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.

Past Events

The ILA Students and New Professionals (SANP) Forum, in partnership with the ILA Noon Network, presented the Career Pathway Talk Series. The webinar series featured 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 were held on November 11, 2020, January 27, 2021, and March 31, 2021. 

Career Pathway Talk Series Webinars

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.

Career Pathway Talk Series Webinar - Librarianship Specializations Beyond “Traditional” Library Careers

Have you wondered about a career as a law or medical librarian? Have you considered a career as an independent library consultant (or a professor)? Established professionals with numerous years in librarianship will discuss their experiences in these fields and more, offering students and new information professionals an introduction to the breadth of career opportunities possible in librarianship.

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2020-2021 ILA SANP Meeting Schedule

Quarterly, third Wednesday at 12pm via Zoom

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 Spotlight from the ILA Alert
April 22, 2021
For library students or those who are new to the profession, networking and getting involved in professional organizations can, at times, be difficult or overwhelming. The Students and New Professionals Forum (SANP) exists to help connect students an…

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Forum Leadership

  1. Kyra Lee Kyra Lee, Co-manager MS/LIS Student, Library Clerk at Chicago Public Library
    Term ends 01/31/2023
  2. Patricia Chavez Patricia Chavez, Co-manager Library Research Information Specialist at Rush University Medical Center
    Term ends 01/31/2022
  3. Jose Miguel Ruiz Jose Miguel Ruiz, Board liaison Supervising Librarian Robert Crown Branch at Evanston Public Library
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  4. Anjelica Rufus-Barnes Anjelica Rufus-Barnes, Member Reference Librarian at Prospect Heights Public Library District
    Term ends 07/01/2022

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