Vol. 9, Issue 23   |   August 26, 2016

Urgent: Speak Out for School Libraries in September 

In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind and, thanks to the work of library advocates, specifically includes language regarding “effective school library programs.”

The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) is working to ensure that the federal funding from ESSA that will flow through the Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE) will include mandatory allocations for school libraries. A task force is working with the nonprofit group
to help enlist public support. Recent cuts affecting school librarians in Chicago Public Schools is just one example of why this is so critical to our profession and the education of our children.

Tuesday, September 6, ISBE is hosting a second round of listening tours to collect feedback on ESSA implementation in Illinois. It is imperative that the library community is actively involved in these listening tours. ISLMA needs library supporters to attend and speak at these events. The dates and locations for the listening tour are listed here; you can also see a map of locations.

Please go to this link to let ISLMA know that you are attending one of the listening tour meetings. They will make sure that you receive the talking points directly, which will also be posted on the ISLMA website.  If you have any questions, please contact ISLMA President Patti Fleser.

Kip Kolkmeier Latest Luminary

Anyone who cares about what happens to libraries in Illinois has had occasion to thank Kip Kolkmeier, longtime legislative consultant for the Illinois Library Association (ILA). He was hired as ILA’s lobbyist in 1996 and remains an effective voice for Illinois libraries today. 

His presence and relationships in Springfield have kept libraries from getting lost in the shuffle, and made dozens of friends for libraries in the Illinois General Assembly. With Kolkmeier’s hard work, guidance, and dedication, the Illinois library community both opposed and supported key library legislation, including the defeat of eighteen legislative attempts to impose statewide mandatory filters.

No one has been more generous with his time, monitoring thousands of bills in every session, attending ILA Public Policy Committee and Executive Board meetings to make sure positions were well thought-out and defensible. Whether presenting testimony in Springfield or speaking at conferences, meetings, or workshops, he not only superbly represents the library community, but keeps everyone informed about the issues, the process, and the core values of libraries. His signature sense of humor has converted even the reluctant into ardent library advocates.

An attorney, Kolkmeier was a partner at Sidley & Austin for many years, and is currently Senior Counsel at Perkins Coie, LLP. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and Stanford University.

Inducted Thursday, 21 July 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.  Please make a contribution in Kip's name or any of the other current luminaries to continue to build this legacy of support. 

James LaRue to Speak at Public Library Forum Luncheon

The Public Library Forum is delighted to welcome James LaRue, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, to its annual luncheon.

The author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges, LaRue was a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. He has written, spoken, and consulted on leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries. LaRue will discuss the underlying themes of the most challenged books in America and two new OIF Initiatives. 

The luncheon will be held Wednesday, October 19, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m., during the ILA Annual Conference. Pre-registration is required.

Upcoming events

  • Public Policy Committee meeting

    Monday, August 29, 2016, 10:00am–12:00pm

    Illinois State Library (Springfield), and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (Burr Ridge) via videoconferencing and conference call

  • Advocacy Committee meeting

    Monday, August 29, 2016, 1:00pm–2:00pm

    Illinois State Library (Springfield), and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (Burr Ridge) via videoconferencing and conference call

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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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