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 belong to an ILA forum or serve as a forum leader is a benefit of ILA membership; forum members and leaders are expected to maintain current personal membership in ILA. Forum managers: Visit the Committee and Forum Resources page for report forms, instructions on using Zoom for remote conferencing, and more.
Interested in joining an ILA forum?
- Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)
The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) is a forum of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and a chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). For the purposes of this forum, academic libraries include college, community, technical and junior colleges and university libraries as well as research libraries not affiliated with academic institutions.
Any ILA member can join IACRL by updating your ILA forum preferences. Non-members of ILA can become members by joining ILA and checking the IACRL Forum box on the ILA membership application. (Membership in ALA or ACRL not required.)
IACRL Directory of Expertise
The Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries is developing a directory of expertise for Illinois academic librarians. Sign up to share your expertise with your librarian colleagues. Share your passion for and experience with any number of the specialties listed below. This contact list of expertise will give librarians across the state the opportunity to network with each other, answer one another’s questions, and share knowledge.
- Library Trustee Forum (LTF)
Maintains a continuing education program and information network for library trustees and encourages citizens’ use and support of libraries.
- Marketing Forum (MF)
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.
- Public Library Forum (PLF)
This forum gives voice to the needs of public library managers in Illinois. The forum has a yearly meeting at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference.
- Reaching Forward Forum (RF)
Our mission is to provide professional opportunities for library staff
to grow, learn, and connect with new ideas.
- Resources & Technical Services Forum (RTSF)
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)
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)
The Student & 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.
Submit a Webinar Proposal
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 Wednesday. If you have an idea for a future webinar or would like to present please email Tamara Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this submission form.
The Illinois Library Association’s awards program recognizes excellence in librarianship and library service in Illinois. The program increases awareness of the contributions of all association participants, including recipients, sponsors, co-sponsors, and committees/forums. Please see the individual award pages for specific terms, criteria, and eligibility.
The following awards may be of particular interest to students and new professionals. Please visit the ILA Awards page for information on all awards.
Crosman Memorial Award
This award recognizes the achievements of the library workers who are new or relatively new to the field and encourages continued involvement in the profession. Other awards honor those who have accomplished a great deal over a long period of time; this award is to honor people who have accomplished a great deal in a short time.
Valerie J. Wilford Scholarship Grant for Education
Scholarship grant for the pursuit of education in librarianship; the scholarship may be used for a graduate or undergraduate class, a class in an LTA program, registration fees for a workshop, webinar, seminar, conference or other educational opportunity.
- Young Adult Services Forum (YASF)
Creating and providing professional development opportunities and materials for library staff members working with young adult populations.
- Youth Services Forum (YSF)
Addresses the needs and interests of those concerned with quality library service for children.