Jesse White Appoints Members to ISLAC

July 21, 2022

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has announced appointments to the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee (ISLAC), whose duty it is to make recommendations concerning the policies, services, and management of the State Library. ISLAC members represent public, school, academic and special libraries, and regional library systems. The statewide advisory committee also includes citizen representatives. ISLAC appointees are as follows:

  • Leslie Bednar, Illinois Heartland Library System
  • Dave Barry, Bartlett (citizen representative)
  • Ted Bodewes, Thomas Ford Memorial Library
  • Deirdre Brennan, Reaching Across Illinois Library System
  • Chris Brown, Chicago Public Library
  • Stacey Carter, Lincoln Correctional Center Library
  • Kathy Caudill, Lake Zurich (citizen representative)
  • Jason Frazier, MindsEye Radio
  • Kim Hale, Columbia College
  • Kathleen Helsabeck, Quincy Public Library
  • Patrice Johnson, Chicago Public Library
  • Richard Kong, Skokie Public Library
  • Jennifer Lara, O’Fallon Township High School District
  • Rick Meyer, Decatur Public Library
  • Linda Mitchell, Metro East Literacy Project (citizen representative)
  • Kelly Phelps, Department of Children and Family Services (citizen representative)
  • Pattie Piotrowski, University of Illinois-Springfield
  • Jane Schulten, Crete (citizen representative)
  • Christine Westerlund, Chatham (citizen representative)

Ex-Officio members of ISLAC are Anne Craig (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois); Diane Foote (Illinois Library Association) and Carolyn Kinsella (Association of Illinois School Library Educators).

ISLAC has the responsibilities and duties to make recommendations to the State Librarian regarding the general policies of the State Library; budget policies pertaining to the annual appropriations for the State Library; library standards for all libraries required by federal law or regulation to administer federal aid; policies of the State-funded library systems; and policies of federally funded library programs.

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