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.



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. Laura L. Barnes Laura L. Barnes, Co-chair Sustainability Information Curator at Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  2. M.C. Neal M.C. Neal, Co-chair Chief Information Officer at Urbana School District #116

    Term ends 06/30/2020

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

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  4. Emily Compton-Dzak Emily Compton-Dzak, Member Assistant Library Director at Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  6. Cary Harvengt Cary Harvengt, Member Development & Outreach Librarian at Edwardsville Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

  7. Kristina Hoerner Kristina Hoerner, Member Champaign Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

  8. Jennifer Hovanec Jennifer Hovanec, Member Digital and Maker Services Manager at Indian Trails Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2021

  9. Alea Perez Alea Perez, Member Kids' Library Department Head at Elmhurst Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

  10. Jose Miguel Ruiz Jose Miguel Ruiz, Board liaison Supervising Librarian Robert Crown Branch at Evanston Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2020


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