Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee:

  • Supports the targeted advocacy efforts set forth by the American Library Association and the Illinois Library Association.
  • Strives to unite ILA members behind advocacy efforts set forth by the ILA Executive Board.
  • Works in tandem with the Public Policy Committee (PPC) to implement an annual legislative agenda.
  • Provides ILA members with the tools to make local, statewide and national advocacy an integral part of their professional life.
  • Develops a long-range advocacy plan in conjunction with PPC and the Executive Board.
  • Within this broad framework, collaborates with the ILA President and ILA Executive Director to set an annual calendar of advocacy activities and to create communications, materials and training in support of these activities.

 Follow the Advocacy Committee's activities:

  • Download the ILA Advocacy Took Kit in pdf format, developed for the 2012 National Library Legislative Days but content that is relevant beyond that particular event.
  • View the ILA Advocacy Committee calendar for association-wide events and deadlines that guide the committee's work.

Committee Reports, Agendas, and Minutes 


  1. Jun 1 2020

    Advocacy Committee Meeting

    Monday, Jun 1, 2020 1:00pm–3:00pm

    Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), 125 Tower Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527-5783

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Committee Composition

Committee consists of twelve voting members, representing all types of libraries and public library trustees, serving three-year, staggered terms. Each incoming ILA president shall appoint four members, including his/her designated Advocacy Committee chair. Nonvoting ex officio members are the ILA executive director, the director of the Illinois State Library, ILA president, ILA vice president/president-elect, and the chair of the PPC.

  1. Jim Deiters Jim Deiters, Co-chair Director at Oak Lawn Public Library

    Co-chair Term ends 06/30/2020
    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

  2. Alex C. Todd Alex C. Todd, Co-chair Executive Director at Prospect Heights Public Library District

    Co-chair Term ends 06/30/2020
    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  3. Betsy Adamowski Betsy Adamowski, Member Director at Wheaton Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  4. Nanette Donohue Nanette Donohue, Member Technical Services Manager at Champaign Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  5. Keith Michael Fiels Keith Michael Fiels, Member

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  6. Matthew Fruth Matthew Fruth, Member Oak Park Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  7. Qiana M Johnson Qiana M Johnson, Member Northwestern University Libraries

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  8. Valerie Neylon Valerie Neylon, Member Librarian at City Colleges of Chicago

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  9. Michelle Nielsen Ott Michelle Nielsen Ott, Member Director of Library Services at Methodist College

    Member Term ends 06/30/2020

  10. Magan Szwarek Magan Szwarek, Member Reference Services Director at Schaumburg Township District Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  11. Jeffrey Wheeler Jeffrey Wheeler, Member Reference and Liaison Librarian at University of Illinois at Chicago

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  12. Amanda L Zagloba Amanda L Zagloba, Member

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  13. Molly Beestrum Molly Beestrum, Ex officio Education and Curriculum Coordinator at Northwestern University Libraries

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2020

  14. Dennis Danowski Dennis Danowski, Ex officio Macomb Public Library District

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2020

  15. Veronica De Fazio Veronica De Fazio, Ex officio Head of Youth Services at Plainfield Public Library District

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2021

  16. Diane Foote Diane Foote, Ex officio Executive Director at Illinois Library Association

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2025

  17. Cynthia L. Fuerst Cynthia L. Fuerst, Ex officio Vernon Area Public Library District

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2020

  18. Greg McCormick Greg McCormick, Ex officio Director at Illinois State Library

    Ex officio Term ends 06/30/2020

  19. Kate Kite Kate Kite, Board liaison Research and Instruction Librarian - Teen Services at Six Mile Regional Library District

    Board liaison Term ends 06/30/2020

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