ILA E-Newsletter

Legislative Update -- February 4, 2021
February 4, 2021
ALA Action Alert! Build America's Libraries ActIntroduced on January 28 by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Build America's Libraries Act (S. 127) would provide $5 billion in funding to repair, modernize, and construct library facilities …
COVID-19 Update -- February 4, 2021
February 4, 2021
We are continuing to monitor library workers' eligibility for vaccination by county; see Vaccine Eligibility for Libraries in Illinois Counties. Please also let us know at if you have reached out and/or learned about status…
Legislative Update -- January 28, 2021
January 28, 2021
Here at ILA, our annual series of Library Legislative Meet-ups launches tomorrow! While they're all virtual this year, they're still anchored regionally and we'll start off with South Suburban at 10 a.m. See the full schedule and lists of p…
COVID-19 Update -- January 28, 2021
January 28, 2021
We continue to hear more news about vaccine eligibility for library staff. Please keep in mind that eligibility is only one component among several in the actual administering of vaccines; availability and distribution of doses, which are not wi…
ILA Statement Condemning the Violence at the U.S. Capitol
January 27, 2021
The ILA Executive Board approved the following statement on January 26, 2021. With the perspective of a few weeks between these events and now, ILA acknowledges they have long-standing root causes and will take a long-term approach to solve. The Illi…
COVID-19 Update -- January 21, 2021
January 21, 2021
One week after launching ILA's suggested language for outreach to county health departments regarding library staff eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine, the following counties have agreed for library workers to be eligible for the vaccine: M…
Legislative Update -- January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021
The legislative leadership world seems turned on its head this week, with a first-time-in-history second impeachment of a sitting U.S. President, and the stunning news here in Illinois that Speaker of the House Michael Madigan was suspending his camp…
COVID-19 Update -- January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021
Vaccinations continue to be a topic of intense current interest among Illinois libraries. ILA recently announced a two-pronged approach regarding vaccination eligibility for library staff: A letter sent to the Illinois Department of Pu…
ILA Supports Vaccine Eligibility for Library Staff
January 12, 2021
We know vaccine eligibility is of great concern to many Illinois library workers. ILA is advocating with a two-pronged approach regarding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for library workers: First, urging IDPH for public librarians to be …
COVID-19 Update -- January 7, 2021
January 7, 2021
Library OperationsAs the state of Illinois proceeds throughthe Restore Illinois plan, with its tiered mitigations, phases of re-opening, and eleven regions around the state, we are aware that library boards and directors are looking for guidance on h…
iREAD Summer Reading Programs

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