ILA 2023 Conference Preview

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

September 27, 2023

by Robin Harris, Northeastern Illinois University

The 2023 Illinois Library Association Conference will be held October 24-26 at the BOS Center in Springfield, Illinois. This year’s theme, “Connect, Cultivate, Collaborate,” focuses on finding our commonalities while working and growing together, and still acknowledging and respecting our differences.

Featured Academic Library Speakers

The conference will kick off with a keynote by Dr. Emily Knox, an internationally recognized expert on intellectual freedom and book challenges, who teaches at UIUC’s School of Information Sciences. Her most recent book Foundations of Intellectual Freedom won the 2023 Eli M. Oboler Prize for best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. 

Also of interest to IACRL members is the IACRL Luncheon, held on October 25 and featuring Fobazi Ettahr, whose research focuses on the gap between values of librarianship and the realities for marginalized librarians and library users. She also focuses on inclusion, equity, and diversity in libraries, and the notion of vocational awe as related to librarians.

IACRL Unconference

The IACRL Unconference will be held 8:00 -10:00 AM on October 25, and will provide a space for academic library workers to network, share ideas, and discuss topics.


IACRL is sponsoring a track of programming for academic librarians at the 2023 ILA Conference. Check out this curated schedule for IACRL @ ILA presentations, and when perusing the conference program, be sure to make note of the following offerings presented by IACRL members.

Date: Tuesday 10/24/2023

1:30 - 2:30 pm: Open Educational Resources: Sowing the Seeds of Collaboration presented by Elizabeth Clarage, Nicole Swanson, Michelle Leigh, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois

Date: Wednesday 10/25/2023

12 - 1:30 pm: Poster Session: Implementing a library intern program by Bradley Tolppanen, Janice Derr, Eastern Illinois University

1:45 - 2:45 pm: Decolonizing Information Literacy: Lessons for Connecting and Collaborating with Indigenous Knowledge by Rob Morrison, National Louis University

Date: Thursday 10/26/2023

9:30 - 11 am: Poster Session: Welcome Back: Encouraging Collaboration and Student Engagement by Janis Shearer, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

11 am - 12 pm: Partnering for Mutual Success: It takes a village by Ryan Roberts, Illinois College

11 am - 12 pm: Post-Coronial Academic Library Outreach: Reflective Practice in a Changing Landscape by Cherie Watson, Southern Illinois University and Kim Tipton, McHenry County College

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