Forums

Join an ILA Forum and Connect

Forums allow members to connect with one another on various specialized topics and interests. Informally structured, forum members work with one another to develop and present conference programs and informational literature, among other activities. The opportunity to serve as a forum leader is a benefit of ILA membership; forum managers and board members are required to maintain personal membership in the association during their term of service. Forum managers: Visit the Committee and Forum Resources page for report forms, instructions on using Zoom for remote conferencing, and more.

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Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)
Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries IACRL

The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries Forum (IACRL) promotes the interests of academic libraries and the personnel of those libraries; enhances the abilities of academic library personnel to identify and meet the information needs of current and potential library users; develops and promotes leadership to the academic library community. 

Library Trustee Forum (LTF)
Library Trustee Forum Logo

The Library Trustee Forum maintains a continuing education program and information network for library trustees and encourages citizens’ use and support of libraries.

Marketing Forum (MF)
Illinois Library Association Marketing Forum

The Marketing Forum represents the interests of library marketers and provides a forum for them to network, share ideas and strategies, and develop best practices to disseminate through the ILA website and other channels, including conferences and events.

Reaching Forward Forum (RF)
Reaching Forward

The Reaching Forward Forum provides professional opportunities for library staff to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas. Forum leaders organize the nation’s largest one-day conference for library staff. 

Resources & Technical Services Forum (RTSF)

The Resources & Technical Services Forum focuses on the development, design, application, and integration of various technologies to improve access to and delivery of information to libraries.

Small and Rural Libraries Forum (SARL)
Small and Rural Libraries Forum

The Small and Rural Libraries Forum represents the interests of small and rural libraries in Illinois, provides a forum for staff at all levels and trustees to discuss issues of particular interest to small and rural libraries, and encourages active participation in Illinois library organizations. 

Students and New Professionals Forum (SANP)
Illinois Library Association Students and New Professionals Forum

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.

Young Adult Services Forum (YASF)
Illinois Library Association YASF Young Adult Services Forum

The Young Adult Services Forum creates and provides professional development opportunities and materials for library staff members working with young adult populations.

Youth Services Forum (YSF)
Illinois Library Association Youth Services Forum Learn Create participate

The Youth Services Forum addresses the needs and interests of those concerned with quality library service for children.

iREAD Summer Reading Programs

Since 1981, iREAD provides high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read.

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