Diversity Committee

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Member Spotlight - Elise M. Hearn
October 30, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Elise Hearn. Elise is the Lakeview Branch Manager at Peoria Public Library and a member of the ILA Diversity Committee. We asked Elise to tell us a little about herself and answer a few prof…
Member Spotlight - Jazmin Wilkerson
July 24, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Jazmin Wilkerson. Jazmin is the Youth & Teen Librarian and Teen Volunteer Coordinator at the Lemont Public Library District, and she serves as co-chair of the ILA Diversity Committee.  We asked…
Committee Spotlight - Diversity Committee
October 13, 2022
Charged with addressing issues in diversity, the ILA Diversity Committee works toward developing and recommending purposeful and actionable strategies to increase diversity within ILA. As part of the ILA Strategic Plan, diversity …

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Committee Charge

The Committee's primary objectives are:

  • Initiate and promote training and library services that address issues in diversity.
  • Identify and promote best practices and resources for diversity and inclusion in the library profession and services.
  • Identify and promote strategies to recruit and retain diverse workers in Illinois libraries.
  • Provide mentoring and support for ALA’s Spectrum scholars and other diverse individuals in Illinois in obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession.
  • Develop, monitor, evaluate, and recommend diversity efforts in the association and initiate strategies, in conjunction with the Nominating Committee, to increase diversity in ILA’s membership and leadership.

The ILA Diversity Committee has adopted the following broad definitions of diversity and inclusion:

Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital and/or familial status, mental and/or physical impairment and/or disability, military status, economic status, political affiliation, and other human distinguishing characteristics.

Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized.


Committee Composition

Composed of up to ten members, serving three-year, staggered terms.


Committee Reports


  1. Anjelica Rufus-Barnes Anjelica Rufus-Barnes, Co-chair Reference Librarian at Prospect Heights Public Library District

    Co-chair Term ends 06/30/2026
    Member Term ends 06/30/2026

  2. Jazmin Wilkerson Jazmin Wilkerson, Co-chair Children's/Teen Librarian at Lemont Public Library District

    Co-chair Term ends 06/30/2024
    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  3. Bradley Bibbs Bradley Bibbs, Member Adult Services Librarian at Aurora Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  4. Brittany Coleman Brittany Coleman, Member Assistant Professor, Community Engagement Librarian at Oakton College

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  5. Elise Hearn Elise Hearn, Member Branch Manager at Peoria Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2024

  6. Elizabeth Hultman Elizabeth Hultman, Member Elgin Community College

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  7. Laura Picato Laura Picato, Member Public Services Manager at O'Fallon Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  8. Emily Porter Emily Porter, Member Curie Metropolitan High School

    Member Term ends 06/30/2026

  9. Pamela Stavinoga Pamela Stavinoga, Member

    Member Term ends 06/30/2026

  10. Simone Williams Simone Williams, Member Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

    Member Term ends 06/30/2025

  11. Dawn Bussey Dawn Bussey, Board liaison Glen Ellyn Public Library

    Board liaison Term ends 06/30/2026

  12. Tamara Jenkins Tamara Jenkins, Staff liaison Illinois Library Association

    Staff liaison Term ends 06/30/2025


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