Vol. 9, Issue 26   |   September 19, 2016

2017 iREAD Summer Reading!

Get ready to explore creativity and design next summer with the 2017 iREAD summer reading theme: Reading by Design.

iREAD summer reading programming includes activities, graphics, crafts, reading lists, incentives, and much more for children, teens, and adults. 

Graphics for 2017 include posters and a wealth of original spot art from our 2017 illustrators:  Mike Curato, Nick Dragotta, James Spurgeon, Gino Cieslik, Russell McGonagle, and David Roberts.   

Resource Guide Available at ILA Conference!
Buy your 2017 summer reading Resource Guide at conference and have it immediately. You can explore and discuss ideas with the committee members at the booth who can direct you to their "favorites" or point out special features so you will be super prepared for 2017.  The guide includes ideas contributed by librarians from all over the world.  Plus, every day, great new ideas are added to our Reading by Design Pinterest page.

Visit iREAD in Rosemont

Reading by Design PSA!

Would you like to advertise your summer reading program on your website or local public television channel?  Feel free to use our animated public service announcement featuring our illustrations by Mike Curato.  Please click here to view it.

October 2016 ILA Reporter Available Online

Articles on mentoring, Pokemon Go, Illinois author Andrea Beaty, and much more round out this month's issue, which also includes the 2015-2016 ILA Annual Report.  If you're an ILA member, your print copy will be arriving soon....and if you're not, join now to start receiving a complimentary subscription!

2015-2016 ILA Annual Report

Check out ILA's Annual Report, "Bridging the Gap" to see all the things you helped us accomplish in 2015-2016.  Once again ILA ended the year in the black, thanks to you and the 2015-2016 ILA Executive Board for their outstanding leadership and hard work!  The report is available on the ILA website and in the October issue of the ILA Reporter.

Please click here to download the report. 

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 available on the ILA website.

ILA Urges ISBE to Allocate ESSA Funding to School Libraries

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Tony Smith, Ph.D.
Illinois State Superintendent
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL  62777

Dear Superintendent Smith:

According to recent media reports and a Saturday, September 10, 2016 letter published in the Chicago Tribune, there has been a drastic reduction in the number of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that now have a certified school librarian.  As an organization that represents more than 3,000 school, public, and academic libraries, librarians, and library users in the state, the Illinois Library Association (ILA) urges ISBE to turn its attention to this critical trend affecting not only CPS but school libraries statewide.  The services that certified school librarians provide are critical to overall improvement of schools and student achievement, and any investment in them will more than pay for itself.

Every child needs to have access to an effective school library program staffed with a certified school librarian in order to succeed.  More than 60 studies, including one conducted in Illinois in 2005, indicate that students without regular access to effective school library programs led by certified school librarians fall behind in academic achievement, workforce readiness, and adequate college preparation.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation plan for Illinois needs to include provisions for every child to have access to an effective school library program with a certified school librarian.  Furthermore, there are funding sources available for this critical need.  In addition to state and local monies that are being redirected at the building level, there is federal funding through the ESSA, including new Title II and Title IV monies available to support library programs.  We urge you to investigate, pursue, and incorporate all available sources in the statewide plan to allocate ESSA funding to school libraries and certified school librarians.

All of us in the Illinois library community—along with parents and the students in our schools—are ready to lend whatever assistance we can in making this a reality.  With state and national library groups, we are participating in a statewide workshop on Saturday, September 24, to inform and enlist the public and the profession in identifying stakeholders and building coalitions to support inclusion of school libraries in the ESSA plan.

Please let us know if we can provide any additional information, and we look forward to working with you on this important issue.

Pattie Piotrowski, President, Illinois Library Association

Upcoming events

  • "ESSA and State Funding" Hearing
    Friday, September 23, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
    Illinois House of Representatives Elementary and Secondary Education / School Curriculum and Policies Committee
    6th Floor, Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 North LaSalle Street, Chicago
  • ESSA Workshop
    Saturday, September 24, 2016
  • Banned Books Week
    Sunday–Saturday, September 25–October 1, 2016
  • Public Policy Committee meeting
    Monday, September 26, 2016 10:00 a.m.–noon
More upcoming events »

Job opportunities

Library Director | McCracken County Public Library, Paducah, KY

Library Director | Hudson Area Public Library District

Deputy Director | Skokie Public Library

Teen/Adult Outreach Librarian – Fiction/AV/Teen Department | Mount Prospect Public Library

Library Director | Taylorville Public Library

Youth Services Assistant | Matteson Area Public Library District

Library Director | Chillicothe Public Library District

Sr. Cataloging & Metadata Assistant | John M. Flaxman Library - School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Director | Charleston Carnegie Public Library

Instruction and Research Librarian (STEM) | Lewis University

IT Manager | Crystal Lake Public Library

Library Director | DeKalb Public Library

Executive Director | Schaumburg Township District Library

Data Analyst | Oak Park 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.

Park Ridge Library Board Opts to Keep Evaluation of Director in Closed Session

If Chicago Is a 'City of Readers,' Then It Should Support Its Librarians

Checking Out: Drug Users Take Advantage of Public Libraries

New Librarian of Congress Offers A History Lesson in Her Own Right

Delaware School Libraries Master Plan: Quality School Libraries = Higher Student Achievement

Dean of Booth Library Obtains Luminary Status from Illinois Library Association
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The Fund for Illinois Libraries was created in 1990 to help Illinois libraries in their fundraising efforts. The purpose of the fund is to enable libraries to receive gifts from individuals or organizations that can only make donations to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Learn more »
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