ILA 2022 Conference Preview

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

September 29, 2022

by Robin Harris, Northeastern Illinois University

At the Heart of It: Illinois Library Association 2022 Annual Conference, October 18 to 20, 2022

The Illinois Library Association Conference will be held in-person for the first time in more than two years! ILA 2022 will be held October 18-20 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. This year’s theme, “At the Heart of It,” focuses on what brings us together and how we can remove barriers to collaboration, as well as renewing connections to find purpose within ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.

 Featured Academic Library Speakers

The conference will kick off with a keynote by Amy Tureen, the Head of the Library Liaison Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She will speak to her collaborative work with multiple stakeholders to establish, expand, and support initiatives that support student learning, research production, and the adoption of open educational resources and low-cost textbooks. Also of interest to IACRL members is the IACRL Luncheon, held on October 19 and featuring Dr. Anthony Dunbar, Assistant Professor in the Dominican University School of Information Studies (SOIS). He is an equity, inclusion, and justice (EIJ) thought leader and serves as the SOIS EIJ Coordinator. Also speaking on October 19 is Elaina Norlin, Professional Development DEI Coordinator for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries.

IACRL Unconference

The IACRL Unconference will be held 8:00 -10:00 AM on October 19, and will provide a space for academic library workers to network, share ideas, and discuss topics important to everyday work. Interested? Learn more from our IACRL Unconference article.


Presentations with academic library content are labeled with an “IACRL @ ILA” and/or “Academic” tag within the program schedule. When perusing the conference program, be sure to make note of the following offerings presented by IACRL members.



Session Title

Presented By

10:45 - 11:45 AM


Collaboration, Communication and the Cataloger: Measuring the Impact of Enhanced Cataloging on Discoverability of Library Resources

Cathy Mayer

North Park University


Debbie Campbell

Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois


Dennis Krieb

Lewis & Clark Community College


Mary Konkel

College of DuPage Library


Mingyan Li

University of Illinois Chicago


Ross Taft

Illinois State Library


Susan Howell

Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Tammie Busch

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


4:00 - 5:00 PM


The Heart of a Library: Getting to Know Each Other


Angela Yon

Grace Allbaugh

Sue Franzen


Illinois State University


3:00 - 4:00 PM


CARLI presents: the Open Illinois Hub


Christopher Sweet

Illinois Wesleyan University


Daniel Matthews

Moraine Valley Community College


Elizabeth Clarage

Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois


Tineka Scalzo

City Colleges of Chicago


9:00 - 10:00 AM


Policy Evaluation Workshop: Reviewing Library Policies through a DEI Lens

Alissa Droog

Kimberly Shotick

Michele Hunt

Northern Illinois University


Sarah McHone-Chase

Aurora University

1:45 - 2:45 PM


Finding Common Ground: Assessing Research Consultations across Academic Libraries of Differing Sizes


Edward Remus

Northeastern Illinois University


Rebecca Yowler

Knox College


Sierra Campbell

Lewis University


Valerie Neylon

City Colleges of Chicago

 Registration for the ILA 2022 Conference ends on October 12. Hope to see you there!

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