Trustee Workshop Oak Brook

Illinois Library Trustee Forum Workshop
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
1401 West 22nd St., Oak Brook

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Registration Fees
ILA Member: $135 
Non-Member: $150 
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.  

Plan – Implement – Communicate:  Building Strategic Planning and Storytelling Capacity for Community Impact

Is your library strategically focused for community impact?  Is the Board doing their part to maintain momentum? Are you sharing your success story effectively?  

At this session, you’ll learn how to develop an achievable strategic plan that’s right for your library, not a plan that will sit on a shelf only trotted out once a year for an update.  Your Board-led strategic planning process will result in a plan that has strong buy-in from all stakeholders involved and is rooted in community needs.

With a great plan in place, you’ll learn the Board’s role in implementation and how aligning updates and reports with plan milestones will upgrade your monthly meetings and create clear understanding about progress towards plan goals.

Finally, you’ll see how to connect the plan and implementation to communicate stories of community impact.  You’ll understand how to use these messages to show value and community transformation.

Through these three steps – plan, implement, and communicate – you’ll transform the Board’s capacity to effectively guide the library – and community – to an aspirational future. 



8:00 - 9:00 a.m. 
Continental Breakfast and Networking
9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:10 a.m. - Noon  

Succession Planning for Trustees

Plan – Implement – Communicate:  Building Strategic Planning and

Storytelling Capacity for Community Impact

Noon - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon and Forum Business Meeting
1:15 - 1:45 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.
1:45 - 2:00 p.m.   Break 
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Legal Q&A
Julie A. Tappendorf, Equity Partner, Ancel Glink, will answer your questions about legal issues impacting your library. 

Workshop Facilitator

Amanda E. Standerfer
Amanda’s passion is helping libraries and nonprofit organizations advance so they can create meaningful impact in their communities.  Since 2002, Amanda has served as a consultant and facilitator, working with libraries and nonprofits on strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building.  Amanda is currently the Director of Development & Promotion for The Urbana (IL) Free Library She’s spent half of her career working in philanthropy (as Program Officer for The Lumpkin Family Foundation based in Mattoon, IL and as Program Director with the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, serving Effingham and Mattoon, IL) and the other half in libraries (as Head of the Adult Division at the Decatur (IL) Public Library and as Director of the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham, IL).  She loves melding her library and philanthropy knowledge – calling herself a “philanthro-brarian.” 

Amanda has twice been elected to the Board of the Illinois Library Association (ILA), most recently completing a three-year term in 2016.  Amanda holds a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Eastern Illinois University and an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hotel Information 
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook 
Single/Double Rate: $104, 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, February 21, to receive the workshop rate.


Cancellations must be received in writing before February 28, 2020. Please e-mail your cancellation request to Cancellations received before February 28, 2020 will receive a refund and are subject to a $15 processing fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after February 28. 

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