Please visit the Illinois Heartland Library System Website

June 13th, 2013 Comments off

This website is no longer maintained and is only available for records retention. Please visit us at http://www.illinoisheartland.org  

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Agenda posted for 06.30.2011 IHLS Transition Board Meeting

June 29th, 2011 Comments off

The Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board Agenda for 06.30.2011 has been posted. PDF Version of IHLS Board Agenda for 06.30.2011 Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors June 30, 2011; 6 pm Hilton Garden Inn; Effingham Illinois AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Roll Call – Recording Secretary 3. Public Comments If a […]

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IHLS Legal Notice for Property, Casualty and Liability Insurance

June 7th, 2011 Comments off

LEGAL NOTICE ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM INVITATION TO BID PROPERTY, CASUALTY AND LIABILITY INSURANCE Sealed bids will be accepted by the Illinois Heartland Library System for various property, casualty and liability insurance coverage for the coverage period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The coverage shall become effective July 1, 2011. We invite bids […]

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Looking Back to Move Forward – June 21, 2011

June 2nd, 2011 Comments off

All library staff, boards, and friends of LCLS are invited to a celebration.  Join us as we look back at the history of Lewis & Clark Library System and move forward and merge into the new Illinois Heartland Library System. Invitation 2011 Lewis & Clark Library System Annual Meeting   Then & Now – Looking […]

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IHLS Logo Design Opportunity

May 31st, 2011 Comments off

IHLS LOGO DESIGN OPPORTUNITY: Are you creative? The Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board invited individuals to submit designs for a professional logo for the system. The Board and staff are interested in seeing concepts, designs and ideas that will provide a brand for the system showing the interdependence of member libraries in providing service […]

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Transition Board Continues Its Work

May 27th, 2011 Comments off

The Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors met on Thursday, May 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Effingham. With a full agenda the meeting began at 6 pm. The minutes of the May 9 meeting were read, corrected, and approved. A financial report on the cash flow of the systems was reviewed […]

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News from the IHLS Transition Board

May 17th, 2011 Comments off

The Transition Board met by videoconference on Monday April 25 and in person on Monday May 9th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Effingham . Board actions at the April 25 meeting were the adoption of: the work week and paid holidays for the IHLS the Membership Grievance Policy the Freedom of Information Procedures the […]

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IHLS Minutes for the 04.25.2011 meeting posted.

May 17th, 2011 Comments off

Illinois Heartland Library System Minutes for the videoconference meeting held 04.25.2011 have been posted. (PDF version of 04.25.2011 minutes)  Place:             Illinois State Library Video Conference LCLS Video Conference LTLS Video Conference RPLS Video Conference SHLS Video Conference Eastern Illinois University, Gregg strong>Date: April 25, 2011 Attending: Karen Bounds, Valerie Green, Janet Hasten, Amy Ihnen, […]

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Illinois Heartland Library System 2011 Board Of Trustees Election Slate Posted

May 12th, 2011 Comments off

ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM 2011 BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION SLATE Voting is done by an online survey. The link to the voting ballots is emailed directly to each member library (anticipated date: May 10 or 11, 2011). Contact your system for information about who will receive the email at your library. Voting deadline: 5/23/2011. IHLS […]

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IHLS Personnel Committee Meeting Agenda for 05.11.2011 Posted

May 11th, 2011 Comments off

ILLINOIS HEARTLAND LIBRARY SYSTEM PERSONNEL COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL MEETING – May 11, 2011 6:30 P.M. **New Conference call in Number 1-800-444-2801 Pin number 3892694 URL:http://wjil3.acrobat.com/r13898509/ AGENDA I. Attendance noted as each calls in II. Notes from 4/27 and 5/04 meetings III. New section to review – Sec. IX of original doc. A. Working Conditions – […]

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IHLS Final Version of Agenda Posted for 05.09.2011

May 9th, 2011 Comments off

The final version of the agenda and associated documents for the Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board meeting for 05.09.2011 at 6 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Effingham, IL has been posted. Final version of Agenda and associated Documents in PDF format. TBResolution2011-22 (Employment Definitions) in PDF format. TBD 2011-24 (Position Descriptions) in […]

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IHLS Transition Board Agenda for 05.09.2011 Meeting Posted

May 6th, 2011 Comments off

Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors May 9, 2011; 6 pm Hilton Garden Inn; Effingham Illinois Documents for 05.09.2011 Meeting in PDF format. TBD 2011-24 in PDF format. AGENDA Call to Order Roll Call – Recording Secretary Public Comments If a member of the audience desires to speak to the Board, sign in […]

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IHLS Nominating Committee Minutes from 04.28.2011 Posted

May 5th, 2011 Comments off

Minutes, Nominating Committee Date: April 28, 2011, 2:00pm Location: Phone Conference 1) Meeting called to order at 2:00pm 2) Roll call Present: Diana Brawley Sussman , Committee Chair, Carbondale Public Library Deanne Holshouser, Edwardsville Public Library Nancy Huntley, Lincoln Library Kim Keller , Bryan-Bennett Library Bev Obert , Committee Liaison, Rolling Prairie Library System Committee […]

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IHLS Nominating Committee Agenda for Meeting on 05.06.2011

May 4th, 2011 Comments off

Nominating Committee Agenda:  Date: Friday, May 06, 2011, 10:00 a.m. Location: Phone Conference Dial-in Number:                1-605-475-6350 Participant Access Code:  62901 Visitors welcome. 1) Call to order 2) Discuss and resolve any issues that arose with proposed slate or election process. Add or delete candidates as needed to comply with geographic balance or legal by-laws. 3) […]

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IHLS Search Committee Meeting Agenda for 05.03.2011 Posted

May 3rd, 2011 Comments off

Illinois Heartland Library System Search Committee Tuesday, May 3, 2011 7 PM. Agenda Call meeting to order Minutes of the Previous Meeting Update from conversation with Greg McCormick Review Search Firm Responses Agree on Next Steps.

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IHLS Personnel Committee Meeting 04.27.11 Agenda

April 26th, 2011 Comments off

The IHLS Personnel Committee will be meeting via conference call and Adobe Connect on Wednesday, April 27th.  For more information click on the agenda below. Agenda-April 27

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Public Per Capita – Budget Amendments

April 22nd, 2011 Comments off

If you received a public library per capita, school library per capita or other type of grant requiring submission of a budget amendment, the amendment must be submitted to the State Library by May 1.  For questions about budget amendments, please contact Mary Downing at mdowning@ilsos.net , Karen Egan at kegan@ilsos.net , or Jeanne Urbanek […]

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2010 Census Maps

April 22nd, 2011 Comments off

The U.S. Census Bureau has placed 2010 Census maps on the Web.  The data may be particularly helpful for public library districts that will have to compare their district boundaries to census geography to arrive at their population figure for annual Illinois State Library Public Library Per Capita grants.  There are four types of 2010 […]

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Public Library “Business Packages” Follow-up

April 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Illinois State Library will provide more than 60 Illinois public libraries with “business packages”.  The packages include laptops, multimedia projectors, camcorders, software and training videos to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in local communities. The business packages will be made available to public […]

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IHLS Transition Board Agenda for 04.25.2011

April 21st, 2011 Comments off

Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors 6:00 – 8:30 pm; April 25, 2011 Locations: Illinois State Library Video Conference LCLS Video Conference LTLS Video Conference RPLS Video Conference SHLS Video Conference Eastern Illinois University, Gregg Technology Center AGENDA Call to Order Roll Call – Recording Secretary Public Comments If a member of the […]

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Search Firm Invitation to Bid

April 13th, 2011 Comments off

At the April 7, 2011 Meeting of the Illinois Heartland Library System Board of Directors, the decision was made to retain the services of a search firm or consultant to assist in the process of hiring an Executive Director for the Illinois Heartland Library System.  In compliance with (30 ILCS 525/) Governmental Joint Purchasing Act, […]

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WilsonSelect Plus Information for FY2012

April 12th, 2011 Comments off

For the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1, 2011, H.W. Wilson will be making some changes on how you access their product.  The name of the product has changed from WilsonSelect Plus to OmniFile Select.  One of the other major changes is that the library systems will no longer bill for their product in […]

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Transition Board Mtg. – Search Committee – April 11th

April 11th, 2011 Comments off

The Search Committee from the Transition Board will be meeting on April 11th, starting at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be virtual.  The agenda and how to access this meeting are included in this post. AgendaSearchCom4.11.2011

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Planning Panel Agenda for 04.08.2011 Meeting

April 5th, 2011 Comments off

Planning Panel Agenda for 04.08.2011 (PDF) for meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Effingham.

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Transition Board Agenda April 7, 2011

April 5th, 2011 Comments off

Here is the agenda for the Transition Board for April 7, 2011. The meeting will be held at the Garden Inn in Effingham beginning at 6 pm.

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Transition Board: First Meeting

April 5th, 2011 Comments off

The Transition Board of the Illinois Heartland Library System met for the first time on Tuesday, March 29th. The meeting began with the selection of a convener for the meeting. Mary Ann Pohl was selected and ably conducted the approval of the By-laws for the system and the election of president. Tom Turner from the […]

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Transition Board Agenda and Documents — 3/28/11

March 28th, 2011 Comments off

The Agenda for the Transition Board was posted on March 25, 2011.  The document in this post has the agenda and the board packet including documents for the Board to consider and take action on. Transition Board Agenda & Documents 3.29.11  

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Resource Sharing Document – March 23, 11 Revision

March 28th, 2011 Comments off

This document includes revisions that were made after discussions at the March 23rd Planning Panel Meeting.  Revisions are in red. Click here to access the document.

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Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board Meeting Agenda for 03.29.2011

March 25th, 2011 Comments off

Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board of Directors Organizational Meeting 6:00 pm; March 29, 2011 Hilton Garden Inn, Effingham, Illinois AGENDA This is the Organizational Meeting of the Illinois Heartland Library System Transition Board. The Transition Board is comprised of 15 members appointed by the Boards of Lewis and Clark Library System, Lincoln Trail Libraries […]

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Agenda for the 03.23.2011 Planning Panel Meeting

March 18th, 2011 Comments off

Southern System PlanningMarch 23, 2011Hilton Garden Inn1301 Avenue of Mid AmericaEffingham, IL 62401 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Meeting PurposeThe purpose of this meeting is to further the work of the panel toward the Goal/Outcome as approved by the individual system boards. Desired Outcomes of Planning Meeting — By the end of the meeting: Review […]

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Resource Sharing Document – February 26 Revision v.2

March 15th, 2011 Comments off

The link below will take you to the Feb 26 v.2 revision of this document. Resource Sharing Document – February 26 Revision v.2

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Southern System Planning Panel Agenda for 03.11.2011

March 9th, 2011 Comments off

Southern System PlanningMarch 11, 2011Videoconference with sites atIllinois State LibraryLewis and Clark Library SystemLincoln Trail Libraries SystemRolling Prairie Library SystemShawnee Library System 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Meeting PurposeTo Review the Application for Merger due at ISL April 4, 2011 Desired Outcomes of Planning Meeting — By the end of the meeting: the application for […]

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Planning Panel Agenda 2.25-26.2011

February 23rd, 2011 Comments off

Southern System PlanningFebruary 25 & 26, 2011Hilton Garden Inn1301 Avenue of Mid AmericaEffingham, IL 62401 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM February 25, 20118:00 AM – 11:30 February 26, 2011 Meeting Purpose The purpose of this meeting is to further the work of the panel toward the Goal/Outcome as approved by the individual system boards. Desired […]

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Southern Systems Planning Panel Input Needed!

February 22nd, 2011 Comments off

The Southern Systems Planning Panel is working diligently, in conjunction with individual system boards, to move forward to a merged system that will be in place July 1, 2011. To that end, we would like to solicit comments from the membership on several of our working documents. The planning panel will meet on Friday and […]

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Join us in Effingham!

February 7th, 2011 Comments off

February is a good month to learn more about the Southern Systems merger process, and a great time to join your colleagues in Effingham for planning panel meetings!  The Southern Systems Planning tab on this site will lead you to names and contact information for planning panel members, System-specific data and reports, official documentation from […]

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What’s New @ WJIL: Planning for Summer Reading

February 3rd, 2011 Comments off

It’s true the snow is still flying – really flying here in Illinois- but this is still the perfect time to start wishful thoughts for warm weather and the summer reading programming that comes with it. Illinois has a rich tradition of supporting summer reading through the ILA iRead program, but you can still warm […]

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Register now for the 10th Annual Information Literacy Summit!

February 1st, 2011 Comments off

This year’s theme, “Inspiring Creativity,” asks us to connect creativity with the role of libraries, librarians, and information literacy.

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Draft Membership Standards

January 28th, 2011 Comments off

The Planning Panel working on the southern Illinois library System merger have put in many long hours crafting an organization that supports its members and provides necessary library services such as talking books, materials delivery and library automation software.  This merged “super” System will only be as strong as your participation and involvement in critical […]

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Illinois Library Trustees: Charting a New Course in Times of Change

January 20th, 2011 Comments off

Attention Library Trustees! This year the Illinois Library Association is bringing its popular trustee workshop SOUTH! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 26, 2011 and head to Springfield. The workshop is entitled: Illinois Library Trustees: Charting a New Course in Times of Change. The event will be held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and […]

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The Winners Are…

January 10th, 2011 Comments off

The American Library Association has announced their 2011 Youth Media Awards.

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My First Library Card: A New Year’s Message

January 4th, 2011 Comments off

My First Library Card: A New Year’s Message Last week I had the pleasure of witnessing my son’s receipt of his first library card. The sheer excitement of a small piece of paper that opens up countless opportunities cannot be understated. Regardless of library type, it opens a world of possibilities for recreation and study. […]

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Your Input Needed

December 23rd, 2010 Comments off

There are two documents that the Legal, Governance, Membership Subcommittee has worked on that need comments from the membership of the four southern systems. The first is the make up of the Transition Board (PDF) and the first full Board of the new System. Currently, the Transition Board will be appointed from members of the […]

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Merger Talks Continuing

December 9th, 2010 Comments off

It was a cold day outside, but that did not stop the members of the

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The November Merger Meeting

November 12th, 2010 Comments off

The subcommittees of the Southern Planning Panel met at the Rolling Prairie Library System Headquarters in Decatur. They worked for 2 hours and made significant progress in their committees charge. The panel then moved to the Decatur Public Library for lunch and the full panel meeting. During the meeting Jan Ison, LTLS, gave an overview […]

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The Latest Merger Update

October 20th, 2010 Comments off

The Lewis & Clark Library System was the site for the October 13th merger planning meeting. The subcommittees met in the morning and made significant progress that was reported to the entire group during the afternoon meeting which consisted of reports on member concerns, the northern merger process, review of fiscal data, and discussion on […]

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Strategic Plan Survey

October 15th, 2010 Comments off

Library Systems in Illinois are faced with financial challenges that necessitate looking at every service offered by the system. The four Southern Systems (LCLS, LTLS, RPLS, SHLS) are in a collaborative planning process to develop a new structure for library cooperation.  We need your help by completing this survey in order for us to create […]

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Report of the Planning to SD&P

October 15th, 2010 Comments off

On Thursday October 14, 2010, Rosanne Reidner and Jan Ison attended a meeting of the Illinois System Directors and Presidents. One the topics of the meeting was the Planning Process that the Southern Systems are engaged in. The following is a report of that planning from LTLS Board President, Rosanne Reidner: The Southern System Planning […]

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Merger Work Progresses

September 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Tuesday, September 14 RPLS Board, staff and members traveled to Carterville for the meeting of the Merger Planning Panel. Carterville is the location of the headquarters of the Shawnee Library System. The day began at 10:30 with the four subcommittees meeting and working on their particular charge. The Delivery subcommittee looked at routes and statistics […]

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The Future: The planning has begun

August 20th, 2010 Comments off

On Thursday, August 12, the first official meeting of the Southern Systems Planning Panel met. The group affirmed the process and created four subcommittees to begin work towards a merged system. Those subcommittees are Strategic Planning; Legal, Governance and Membership; Delivery; and Resource Sharing. Each subcommittee met briefly that day to begin their work. One […]

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The Future: Meetings of the Southern System Planning Panel

August 3rd, 2010 Comments off

Each of the Systems (Lewis and Clark, Lincoln Trail, Shawnee, and Rolling Prairie) have appointed members to the Southern System Planning Panel. The first meeting of the appointed panel will be held on Thursday, August 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. The location is the Knights of Columbus Hall in Effingham at 1501 W. Fayette. […]

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Cooperation in Transition by Jan Ison

July 23rd, 2010 Comments off

The past two years have seen a lot of change in library organizations in the United States, and most of those changes seem to be related to funding. That, of course, is a sign of the economy. For libraries and other public institutions money problems are likely to continue for one to two years after […]

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The Future – Part 2

July 23rd, 2010 Comments off

The steps to a new future have begun. There have been two meetings of the four southern systems (Lewis and Clark, Lincoln Trail, Shawnee, and Rolling Prairie). The first was June 22 and was held at the Kaskaskia Community College Center in Vandalia. At this meeting the word merger was not brought up. It was […]

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The Future

July 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Have you ever wanted to have the ability to see into the future? I think every one at sometime in their life would like to be able to do just that. Fortunately, or unfortunately, we do not have that ability. I have people asking, “What is the future of RPLS? What is the future of […]

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Change/Transition/The Future

July 21st, 2010 Comments off

Change is all around us. This is especially true in spring as flowers grow and bloom and the corn in the fields goes from peeking through the ground to knee high in a few weeks. Some changes are easy; a new car or painting a room. Some are much more difficult; a child going off […]

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