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"Bad libraries build collections,
good libraries build services,
great libraries build communities."
- R. David Lankes

McNaughton Book Leasing for SHARE (by Brodart)SHARE Vendor Demo

Short on time and shelf space? McNaughton Book Leasing for SHARE may be your solution to keeping up new titles and the processing work that comes with it!

With this monthly book lease subscription, McNaughton will send five or ten pre-cataloged and pre-processed bestsellers to your library each month, reducing your holds, saving you staff time, and maximizing your shelf space.  

This is the second year of this first-of-its-kind book leasing program for consortia. The program and its pricing are exclusive to SHARE.

Take a look at what's happening in our latest SHARE Member Notes!

Great News! IHLS is partnering with Swank Movie Licensing USA to offer your library a special, discounted rate for the annual public performance license from July 2024 to June 2025. The annual license will allow you to bring movie showings to your patrons throughout the year. You will receive all the benefits noted below to ensure ongoing successful events and entertainment for your library.

Sign up for Swank

Benefits of the license

  • Annual license grants unlimited showings of thousands of movies, from classics to new releases.
  • A search tool is available to check if the license covers a movie. If the movie you want to show is covered, you can show it at any time.

·       Includes a brand-new promo builder – no log-in required!  You can find it on the Customer Hub.

  • Show movies you purchase, rent, or borrow in DVD, digital, or legal format.

Results for the SHARE vote are in! The following proposals passed with a tally of 166 libraries participating.

We’re hiring! Looking to advance your career? Visit the IHLS Job Board to see our available job openings. Apply and become a staff member at a 2023 Top Workplace as named by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Join the SHARE team today and help us empower libraries.


Visit the Job Board

SHARE has immediate openings for the SHARE E-Resources Committee. We also have an opening as a special library representative in the SHARE Executive Council. Please fill out this interest form.

Did you know that ByWater Solutions provides the best resources for their Aspen Discovery users?

In early December of 2023, our first cohort started training on Aspen. Recordings of those sessions are available for all to view.

                                                                                           Recording of Dec. 5 Meeting       Recording of Dec. 13 Meeting 

Need marketing materials for Aspen? Find them below!

In the meantime, tons of helpful information is available via the links below. Feel free to share these resources with your front-line staff to build excitement and prepare for patron use!

Are you ready to get the Aspen Discovery implementation process rolling?

SHARE staff and ByWater Solutions have worked together to create a plan of action, outlined below.


Cohort Model

Due to the large number of libraries that have chosen to add Aspen Discovery, we’ll use a ‘cohort model’ for the implementation. Each cohort will consist of 20 – 30 libraries. Our first cohort will begin training in November 2023 with a tentative ‘Go Live’ date of December 18. This cohort will be involved in product testing and reporting issues. We anticipate that every library will be through the implementation process by late Spring 2024. Wondering which cohort your library is in? You can view the list here: Aspen Cohort List

If your library is listed as a first cohort member, you should have already received a welcome email from Lesley Zavediuk.

SHARE has a new help desk system! You can access our help desk from the SHARE website under the Support menu, by bookmarking the URL https://help.illinoisheartland.org/, or by emailing us at help@illinoisheartland.org.