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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This website is no longer maintained and is only available for records retention.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


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.

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.

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

SWIC, Albion, and DuQuoin Library Openings

February 4th, 2011 Comments off

We have recently received notice of three library positions available within the Shawnee Library System. They are:

Albion Public Library: The Board of the Albion Public Library is seeking resumes for the position of Head Librarian.  Work schedule is approximately 30 hours per week.  Resumes should be sent to:  Albion Public Library, 6 N. 4th St., Albion, IL 62806.  Deadline for resumes is 4 p.m. February 18th.

DuQuoin Public Library: The DuQuoin Public Library Board of Trustees is now accepting applications for the full-time position of library director.  Applicants should possess experience in the field of library-information science and possess organization and managerial skills.  Friendly working environment with competitive salary and benefit package offered.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and names and contact information of 3 references.  Send to:  Library Search Committee, in care of City of DuQuoin, 302 E. Poplar St., DuQuoin, IL  62832.  Application deadline is March 1, 2011.

Southwestern Illinois College:  Southwestern Illinois College, is accepting applications for one full-time tenure track faculty position of Librarian. The appointment may be made for the Fall 2011 semester beginning on August 15, 2011, and is contingent upon continued funding for the position.  For a full job description and application information, go to:

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Register now for the 10th Annual Information Literacy Summit!

February 1st, 2011 Comments off


* Monday, April 18 — Illinois State University (Normal)

* Tuesday, April 19 — Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills)

* Wednesday, April 20 — John A. Logan College (Carterville)

Breakfast & check-in begins at 8:30

Program 9:00-3:30.

Randy Hensley, Professor and Head of Instruction of Newman Library, Baruch College, City University of New York, will be the keynote speaker at all three Summit locations.


$35 (includes breakfast, lunch and materials)


* Librarians who are involved with teaching and learning in almost any aspect.  Academic, school, public and special librarians attend.

* Teachers and other educators who want to discuss information literacy, student research and student use of information.

CPDUs available.

More information and online registration is available at:

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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 Conference Center beginning with a 7:00 a.m. breakfast. Topics include sessions on the levy process, personnel law, advocacy and legislative updates as well as the popular legal question and answer session with Attorney Phil Lenzini. The cost is $125.00 for ILA members and $150.00 for non‐members. There is a discount when registering multiple trustees; and the registration includes breakfast, lunch, and two snack breaks. This is a unique opportunity that is too good to miss. For the full agenda and a registration form, click here!

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Resource Sharing Committee Agenda for January 14, 2011

January 12th, 2011 Comments off

Resource Sharing Committee Meeting

Southern Systems Planning Panel

Friday, January 14, 2011

Knights of Columbus, Effingham
1501 W. Fayette Avenue
Effingham, IL

10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.


Draft Resource Sharing Policy
Draft Interlibrary Loan Policy
Basic Philosophy Document from LLSAP Managers
Issues and Consideration from Jan Ison

1.       To review the work done to date by the LLSAP working group and the Resource Sharing Committee.

2.       To begin the draft of a plan that will merge the work of the LLSAP managers with the work of the Resource Sharing committee and indicate to membership the scope of resource sharing in the new entity.

a.       What does resource sharing look like to the membership as a whole?

b.      How are responsibilities of Resource Sharing shared?

  • Draft Resource Sharing Policy
  • Draft ILL Policy

c.        How is Resource Sharing Implemented?

  • LLSAP (regionally)

o   Policies
o   Participation
o   Funding
o   Other

  • Statewide
  • Globally

3.       To review and edit documents created to date by the resource sharing subcommittee.

4.       Identify areas of further consideration for the resource sharing subcommittee and establish a working timeline.

PDF Version

The Winners Are…

January 10th, 2011 Comments off

The awards include the Newbery and Caldecott winners and honor books.  For the complete list, read ALA’s press release.

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SD Memo 10-021 on System Mergers

November 29th, 2010 Comments off

The link below is the System Director’s Memo from the Illinois State Library regarding system’s merger.

SD Memo 10-021 – System Mergers

ERate Update for July 2010

July 20th, 2010 Comments off

Well another ERate year has come and gone, and with the end of one year and the beginning of another, there are a few things I want to remind you of.

For ERate Year July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010:

If you chose to receive your discount as a check instead of discounts on your bill, now is the time to fill out your BEAR forms.  This is very easy to do now that it’s online.  Just have your Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) handy for the 09-10 year and go to this site:

The PIN that the site asks for is the same as the password you use to electronically certify your submitted forms.

REMEMBER:  When you fill out a BEAR form you calculate the actual cost of services for the year (add up all your bills), then you take that figure and compare it to the amount approved on the FCDL.  You must use whichever is LOWER for Column 14 on the form.

REMEMBER:  You will need a separate BEAR form for each SPIN number.  If several of your FRNs have the same SPIN number, then you can enter all of those FRNs on a single BEAR form.

For ERate Year July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011:

For the upcoming year, the most important thing is to fill out the Form 486. You have 120 days from July 1, 2010 to fill out the form (or 120 days from the time you receive your Funding Commitment Decision Letter, whichever is later).  The Form 486 tells ERate the services that you actually intend to purchase from the FCDL.  Just because you are approved for a service on the FCDL doesn’t mean you have to accept it, and likewise doesn’t mean that the ERate folks assume you will get it.  The Form 486 clarifies which services you intend to move forward with.

You can fill out the Form 486 online at:

If you haven’t received your Funding Commitment Decision Letter yet, don’t worry.  They are only about halfway through the applications.  You will have 120 days from the time it is issued to fill out the 486.  You can check the status of your application at  Just click on “Application Status” under “Form 471”.  You will need your application number and security code from the application process.

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