Welcome to SHARE




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

As SHARE anticipates the governor’s statewide executive order ending, we also expect that libraries are planning for a variety of different scenarios, and SHARE is available to help.

For more information on the latest SHARE news, please see our SHARE Member Notes.

Would you like to do some remote learning while libraries are social distancing? Now is a perfect time to learn more about Leap, Polaris’ Web Application. Leap is a responsive web client that brings the power and functionality of the Polaris ILS (Integrated Library System) to library staff through a browser.


Last week the SHARE Executive Council voted to make global changes to due dates and expiration dates in light of the statewide stay at home order. We will have due dates extended for all physical items until one week after the stay at home order is lifted. In addition, we will extend expiration dates for all patrons that are expiring until 30 days after the stay at home order is lifted. I spoke with Polaris today, and they have confirmed that those changes have taken effect.


In addition, the request manager for all schools will be turned off for the remainder of this school year.

CloudLibrary is temporarily available to all SHARE members! CloudLibrary is temporarily available to all SHARE libraries until May 31, 2020.

All patrons and students can use their library card number and PIN to access our collection via the cloudLibrary app. This is a great time to demo cloudLibrary and add digital content.

IHLS delivery service has been suspended until further notice.

There are many libraries that have given permission to extend due dates or override renewals. We have updated our Libraries That Allow Longer Loan Periods list to include libraries that have asked to be added to the list due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to add your library, please contact Cassandra Thompson. In addition, the SHARE Executive Council recommends that member libraries suspend fines for an indefinite amount of time until normal operations resume. No patron notices will be sent during this time.

For more information about COVID-19 and the IHLS/SHARE response, please see https://www.illinoisheartland.org/covid19.

The deadline for the ILL Traffic Survey is March 31, 2020. Watch this video for a quick demonstration on which reports and numbers you'll need for the survey:


Draft Cataloging Standard

Bibliographic records that are imported into the Polaris database must include full ISBD punctuation, including punctuation between subfields and ending punctuation. If ISBD punctuation is not present in the OCLC record, it must be added or edited when the record is brought into Polaris.


Do you need reports for your annual ILL Traffic Survey? The deadline is looming, so please don’t wait! SHARE no longer sends out the report to members unless you need and have requested additional assistance. Please click here for full instructions.

Take a look at what's new in SHARE in November's SHARE Member Notes.