ILA E-Newsletter

Legislative Update -- September 16, 2019
September 16, 2019
Danville Correctional Center The Illinois Department of Corrections has announced there will be new rules regarding prison library materials by  10/1/19. This follows the removal--and subsequent replacement following public o…
ILA Joins ALA in Denouncing Macmillan Publishers' Library Lending Model
August 15, 2019
The Illinois Library Association (ILA) as a professional membership organization of more than 2,500 members that represents Illinois libraries and their patrons, and works to build the future of libraries across the state. It is a chapter of the Amer…
ILA Joins ALA in Urging LinkedIn to Reconsider New Policy Violating Patrons' Privacy Rights
August 12, 2019
The Illinois Library Association (ILA) is a professional membership organization of over three thousand members that represents the libraries of Illinois and their patrons and works to build the future of libraries across the state. It is a chapter o…
ILA Announces Winners of 2019 ILA Awards
July 15, 2019
Chicago, IL —The Illinois Library Association recently announced the recipients of the 2019 ILA Awards. Since its inception, the ILA Awards Program recognizes excellence in librarianship and library service in Illinois.  This year’s …
Update on the books removed from Danville Correctional Center
July 11, 2019
Update from WLDS-WEAI (published on September 9, 2019): The Illinois Department of Corrections will have new policies next month governing their prison libraries. The change comes on the heels of the Danville Correctional Center’s removal of ne…
Legislative Update: Public Hearing on Censorship in Prison Libraries
July 8, 2019
Today three committees in the Illinois House of Representatives held a joint public hearing on censorship in prison libraries, precipitated by the removal earlier this year of nearly 200 books from the Education Justice Project (EJP) l…
Census 2020 Update
July 1, 2019
Citizenship Question: By now those of you who are following news about the census already know, on June 27 the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Commerce's rationale for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census was insu…
Legislative Update: Close of the Spring Session in Springfield
June 13, 2019
The spring 2019 legislative session in Springfield came to a close at the end of May, with qualified successes for libraries. Some pieces of legislation ILA supported were passed or remain in progress; while many other bills we opposed did not pass. …
Census 2020 Update
June 13, 2019
Plans for the Decennial Census continue apace! A number of new resources have been added to our curated set on the ILA web site, including a video provided by Rock the Vote to encourage Census participation, "Libraries and the 2020 Census" …
ILA Statement on the Removal of Books at the Danville Correctional Center
June 7, 2019
As information professionals, we are troubled by the removal of more than 200 books from the Danville Correctional Center’s library. Many of the books removed from the library had been available for years without incident. The cornerstone of th…