Students and New Professionals Forum (SANP)

The Students & New Professionals Forum represents the interests of students and new library professionals in Illinois, provides a forum for students and new professionals to discuss issues of particular interest to their demographic, and encourages active participation in Illinois library organizations.

Upcoming Events

The ILA Students and New Professionals (SANP) Forum, in partnership with the ILA Noon Network, will present the Career Pathway Talk Series. The webinar series will feature emerging and experienced library professionals, who have worked or are currently working in public, academic, special, and/or school libraries, sharing their stories and offering advice on how to navigate a career in the world of librarianship. Webinars will be held on November 11, 2020, January 27, 2021, and March 31, 2021. If you have any questions regarding the series, please contact Tamara Jenkins at

Past Events

Career Pathway Talk Series Webinar - A College Student's Best Friend: The Academic Librarian

While college and university students often spend hours sitting in their schools’ libraries studying, many are never aware of one of the most useful resources there: the academic librarians. From helping students find resources for their papers and conducting library instruction sessions to curating special collections and developing strategies for equity and open access, academic librarians can be a crucial part of students’ academic success. Panelists will discuss their experiences within academic libraries, including how to utilize skills from previous careers to engage students and garner administrative support.

Career Pathway Talk Series Webinar - For the People: A Day in the Life in Public Librarianship

Sometimes called “palaces for the people,” public libraries play a powerful role in communities, providing much more than access to books and information. Learn how staff from different libraries are adapting programming, growing community connections, and developing leadership skills to meet the changing needs of their patrons. Panelists will discuss their experiences in delivering services for patrons with dementia, working with Spanish-speaking/bilingual children and families, and leveraging prior professional experiences to develop a career in public librarianship.

Forum Bylaws

2020-2021 ILA SANP Meeting Schedule

Quarterly, third Wednesday at 12pm via Zoom

February 17, 2021, 12-1pm
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May 19, 2021, 12-1pm
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ILA Noon Network
The ILA Noon Network is a new learning resource for Illinois library professionals. The ILA Noon Network is afternoon micro-learning webinars on various topics designed to help achieve professional development goals.

Webinars are twenty to thirty minutes followed by a question and answer session. Webinars are held at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the year (webinars are not held in October and December). If you have an idea for a future webinar or would like to present please email Tamara Jenkins at or fill out this submission form.


Forum Leadership

  1. Anjelica Rufus-Barnes Anjelica Rufus-Barnes, Co-manager Reference Librarian at Prospect Heights Public Library District
    Term ends 01/31/2022
  2. Kyra Lee Kyra Lee, Co-manager MS/LIS Student, Library Clerk at Chicago Public Library
    Term ends 01/31/2023
  3. Patricia Chavez Patricia Chavez, Co-manager Library Research Information Specialist at Rush University Medical Center
    Term ends 01/31/2022
  4. Jose Miguel Ruiz Jose Miguel Ruiz, Board liaison Supervising Librarian Robert Crown Branch at Evanston Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2021

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