ILA E-Newsletter

ILA Supports Vaccine Eligibility for Library Staff
January 12, 2021
We know vaccine eligibility is of great concern to many Illinois library workers. ILA is advocating with a two-pronged approach regarding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for library workers: First, urging IDPH for public librarians to be …
COVID-19 Update -- January 7, 2021
January 7, 2021
Library OperationsAs the state of Illinois proceeds throughthe Restore Illinois plan, with its tiered mitigations, phases of re-opening, and eleven regions around the state, we are aware that library boards and directors are looking for guidance on h…
Legislative Update --January 7, 2021
January 7, 2021
We have all seen the news reports of yesterday's appalling and antidemocratic events in Washington yesterday, including the abhorrent comments made by one of Illinois' own federal representatives. Here, we'll continue to focus on direc…
Legislative Update -- December 23, 2020
December 23, 2020
There is some uncertainty this week, both on the state and federal level.Illinois CalendarsHere's what we do know, here in Illinois: The Illinois Senate has released its spring 2021 session schedule; we're still awaiting the Illinois House'…
Legislative Update -- December 17, 2020
December 17, 2020
Governor Pritzker's Executive OrderOn December 11, Governor Pritzker issued another disaster declaration and Executive Order 2020-74, reissuing many of the previous executive orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, including extend…
Legislative Update -- December 10, 2020
December 10, 2020
ILA's Public Policy and Advocacy Committees met this past Monday, and discussed further ILA's advocacy focus for the upcoming spring session in Springfield and Washington. We are also putting plans in place for the upcoming annual series of Library L…
Volunteer to Serve on a Committee!
December 7, 2020
Interested in serving on an ILA committee? ILA Vice President/President-Elect Jeanne Hamilton (Bloomington Public Library) will begin making appointments early in 2021, so now is the time to start thinking ahead.Appointments begin July 1, 2…
Legislative Update -- December 3, 2020
December 3, 2020
Illinois State BudgetOn the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Governor Pritzker announced the state of Illinois will borrow $2 billion from the Federal Reserve Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF) for budgetary purposes. The program establishes the Federa…
Support Diversity This GivingTuesday!
November 24, 2020
Celebrate GivingTuesday on December 1, by making a donation to the ILA Diversity Scholarship Fund. The fund supports ILA’s efforts to increase diversity in the profession and the Sylvia Murphy Williams Scholars, Illinois recipien…
Special Legislative Update -- November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020
The ILA Office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, so we will not publish our regular Thursday ILA Alert this week.In the meantime, we are pleased to share information from the Secretary of State a…
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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