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.

 



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 06/30/2022

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

    Term ends 06/30/2022

  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 06/30/2021

  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 Director at 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 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 06/30/2020


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