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Legislative Update -- November 17, 2022
November 17, 2022
Library District Board Vacancies BillThe Illinois General Assembly reconvened on Tuesday, November 15, for the 2022 Fall Veto Session. Senator Laura M. Murphy introduced SB 4232, a new bill that amends the Public Library District Act of 1991. Th…
"Public Libraries Day" in Illinois
November 16, 2022
The Rock Island Public Library recently hosted the kickoff event for the "Nifty at 150: Year of the Library." During the event, the library shared a proclamation from Governor Pritzker and Secretary of State Jesse White declaring November 25, 2022 as…
Member Spotlight - Dan Matthews
November 14, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Dan Matthews. Dan is the Digital Services Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College and the President of the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL). We asked Dan to tell…
Legislative Update -- November 10, 2022
November 10, 2022
Tuesday’s General Election has resulted in Illinois Democrats sweeping the state’s constitutional offices and the party is expected to win 14 of the state’s 17 congressional seats. The Democratic party will expand its majority in th…
2023 Reaching Forward Conferences Call for Program Proposals
November 7, 2022
The Reaching Forward Forum and the Reaching Forward South Committee are accepting program proposals for their 2023 conferences.  The Reaching Forward and Reaching Forward South conferences serve library staff at all levels, with a…
Member Spotlight - Cassandra Thompson
October 31, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Cassandra Thompson. Cassandra is the director of SHARE, the largest automation consortium in North America. She is a member of the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee and a former member of the 2022 ILA Con…
Member Spotlight - Emily Gilbert
October 17, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Emily Gilbert. Emily is an Assistant Professor and Liaison Librarian at the University of Illinois Chicago and the Immediate Past President of the Illinois Association of College and Research Librarie…
2022 Candidates for IL Secretary of State Share Perspectives on Libraries
October 11, 2022
It's election season! With long-serving Secretary of State Jesse White announcing his retirement, we will have our first new Secretary of State since 1999. Because the Secretary of State also serves as the State Librarian, ILA contacted candidates…
Member Spotlight - Van McGary
October 3, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Van McGary. Van is the Adult and Teen Services Assistant Manager at the Downers Grove Public Library and she is a member of the Reaching Forward Forum. We asked Van to tell us a little about hers…
Fast Forward Libraries Announces Recipients of 2022 Scholarships
September 21, 2022
The Fast Forward Libraries scholarship recipients for the 2022 ILA Annual Conference have been announced. Four recipients were chosen to receive $500 to help defray the cost of attending the conference. The recipients are as follows: Christie Lau, Ca…
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