Vol. 9, Issue 24   |   September 6, 2016

Date Set for Workshop on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) is partnering with IHLS, ILA, ISL, RAILS, and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in collaboration with American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) and the ALA Washington Office to offer a free workshop on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). AASL leaders will facilitate the session, which is one of many being offered in states all over the country.

The workshops will:

  • Provide the most current information on developments at the Federal level and work through the sections of ESSA that can be directly linked to the school librarian/library program.
  • Connect ESSA language to the school librarian’s role.
  • Discuss current recommendations for opportunities at state and local levels to ensure the effective school library program’s language in ESSA.

This hands-on session will aid in identifying stakeholders, building coalitions, and messaging.

Register to attend the virtual ESSA Workshop for 3 PDH (Professional Development Hours) on Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Don't Miss Early Bird Registration Deadline

Register by Monday, September 12, and save!

The 2016 ILA Annual Conference -- Discovery Advocacy Leadership -- is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to develop your skills to educate and empower your communities. #ILAAC16 offers more than 100 sessions to prepare attendees for success as innovative future-ready professionals.

The conference will feature more than 200 speakers from across the state and nation. Keynote speaker Nina Simon will explore how libraries can become more relevant to their communities. Author and Illustrator Mike Curato will discuss his work on the Little Elliot series. Laila Hussein Moustafa will share her research about libraries and crisis from her work with land mine survivors and libraries dealing with terrorism in their communities. James LaRue will examine the underlying themes of the most challenged books in America. Click here for a searchable list of conference programs.

More than 100 companies and organizations in the exhibits will help you discover new products and services. The exhibit hall also hosts multiple events, including complimentary lunches and refreshment breaks, poster sessions, and the Illinois Author Showcase. Click here to view the exhibits floor plan and a searchable list of exhibitors.

This is your best opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the state. Multiple conference events and programs provide the chance to meet new colleagues and strengthen relationships. Events like Stories & Spirits, the Academic Library Unconference, Public Library Forum Luncheon, and Trustee Day are opportunities to make connections within your area of interest. Conference-wide events such as the Awards Luncheon, Exhibit Lunches, and the ever-popular Pub Stroll extend your reach by helping you connect with colleagues you may not meet otherwise.

Register today!

Proposed Dues Revision to be Presented at ILA Membership Meeting

One of the recent goals of the ILA Executive Board has been to examine association membership and determine ways to make it more accessible, more valuable, and more attractive to current and prospective members. A formal review of the dues structure had not been undertaken in more than 20 years, so it seemed more than time. Former ILA President Jeannie Dilger formed a task force in 2015 to survey both members and non-members and propose a revised dues structure to address the following issues:
  • Keep initial membership rates as low as possible, i.e., be especially welcoming to new librarians
  • Remain revenue neutral—the goal was not to increase revenue, but at the same time, not reduce overall income received from membership
  • Reduce the number of membership categories from the current total of 47 to something more manageable and understandable
  • Make dues as equitable as possible for both individuals and institutions
The task force brought their findings to the ILA Executive Board in April, received feedback, and submitted a revised proposal at the June executive board meeting, with a final vote taken in July to bring the proposal to the full membership meeting at ILA Annual Conference on October 19, 2016. According to ILA Bylaws, Article XI—Membership Dues, Section 1: “The categories of and dues for association personal and nonvoting members shall be determined by the Executive Board, subject to approval of two-thirds of personal members present and voting at the annual meeting, provided that written notice of proposed changes has been given to all members at least three weeks, but not more than sixty (60) days, in advance of the meeting.”
A complete listing of the proposed dues categories and additional information is on the ILA website.

2015-2016 Books Challenged or Banned Available on Website

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 public awareness and discussion. Available from the ALA Store in packets of 25, libraries are encouraged to purchase multiple copies for patrons to pick up and spread the word beyond the library.

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

IACRL Unconference Hackathon
(No actual computer coding involved)

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - noon

noun informal
an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.

IACRL and ILA want to take the typical hackathon and turn it on its head. Join your academic library colleagues for a morning of collaborative programming of the profession. Attendees will have the chance to participate in activities for both new and experienced librarians. Look at your job, your duties, and your role through a new lens – there are no limits.

ILA Annual Conference registration is required to attend the Unconference. Please be sure to check the box to let planners know you plan to attend.

Advocacy Workshop for Trustees at ILA Conference

If you are a trustee who is interested in advocacy, plan to attend It's Not All About the Money: Trustees as Advocates, on October 20 at the ILA Annual Conference. Gail Borden Library trustees Jean Bednar, Patricia Harkin, and Donna Kline will talk about how trustees can and should advocate for their libraries by contacting legislators, but also ask “why stop there?” The impetus for this program came from newly elected trustee Donna Kline, who attended ILA’s 2015 conference. “I got excited about possibilities,” said Kline. “The more that we know, the better we can advocate.” In talking to fellow board members, she found that they became better advocates through fundraising efforts and volunteering. Attendees will hear how learning to be advocates directly with (taxpaying) community members can have very positive outcomes, as well as being rewarding and fun.

United For Libraries Survey

United for Libraries, the division of ALA for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations, would like to hear from you about what programs and training opportunities you would like to see at the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, June 22-23, 2017.

Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey. One survey respondent will be randomly selected to receive a free copy of Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends by Sally Gardner Reed and Beth Nawalinski. Please complete the survey by Friday, September 9, to be eligible for the drawing.

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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.

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