Vol. 10, Issue 1   |  January 12, 2017

We Are Here: A Statement on Inclusion from the Illinois Library Association

As this new year begins, the Illinois Library Association (ILA) has a message for its member libraries and the people who use them. That message is simple, but powerful. No matter who you are or what you need, we are here for you.

For libraries, librarians, and library supporters, ILA is a resource for professional information on everything from library laws to intellectual freedom practices. We connect you to your fellow librarians, to public officials, and to trends impacting libraries and their communities. We advocate and support library values and are committed to intellectual freedom, privacy, and equitable access.

For the public, libraries are your resource for reliable and accessible information that’s unbiased, fair, and available to all. Libraries connect you to resources, help build and strengthen communities, and foster education and learning.  Illinois residents and visitors are supported by nearly 650 public libraries, 169 college or university libraries, as well as school libraries in the 785 school districts in Illinois and 299 special libraries that focus on particular subjects or areas of study. We welcome you to our institutions.
ILA is your partner. We invite you to participate in our programs and events throughout the coming year as we work together to strengthen libraries and the communities they serve. Join us by:  
For more information on ILA and what it has to offer, visit

More of the Same from the Illinois General Assembly

If you were expecting results from the lame duck session that concluded on January 11, you will be disappointed. Again. Practically speaking, with the exception of elementary and secondary education, state government continues to operate without a budget. As for the past two years, federal consent decrees and judicial orders mandating payment for specific budget areas are the only mechanisms that keep things running. Consequences continue to mount. The state is projected to spend $13 billion more than it will collect in taxes, and faces as much as $10 billion in unpaid bills from previous years. 

The 100th Illinois General Assembly session opens today, Thursday, January 12, at noon. It's critical that you let your legislators know it's time for this to change. Register today for one of the SEVEN Legislative Meet-Ups ILA is sponsoring around the state to talk with your elected officials in person. 

ILA Candidates for 2017

The ILA Nominating Committee has announced the candidates for election in the spring of 2017.
President-Elect candidates (three-year term beginning July 1, 2017 -- June 30, 2020)
Cynthia L. Fuerst, Vernon Area Public Library District, Lincolnshire
Amanda McKay, Effingham Public Library
Board of Directors (three-year term beginning July 1, 2017 -- June 30, 2020). 
A candidate from each pairing will be elected in accordance with the ILA bylaws as amended at the 1998 ILA Annual Conference; a total of four directors will be elected to serve three-year terms on the ILA Executive Board.
Director at Large:
Anne Slaughter, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)
Tina Louise Happ, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Chicago
Director at Large:
Celeste Choate, The Urbana Free Library
Kate Kite, Wood River Public Library
Director at Large:
Brian Shepard, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling
Tim Jarzemsky, Bloomingdale Public Library
Director at Large:
Reina Williams, Wilbur Wright College, Chicago
Sue Franzen, Illinois State University, Normal
Any ILA member wishing to be added to the ballot by petition may call the ILA office for information.  Nominations by petition for an elective office shall be proposed in writing by at least one hundred (100) personal members of the association and delivered to the executive office by March 1, 2017.  Candidates for director nominated by petition shall be added to the slate and placed in the paired candidate group that most clearly matches the affiliations of the petitioner as determined by the nominating committee.  Petition candidates for vice president/president-elect will be added to the presidential slate as requested.  The polls will open electronically April 1, 2017.  In addition, paper ballots will be sent to persons requesting one.  The return deadline is thirty (30) days after the ballot is postmarked.  The electronic polls will close April 30.
Serving on the nominating committee are Deirdre Brennan, Diane Foote, Jennifer Hovanec, Kristine Kenney, Amanda McKay, Diana Brawley Sussman, and Betsy Adamowski, chair.

Job opportunities

Library Director | Washington Public Library

Library Director | Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library

Coordinator of Grade School Services Librarian | Gail Borden Public Library

Librarian III - Youth Services | Lincoln Library, The Public Library of Springfield, Illinois

Assistant Director of Branch and Adult Services | Scenic Regional Library

Head of Adult Services | Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Executive Director | SELCO

Director | Charleston Carnegie Public Library

Got A Job? Advertise on ILA's Jobline »
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.

Milner Library Receives $268,000 Grant to Save Circus History CPS Parent Calls Out Teachers Union Over "Library Lockout"

What's the Strangest Thing You've Found in a Library Book?

Belleville Public Library Brings Wi-Fi Hotspots to the Community

Startup Gets its Start at the Vernon Area Public Library District

Woodridge Library Kicks Off Its 50th Birthday Year

The Top Ten Library Stories of 2016

Moylan to Remain on Gail Borden Library Board Ballot

Park Ridge Library Improvements Enter Final Design Phase

Sycamore Public Library Director settles into position, plans for future

Plainfield Library Board OKs Referendum

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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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