Vol. 9, Issue 29   |  October 26, 2016

Thank you for joining us in Rosemont!

The 2016 ILA Annual Conference is in the books and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

A big thank you to everyone who made the conference a success
-- the 2016 Conference Program Committee, all of our speakers, our exhibitors and sponsors, and the more than 1200 conference attendees. 

Conference handouts are available via the ILA Website and don't forget to submit your conference and program evaluations to help us make the 2017 Annual Conference even better!

Call for 2016 Library Architecture Projects

The February 2017 issue of the ILA Reporter will feature new academic, public, school, or special library building projects completed in 2016. Please send us a brief description of your project, including the following information: Name of architect, type of project (new construction or major renovation), total cost, service population, and name of library director. In addition, please send a quotation from a patron or the public about the project, and two high-resolution photos, one exterior and one interior. Projects will be selected for inclusion based on architectural interest. Contact Bob Doyle with any questions or to submit your library for consideration. See the 2016 issue for examples of previous projects.

ILA Membership Approves Dues Restructure

The proposed restructuring of ILA membership due was approved unanimously at the ILA Membership Meeting on October 19, 2016 during the ILA Annual Conference. The primary goal of the revised structure, developed by a task force and extensively reviewed by the ILA Executive Board, was to simplify and clarify membership categories while preserving revenue, with a longer-term goal of making membership more appealing to a wider base of library professionals and supporters. One of the major changes is to base institutional dues on size of library budget, rather than population served—this was determined to be a more equitable way to address libraries’ ability to pay. In addition, the total number of personal, institutional, and flat rate membership categories was reduced from 47 to 29. The approved schedule will take effect on January 1, 2017, for memberships renewed or begun after that date.

Create Your Adventure! 
March 10-11, 2017, Crowne Plaza Springfield

Program proposals are being accepted through November 4. Please consider sharing best practices that you have developed for your awesome programs, collaborations, and library services for youth. This two-day conference will bring together children and teen services staff to share and experience best practices during these times of change. Formal sessions, vendor exhibits, and hands-on learning, combined with networking opportunities, will create a dynamic and collaborative learning environment for all.

Submit your proposal today!

Upcoming events

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Job opportunities

Library Coordinator - Customer Experience & Access Services | City of Marion - Marion Public Library, Marion, Iowa

Collections Management Librarian | Illinois College of Optometry Library

Science Reference Librarian | Governors State University

Member Services Manager | CCS

Children's/Assistant Librarian | Herrin City Library

Library Director | Taylorville Public Library

Knowledge Management Librarian | KJWW Engineering

Latino Engagement Librarian | City of Evanston/Evanston Public Library

Executive Director | Arapahoe Library District

Digital Engagement Librarian | Elmhurst Public Library

Adult Services Manager | Washington District 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.

Why You Should Vote 'No' on the Safe Roads Amendment

Chicago to Combine Libraries, Affordable Housing in 3 Sites

Daily Herald Endorsement: 'Yes' to New Helen Plum Library in Lombard

More than Shelves of Books: Project Memorializes Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Elementary School Library in Aurora Closed Because of Mold

TEDx Speakers Share Wisdom at Tinley Library Event

What the News Media Can Learn from Librarians
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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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