ILA E-Newsletter

The Jerseyville Public Library Announces the Retirement of its Long-Serving Director and the Appointment of a New Director
June 9, 2022
48 years is a long time to work at one place and that is precisely what Anita Driver will have accomplished at the end of August 2022 when she retires from the Jerseyville Public Library (JPL) as Library Director. Anita began working at JPL when she …
Legislative Update -- June 2, 2022
June 2, 2022
Fall Veto Session Announced; Governor Signs BillsThe Illinois General Assembly has announced the dates for the fall veto session: November 15, 16, 17, 29, 30, and December 1. It follows the 2022 general election, but the current General Assembly memb…
Member Spotlight - Jamie Jones
May 30, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Jamie Jones, manager of the Peoria Public Library's North Branch. Jamie chaired the ILA Awards Committee in 2020 and served on the ILA Conference Program Committee in 2021. We asked Jamie to tell us a little bi…
Cyndi Robinson Selected as New Executive Director of ILA
May 25, 2022
The Board of Directors of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) unanimously approved the promotion of Cynthia Robinson as the organization's next executive director. She will succeed current executive director Diane Foote, who is retiring after five…
Member Spotlight - Ryan Johnson
May 16, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Ryan Johnson. Ryan is the director at O'Fallon Public Library, a member of the ILA Best Practices Committee, a co-coordinator of the ILA Legislative Meet-up Metro East, and the new ILA President-Elect.…
ILA Welcomes New Board Members
May 11, 2022
Chicago, IL — The Illinois Library Association (ILA) welcomes the newly elected Executive Board members for 2022-2023. The ILA Executive Board consists of sixteen members: the president, vice president/president-elect, twelve directors-at-…
Member Spotlight - Lizzy Boden
May 2, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Lizzy Boden. We asked Lizzy to tell us a little bit about herself and to answer a few professional and amusing questions. Continue reading to find out more about Lizzy.  A little background on Lizzy  Lizzy…
Member Spotlight - Darnetta Bolton
April 18, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Darnetta Bolton. Darnetta is a Youth Services Librarian at the Orland Park Public Library. She is a member of the Reaching Forward Forum and previously served as co-chair of the 2020 ILA Conference Program Committee…
Legislative Update -- April 14, 2022
April 14, 2022
CALL TO ACTION: FEDERAL LIBRARY FUNDING FOR FY2023ALA's annual call for advocacy for federal funding is LIVE NOW! "Dear Appropriator" letters are circulating in Congress, addressed to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Pr…
Why School Librarians Matter To Students And Communities
April 13, 2022
April is School Library Month, and what better way to commemorate the occasion than by emphasizing the importance of school librarians, as our colleagues at the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE) did brilliantly in the letter be…
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