Committees

Members providing major support services for membership, leadership, and special interest groups.

ILA's committees provide major support services for ILA membership, leadership, special interest groups, and the Executive Board. Committee chairs are appointed by the current ILA president with the approval of the Executive Board. Terms of office vary and include a single one-year term for most committees. This term is designed to provide an avenue for interested members to become easily involved in ILA activities. The hope is that the experience gained will encourage members to continue their involvement in ILA. ILA members may volunteer or be appointed to these committees. The opportunity to serve on or chair an ILA committee is a benefit of ILA membership; committee members and chairs are expected to maintain current personal membership in ILA.

Committee Interest Form


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.  Follow the Advocacy Committee's activities: Committee Reports, Agendas, and Minutes 
  1. Alex C. Todd Alex C. Todd, Co-chair Executive Director at Prospect Heights Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2022

  2. Jim Deiters Jim Deiters, Co-chair Director at Oak Lawn Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2022

Awards Committee
Administers the awards and recognition program of the association annually; publicizes the awards to attract qualified nominees; selects association-wide award winners. Awards, Nomination Submissions, and Procedures
  1. Rick C Meyer Rick C Meyer, Co-chair Decatur Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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. 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

Conference Program Committee, 2020
Coordinates program planning for ILA Annual Conference. Membership will be made up of individuals representing the diverse nature of our association with appointments for sixteen months.
  1. Darnetta Bolton Darnetta Bolton, Co-chair Youth Services Reference Librarian at Orland Park Library

    Term ends 10/31/2020

  2. Sarah Sagmoen Sarah Sagmoen, Co-chair Director of Learning Commons and User Services at University of Illinois at Springfield

    Term ends 10/31/2020

Diversity Committee
  1. Hannah Rapp Hannah Rapp, Co-chair Head of Readers Advisory & Teen Services at Berwyn Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2022

  2. Katrina Belogorsky Katrina Belogorsky, Co-chair Community Engagement Librarian at Skokie Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

Finance Committee
Ensures that the association remains fiscally sound by monitoring association finances and developing fiscal policies; submits a recommended annual budget to the ILA Executive Board.
Fundraising Committee
Identify fundraising strategies that will provide long-term financial stability for the association, to include, but not limited to, such areas as grants, the endowment, and scholarships. Oversees the Illinois Library Luminaries program, which includes monitoring contributions.  
  1. Ashley C Stewart Ashley C Stewart, Chair Library Director at Caseyville Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2021

ILA Reporter Advisory Committee
To work with the ILA Executive Director to help ensure quality content in the ILA Reporter and to assist in obtaining that content.
  1. Eric Anthony Edwards Eric Anthony Edwards, Chair Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Illinois State Library

    Term ends 06/30/2020

Intellectual Freedom Committee
Works to resist all attempts to censor library materials or to restrict public access to information. Keeps abreast of statewide and national issues and challenges. Gathers and disseminates information to the membership. Serves as a clearinghouse and source of information for libraries seeking assistance. Promotes intellectual freedom by actively contacting library and school officials where materials or procedures have been challenged, offering the assistance of the ILA membership. Raises awareness and provides continuing education activities. Selects the Intellectual Freedom Award winner. Provides leadership and assistance in access and privacy for electronic information.
  1. Paul Mills Paul Mills, Chair Fountaindale Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2020

iREAD Committee
The Illinois Reading Enrichment and Development (iREAD) program is a coordinated, self-supporting effort to develop and provide high quality, low cost resources, and products to enable local library staff to promote reading.  The program’s primary audience is kindergarten through grade eight, but provides supplemental materials for preschoolers, teens, and adults.
  1. Portia Latalladi Portia Latalladi, Chair Chicago Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2020

Nominating Committee
Develops an annual slate of candidates for the Executive Board, including vice-president/president-elect and ALA councilor (every four years). Nominating Committee Procedures and Timeline
  1. Cynthia L. Fuerst Cynthia L. Fuerst, Chair Vernon Area Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2020

Public Policy Committee (PPC)
Provides the association’s focus on legislative matters; recommends studies on projects designed to advance the development of all types of libraries; advocates legislative action which advances library service for all residents of Illinois. Creating or Changing Illinois State Library Law Follow PPC's activities and discussions: Committee Reports, Agendas, and Minutes Got a suggestion for a legislative matter for PPC's consideration? Contact us using the button below to send a message to the PPC chair and the ILA executive director. We look forward to hearing from you! Contact Us
  1. Dennis Danowski Dennis Danowski, Chair Macomb Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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