ILA Conference Preview 2020

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

September 23, 2020

ILA Conference Preview 2020

by Emily Gilbert, Rasmussen College

 As we move out of summer and into fall, one thing remains constant--it’s almost time for ILA! Of course, this is a different kind of year and a different kind of conference. Due to COVID-19 concerns, ILA had to abandon plans to hold the conference in Springfield this year, and rather than canceling outright, opted to hold a virtual conference. The dates of 10/20-10/22 remain the same, and sessions will be offered in the afternoon between 12:00 and 4:00. There will also be a virtual exhibit hall in which you can explore a variety of vendors. 

 Of particular interest to IACRL members is the IACRL President’s Program on Wednesday at 3:00, where Jon E. Cawthorne of Wayne State University will discuss ACRL updates as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. Due to limitations with the virtual format, IACRL will not be able to host the unconference this year, but the Conference & Continuing Education Committee is looking forward to getting the IACRL community together for another virtual Spark event later this year. Watch your email for more information to come!

 Below you will find a schedule of sessions presented by our Illinois academic librarian colleagues:




Session Title

Presented by

Tuesday 10/20

1:45 PM

Students Helping Students: Adventures in Building a Peer Reference Team

Sally LaJoie

John Laubersheimer

University of Illinois Springfield

Wednesday 10/21

1:45 PM

Beyond a Paycheck: Managing Student Employees

Sara Sagmoen

University of Illinois Springfield


Sarah Hoeksema

Trinity Christian College


Kimberly Shotick

Illinois Institute of Technology

Thursday 10/22

12:00 PM

Copyright and Library Lending during COVID-19

Sara Benson

University of Illinois

Thursday 10/22

12:00 PM

Benchmarking and Peer Assessment

Sam Suber

Moraine Valley Community College

Thursday 10/22

2:30 PM

The ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Statistical Survey: Using the Counting Opinions Website to Analyze the Numbers and Create Reports Benefitting Staff and Patrons

Eric Edwards

Gwendolyn Harrison

Illinois State Library

Thursday 10/22

3:45 PM

Go with the (Work)Flow: Strategic Staffing for Technical Services

Gwen Gregory

University of Illinois at Chicago

 See the full conference program for more details. 


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