ILA E-Newsletter

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…
Ask your Representative to #FundLibraries
March 15, 2019
Email your Rep today and ask them to oppose cuts to federal funding for libraries! The White House budget proposal for FY2020 has, for a third time, proposed elimination of federal funding for libraries. This year's "Dear Appropri…
Legislative Update -- March 11, 2019
March 11, 2019
Thanks to our colleagues at Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins for a clear explanation of a change in law of potential interest to libraries: The Illinois General Assembly amended Section 8 of the Illinois Local Government Professional Services Selection Act…
Legislative Update -- March 7, 2019
March 8, 2019
ILA's Public Policy and Advocacy Committees met on March 4 at the RAILS headquarters in Burr Ridge to discuss ongoing legislative issues. Visit the Illinois Legislative Issues page and the Federal Legislative Issues page on the IL…
Census 2020 Resources
March 4, 2019
The decennial census is coming up in 2020, and libraries will be essential partners in ensuring a complete count. There are a number of organizations planning for the census nationwide and here in Illinois; ILA has compiled an index to who they are a…
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