ILA E-Newsletter

Member Spotlight - Jennifer Jackson
February 26, 2024
This week's member spotlight is on Jennifer Jackson. Jennifer is an Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Engagement Coordinator at the University of Illinois Chicago. Jennifer is a current member of the ILA Nominating Committee and served on th…
The Illinois Library Association Awards Inclusive Travel Grant for National Conferences to Beth Smilack
February 22, 2024
The Illinois Library Association (ILA) has announced the recipient of the 2023/2024 ILA Inclusive Travel Grant for National Conferences. This $1,000 grant is designed to support the attendance of Illinois librarians and library staff from underrepres…
Register to Attend Reaching Forward North or Reaching Forward South Today!
February 13, 2024
Registration is now open for this year’s Reaching Forward Conferences! Reaching Forward North and Reaching Forward South are annual development conferences for library staff from central, northern, and southern Illinois. These conferences are d…
Legislative Update -- February 8, 2024
February 8, 2024
The 103rd General Assembly session began on January 16 but we don’t expect a lot to happen before the March 19 primary election. Most of the work of this session will happen in April and May.  The ILA Public Policy Committee (PPC) will be …
Institutional Member Spotlight
February 5, 2024
Introducing the ILA Institutional Member Spotlight! Similar to our member spotlight, this spotlight focuses on our institutional members, which include Illinois libraries and library organizations. It's the same format with questions and some photos …
Homer Township Library Executive Director Retiring After 24 Years
February 5, 2024
After 24 years as head of the much-beloved Homer Township Public Library District, Executive Director Sheree Kozel-La Ha will retire on March 29, 2024.   “Serving my home community, where I raised my family, has been my honor and joy.…
Sign a Witness Slip Supporting Raising Public Library Bidding Thresholds
February 5, 2024
SB 2787 is scheduled for a committee hearing on Wednesday, February 7, at 3:30 p.m. All Illinois library advocates are encouraged to support the bill prior to the hearing by submitting a witness slip by clicking here. The Illinois Local Library Act a…
ALA Council Report
February 1, 2024
The American Library Association (ALA) Council met at the 2024 ALA LibLearnX Conference. ILA Executive Board member Paul Mills, who also serves as a member of the council, summarizes the meeting below. ALA Council Session I Saturday, January 20, 2024…
ILA Executive Board Candidate Slate for 2024 Election
January 24, 2024
The ILA Nominating Committee has announced the 2024 candidates for election in the spring of 2024.VICE-PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATES(three-year term beginning July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2027)Carolyn Ciesla, Elmhurst UniversityLora…
Member Spotlight - Rene Leyva
January 22, 2024
This week's member spotlight is on Rene Leyva. Rene is the director of the Fossil Ridge Public Library District. He was a member of the 2023 ILA Conference Program Committee and is a current member of the 2024 ILA Conference Program Committ…
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