IHLS Member Day 2019Registration is NOW OPEN for IHLS Member Day 2019!

November 7, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thelma Keller Conference Center
1202 North Keller Drive​
Effingham, IL 62401

Immerse yourself in a jam-packed day of library learning designed just for you—this year with expanded tracks! Update your knowledge, find new tools, and meet and share ideas with others from the diverse library world of Central and Southern Illinois. FREE for IHLS members. 

Springfield was the site of the 2018 Association for Small and Rural Libraries (ARSL) Annual Conference. Many IHLS members stated they had finally found a conference that understood their needs. The conference had the added advantage of providing networking opportunities with fellow librarians (ARSL applies the title of “librarian” to anyone who works in a library) working in small and rural libraries across the country. Some attendees described it as an almost magical experience because they had found their “people.”

Three Washington Post demos have been scheduled for IHLS members. Please join Sean Hughes with The Washington Post, to learn more about their digital service for libraries!

  • October 9, 2019
  • October 16, 2019
  • October 23, 2019

More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment
Oct. 1, 2019 | 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Diana Brawley Sussman, Director of the Carbondale Public Library, has been selected to be a distinguished panelist. She will represent a librarian’s viewpoint during the October 1, 2019 livestreamed event, More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment.

This free event will be held from 6:15-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. The event will be accessible via live streams at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield), Southern Illinois University (Carbondale), and Shawnee Community College Education Center (Ullin).


Please join Baker & Taylor’s (B&T) Brendan Peirce for a lunch and learn series to learn more about the world’s leading collection performance improvement solutions, including Collection HQ (cHQ) and Evidence Based Selection Planning (ESP).


  • Tuesday, October 15 Champaign
  • Wednesday, October 16 Carbondale
  • Thursday, October 17 Edwardsville

wall of microfilm at Dixon PL



When faced with a wall of microfilm that needed to be cataloged, the Dixon Public Library enlisted the aid of the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC).

The semi-finalists of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project have been named, and there are several IHLS member libraries represented (Carbondale, Urbana, Maryville and Tolono)! One winner in adult fiction and one in young adult fiction will be announced in October.

image: e-reader, paperback book, and reading glasses on brown wooden table

Advocacy Tools for Libraries

Tools Regarding the Embargoes on Library Purchasing of e-Content

last updated: 9/18/19 2:09 PM CT

In the last several months, publishers of e-books and e-audiobooks have been changing the way they license content and imposing excessive restrictions on access to new titles. This is on top of the existing trend of library-targeted, time-limited licenses and licensing costs that can be up to six times higher than for an individual. Both the American Library Association and the Illinois Library Association list equal access to information as a core value, and ALA includes equal access to information as a core value of librarianship. While some restrictions are an expected reality, the new licensing models impose restrictions that make it far too difficult to ensure access to information for all. Limited access for libraries means limited access for library patrons, including those who count on our services the most. 

Illinois Heartland Library System has developed and collected a few resources for Illinois libraries to use in advocating for libraries and patrons in Illinois and everywhere. Help in the move toward equal information access for all by learning more and by sharing these resources with your library's staff and patrons.

Confidential!IHLS and SHARE have been notified that there has been a concern from state representatives regarding library confidentiality. The concern specifically has to do with hold shelves and items that are being made available with personally identifiable information.

What does this mean for you?

Your trustees need to know about trends, current events affecting libraries, and major changes to library law. The only way we can inform them about these events is by having their correct email addresses. Please be sure to update your trustees' information in Library Learning (L2) before the end of July.
To update trustee names and email addresses in L2:


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