ILA E-Newsletter

Welcome New ILA Executive Board Members!
May 30, 2019
We officially welcomed our newly elected Executive Board members at the new board member orientation that was held on May 29 at the ILA office. Pictured from left: ILA Immediate Past President Cindy Fuerst, ILA Executive Director Diane Foote, Miguel …
G. Victor Johnson Inducted as an Illinois Library Luminary
May 2, 2019
G. Victor "Vic" Johnson served as a dedicated library trustee of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library from 1982 through 2013, more than thirty years! He was known for his tact, approachability, and commitment to service, giving an incredible a…
ILA Executive Board approves strategic plan for 2019-2022
May 2, 2019
On April 18, 2019, the ILA Executive Board voted to approve the association's strategic plan for 2019-2022. The plan development process began in spring 2018 with Executive Board planning sessions followed by a broad survey of members and non-me…
Call for Poster Sessions for the 2019 ILA Annual Conference
April 22, 2019
The ILA Conference ProgramCommittee is now accepting applications for poster sessions for the 2019 ILA Annual Conference that will be held October 22-24, 2019, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Poster sessions will be held in the exhibi…
2019 ILA Annual Conference Speakers Announced
April 22, 2019
The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee has selected the 2019 speakers for the conference.  This year's conference speakers include President and Chief Executive Officer of the Shedd Aquarium Dr. Bridget C. Coughlin (Keynote), math…
2019 Reaching Forward Scholarship Recipients Announced
April 19, 2019
Congratulations to Lizzy Boden, the recipient of the 2019 Robert P. Doyle Conference Grant for Support Staff and Jessica Baker the recipient of the 2019 Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant.  Lizzy Bod…
National Library Week!
April 8, 2019
National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. This year’s theme, Libraries = Strong Communities, illus…
Help Preserve Federal School Library Funding!
April 8, 2019
A "Dear Appropriator" letter is circulating in the US Senate urging full fiscal year 2020 funding for the Department of Education's Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant program (IAL), which funds school libraries via professional develop…
#FundLibraries 2020 Campaign
March 28, 2019
The push for support in the House is coming to an end. Now, ALA advocates are turning the attention to the Senate.We are asking senators to preserve more than $210 million in federal funding for libraries. Now is the time to let yours …
Legislative Update -- March 21, 2019
March 21, 2019
Thanks to the members who have brought two pieces of potential legislation having to do with exotic animal shows to our attention: SB0154 and HB2554. We understand programming librarians are concerned about their ability to continue to…
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