Best Practices Committee

Promotes excellence in Illinois libraries by identifying and making known innovative services, community outreach initiatives, and management procedures. Selects an annual award winner and finds methods for encouraging communication among libraries about their best practices, and, using the ILA Web site, features the best of what our libraries are doing.


  1. Oct 10 2018

    Best Practices Committee Meeting at ILA Annual Conference

    Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 1:30pm–3:00pm

    Peoria Civic Center, Room 218, 201 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria, IL 61602

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Committee Reports

Committee Composition

The committee will be composed of nine members serving two-year terms. The ILA vice president/president-elect appoints at least three new committee members each year.

  1. Shannon Distel Shannon Distel, Chair Director of Customer Services at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  2. Victoria Akinde Victoria Akinde, Member Schaumburg Township District Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  3. Joshua Avery Joshua Avery, Member Group Leader, Teaching and Outreach Group at Wheaton College

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  4. Laura L. Barnes Laura L. Barnes, Member Sustainability Information Curator at Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  5. Gail Graziani Gail Graziani, Member Assistant Director of Adult Services at Lisle Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  6. Victoria Hart Victoria Hart, Member Executive Director at Mississippi Valley Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  7. M.C. Neal M.C. Neal, Member Director of I.T. at Urbana School District #116

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  8. Nicole R Steeves Nicole R Steeves, Member Director at Fox River Grove Memorial Library

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  9. Deidre Winterhalter Deidre Winterhalter, Member Digital Learning Coordinator at Oak Park Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  10. Leander Spearman Leander Spearman, Board liaison Director at Belleville Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019

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