Vol. 9, Issue 18   |   June 23, 2016

Jesse White Latest Luminary

Jesse White became Illinois’s longest serving Illinois Secretary of State on May 30, 2014, which also makes him the longest serving Illinois State Librarian and State Archivist. White’s tenure has been an asset to libraries in the state budgeting process, protecting them from the most severe cost-cutting in lean years. In addition to overseeing the state library and literacy programs as well as the archives of significant legal and historical records, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office performs a wide variety of tasks, ranging from driver and vehicle services to registering corporations and enforcing the Illinois Securities Act. White was first elected to the office in 1998 and was re-elected to a record-breaking fifth term in 2014.

Prior to his election as Illinois Secretary of State, White served as Cook County Recorder of Deeds and was a member of the Illinois General Assembly for sixteen years. He is perhaps best known for founding the Jesse White Tumbling Team as a positive alternative for children residing in and around the Chicago area. White served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army and as a member of the Illinois National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. He played professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs organization, followed by a thirty-three-year career with the Chicago public school system. White earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama State College (now Alabama State University) in 1957.

Inducted Friday, 22 April 2016

The Illinois Library Luminaries program is ILA's honor roll that both recognizes achievement and helps build an endowment fund for future generations.  Learn more about the program and how to contribute

50% - 75% off "Read - For the Win" Incentives!

Great bargains are now available on select Summer Reading incentives at

Prices for sale items are reduced 50% - 75%. This is a great opportunity to stock up your library with reading incentives!

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Get Ready for #ILAAC16 

Submit a Poster Session

Poster sessions at the 2016 ILA Annual Conference will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20. 

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. The deadline for submission is July 1.

Submit a Poster Session

Be a Conference Intern

Calling all library school students and 2016 grads! Applications are being accepted for 2016 Annual Conference interns. Participating students receive complimentary full-conference registration. Applications are due August 15.

Submit an Internship Application 

Art for Library Referenda Campaigns

The cover of the June 2016 issue of the ILA Reporter featured this image by artist Juana Molina and is available both for purchase and as a free download. Creative Action Network invites artists to contribute images and develops them as products to be sold online with proceeds supporting both the artists and the causes. This image and others are also made available as free downloads through the Vote Libraries initiative of EveryLibrary, and is supported by DEMCO, OverDrive, and Mango Languages. 

Put October 8 on Your Library Calendar

During the first annual Indie Author Day on October 8, 2016, libraries from all across North America will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team. In addition to these local programs, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital gathering at 1:00 pm (Central) featuring Q&A with writers, agents, and other industry leaders. Illinois library organizations, including RAILS and the Soon to Be Famous project are partners in the first Indie Author Day, along with a number of other industry and library organizations. 

Upcoming events

Poster Session Submission Deadline
Friday, July 1, 2016

iREAD meeting
Friday, July 8, 2016 11:00am–3:00pm
Normal Public Library, 200 College Ave., Normal, IL 61761-2552

Illinois Library Leadership Summit
Monday–Tuesday, July 11–12, 2016 1:00pm
Illinois State University, Alumni Center, 1101 North Main Street, Normal, IL 61761

LIRA Full Membership Meeting
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:30am–11:30am
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Two Pierce Place, 2nd floor, Rooms E & F, Itasca, IL 60143

ILA Executive Board meeting
Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:00pm–4:00pm
Illinois State University, Alumni Center, 1101 North Main, Normal, IL 61761

2016 ILA Orientation Session
for board and committee members, and forum leaders
July 22, Illinois State University Alumni Center, Normal
More upcoming events »

Job opportunities

Library Director | St. Charles Public Library

Head of Children's Services | Woodridge Public Library

Health Sciences Librarian | Midwestern University

Librarian | Hickey College

Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager | Naperville Public Library

Library Director | Thomas Ford Memorial 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.

Bellwood Library Trustees Criticized for Oversized Travel Expenses

Layoffs, Service Cuts Announced for Aurora Libraries

Morton Grove Library Raises Library Card Fee for Some Residents

Three Librarians
Bring Skills in Preservation and Technological Innovation to Their New Top Roles

Interim Director a Finalist for Champaign Public Library

Big Changes at Little Library

Automated Library To Let Customers In When It's Closed

A Fight Over ‘Aliens’

Chicago Libraries Aim to Give Away One Million Children's Books

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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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