ILA Conference Preview 2019

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

September 20, 2019
ILA 2019 Conference logo

by Elena Carrillo, University of Illinois, Chicago


This year, ILA 2019 will be held October 22–24, 2019, at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL. The theme this year is “Shift: Where Will You Grow?” and aims to focus on new ideas in assessment, service, and sharing ideas across the library communities.

This year’s keynote speaker Robert Stein, who is in charge of Shedd Aquarium’s Guest Experience and Communications division.  Stein is speaking in place of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shedd Aquarium, Bridget C. Coughlin, who was originally scheduled, but had an unavoidable conflict.


Additional speakers include Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Mark A. Puente, who will share on the topic of “Judging or Joining? Conscious Actions for Inclusion” on Tuesday, October 22.  Also, please join mathematician and concert pianist Eugenia Cheng, who will speak at the President’s Program on Wednesday, October 23, children’s author Andrea Beaty at the Wednesday morning Youth Services Forum Author Breakfast, and crime writer Tracy Clark on Thursday, October 24.


The Exhibit halls open on Wednesday and Thursday. Exhibits-Only passes can be purchased for $20 prior to the conference and onsite. Exhibit Hall events include lunches and an ice-cream social on Wednesday late afternoon.


In addition to the conference program schedule and exhibit hall, there will be numerous additional opportunities for networking starting at the Monday night Presidential Reception and conference kickoff and continuing on Tuesday with an Awards Luncheon (pre-registration required), ILA Youth Services Forum, and Dinner with Colleagues (sign-up forms will be available pre-conference).


On Wednesday, in addition to the Youth Services Forum Author Breakfast, there will be an Academic Libraries Unconference for problem-solving and story-sharing, and the ILA Membership Meeting & President’s Program to learn more about your association and future events (non-members are invited!). In the afternoon, there will be a Public Library Forum Luncheon (hosted by Victoria Cook and Andrea Herran) and an IACRL Luncheon (pre-registration required both either of these events), as well as DiversiTEA with Corrie Wallace, which is open to all conference attendees. And then finally, in the evening, join the Ninth Annual ILA Pub Stroll (venues and a map will be available prior to the conference and no registration is required).


Thursday is designated as Trustee Day and will be a full day of programming for library trustees including a continental breakfast, a luncheon and time to visit the exhibits (registration is required for meal events).

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