Welcome to SHARE




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

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 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.)

The SHARE Executive Council is reviewing the governance structure. One challenge the group faces is the structure of representation for public libraries as SHARE governance is currently written. 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 less than 10,000)
  • Medium Public Library Representative (Population 10,001-35,000)
  • Large Public Library Representative (Population 35,001 or more)

Attached you will find a population list for our libraries, based on the most recent IPLAR. Please submit your thoughts for member comment.

GMD Examples

Input needed!

On behalf of the SHARE Bibliographic and Cataloging Standards Committee, a short survey is being conducted to gather input on whether the General Material Designation (GMD) should continue to be used in Polaris bibliographic records. READ MORE

Here is a quick tutorial on how to access your library's online catalog, search for items, and log in to your account in order to renew or request items.

Check out the latest SHARE member notes here!

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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