From ILA’s 2013 Annual Conference—Ignite!—through the bitterly cold winter of 2014, our first round-the-state Legislative Meet-Ups in February, and into the heart of summer as I write this, ILA has been turning up the heat on issues that are important to librariesaround the state.
It was a big year for defending the freedom to read at schools and libraries in Glen Ellyn, Chicago, Orland Park, and elsewhere, as well as kicking off the Soon to Be Famous Illinois author project. Our ongoing legislative efforts in Springfield secured level funding for state grant programs to libraries and defeated filtering legislation for the 18th (or is that umpteenth?) time.
We expanded our iREAD efforts to combat summer reading loss with new statewide partners in Minnesota and Virginia, in addition to our previous partners, the California Library Association and the U.S. Department of Defense. We presented a program on iREAD at the Texas Library Association conference in March, the largest state library associatio conference in the country, and saw a surge in orders from Texas and some other states.
We also launched a group insurance pool as a benefit for ILA institutional members that offers the opportunity for libraries to exercise greater control over their costs for property, casualty and workers compensation insurance, often resulting in significant savings. It has already grown from twenty-four founding members to thirty-two with five more libraries and their boards considering membership.
As we welcome our new board and officers for 2014-2015, let’s all work to make our libraries the hottest thing going!
Su Erickson, Robert Morris University
ILA President, 2013–-2014
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