Committee & Forum News


Member Spotlight - Alea Perez, Best Practices Committee Chair
November 30, 2022 - Best Practices Committee
This week's member spotlight is on Alea Perez. Alea is the Young Adult Services Manager at the Forest Park Public Library. She also serves as the chair of the ILA Best Practices Committee. We asked Alea to tell us a little about herself and…
Committee Spotlight - Diversity Committee
October 13, 2022 - Diversity Committee
Charged with addressing issues in diversity, the ILA Diversity Committee works toward developing and recommending purposeful and actionable strategies to increase diversity within ILA. As part of the ILA Strategic Plan, diversity …
Committee Spotlight - Conference Program Committee, 2022
September 8, 2022 - Conference Program Committee, 2022
Did you know that ILA has an annual conference every October?? (gosh, we hope so! And hope to see you there!) The Conference Planning Committee is a fabulous group of librarians who come together to help ILA staff make the annual conference happ…
Intellectual Freedom Challenges to Library-Initiated Programs: Some Recent Examples from Illinois Libraries
September 1, 2022 - Intellectual Freedom Committee
Article published by ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee in the September 2022, Volume XL, Issue 3 of the ILA Reporter (Download PDF) Written by Jeremy Andrykowski, Oak Park Public Library and Matt Matkowski, Palos Heights Public Library The Amer…
Committee Spotlight - Awards Committee
August 25, 2022 - Awards Committee
You might have seen a listserv post encouraging you to nominate your colleagues for an ILA Award, or heard about the Awards Luncheon at the ILA Annual Conference. But how are the award winners chosen after they’re nominated? Allow us to introdu…
Committee Spotlight - Advocacy Committee
February 10, 2022 - Advocacy Committee
The first goal of the ILA Strategic Plan is Advocacy. We don’t think this is only an alphabetical coincidence. Advocacy is a cornerstone of ILA and for all libraries. Everyone loves the library, but we are easily overlooked. The Advocacy Commit…
Committee Spotlight - Nominating Committee
September 16, 2021 - Nominating Committee
Come each April, members of ILA are encouraged to vote in the ILA Executive Board elections. Some of you may find yourselves asking - how are these candidates chosen? The answer begins with the Nominating Committee. In late summer/early fall prior to…
Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Named Recipient of the 2021 Intellectual Freedom Award
July 1, 2021 - Intellectual Freedom Committee
The 2021 Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award is awarded to Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation. …
Committee Spotlight - ILA Reporter Advisory Committee
May 14, 2021 - ILA Reporter Advisory Committee
Obstacles always present opportunities. The 2020/21 ILA Reporter Advisory Committee members had the pleasure of serving in a year when many unique opportunities presented themselves.To begin, all ILA committees and forums were invited to th…
Committee Spotlight - iREAD Committee
April 16, 2021 - iREAD Committee
Read on the Wild Side. Reading by Design. Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover. These are just a few examples of some excellent summer reading program themes created by ILA's very own iREAD team.  The chances are that your library, along with…
iREAD Summer Reading Programs

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