Find Your Voice: You Can (and Should!) Run for Local Office

Find Your Voice: You Can (and Should!) Run for Local Office

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

With increasing challenges to public and school library materials across the country, you may have wondered what you can do on an individual level to help. In fact, you can use your voice and expertise to have a big impact on your local library or school board!

Even if you never pictured yourself running for office, even if you aren't involved in local politics, and even if you don't think you're qualified, you should run! This webinar explains why and how library workers should get involved locally to fight back against book banning.

This webinar is available to everyone in the Illinois library community until Monday, April 29th. If you have any questions about the webinar, or experience any issues viewing the webinar please contact Tamara Jenkins at

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About the Speaker

Emily Gilbert is an assistant professor and liaison Librarian at University of Illinois Chicago, where she supports the research needs of faculty, students, and other researchers in the College of Medicine. Prior to joining UIC, she spent a decade in other academic libraries, including six years as a health sciences librarian working with allied health programs.

Her research focuses on anti-fatness in libraries and its intersection with other equity and accessibility issues. Additionally, Emily is a trustee at the Schaumburg Township District Library, where she uses her professional expertise to advocate for her community. She feels very lucky to get to work with two wonderful libraries.

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