Vol. 10, Issue 9   |  April 5, 2017

Don't Forget to Vote!
The 2017 ILA Board Elections are now open.

All Personal Members of ILA are eligible to vote. The electronic ballot was e-mailed to all members using Survey Monkey on April 1, 2017. Polls close at midnight on 4/30/2017.

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Your participation is very much appreciated!

Reaching Forward Early Bird Deadline is April 21

Register today for the 28th Annual Reaching Foward Conference. This year's conference will feature morning coffee, a plated lunch, and a full day of programming. The popular Performers' Showcase will return, featuring performers for both children and adults.

Early Bird Registration (by April 21): $150
Advance Registration (April 22 and later): $165

Register Today!

Resource Sharing Conference June 8-9

Registration is open for the 4th Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference being held in Oak Brook on June 8-9, 2017. Corey Seeman, director of Kresge Library Services (Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and manager of A Library Writer’s Blog, will deliver the keynote address: History Has Its Eyes on You: Lighthouses and Libraries Weathering Storms of Change. Conference registration fee is $95 ($125 for registration after May 26) and includes all sessions, as well as the reception on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference

Mark your calendars now for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference, October 25-27, in Bloomington, Illinois. The conference theme, "Times are Changing,"  will be addressed through professional development, networking, and vendor visits, as well as poster presentations. More information on hotel and conference registration, specific CE opportunities, invited speakers, and cost to attend will be available soon on the                                   conference website.

Teach Out for Illinois Higher Education
in Illinois on April 27 

Hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, and staff from around the state will demonstrate the importance and value of public higher education on April 27 in Springfield. 

A teach out will be held the Capitol building with students from around the state to educate lawmakers about the impact of disinvestment in Illinois public higher education and how invaluable public higher education is to our people, communities, economy, and democracy. Visible action will take place at campuses to show how much higher education contributes to our communities and the world.
For more information, visit the coalition's Facebook page.

Zena Sutherland Lecture, May 5

Award-winning author and illustrator Melissa Sweet will present the lecture, “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story” on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be held at the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Center (400 S. State St.) and a reception will follow. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library, the Sutherland Lecture Committee, and the University of Chicago.The event is free to attend, but advance registration is required at:

Job Opportunities

Full Time Youth Services Librarian | Barrington Area Library

Management Librarian (2 positions) | Milwaukee Public Library

Head of Youth Services - Full-time | Crystal Lake Public Library

Assistant Library Director | O'Fallon Public Library

Librarian I - Children's Services - Two Positions Available | Champaign Public Library

Library Director | Frank L Weyenberg Public Library (Milwaukee area)

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

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.
New CPL Roosevelt Library Branch Planned At Roosevelt Square In Little Italy
Fremont Library Launches Seed Program for Gardeners

Indian Trails Public Library previews $14.4 million building renovation ahead of opening
Glenview residents vote in three contested races
Library board considers options to pay for renovations
Lincoln library made separate agency, history bureau merged into DNR
Letter: A 21st century education requires a 21st century school library
Plainfield Library Referendum Fails


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