Vol. 10, Issue 7   |  March 8, 2017

Take a Minute for Intellectual Freedom

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Intellectual Freedom committee has prepared a survey and welcomes input from people who have any responsibility for collection development, at all levels and from different types of libraries. This is your chance to contribute to the discussion. The data and information we receive will be helpful in identifying areas in which ILA and other professional organizations can support members, especially when faced with intellectual freedom challenges.   Thank you for your involvement and for making the survey reflect libraries and library concerns.  Click here to take the survey--deadline is March 24.

Fandom Is Coming....Are You Ready?

"Fandom refers to a community of people who are passionate about something," according to ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries. This includes Swifties (Taylor Swift fans), Bronies (My Little Pony fans), Whovians (Dr. Who fans), Harry Potter and Walking Dead fandoms, Cumberbitches (Benedict Cumberbatch fans) and so much more!  What fandoms are popular at your library?  What programming, collections, spaces, outreach, etc., have you offered to these groups?  Why do you feel they are important?  I would love to chat with you on what awesome things you are doing at your library for fandoms for an upcoming feature in the ILA Reporter.  Please contact or call Kara at
815-436-6639 x233 by March 30.
Celebrate our Accomplishments!

Nominations are now open for the ILA Awards. Please click here to learn about the awards and to submit a nomination. No service should go unrecognized. This is an opportunity to let your colleagues know about innovative programs and ideas that hard-working librarians, staff, and trustees throughout Illinois have created. Inspiration and good ideas should be shared!
Award nominations are due by May 15th.

"Elsie" Moves to ILA Website

"Ask Elsie," the answer to all your cataloging questions, and some other features you may be accustomed to finding in the ILA Reporter, are now being featured on the ILA website.  Keep an eye on the home page for fresh posts and they will remain available in a new section, called Currents.  Besides Elsie, you can take a tour of the newly renovated Naperville Public Library.  Given the limited space in the ILA Reporter, we hope this will allow more contributions to be published online and provide you with ever-changing content via

UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy

This global strategy marries the large, but often separated, disciplines of information literacy and media literacy and creates a common vocabulary for folks in multiple areas of knowledge to engage in conversation. It also positions these critical literacies as a combined set of competencies–knowledge, skills and attitudes–central for living and working in our world today.

Congratulations to the Finalists and Semi-finalists!

Three finalists have been selected from the field of sixty-six Illinois authors who submitted their works of fiction for adult readers to this year's Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest. They are Daniel Rosenberg, The Towers Still Stand; Annie Hansen, Take the Donut; and Karen Bedore, The Bard. Librarian judges carefully read all the submissions and, after much deliberation, chose twenty semi-finalists whose submitting libraries are  listed below!  Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit their work, and we encourage you to keep writing and editing--try again next year! Congratulations to these nominating libraries of the authors moving to the second round -- Aurora Public Library (2 nominations), Fox River Grove Memorial Library, The Illinois Institute of Technology, Broadview Public Library, Bolingbrook Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Des Plaines Public Library, Big Rock Library, Steger-South Chicago Heights Library, Mount Prospect Public Library, Highland Park Public Library, Chicago Ridge Public Library, Chicago Public Library, St. Charles Public Library, Galena Public Library, Elm School, Lisle Library District, Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library and Gail Borden Public Library District.

IMLS Webinar on Libraries and Immigration

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites libraries and museums to participate in a webinar on Thursday, March 23, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT, to learn about customer service tools and citizenship education resources.  Representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide an overview of the tools and resources available and will demonstrate how to find and use them online. Please help spread the word to your members and stakeholders. To register visit the USCIS registration page. You will receive an email confirmation with details. If you have any questions, please email them to USCIS at

Job Opportunities

Deputy Director | Schaumburg Township District Library

Head of Adult Services | DeKalb Public Library

Youth Services Librarian - Teen | DeKalb Public Library

Associate Dean - Library | College of DuPage

Assistant Library Director | City of Evanston/Evanston Public Library

Reference\Outreach Librarian | Conception Abbey and Seminary Library

Senior Access Services Assistant | School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Library Director | Taylorville Public Library

Assistant/Associate Professor - Catalog Librarian | Southeast Missouri State University

Head of Youth Services | Crystal Lake Public Library

Library Director | Sandwich Public Library District

Metadata and Digital Services Librarian | Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Library

Acquisitions and Electronics Resources Librarian | Lewis University

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In the News

Library-related stories appearing in local news media to alert and inform the Illinois library community about issues and events that are considered significant by the general media.

Nancy Huntley Retiring after More Than 20 Years as Director of Lincoln Library

Local Libraries Look to Combat 'Fake News' With Media Literacy Progra

Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data — If They Can Find It

Smothering Speech at Middlebury

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