Vol. 10, Issue 3   |  February 6, 2017

2017 Legislative Issues Summary Now Available

ILA prepares a summary of state and federal issues of concern to libraries each year before our winter Legislative Meet-Ups, and has published the 2017 Palm Card for easy reference.  Whether or not you are able to attend one of the meet-ups, you can still use the issues summary in a number of ways:
  • Visit your legislator in his or her district office and discuss these issues.
  • Invite your legislator to the library, especially during a program or time when the library will be busy and full of life, ask the legislator to say a few words, and follow up with photos on your website and in the local media.
  • Join with a neighboring library to visit or host elected officials to call attention to issues that affect your community.
Being familiar with the issues will make you more comfortable in talking with legislators, and will also make them more responsive to your needs. 

Need More Help than a Palm Card?
The Importance and Purpose of Library Advocacy

Advocacy simply means to actively support a cause. Libraries are our cause.  Many people in the community recognize libraries are an important asset; but there are people who think that technology has made library services obsolete and the current economic situation sometimes makes their argument compelling.  Library supporters must remind their neighbors, community leaders, and elected officials of the fact that libraries provide great learning opportunities, excellent public service, and serve as invaluable contributors in their communities.

Energy Efficiency Grants & Deadline

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Illinois Energy Now program is fully funded through May 2017.  Indian Trails Public Library District recently took advantage of this program for its lighting retrofit project, and received over $39,000 in rebates.  Libraries across Illinois can realize the same benefits of reducing operating costs, saving taxpayer money, and protecting the environment.  All projects must be completed by May 31, 2017 to be eligible.  The 360 Energy Group can provide free energy assessments and estimates, as well as assist with rebate applications.  Please feel free to contact K.C. Doyle, Cook County Energy & Sustainability Manager,

IACRL Call for Nominations

Would you like to get more involved with your library colleagues in Illinois? Do you want to meet fun and interesting people while improving academic librarianship? The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) wants you!

IACRL is accepting nominations for Secretary and Vice-President/President-Elect for 2017/2018, with the term starting in October 2017. If you would like more information, please see our bylaws at or contact Past President Gwen Gregory at Please send nominations to Gwen by February 17, 2017. Nominations should include a brief bio and a photo.

2017 YASF Tournament of Books 

The ILA Youth Services Forum's 4th Annual Tournament of Books is underway! Check out the 32 books in the tournament and make your predictions. The winner of the final round and the tournament will be decided by your votes, so be sure to follow along at


Job opportunities

Children's Services Manager | Champaign Public Library

Teen Librarian | Champaign Public Library

Children's Department Supervisor | Galesburg Public Library

Teen Services Librarian | Kenosha Public Library

Deputy Director Library Operations | Mount Prospect Public Library

Library Director | Wood River Public Library

Library Director | Ferndale (MI) Area District Library

Information & Research Services Manager | Michael Best and Friedrich LLP

Regional Library System Administrator | Viking Library System

Instruction and Research Librarian, STEM | Lewis University

Director | Morris Area Public Library District

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

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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.

Banned Books Your Child Should Read

Springfield's Public Library again Facing Elimination of Sunday Hours

You Can Watch Porn at Chicago Public Libraries, But That Doesn't Mean You Should

Illegal Downloaders Find the Going Slow at Naperville Public Library

Glenview Library Cuts 10 Jobs to Avoid Village Tax Increase

Lincoln Library Brings Community Together with Same Fest

Illinois Prairie District Library Celebrates the Opening of New Germantown Hills Branch

Northbrook Civility Seminar to Follow Swastika Graffiti Found at Library and High School

Librarians Can Combat "Fake News," Panel Says

Badass Librarian Tracks Down 'Hackers,' Clears Student's Name

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