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Legislative Update -- March 30, 2023
March 30, 2023
SB 2419 Passed the SenateSenate Bill 2419, sponsored by Senator Lara Murphy (D-Des Plaines), creates the License to Read Act, which provides that the State Librarian may negotiate with publishers of ebooks and audiobooks on behalf of libraries. Addit…
ILA’s Statement in Support of School Library Programs Staffed by Licensed School Librarians
March 30, 2023
The Illinois Library Association supports the Association of Illinois School Library Educators’ (AISLE) advocacy to provide a high quality school library program staffed by a licensed school library media specialist at every school in the state…
Member Spotlight - Alissa T. Henkel
March 27, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Alissa T. Henkel. Alissa is the Head of Programs, Resources, and Services at Decatur Public Library. Currently, she serves on the ILA Awards Committee, and she was a member of the 2017 ILA Conference …
Legislative Update -- March 23, 2023
March 23, 2023
HB 2789 Passed the HouseHouse Bill 2789 passed the House on Wednesday, March 22, and will now move to the Senate for consideration. The bill, which is backed by Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, requires libraries to adhere to the American Librar…
Legislative Update -- March 16, 2023
March 16, 2023
The federal budget season has arrived. With President Biden's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024 released, Congress has begun the process of developing next year's budget. It is time for library advocates to remind Congress that library f…
IACRL Librarians on the Move - Spring 2023
March 15, 2023
Illinois Librarians on the Move - Job Changes and Updates Compiled by Janis Shearer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The University of Illinois Springfield announces that Katrina Burch has been named the new University Archivist and starte…
Member Spotlight - Andrea Lublink
March 13, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Andrea Lublink. Andrea is the communications manager at the Palatine Library District and a member of the ILA Marketing Forum.  We asked Andrea to tell us a little about herself and answer a…
Legislative Update -- March 9, 2023
March 9, 2023
A special legislative update was sent out on Tuesday, March 7 with information about House Bill 2789 (HB 2789).  The email explained that under HB 2789, Illinois libraries would only be eligible for state funding grants – is…
Secretary Giannoulias to Libraries: We’re United Against Banning Books
March 7, 2023
Secretary Giannoulias to Libraries: We’re United Against Banning Books   Amid coordinated efforts throughout the nation to ban books from library shelves, Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias has drafted legislation designed to su…
Member Spotlight - Joy Lang
February 27, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Joy Lang. Joy is an adult services associate at the Joliet Public Library. Joy is a current member and past manager of the Reaching Forward Forum. We asked Joy to tell us a little about herself a…
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