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Forum Spotlight - Reaching Forward Forum
September 22, 2022 - Reaching Forward Forum (RF)
Education and lifelong learning are at the heart of library services, and it is important to support library staff in this same regard so that they can professionally grow, learn, and connect with new ideas. Each year, the Reaching Forward …
Forum Spotlight - Youth Services Forum
September 15, 2022 - Youth Services Forum (YSF)
The Youth Services Forum is currently working on events, a booth, and presentations for the upcoming conference. This year we are excited to once again work with the iRead committee to bring back the Youth Services Breakfast event. Ang…
Mandy O'Brien is the Recipient of the 2022 Youth Services Achievement Award
September 9, 2022 - Youth Services Forum (YSF)
The Illinois Library Association’s Youth Services Forum is presenting this year’s Youth Services Achievement Award to Mandy O’Brien, Youth Services Advisory Specialist at the Skokie Public Library. This annual award is presente…
Jess Alexander is the Recipient of the 2022 Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award
September 9, 2022 - Youth Services Forum (YSF)
The Illinois Library Association’s Youth Services Forum is presenting this year’s Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award to Jess Alexander, Youth Services Librarian at the Morton Grove Public Library. This annual award, presented by t…
Joseph Filapek is the Recipient of the 2022 Trustee of the Year Award
September 9, 2022 - Library Trustee Forum (LTF)
Joseph Filapek, President of the Board of Trustees at the Aurora Public Library District, is the 2022 Illinois Library Association (ILA) Trustee of the Year Award recipient. This annual citation is awarded to a public library trustee for contribution…
Lisa Bobis is the Recipient of the 2022 TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award
September 9, 2022 - Resources & Technical Services Forum (RTSF)
Lisa Bobis, Collections Services Manager at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML), is the recipient of the 2022 TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award. This annual award, presented by ILA’s Resources and Technical Services Forum and sponsor…
Michelle Nielsen Ott Named 2022 Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year
September 9, 2022 - Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)
Michelle Nielsen Ott, Sciences/Health Sciences Librarian at Cullom-Davis Library at Bradley University, is the 2022 recipient of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by the ILA Ill…
Allison Riggs is the Recipient of the 2022 Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award
September 9, 2022 - Young Adult Services Forum (YASF)
Allison Riggs, a Teen Reader’s Advisory Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library, is the 2022 recipient of the Illinois Library Association’s (ILA) Young Adult Library Professional of the Year Award. This award, presented by …
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…
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…
iREAD Summer Reading Programs

Since 1981, iREAD provides high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read.

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