Library Trustee Forum (LTF)

Maintains a continuing education program and information network for library trustees and encourages citizens’ use and support of libraries.


Dr. Ronald Rodgers Named 2020 Trustee of the Year Recipient
August 20, 2020
Dr. Ronald Rodgers, Treasurer of the Board of Library Trustees at the Wilmette Public Library, is the 2020 Illinois Library Association (ILA) Trustee of the Year Award Recipient. This annual citation is awarded to a public library trustee for achieve…
Trustee Programming at the ILA Virtual Conference
August 20, 2020
The 2020 ILA Virtual Annual Conference will be held October 20-22. This year's conference will look different, but we still have a strong schedule of programming for our Trustee attendees. The programs listed below are suggested for Trustees, bu…
Tribute Resolution for Donald Roalkvam
July 14, 2020
On June 13, 2020, the ILA Library Trustee Forum Executive Board unanimously approved a tribute resolution for Don Roalkvam.  TRIBUTE RESOLUTION FOR DONALD ROALKVAM  LIBRARY LEADER, LIBRARY ADVOCATE, LIBRARY PARTNER, LIBRARY EDUCATOR…

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  1. Apr 17 2021

    Trustee Forum April Workshop

    Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 10:00am–12:00pm

    Zoom Meeting

  2. May 15 2021

    Trustee Forum May Workshop

    Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:00am–12:00pm

    Zoom Meeting

  3. Jun 5 2021

    Trustee Forum Board Meeting

    Saturday, Jun 5, 2021 10:00am–12:00pm

    Via Zoom

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The Trusty Trustee 

The ILA Library Trustee Forum newsletter, The Trusty Trustee, serves as a resource for the ILA trustee community (members and non-members) by providing the latest education, information, and news to help trustees successfully perform their duties. 

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Trustee Facts File 

The fourth edition of the Trustee Facts File is meant to provide a broad overview of the duties, responsibilities, and tasks of the public library trustee. Available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple sites for download to Kindle, Nook, and iPad.

Administrative Ready Reference

This useful resource contains information on annexation, charitable giving, fee calculation, ordinances, grant planning, and more. This material was published on CD-ROM, and was made possible by grant funding provided by The Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State using federal LSTA funding.

Trustee Forum Reports

 An archive of forum report forms submitted to the ILA Executive Board

Other Trustee Information

Forum Leadership

  1. Percy Harris Percy Harris, Manager Trustee at Homewood Public Library
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  2. Joe Filapek Joe Filapek, Board liaison Trustee at Aurora Public Library District
    Term ends 06/30/2022
  3. Dorothy Clark-Smith Dorothy Clark-Smith, Member Bellwood Public Library
    Term ends 11/30/2021
  4. Lila Marek Lila Marek, Member Bridgeview Public Library
    Term ends 11/30/2021
  5. Lynn DeSmidt Lynn DeSmidt, Member Trustee at Bartlett Public Library District
    Term ends 11/01/2021
  6. Margaret J. Danhof Margaret J. Danhof, Member Fountaindale Public Library District
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  7. Tom Stagg Tom Stagg, Member Vice President Board of trustees at Alpha Park Public Library District
    Term ends 10/31/2022
  8. Kathryn Lind Caudill Kathryn Lind Caudill, Manager-Elect Ela Area Public Library District
    Term ends 10/31/2021
  9. Cyndi Robinson Cyndi Robinson, Staff liaison Deputy Director at Illinois Library Association
    Term ends 06/30/2025
  10. Carol Vaughan Kissane Carol Vaughan Kissane, Secretary Brookfield Public Library
    Term ends 10/31/2021

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