Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee focuses on implementation of the legislative agenda as recommended by the Public Policy Committee (PPC) and approved by the ILA Executive Board; develops an annual advocacy plan in conjunction with PPC and the Executive Board; identifies advocacy best practices and implements them as appropriate; builds partnerships with organizations that have similar views; is responsible for advocacy education of ILA members; develops educational materials and programs to improve ILA members’ advocacy skills.


Events

  1. Jan 7 2019

    Advocacy Committee Meeting

    Monday, Jan 7, 2019 1:00pm–3:00pm

    Reaching Across Illinois Library System in person; remote participation via PolyCom at ILA, ISL, IHLS Carbondale, IHLS Edwardsville, and IHLS Champaign, 125 Tower Dr., Burr Ridge, IL 60527

  2. Mar 4 2019

    Advocacy Committee Meeting

    Monday, Mar 4, 2019 1:00pm–3:00pm

    Reaching Across Illinois Library System in person; remote participation via PolyCom at ILA, ISL, IHLS Carbondale, IHLS Edwardsville, and IHLS Champaign, 125 Tower Dr., Burr Ridge, IL 60527

  3. Apr 1 2019

    Advocacy Committee Meeting

    Monday, Apr 1, 2019 1:00pm–3:00pm

    Reaching Across Illinois Library System in person; remote participation via PolyCom at ILA, ISL, IHLS Carbondale, IHLS Edwardsville, and IHLS Champaign, 125 Tower Dr., Burr Ridge, IL 60527

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Committee Reports 


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.

Download the ILA Advocacy Took Kit in pdf format.


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

    Term ends 06/30/2019

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

    Term ends 06/30/2019

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

    Term ends 06/30/2021

  4. Steve Brantley Steve Brantley, Member Professor and Head, Reference and Instruction Services at Eastern Illinois University

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  5. Margaret J. Danhof Margaret J. Danhof, Member Fountaindale Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  6. Veronica De Fazio Veronica De Fazio, Member Head of Youth Services at Plainfield Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  7. Keith Michael Fiels Keith Michael Fiels, Member

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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

    Term ends 06/30/2021

  9. Gregory J Knott Gregory J Knott, Member Assistant Dean at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  10. Michelle Nielsen Ott Michelle Nielsen Ott, Member Outreach and Reference Librarian at Methodist College

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  11. Jason Pinshower Jason Pinshower, Member Head of Adult Services at Barrington Area Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019

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

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  13. Scott Davis Scott Davis, Ex officio Fremont Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2019

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

    Term ends 06/30/2020

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

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  16. Greg McCormick Greg McCormick, Ex officio Deputy Director at Illinois State Library

    Term ends 06/30/2020

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

    Term ends 06/30/2019


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