Vol. 9, Issue 28   |  October 14, 2016

See you in Rosemont!

The 2016 ILA Annual Conference is just around the corner. Here are some tips and reminders to make #ILAAC16 your best conference ever:
Conference Welcome Reception
Monday, October 17, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites Hotel Ballroom, First Floor
ILA President Pattie Piotrowski invites all conference attendees to join her for a casual reception before the conference begins. Enjoy sweet and savory treats while catching up with friends and colleagues. A cash bar will be available. 

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors



Support for Helen Plum Library's Referendum Effort

The following letter appeared in the October 13, 2016, Daily Herald, signed by ALA President Julie Todaro and ILA President Pattie Piotrowski. The language and ideas are applicable to any library seeking public support.

Public libraries are cornerstones of vibrant communities, providing access to educational, informational, cultural and recreational resources that strengthen the fabric of our democratic society. Today, libraries are not just repositories of information, but also active centers of engagement and creativity, curated and nourished by professional, expert librarians.

Numerous studies from across the nation demonstrate that spending on libraries yields economic benefits to their communities. A return on investment study of Ohio's Public Libraries, estimates that for every $1 invested in a public library, the community realizes an economic benefit of $5.48. Another study concludes that access to a library increases a community's property values. In Lombard, the value the community places on Helen Plum Memorial Library is evidenced by the 250,000 visits and 550,000 items borrowed in 2015.

As leaders of professional associations representing libraries in Illinois and across the country, we know that each library is as unique and special as the community it serves. We know, too, that Helen Plum Memorial Library has worked closely with the residents of Lombard to develop a shared vision for how it can meet the needs of an information technology boom and a growing town that is expected to see an additional 26 percent increase in population over the next two decades.

Just as libraries transform the lives of people who use them, libraries themselves must transform to continue to meet the needs of those they serve. On Election Day, voters in Lombard will have an opportunity to decide how to transform their library in the manner that reflects the community's priorities and values. We encourage Lombard residents to visit the library's website and learn more about Helen Plum's next chapter.

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As the employment picture improves, competition by employers for the best candidates is increasing. Since 1981, the Library Jobline of Illinois has been used by thousands of employers and job-seekers throughout the state, helping match needs and skills in the library community. It is designed to help you locate qualified staff to fill current positions by announcing your job openings to a wide audience of library and information professionals and support staff.

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.

Northbrook Library Hit by Truck

New York Public Library Delivers Books on a Train

Niles Public Library Invites Kids to Be Library President for a Day

Engineers Bring da Vinci's Catapult to Arlington Heights Library

Examining the Importance of Free Expression:  U of C's Geoffrey Stone Offers Firm Defense of Free Speech

ALA/ILA Daily Heard Letter Regarding Helen Plum Library
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Benefits for ILA Institutional Members

Libraries of Illinois Risk Agency (LIRA) is a group insurance pool for ILA institutional members that offers potential savings for property, casualty, and workers compensation coverage for libraries. Learn more »

The Fund for Illinois Libraries was created in 1990 to help Illinois libraries in their fundraising efforts. The purpose of the fund is to enable libraries to receive gifts from individuals or organizations that can only make donations to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Learn more »
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