Vol. 9, Issue 22   |   August 16, 2016

Congressman Peter Roskam Visits Wheaton Public Library

Representatives from Illinois libraries and museums met with U.S. Representative Peter Roskam on August 8th at the Wheaton Public Library to discuss a variety of issues. One of the major points presented by library representatives was that libraries serve their community members’ robust “thirst for knowledge” through programs, makerspaces, and classes. Rep. Roskam said, “You (meaning libraries and museums) probably feel overlooked and undervalued (by government officials). That is because you are overlooked and undervalued.”  He asked both groups to keep educating people about the history of our country, suggesting that for all the rancorous discussion currently in the media, the United States has gone through much worse times and that it is still the world leader with an important role to play.

Marketing Tips from ILA Orientation

While thinking about how best to get some new ideas for library (and library association) marketing, we decided there could be no better source than those clever people who work for public radio and get millions of us to pledge our support every year. So we invited Danda Beard, director of development for Illinois Public Media (WILL TV, Radio, Online) to this year's orientation session in Bloomington and got the lowdown. The presentation takes you from big idea and concepts to execution, and is just one more great reason to visit the ILA website. 

Support Spectrum Scholars at ILA Annual Conference

Please consider a donation to the Sylvia Murphy Williams scholarship fund before this year's ILA Annual Conference. Your donation will enable us to make modest cash grants to ALA Spectrum scholars who attend a graduate program in library and information science in Illinois. In addition to complimentary conference registration, and thanks to a special mentorship project established by ILA's Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee (CARD), each of these scholars will have the opportunity to be mentored by an ILA member, enriching their conference experience and continuing throughout the year. Make your donation today and help build a stronger and more diverse library profession in Illinois!

Call for Proposals for Illinois Youth Services Institute, March 10-11, 2017

The 2017 Illinois Youth Services Institute (IYSI) is seeking proposals for IYSI 2017: Create Your Adventure. Youth Services is undergoing a profound transformation, as libraries continue to evolve and redefine their roles in the community. This two-day conference will bring together children and teen services staff to share, as well as 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.

Program proposals are being accepted through November 4, 2016. Please consider sharing best practices that you have developed for your own awesome programs, collaborations, and library services for youth. Submit your proposal today!

Don't Miss These Important #ILAAC16 Deadlines!

The 2016 ILA Annual Conference -- Discovery Advocacy Leadership -- is just two months away. Be a part of the conversation on how libraries and library staff serve as community leaders to support life-long learning and engagement within Illinois communities.  

September 12 Early Bird Deadline
Register early and save! Register by the September 12 Early Bird deadline to take advantage of the discounted rate. Not an ILA Member? Join when you register to save more on registration and throughout the year. Conference registration includes attendance at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, and Exhibit Buffet Luncheons and snack breaks on Wednesday and Thursday.

September 20 Hotel Reservation Deadline
A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Rosemont and Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Rosemont. Visit the conference website for full details. 

ILA Receives $26,028 Donation

Many thanks to the Illinois OCLC Users Group (IOUG) for donating their remaining treasury to the Illinois Library Association, to be used by the Resources and Technical Services Forum (RTSF) for training, programs, and activities conducted by the forum. IOUG officially dissolved as a nonprofit corporation on February 4, 2016, and believes they can best benefit their former members with this gift to support future programs and activities to be presented by RTSF. Mary Konkel, IOUG outgoing chair, conveyed the gift to ILA on August 5, 2016.

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Executive Director | Cooperative Computer Services (CCS)

Library Director | Hodgkins Public Library District

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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.

Three People Just Became the First in Illinois to Get their High School Diploma through Library

Illinois' Budget Mess Is Sinking Higher Ed. in Illinois

Vandalism Reported at Daugherty Public Library District

Longtime Waukegan Public Library Children's Librarian 'Brings So Much Joy'

Librarians Continue Disappearing from CPS

Search for Obama Library Director to Begin Soon

Task Force Recommends Downsizing Fox River Valley Library Project

Rockford OKs Plan for Temporary Library

New report on family engagement in public libraries from Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association

Video Series Makes the Case for Libraries
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Benefits for ILA Institutional Members

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