ILA E-Newsletter

IMLS Releases Preview of 24th Annual (FY 2011) Public Library Survey
March 14, 2014
Some of What You'll Find: In fiscal year 2011 (FY 2011), there were 8,956 public libraries in the United States, which served 299.9 million people (95.3% of the US population) There were 1.53 billion in-person visits to public libraries, the equivale…
PEW Internet Releases a Typology of U.S. Public Library Engagement
March 14, 2014
This is the final report in the Pew Internet public library initiative (funding from Gates Foundation) that was first announced in October 2011. These initiative studied the, "changing role of public libraries and library users in the digital age." T…
Get Inspired!
March 10, 2014
A single action can inspire others, making the whole greater than the sum of the parts. That's what happened when Mary Jane Kepner made a recent $2,500 donation to the Sylvia Murphy Williams Scholarship fund. We told the story at the ILA Legislative …
Register Now for the IACRL Conference
March 10, 2014
Advanced Registration Closes Friday, March 14 Register today for the 2014 IACRL Conference, which will be held Friday, March 21, at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook. IACRL President Pattie Piotrowski, Illinois Institute of Technology, hosted an informa…
Call for Images
March 10, 2014
As any ILA Reporter reader knows, we try to find colorful graphics to make each issue as visually interesting as possible. If your library has an art collection, especially if it's in digital form, send us a link and we'll start browsing for material…
Little Free Libraries Redux
March 10, 2014
Many of you responded with information about these, but just in case you missed it, Lauren Collen would like to hear from anyone with a LFL project in their community. This book-sharing movement is catching on across the country and finding ways to e…
ILA Takes Positions on Additional Bills in the Illinois General Assembly
March 10, 2014
House Bill (HB) 4207 Cyber-bullyingAt the February 7, 2014 ILA Executive Board meeting, the board voted to oppose this bill because it was overly broad in regulating student speech. It would extend the current Illinois law prohibiting cyber-bullying …
Pat Norris Latest Illinois Library Luminary
February 24, 2014
Patricia Ann Norris joined the Illinois State Library (ISL) in 1986, originally recruited to revamp its scholarship program for library school students in Illinois. Currently serving as the associate director in charge of ISL's Library Development Gr…
World Language Collections
February 24, 2014
World Languages Networking Group invites librarians in charge of World Languages Collection to the meeting on Wednesday February 26, 2014 from 10:00 am until noon at Vernon Area Public Library ( The topic of this meeting will b…
2015: Read to the Rhythm Resource Guide Submissions
February 24, 2014
The iREAD Committee is looking for submissions for the 2015 "Read tothe Rhythm" Resource Guide! Music the med activities, program ideas, crafts, games, reading lists, etc. are needed for children, teens, and adults. Anyone may submit an idea but all …
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.

Visit the iREAD website »