Vol. 10, Issue 8   |  March 17, 2017

RFP for Executive Search Firm Posted

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) invites qualified search firms to respond to an RFP now available on the ILA website with a response deadline of March 30, 2017. The search will be for the position of ILA Executive Director, to be filled later this year following the retirement of Bob Doyle, the association's current executive director. Any questions about the search should be addressed to ILA President-Elect, Melissa Gardner,

Directors University in Springfield

The first annual Directors University will be held June 5–8 in Springfield.  This week-long university is intended for first-time public library directors from libraries of all sizes across the state.  Workshops will focus on developing both administrative and leadership skills and will provide opportunities for networking, team building, and informal discussion.  Applications will be accepted March 1–27.  Fifty applicants will be selected. Learn more/apply.

Mark Sorensen Latest Illinois Library Luminary

Mark Sorensen has served public libraries, both professionally and privately since 1982.  After a career of twenty-one years with the Illinois State Archives, he retired as assistant director.  Sorensen was instrumental in maintaining records management systems for all Illinois public libraries, as well as creating traveling exhibits for display at libraries throughout the state.  In 1988, he was put in charge of two Commissions to add artwork to the State Capitol in commemoration of its 100th anniversary.  He has served as Official Macon County Historian since appointment by the county board in 2004 and is a past president of the Illinois State Historical Society.  Sorensen is also a past president and current member of the Decatur Public Library Board, was vice president for public programs for the Friends organization, a member of the library Foundation, and a consulting archivist for both the Decatur and Moweaqua libraries.  While president of the Decatur library, a program for special library services for Macon County businesses was instituted that served as a model for other libraries throughout the state.  A recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award from the Illinois Humanities Council and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society, Sorensen is also a member of the American Library Association, Society of American Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, and a Charter member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.  He holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University, the University of Illinois Springfield, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in education, history and library and information science.  For further information about the Illlinois Library Luminaries, please click here.

Federal Budget Proposes Huge Cuts

On March 16, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his preliminary budget proposal for 2018.  In addition to drastic cuts across a wide range of departments and agencies, the proposed budget calls for the elimination of all federal funding to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  For Illinois libraries, the first step in defending this key source of funding is being able to articulate the benefits that come directly to our libraries and communities through IMLS and LSTA.  ILA is working with the Illinois State Library and will develop key talking points and background information.  In the meantime, we urge you to consider registering with the Illinois delegation to visit your federal elected officials on National Library Legislative Day, May 1.


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Class of 2017 Illinois Movers & Shakers

Now in its 16th year, Library Journal's Movers & Shakers provides an annual snapshot of the transformative work being done by those in libraries of all types  and sizes across the profession.  The class of 2017 includes these Illinois Movers & Shakers:

#ILAAC17 Program Proposals Due March 24

Just one more week to submit your conference program proposal.  How are you making a difference?  What are you doing to improve your library and uplift your patrons? T ell us about it. Illinois libraries of all sizes and types make big impacts on their unique communities. 
Submit Today!

Job Opportunities

Technical Services Assistant | Lewis University

Library Director | Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library

Director of Lincoln Library | City of Springfield - Lincoln Library, The Public Library of Springfield, Illinois

Library Director | Illinois Prairie District Public Library

Library Director | Wauwatosa Public Library

Assistant Director | SWAN Library Consortium

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

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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.
Renovations At Naperville's 95th Street Library To Begin In April
A Look Inside the Newberry Protest Archive
Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor
Aurora Public Library Plans Bookmobile Celebration
John Pollitz returns to SIU as Library Dean

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