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

Member libraries have requested an easy way to determine the status of other members, if they are loaning or if they are closed, as they are reported to SHARE. You can find this information for SHARE members on the new COVID-19 Member Library Status page.

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

New year, new devices! Many of your patrons probably received new tablets over the holidays. Remember, you can find all sorts of information regarding cloudLibrary app installation on the cloudLibrary patron support website (www.yourcloudlibrary.com).

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

The following proposed policies were presented at the December 9, 2020 SHARE Membership Meeting and all were approved by vote by member libraries.

At the December 9, 2020 SHARE Membership Meeting, the SHARE Executive Council proposed changing the SHARE governance, specifically the population sizes of public library representatives. Voting will begin Wednesday, December 16, 2020. 

Right now, public library representation includes:

  • Small Public Library Representative (Population less than 10,000)
  • Medium Public Library Representative (Population 10,001-50,000)
  • Large Public Library Representative (Population 50,001 or more)

Only one library fits the description of a large public library. That limits the volunteers that are able to serve on the SHARE Executive Council, due to both term limits and due to leadership in other committees.

Would you support changing the definition, as follows:

  • Small Public Library Representative (Population 10,000 or less)
  • Medium Public Library Representative (Population 10,001-25,000)
  • Large Public Library Representative (Population 25,001 or more

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the SHARE Membership Meeting! If you were not able to attend, we did record the meeting.

SHARE staff and committees reported on the various initiatives of SHARE, including an IHLS membership and delivery report. The SHARE Executive Council has a proposed governance change on public library representation, and the SHARE Bibliographic & Cataloging Standards Committee have three proposed recommendations to formalize standards on including ISBD punctuation, cataloging self-published items, and recording copyright and publication dates. All documents regarding the proposed changes are available for review at the SHARE website, under the December 9, 2020 Membership Meeting. The vote on those four items will begin Wednesday, December 16. If you have any questions about items discussed at the membership meeting or the proposed changes, please contact Cassandra Thompson at cthompson@illinoisheartland.org.


The deadline for the ILL Traffic Survey is open. Watch this video for a quick demonstration on which reports and numbers you'll need for the survey.

The Polaris 6.6 upgrade added several new features for libraries.

Here is a PowerPoint slideshow discussing all of the new enhancements.

(The slideshow is narrated, so make sure that your speakers are on or you have a headset connected.)