Trustee Forum Workshop

Illinois Library Trustee Forum Workshop
Saturday,  February 17, 2018
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
1401 West 22nd St., Oak Brook

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Registration Fees
ILA Member: $135 
Non-Member: $160 
Register one attendee at the full price and each additional attendee from your institution will receive a $10 registration discount.

Registration includes a full day of programming, a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, and coffee breaks.  


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Networking
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:15 a.m. - Noon     

Advocacy Bootcamp 
James LaRue and Marci Merola, American Library Association

"Who needs libraries?" Beneath those three words is an iceberg of challenges, from delivering on-point messaging, gathering compelling statistics, and the need to re-educate key audiences on the value of libraries, fundamental not only to librarians, but to our democratic society at large. The recent rash of anti-library trends, including the anti-tax movement, privatization, removal of independent library boards and deprofessionalization, point to a systemic shift in our landscape that is very different than budget cuts and recession: an attack on libraries as a public service.

Advocacy Bootcamp urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries. This session will help library communities prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy, building on the momentum of and key message of ALA’s new public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform. The program will cover advocacy basics such as messaging, networking, and community engagement. Intellectual Freedom, as the essential brand of librarianship, and as a value that grows from a solid policy infrastructure, will also be covered. Attendees will focus on working on an advocacy plan that they can implement in their library. This is joint effort of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.  Luncheon and Forum Business Meeting
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.  

Legislative Update
Derek Blaida, ILA Legislative Consultant
Derek will provide an update on what's 
going on in Springfield and the status of legislation impacting libraries.
2:15 - 2:30 p.m.   Break 
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
Legal Q&A
Lawyers from Ancel Glink will answer your questions about legal issues impacting your library. 

Hotel Information 

Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
Single/Double Rate: $92, plus tax, per night
Book Online or call 800-228-9290 or 630-573-8555 to make your reservation. 
Reservations must be made by Friday, January 26, to receive the workshop rate.


Cancellations must be received in writing before February 9. Please e-mail your cancellation request to Cancellations received before February 9 will receive a refund and are subject to a $15 processing fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after February 9.  

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