Vol. 10, Issue 5   |  February 16, 2017

Allen Lanham Spreads the Word

ILA Executive Board member Allen Lanham's letter on the role of libraries appeared in the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier on February 11.  Lanham and a member of his staff contacted ILA to ask permission to adapt the association's We Are Here statement and released to their local media list covering central Illinois.  The letter begins:  "In this time of fake news, political protest and state budget woes, it’s a useful time to remind all citizens in our region that libraries are here for you."  We encourage all ILA members to follow Lanham's example and let us know the results--we'll continue to feature here and in the forthcoming 2016-2017 ILA Annual Report.

Call One Affinity Program for ILA Members

Since 2013, ILA has had an affinity agreement with Call One, a telecommunications provider that offers benefits to ILA institutional members and in return, non-dues revenue to the association.  We recently renewed this agreement and urge members to contact Larry Widmer,, 312-252-4955, for a competitive analysis of your library's phone lines, circuits, features, local and long-distance usage, VoIP, wireless mobility, as well as purchasing or leasing telecommunications equipment. 

Place Your Summer Reading Order Today!

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Report Challenges To Library Materials

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)  is processing reports to finalize the number of challenges in 2016 and the annual list of frequently challenged books. OIF collects information for its challenge database from both media reports and reports submitted by individuals. 

Challenges reported to ALA by individuals are kept confidential. You may report challenges by filling out and submitting our new online form.

For more information, visit the OIF Blog.

Call for Participation: Women of Color in LIS

Researchers at Towson University are conducting a project on the experiences of women of color in the library and information science field.  Participation is voluntary and may take the form of a survey, interview, or both.  The survey is anticipated to take approximately 15 minutes, while the interview is estimated to take about 30-45 minutes.  If you choose to participate in the study, your participation will be anonymous.  Study participants should identify as a person of color, identify as female or woman, and be currently employed as part-time or full-time employees of a library, archives, or information center; in the role of an information professional at a non-library institution; or be employed as faculty in an LIS degree program.  For additional information or questions, you may contact Alyse Minter at or 410-704-5169 or Genevia Chamblee-Smith at or 410-375-2146.

Three New Illinois Library Luminaries

Richard Shurman, Alexander W. Todd, Jr., and Carol Iffland Todd (pictured left to right) were recently inducted as Illinois Library Luminaries.  As the administrator of Cooperative Computer Services (CCS) for twenty-eight years, Shurman was a major force in library cooperation in the state.  Alexander Todd was the longtime director of the Fountaindale Public Library District, recipient of ILA's Librarian of the Year Award in 1986, and a powerful advocate for district libraries.  Carol Iffland Todd worked at numerous libraries around the state, including serving as director at Lemont Public Library.  Full bios are available on the ILA website.  If you'd like to nominate an Illinois Library Luminary, contact ILA Fundraising Committee Chair, Alexander Todd,

Job Opportunities

Reference\Outreach Librarian | Conception Abbey and Seminary Library

Senior Access Services Assistant | School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Library Director | Taylorville Public Library

Assistant/Associate Professor - Catalog Librarian | Southeast Missouri State University

Head of Youth Services | Crystal Lake Public Library

Library Director | Sandwich Public Library District

Metadata and Digital Services Librarian | Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Library

Acquisitions and Electronics Resources Librarian | Lewis University

Children's Services Manager | Champaign Public Library

Teen Librarian | Champaign Public Library

Children's Department Supervisor | Galesburg Public Library

Teen Services Librarian | Kenosha Public Library

Deputy Director Library Operations | Mount Prospect Public Library

Library Director | Wood River Public Library

Library Director | Ferndale (MI) Area District Library

Information & Research Services Manager | Michael Best and Friedrich LLP

Regional Library System Administrator | Viking Library System

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