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. Dec 4 2017

    Advocacy Committee meeting

    Monday, Dec 4, 2017 1:00pm–2:00pm

    Illinois Heartland Library System (Edwardsville), Reaching Across Illinois Library System (Burr Ridge and East Peoria), and Vernon Area Public Library District via videoconferencing and conference call.

  2. Jan 8 2018

    Advocacy Committee meeting

    Monday, Jan 8, 2018 1:00pm–2:00pm

    Illinois Heartland Library System (Edwardsville), Reaching Across Illinois Library System (Burr Ridge and East Peoria), and Vernon Area Public Library District via videoconferencing and conference call.

  3. Feb 5 2018

    Advocacy Committee meeting

    Monday, Feb 5, 2018 1:00pm–2:00pm

    Illinois Heartland Library System (Edwardsville), Reaching Across Illinois Library System (Burr Ridge and East Peoria), and Vernon Area Public Library District via videoconferencing and conference call.

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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.

Download the ILA Advocacy Took Kit in pdf format.


  1. Celeste Choate Celeste Choate, Co-chair Executive Director at Urbana Free Library
  2. Denise Raleigh Denise Raleigh, Co-chair Division Chief, Public Relations & Development at Gail Borden Public Library District
  3. Steve Brantley Steve Brantley, Member Associate Professor and Head, Reference and Instruction Services at Eastern Illinois University
  4. Margaret J. Danhof Margaret J. Danhof, Member Fountaindale Public Library District
  5. Veronica De Fazio Veronica De Fazio, Member Head of Youth Services at Plainfield Public Library District
  6. Jim Deiters Jim Deiters, Member Director at Oak Lawn Public Library
  7. John Keister John Keister, Member John Keister & Associates - Executive Search
  8. Kate Kite Kate Kite, Member Research and Instruction Librarian - Teen Services at Six Mile Regional Library District
  9. Gregory J Knott Gregory J Knott, Member Assistant Dean at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  10. Michelle Nielsen Ott Michelle Nielsen Ott, Member Outreach and Reference Librarian at Methodist College of UnityPoint Health
  11. Susan C. Pearson Susan C. Pearson, Member Circulation & Resource Sharing Specialist at Illinois Heartland Library System - Edwardsville
  12. Jason Pinshower Jason Pinshower, Member Digital Services Manager at Fox River Valley Public Library District
  13. Cynthia L. Fuerst Cynthia L. Fuerst, Ex officio Vernon Area Public Library District
  14. Allen Lanham Allen Lanham, Board liaison Dean Emeritus of Library Services at Eastern Illinois University

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