Important Changes Coming to Freeburg Library
SHARE the new Library System Automation Project for Illinois Heartland Library System is coming soon. Learn how the changes will affect you and Freeburg Library.
Illinois Heartland Library System was formed in 2011 by the merger of the Shawnee, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln Trail and Rolling Prairie library systems. Changes that the merger brought so far have been behind the scenes and did not affect library patrons. Beginning in April a new combined online catalog called SHARE (Sharing Heartland's Available Resources Equally) will be implemented that will affect how patrons use the library.
When the merger of the systems is complete, the PAC or Patron Access Catalog will contain over 10 million items and patrons will be able to access materials from 427 libraries in the southern half of Illinois. This will make SHARE the largest library automation consortium in the country!
According to a brochure provided by SHARE, "Your library card is valid at the public libraries throughout the state. [Libraries in Illinois Heartland Library System], (excluding Champaign Public Library, Urbana Free Library and Lincoln Library [Springfield]) will have access to your patron record and it should only take as long to check out an item at any of those libraries as it would at your library. You will be able to borrow items and other materials from further-flung libraries more quickly than before. You can borrow and return items at more libraries. You could borrow items in Metropolis and return them in Maroa if you wanted to. At your request, you will be able to keep a personal reading history log so avid readers can easily keep track of what they have read and what they haven’t."
Beginning March 1, 2013 Freeburg Library will stop taking requests for books to be ordered from other libraries in preparation for the change to the new circulation software, Polaris. On April 1, 2013 the libraries in IHLS will begin using the new circulation software, Polaris, in off-line mode. This off-line mode will last approximately one week until SHARE becomes fully operational on or about April 9, 2013. During this week, patrons will be able to check out materials, but no requests for materials will be taken. Patrons who have requested books prior to this time and have not received them before March 15th will have to request them again after April 9.
We are excited about all the positive changes SHARE brings to Freeburg Library and its patrons. As with any change there will be a period of learning and adaptation. We appreciate our patrons' patience with the staff as we learn the new software and with any minor inconveniences it will pose. Patrons may pick up brochures at the library that further explain the changes and answer questions about the merger and SHARE. Follow this link to learn more about Illinois Heartland Library System.