ILA E-Newsletter

Legislative Update -- September 7, 2023
September 7, 2023
The U.S. Congress is back in session after its summer break. The new fiscal year begins on October 1, 2023, and lawmakers have until midnight on September 30 to enact legislation. So far, Congress has not acted on any of the 12 appropriations bills s…
Petition to Create a Human Resources Professionals and Administrative Professionals Forum
August 30, 2023
Are you a human resources professional or administrative professional and interested in growing and networking with your peers across the state? If so, then sign the Petition to Create a Human Resources Professionals and Administrative Professionals …
Libraries as Partners Project
August 29, 2023
ILA is pleased to participate as a state advisor in a recently awarded Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries grant. Cynthia Robinson, ILA Executive Director, will serve as an advisor to the Illinois …
Astrid Larson Selected as the Recipient of the 2023 ILA Resources and Technical Services (RTSF) Scholarship
August 28, 2023 - Resources & Technical Services Forum (RTSF)
The Illinois Library Association (ILA) announces Astrid Larson, Metadata Assistant at DePaul University Libraries, as the 2023 ILA Resources and Technical Services Forum (RTSF) Scholarship recipient. The RTSF Scholarship was established to offset the…
ILA Community Project to Benefit the Central Illinois Foodbank
August 24, 2023
In an effort to connect with local organizations and model collaboration for our attendees, the 2023 ILA Annual Conference will feature a community project. Our partner in this project, the Central Illinois Food Bank, is a non-profit organizatio…
Legislative Update -- August 24, 2023
August 24, 2023
Libraries have long believed that when taxpayers fund scientific research, the public should have access to the information that results. Unfortunately, after years of bipartisan progress, some in Congress are now trying to put a stop to this. Librar…
ILA Statement on Bomb Threats Targeting Libraries
August 22, 2023
The communities of Gurnee, Morton Grove, Oak Park, Park Ridge, and Wilmette have all recently experienced bomb threats against their libraries. These incidents were false alarms, and all staff members are safe. The Illinois Library Association (ILA) …
Member Spotlight - Gwendolyn Harrison
August 21, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Gwendolyn Harrison. Gwendolyn is the library program specialist at the Illinois State Library. She was a member of the ILA Awards Committee in 2022-2023, and now serves on the ILA Executive Board.  We…
Unite Against Book Bans in Illinois
August 15, 2023
A coalition of Illinois library organizations including ILA, AISLE, RAILS, and IHLS are seeking to create regional teams of local school, academic, and public library staff who would be willing to get involved on a local level to help preserve intell…
Member Spotlight - Matthew Matkowski
August 7, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Matthew Matkowski. Matthew is the Head of Public Services at the Palos Heights Public Library. He previously served as chair of ILA's Intellectual Freedom Committee and is a member of the Reaching Forward Commi…
iREAD Summer Reading Programs

Since 1981, iREAD provides high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read.

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