Trustee Day Schedule

Trustee Day • 
ILA Annual Conference
Thursday, October 24, 2019 • Tinley Park Convention Center

Trustee Day at the ILA Annual Conference is designed to support library trustee education by providing programming and networking opportunities. Registration includes a full day of programming, continental breakfast, and a luncheon.  Breakout sessions offer a variety of programming throughout the day, with time reserved in the schedule to allow trustees to visit the exhibit hall to see the latest in library products and services.

For trustees planning to attend the full conference in addition to Trustee Day, a suggested schedule of programming has been developed: Full Conference Trustee Schedule

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Trustee Day Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Trustee Continental Breakfast
Library Trustees begin their day with a light breakfast. The breakfast will be held in the same room as the 9:00 a.m. program.

9:00- 10:00 a.m.
Not All Shifts are Seismic: Thoughtful Advocacy for Cumulative Impact and Success
Upping your advocacy game doesn’t require seismic shifts—but it does entail sustained focus and a few key actions. This interactive session will leave you with actionable steps to strengthen your advocacy individually and as a member of the library ecosystem.
Speaker: Megan Cusick, American Library Association

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Trustee Exhibits Break
Visit the exhibit hall to explore the latest in library products and services.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tips for Advocating to Legislators from Legislators
The best way to learn about political advocacy is straight from a politician. Join the ILA Advocacy Committee as they host a panel presentation and discussion with State legislators. You will learn about the importance of establishing a relationship before it comes time for a specific request and you will learn that your government representatives are real people with normal likes and dislikes. Committee members will introduce the participating lawmakers, describe the efforts of ILA Advocacy, moderate a panel discussion, and then open the floor to questions from the audience.
Moderator: Jim Deiters, Oak Lawn Public Library; legislators to be announced

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty and Homelessness Through Library Services and Partnerships
When patrons face issues of poverty, homelessness, mental illness, and addiction, how can libraries address their needs and challenges while maintaining a welcoming environment and a full range of services for our entire communities? Presenters will discuss community and university partnerships, social workers, emergency funds, cards for homeless individuals, warming centers, policies, resource brochures, expanding community awareness, and more -- solutions large and small for all library sizes and types.
Speakers: Leander Spearman, Belleville Public Library; Diana Brawley Sussman, Carbondale Public Library

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Trustee Day Luncheon
All Trustee Day attendees are registered for the networking luncheon. 
The Trustee Day Luncheon is made possible by the generous support of  Klein Thorpe & Jenkins




1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Mythbusters: Clearing the Misconceptions Trustees Might Have About Going Fine Free
As a trustee, if your library isn't currently fine free, you might have some serious reservations about even entertaining the idea of going fine free. Would library books ever get returned? Shouldn't we be teaching personal responsibility by charging overdue fines? How can we justify going fine free when costs are rising and our revenues sources are threatened? Well, what if we told you the concerns you have about going fine free are actually myths? Allow trustees and staff from three Illinois libraries that have gone fine free to bust the myths you might believe about going fine free.
Speakers: Ryan Livergood, Warren-Newport Public Library; Jo Beckwith, Warren-Newport Public Library District; Meg Schmaus, Warren-Newport Public Library District; Cynthia Fuerst, Vernon Area Public Library District; Jay Kasten, Vernon Area Public Library District; Matt Womack, Ela Area Public Library District

Your Library Director Just Resigned – What Now?
Your library director just informed the board the they have found another position and will be leaving in one month. What now? Who is going to run the library? How do we find someone to replace them? The library director is responsible for the day to day operations of the library and hiring a qualified director is one of the most important jobs a library board does. Learn how the board must act to ensure the the library running day to day, while preparing for a search for a new director.
Speaker: Kathy Parker, kathyparker consulting

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Governance of Illinois Municipal Libraries: Who Does What?
There are different kinds of municipal libraries in Illinois: village, city, town, home-rule, non-home-rule, departments of their corporate authority or component units. Local practices can be pretty varied. How does the tax levy process work? Can the (insert corporate authority) really cut our budget? What can be done? Where can I find answers? A guest panel of experts and municipal library administrators will share their expertise and experience. Information about where to find answers and who can help will be provided as well as time for Q&A. Come find another library like yours and join the conversation!
Speakers: Heidi Smith, Park Ridge Public Library; Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink; James Rachlin, Meristem Advisors LLC

A Mock Board Meeting of the Kleintown Public Library
This program will present a mock library board meeting, comprised of attorneys from KTJ, staff from Illinois libraries, and ILA members, focusing on the following subjects: board vacancy/residency issues, FOIA, OMA, fundraising/impermissible activities, suspension of patron privileges, bidding/contract awarding, technology-related uses, lending and purchasing, closed session/voting and final action issues, and real estate purchases.
Speakers: Carmen Forte Jr., Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd.; Jim Deiters, Oak Lawn Public Library; Cynthia Fuerst, Vernon Area Public Library District; Alex Todd, Prospect Heights Public Library District; Kathy Parker, kathyparker consulting