Welcome to SHARE




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

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

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

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.


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SHARE has immediate openings for the SHARE Circulation & Resource Sharing Committee, SHARE Bibliographic & Cataloging Standards Committee, and SHARE Finance & Policy Committee. We also have an opening as a large public representative in the SHARE Executive Council. Please fill out this interest form.

Voting is now closed for the SHARE Members' Group.


Our Annual Member’s Group Meeting was held on Jan. 24, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. All voting topics are discussed below, and a recording of the meeting is available for your viewing.

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

In early December, our first cohort will start training via live web sessions (that will also be recorded for those who can’t make it).

                                                                                           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.