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

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We are starting to get reports of libraries either temporarily closing due to COVID-19 exposure, schools going to remote education only, and regions warning about rising case levels.  

Should one or more Restore Illinois regions regress to Phase 3, SHARE will also continue to operate without any SHARE-wide changes. However, if you decide at any point that you would like to suspend interlibrary loan holds due to either a change in your region’s phase or a closure due to an exposure or illness, please email SHARE at share@illinoisheartland.org. If needed, SHARE can also bulk change due dates or enter closing dates to prevent overdues from accruing. We are happy to help in any way possible. In addition, if you have any changes to delivery status, please contact your hub manager:
Linda Kates, Champaign Hub Manager 

Linda Petty, Edwardsville/Carbondale Hub Manager

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SHARE will reactivate interlibrary loan (ILL) requests July 1! Contact SHARE if you would like to be placed on the list that you are ready to resume or if you need changes to your hold or overdue notifications.

For libraries that choose to resume ILL service, patrons may begin to place non-local holds in the PAC. There may still be items that are inaccessible at libraries that are not yet ready to resume, and a banner will remain on the PAC that states: Due to widespread library closures, you may not be able to place holds on items from other libraries at this time.

If you are not ready, or are not sure when you will be ready, that is fine. You can also contact us if you would like to resume at a later date. We are here to help when you are.

The SHARE Bibliographic and Cataloging Standards Committee requests member comment on a proposed addition to the SHARE cataloging standards.

A draft cataloging standard has been posted for member comment at:


Interlibrary loan requests to begin on July 1

For libraries that are ready, SHARE will reactivate interlibrary loan requests on July 1, before delivery resumes full service July 6.

If your library would like to resume interlibrary loan service as soon as delivery resumes full service, then please contact us at share@illinoisheartland.org and we will update your settings to reflect that.

If you are not ready, or do not know when you will be ready, then please do not worry. We will continue to leave your interlibrary loan requests off until you notify us to resume.

If you need any other support, such as a custom shelving status for quarantined items or help with a special project, we are happy to assist you.

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.