Library Trustee Forum Spring Workshops

Library Trustee Forum (LTF)

February 10, 2023
Kristin Pekoll

Library Trustee Forum Spring Workshops

March 4, April 1, May 13

The Trustee Forum is continuing its virtual Spring Workshop for 2023. Participants can attend one, two, or all three sessions. The recordings will be available to participants after each session.



Registration Fees

  All three webinars Individual webinars
ILA Institutional or Personal Member $40 $15
Non-Member $50 $20

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Statement of Appropriate Conduct - All participants are expected to observe the rules and behaviors described in the Statement of Appropriate Conduct in all conference venues.

Cancellation Policy:

If registered for all 3 events, cancellation must be received in writing by Monday, February 27. If registered for only 1 or 2 events, cancellation must be made 5 business days prior to the start of the event you wish to cancel. Please e-mail your cancellation request to Cancellations received in time will get a refund and are subject to $5 processing fee. 
Please note that these events will be recorded and recordings will be shared only with those registered for the event.


Workshop Information

Library Buildings - Planning for the Future

Rick McCarthy and Scott Delano will discuss visioning, public sessions, design lite, and facility assessments - all leading up to generating the information that a board and library administrators need to plan for the future and keep up with changes in the world of libraries.

Date: Saturday, March 4, 10:00 am - Noon
Speaker: Rick McCarthy and Scott Delano, StudioGC
Moderator: ILA Trustee Forum Board Member

Library Finance for Trustees

Part of a board’s responsibility is understanding how to best protect the library’s money. Join Kelly Zabinski of Zabinski Consulting Services, Inc for an informative presentation on library finances. As a certified public accountant, Kelly will share perspective and insights into topics including fund allocations and how these funds relate back to the library budget. Kelly will also help shed light on annual financial statements and the differences between cash, accrual and modified accrual accounting practices.

Date: Saturday, April 1, 10:00 am - Noon
Speakers: Kelly Zabinski, Zabinski Consulting Services, INC
Moderator: ILA Trustee Forum Board Member

A Meeting of the Kleintown Public Library: A Look Inside How to Run an Efficient and Effective Library Board Meeting

This program will look inside the inner workings of a library board meeting, through a mock meeting presented by attorneys from Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins and fellow ILA members. The meeting topics will include issues related to Robert’s Rules of Procedure, the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, election issues, patron issues, and other fun and exciting topics faced by library boards on a regular basis. Come learn about the common issues faced by library boards while enjoying this fun and lighthearted presentation put on by the library law experts at KTJ.

Date: Saturday, May 13, 10:00 am - Noon
Carmen Forte Jr. Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins
Moderator: ILA Trustee Forum Board Member


Speaker Bios

Rick McCarthy, StudioGC, has devoted his architectural career to the design of library facilities and leads StudioGC’s Library Team. He is the author of “Designing Better Libraries” and “Managing Your Library Construction Project” and has spoken about the art and science of library design at meetings of the Public Library Association, the American Library Association, and many local library associations. Under his leadership as President of the Board of Trustees of Gail Borden Library, Gail Borden won the Institute of Museum and Library Services medal that is awarded to the five best libraries in North America. Rick also sat on the Construction Grant Committee of the Illinois State Library and served on the Illinois Library Association Executive Board and was appointed by the Governor to represent Illinois libraries on the Illinois Local Government Consolidation Commission.

As Design Principal, Scott Delano provides the highest level of design leadership within the StudioGC practice, ensuring exceptional client experiences in the development and delivery of creative design solutions.  Pulling from his 25+ years of industry experience focused on planning, architecture and interiors, he actively collaborates with clients, while leading the design process. Scott also brings a unique valuable perspective to our library projects as a Library Trustee at River Forest Public Library starting in April of 2023.

Kelly Zabinski, Zabinski Consulting Services, INC, is a licensed CPA in good standing with the State of Illinois. She has over 20 years of extensive experience in the accounting, auditing, and financial consulting field, specifically to local government entities. She has worked as both a municipal auditor with large public accounting firms and as a Finance professional for a local municipality. Kelly serves on several committees with the Illinois Government Financial Officers Association and the Illinois CPA Society, and is a well-respected public speaker and instructor. Kelly completed her undergraduate studies in Accounting and holds an MBA in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

Carmen Forte Jr. is a partner at the local government law firm of Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. He counsels Illinois municipalities, school districts, libraries, special districts and corporate and non-profit clients. He regularly litigates in state and federal courts and various administrative venues for clients in a range of matters. He works with our clients to negotiate and manage several development agreements, helping to bring significant residential and commercial development to their communities. He prosecutes for the firm’s numerous municipal clients in the areas of DUI and traffic offenses, local ordinance violations and business, tobacco and liquor licensing matters. He also defends the firm’s clients in workers’ compensation claims and disability pension matters. Carmen previously served as a trustee of the Village of Elmwood Park Library Board. During his tenure on the Board, he held the positions of President and Vice President and also chaired several committees. Most of his current library time is spent browsing the extensive collection of early reader books at the St. Charles Public Library with his two young children.

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