ILA E-Newsletter

Making the Most of Your Legislative Meetup
October 18, 2023 - Advocacy Committee
First of all, thank you for going to an ILA Legislative Meetup! I know from experience that it was an informative and rewarding use of your, your staff’s, and your trustees’ time. The Legislative Meetups are a coordinated effort between I…
Call for 2024 ILA Executive Board Nominee Suggestions
October 11, 2023
The ILA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the 2024 Executive Board Election. In April 2024, members will vote for the ILA Vice-President/President-elect, who should be an academic librarian, and for four Executive Board positions, who ca…
Member Spotlight - Amy Byers
October 9, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Amy Byers. Amy is the director of the Chatham Area Public Library District and currently serves as ILA Vice President/President-Elect. We asked Amy to tell us a little about herself and answer a few p…
Legislative Update -- October 5, 2023
October 5, 2023
Broadband Update As we reported this summer, under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded $1 billion to Illinois in federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD)…
Legislative Update -- September 28, 2023
September 28, 2023
Comment Period on Banning Book Bans Legislation, Public Act 103-0100As we reported last week, the Illinois Secretary of State Office has proposed administrative rules to implement the law, Public Act 103-0100. A comment period is avail…
Member Spotlight - Heidi Smith
September 25, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Heidi Smith, director of the Highland Park Public Library. Heidi previously served as chair of the ILA Fundraising Committee, and is now an active member of the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee. We asked Heid…
The ILA Annual Conference Buddy System Returns!
September 22, 2023
The Buddy System is BACK! Having debuted with such success at the 2019 ILA Annual Conference, the 2023 ILA Conference Program Committee decided to bring it back. It can be intimidating or even a bit lonely attending a large conference alone…
AISLE Library Paraprofessional Statement of Support
September 21, 2023
Our organizations strongly support the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) statement on Appropriate Staffing for School Libraries. AASL states that in addition to qualified school library professionals, highly trained technical an…
Legislative Update -- September 21, 2023
September 21, 2023
The Illinois General Assembly will convene its fall veto session as the ILA Annual Conference begins in Springfield on Tuesday, October 24. The veto session is scheduled for six session days and will conclude on Thursday, November 9. Although legisla…
Call for Program Proposals for 2024 Reaching Forward Conferences
September 13, 2023
The Reaching Forward North and Reaching Forward South Committees are accepting program proposals for their 2024 conferences. These annual conferences, dedicated to the professional development of library support staff, are deeply committed to deliver…
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