Vol. 9, Issue 21   |   August 2, 2016
2016 Illinois Library Association Awards Recipients 
The Illinois Library Association (ILA) is pleased to announce its 2016 Award Recipients. Award winners' photos and press releases are featured on the ILA Website.

The awards will be presented during the 2016 ILA Annual Conference in Rosemont. Click here for more information on the conference and to register online.

Statement on the Value of Academic Libraries

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) released a statement on the value of academic libraries to be used by library leaders as a communication tool with academic leaders on their campuses such as provosts and presidents. Academic libraries provide critical direct and indirect value to institutions of higher education in the following areas: supporting recruitment, retention and matriculation, enhancing student learning, supporting faculty research and teaching, and raising institutional visibility and contributing to the community.

BINGO! Elementary School Receives Grant from Snapdragon Foundation

Students at Jefferson Middle School in Springfield will have $8,000 worth of new books to choose from in the school's annual reading challenge, thanks to a grant from the Snapdragon Foundation. The foundation, started by a former school librarian, received 575 applications this year and Jefferson was one of only 9 schools in the nation selected to receive grants ranging from $500 to $15,000. One of the reasons Jefferson may have been selected was the school's BINGO challenge, that includes squares such as Read a Graphic Novel, Read a State Award Book, Read a Nonfiction Book, or Read a Book with the school's colors on the cover.

Libraries on Reddit featured on ILA Website

Keep up with library news as it happens, now linked on the ILA website for handy reference. Everything from alternative librarian careers to cities ranked by books per capita at your fingertips!

Libraries & Pokemon Go

The latest craze that has kids, teens and adults alike out in their communities, even at libraries, to catch Pokemon is the virtual reality game Pokemon Go. If your library has created marketing to advertise you are a Poke Stop or gym, hosted any programs or events, or done anything else Poke-related, we want to hear from you for an upcoming ILA Reporter article. Contact Kara Kohn at or 815-436-6639 x233 by August 15.

2015-2016 Books Challenged or Banned Available

This annual publication updates Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read (2014) and serves as a promotional and informational piece for Banned Books Week 2016. The contents provide a proven, crowd-pleasing outreach tool for libraries and their patrons, offering a historical context, recent incidents, and ideas and strategies for increasing public awareness and sparking discussion. Available from the ALA Store in packets of 25, libraries are encouraged to purchase multiple copies for patrons to pick up and help spread the word beyond the library.

Banned Books Week is Sunday-Saturday, Sep 25-Oct 1, 2016.

Upcoming events

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Job opportunities

Circulation Supervisor | Harper College

Assistant Librarian for Research and Instruction | Knox College Library

Executive Director | Cooperative Computer Services (CCS)

Library Director | Hodgkins Public Library District

Library Director | Antioch Public Library District

Library Director | Wilmette Public Library

Adult Services Librarian | Lemont Public Library District

Collection and Delivery Services Manager | Quincy Public Library

Technology Manager | Downers Grove Public Library

Executive Director | Joliet Public Library

Network Administrator | Morton Grove Public Library

Part-time Instruction / Reference Librarian | Judson University

Library Program Coordinator - Adult & Information Services | Marion Public Library - City of Marion (Iowa)

Librarian, Technical Services and Reference | Lindenwood University, Belleville

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.

Obama Chooses Historic Jackson Park as Library Site

Longtime Schaumburg Library Trustee Miller Dies

ISU Board Approves Library Renovations

Arlington Heights Officials Debate New Library Branch

Milavec as New Downers Grove Public Library Executive Director Eager to Learn about Community

Urbana Library Reopening after Bedbug Scare

The Last Free-Ranging Library Cat in Illinois

Definition for Effective School Library Program

Syria's Secret Library
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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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