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 two-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. The opportunity to serve on or chair an ILA committee is a benefit of ILA membership; committee members and chairs, and forum managers and board members, are required to maintain personal membership in the association during their term of service.

The Committee Interest Form submission deadline to be considered for a July committee appointment is March 15.

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: Download the ILA Advocacy Took Kit in pdf format, developed for the 2012 National Library Legislative Days but content that is relevant beyond that particular event. View the ILA Advocacy Committee calendar for association-wide events and deadlines that guide the committee's work. Committee Reports, Agendas, and Minutes 
  1. Alex C. Todd Alex C. Todd, Co-chair, Member Executive Director at Prospect Heights Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2021

  2. Magan Szwarek Magan Szwarek, Co-chair, Member Reference Services Director at Schaumburg Township District Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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. Jamie Jones Jamie Jones, Chair, Member Peoria Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

Best Practices Committee
Promotes excellence in the Illinois library community by identifying and amplifying innovative services, community outreach initiatives, and management procedures both for the association and for the profession as a whole. Seeks out best practices for emerging trends and issues in the profession by surveying current practices in the library community, recommending best practices for diverse sizes and types of libraries, and sharing these practices with the library community through relevant communication channels.
  1. Alea Perez Alea Perez, Co-chair, Member Kids' Library Department Head at Elmhurst Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

  2. Jennifer Hovanec Jennifer Hovanec, Co-chair, Member Digital and Maker Services Manager at Indian Trails Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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

Conference Program Committee, 2021
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. Amanda McKay Amanda McKay, Co-chair Effingham Public Library

    Term ends 10/31/2021

  2. Rachel M Park Rachel M Park, Co-chair Illinois State University

    Term ends 10/31/2021

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

    Term ends 06/30/2021

  2. Jordan Neal Jordan Neal, Co-chair, Member Career Librarian at Champaign 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. Heidi Smith Heidi Smith, Chair, Member Director at Park Ridge Public Library

    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. Alissa T. Henkel Alissa T. Henkel, Chair, Member Head of Programs, Resources and Services at Decatur Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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. Leigh Anne Wilson Leigh Anne Wilson, Chair, Member Librarian at Carol Stream Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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. Alexandra Tyle-Annen Alexandra Tyle-Annen, Chair Homer Township Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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. Molly Beestrum Molly Beestrum, Chair Education and Curriculum Coordinator at Northwestern University Libraries

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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. Daniel Matthews Daniel Matthews, Chair, Member Digital Services Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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