ILA E-Newsletter

Member Spotlight - Betsy Mahoney
March 21, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Betsy Mahoney. Betsy is a co-chair of the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee and the chair of the Reaching Forward South Conference Committee. We asked Betsy to tell use a little bit about herself and to answer a fe…
Member Spotlight - Eric Edwards
March 7, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Eric Edwards. Eric served as president of the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL). We asked Eric to tell us a little bit about himself and to answer a few professional and amu…
Senator Dick Durbin Presidents' Day Message 2022
March 3, 2022
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin expresses support for libraries and library funding on the occasion of the Illinois Library Association's Library Legislative Meet-up on Presidents' Day 2022.
Blue Island Library Selected for Competitive Federal Humanities Grant
March 2, 2022
The Blue Island Public Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries nationwide for the American Library Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, an emergency relief program to assist libraries t…
The Illinois Library Association Awards Five Inclusive Travel Grants for National Conferences
February 24, 2022
The Illinois Library Association (ILA) has announced the recipients of five grants of $1,000 each to Illinois librarians and library staff from populations underrepresented in librarianship to attend a national conference of their choice. Three will …
Legislative Update -- February 24, 2022
February 24, 2022
$232 Million Sought for LSTA; Illinois Librarians Meeting with Federal RepresentativesThe federal government is still operating under a Continuing Resolution without an approved budget for the current (2022) fiscal year, which means operating at the …
Member Spotlight - Marielle McNeal
February 21, 2022
This week's spotlight is on Marielle McNeal. Marielle is a Director-at-Large on the ILA Executive Board. We asked Marielle to tell us a little bit about herself and to answer a few professional and amusing questions. Continue reading to fin…
Legislative Update -- February 17, 2022
February 17, 2022
Judge Rules In Favor of Publishers in Maryland E-Book LawsuitThe U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland has issued a preliminary injunction preventing Maryland's law requiring "reasonable" pricing and access to e-books for libraries from ta…
Legislative Update -- February 10, 2022
February 10, 2022
Illinois General AssemblyWe are now in week six of the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly, and bills are being filed and heard in House and Senate committees. View the list of bills ILA is following, and our current positions on the…
Member Spotlight - Jordan Neal
February 7, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Jordan Neal, a Career Librarian at the Champaign Public Library. Jordan is a director-at-large on the ILA Executive Board and a past co-chair of the ILA Diversity Committee. We asked Jordan to tell us…
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