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Illinois Libraries are for Everyone
April 27, 2023
Rebecca McCorkindale, the assistant library director at Gretna Public Library in Gretna, NE, has generously provided ILA with her original artwork as a show of support for libraries in Illinois. Feel free to use this artwork on your social media, pri…
Legislative Update -- April 27, 2023
April 27, 2023
As we celebrate National Library Week, we would like to thank our members, non-members, advocates, and supporters for everything they have done and will continue to do on behalf of libraries and library professionals. Today is Take Action for Li…
Lt. Governor Stratton Meets with Librarians for National Library Week
April 25, 2023
Books are amazing, but when it comes to libraries there’s more to the story. The library is a place where we can discover the world, and access critical services and information to live and be well with a caring librarian as our guide. ThatR…
Member Spotlight - Ann Baillie
April 24, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Ann Baillie. Ann is the manager of the ILA Youth Services Forum. We asked Ann to tell us a little about herself and answer a few professional and amusing questions. Continue reading to find out more about&…
Legislative Update -- April 20, 2023
April 20, 2023
Springfield UpdateHouse Bill 2789 passed the Illinois Senate Executive Committee. The bill now moves to the full Senate for a vote. Committees continue to consider bills that have passed out of their origination chamber. Budget discussions have also …
Member Spotlight - William Pleas
April 10, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on William Pleas. William is the page and volunteer coordinator at the Highland Park Public Library. He is a member of the Reaching Forward Forum and served on the ILA Conference Program Committee in 2020 and…
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…
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