Annual Conference

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Vernā Myers 

Tuesday, October 10

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote 

Vernā Myers is on a personal mission to disrupt the status quo and she knows how to: she’s lived it. Myers rose out of Baltimore’s working class to become a Harvard-trained lawyer, entrepreneur, author, and cultural innovator. Her dynamic, laugh-out-loud speeches inspire audiences to go further — to move beyond leveling the playing field to create a new field altogether — and empower people of all backgrounds to contribute at their highest levels. For the last two decades, Vernā and her team of consultants have helped eradicate barriers of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation at elite international law firms, Wall Street powerhouses, and the 10,000 member Fire Department of New York City, with the aim of establishing a new, more productive, and just status quo.

Terri Murphy

Wednesday, October 11

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Youth Services Forum Author Breakfast

Terri Murphy has crafted a life surrounded by art, books and children.  She is the picture book illustrator for Dance Y’all, Dance and One Day I Went Rambling authored by Kelly Bennett and published by Bright Sky Press, and frequent contributor to Spider, Ladybug and Cricket Magazines. She is also the Illustrator Coordinator in Illinois for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), where she brings Chicago-area illustrators together for their continuing education. As a Youth Services Librarian at the Prospect Heights Public Library, Terri develops Young Artists Workshops for children and teens and Young-at-Heart Artists Workshops for adults, which eventually make their way to area libraries.


Carson Block

Wednesday, October 11

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Public Library Forum Luncheon

Carson Block has led and loved library technology efforts for more than 20 years. He's been called a "Geek who speaks English" and is occasionally compared to Ferris Bueller and Calvin (and Hobbes). Carson is dead serious about the essential and positive community impacts of libraries, and evangelizes libraries to SXSW Interactive and other tech communities.


Debbie Reese

Wednesday, October 11

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

DiversiTEA: RISE UP! Learn About Native American Indians Collection's Resources 
Join the ILA Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee for tea! Debbie Reese, Ph.D., tribally enrolled Nambe Pueblo, is a former professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is committed to developing strong and sustaining collections about Native American Indians. She will address collection development specific to Native materials, suggest methods for evaluating materials, what to look for, key concepts, and more. The tea will be a mind and awareness-raising discussion.


Nancy Sylvester

Thursday, October 12

9:00 – 10 a.m.

Trustee Day Keynote: I'm A Library Trustee, And My Role is…? 

Becoming a board member is much like becoming a parent. In both situations, it is assumed that if you know how to become one, you know how to be a good one. Not true in either situation! This presentation will focus on developing a better understanding of the power of a Library Trustee, the role of the Board, being a part of the Library Leadership Team, and understanding the board-staff relationship.


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