Vol. 10, Issue 6   |  February 24, 2017

Vernā Myers to Keynote #ILAAC17

ILA is delighted to welcome Vernā Myers as our keynote speaker for the 2017 ILA Annual Conference.

Vernā Myers is on a personal mission to disrupt the status quo and she knows how to: she’s lived it. Myers rose out of Baltimore’s working class to become a Harvard-trained lawyer, entrepreneur, author, and cultural innovator. Her dynamic, laugh-out-loud speeches inspire audiences to go further — to move beyond leveling the playing field to create a new field altogether — and empower people of all backgrounds to contribute at their highest levels.

Author of the best-selling books Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing and What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People, Vernā has touched more than one million people through her speeches, appearances, and transformative message of power and possibility. Her inspiring TED talk, “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them,” offers three ways any person can become an active participant in countering bias in ourselves and in others to create a more just world.

Vernā Myers' appearance is made possible by the generous support of Today's Business Solutions, Inc.

Conference Program Proposals Due March 24

Libraries of all types foster diversity, engage community, and champion social justice. The 2017 ILA Conference, Rise Up, is a chance for us to come together and share our ideas to better our communities, our institutions, and ourselves. How are you making a difference? What are you doing to improve your library and uplift your patrons? Tell us about it. Illinois libraries of all sizes and types make big impacts on their unique communities. Our conference should represent diversity throughout our state and we especially encourage submissions from typically underrepresented perspectives.

Share your ideas by submitting a conference proposal.

Illinois Speaks: Civic Engagement Grants for Illinois Libraries 

Illinois Humanities is offering micro-grants that help spark community conversations at libraries across the state of Illinois. Here's how the Illinois Speaks program works: A library applies for a grant by describing the topic and purpose of a community discussion or series of discussions they'd like to host, when and where the events are to happen, the names of those who would facilitate the event, and the plan for outreach and promotion. Illinois Humanities will consider these applications and make funding available to participating libraries right away.

The next application deadline is April 15. The aim of the grants is to support civic engagement programs in libraries across the entire state. Illinois Humanities would especially like to hear from libraries in southern and northwestern Illinois. 

To learn more, visit and scroll down to Illinois Speaks Micro-Grants. Contact Mark Hallett at for more information.

Register for the 2017 Targeting Autism Forum

The Illinois State Library is currently accepting registrations for the 2017 Targeting Autism Forum, to be held at the Illinois State Library, Springfield, IL, on May 11-12. Lodging will be provided, May 10-11, at the Springfield Wyndham Hotel (formerly Hilton). Upon registration, a room will be reserved in your name. Meals and snacks during the conference will also be provided.  Reimbursement for transportation, however, will only be provided to forum presenters.

As in past years, the State Library can accommodate 80 participants. We would like to encourage participation from those who have not previously attended one or both of the earlier forums. If you have attended in the past, we encourage you to register early as registration for previous attendees will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. As always, all forum sessions will be recorded for viewing on the Targeting Autism YouTube Channel.

Click here for more information and to register.

Obama Library Program at IIT

A program on Wednesday, March 29 will feature architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, named by Michelle and former President Barack Obama to be the designers of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's Jackson Park. A paid reception ($35) will be held at 5 pm, with the free lecture beginning at 6 pm, open to all. Register online if you would like to attend the event to be held in S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 S. State Street, Chicago, on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Job Opportunities

Associate Dean - Library | College of DuPage

Assistant Library Director | City of Evanston/Evanston Public Library

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

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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.

An Elegy for the Library
The Librarian of Congress and the Greatness of Humility
Aaron Carlin Announced as Director of Flossmoor Public Library
Amanda Rudd, Former Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, Dies at 93
Research Grant Expands Evanston STEM Funding
Can a Literary Museum Revive a Sagging Stretch of Michigan Avenue?
Francis Parker School to Begin $5 Million Library Renovation
Carrier Mills Library Staff Worried Proposed Statewide Property Tax Freeze Will Cut Funding

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