ILA E-Newsletter

Legislative Update -- January 6, 2022
January 6, 2022
Illinois General Assembly ScheduleThe ILGA's shortened, front-loaded spring 2022 session began yesterday. After having been scheduled to open Tuesday, January 4, Tuesday and Thursday of this week were both canceled, and we have just learned that next…
Member Spotlight - Maurice Thomas Jr.
January 3, 2022
This week's member spotlight is on Maurice Thomas Jr. Maurice is the manager of the Chicago Public Library's West Englewood Branch and a member of the ILA Reaching Forward Forum. We asked Maurice to tell us a little bit about himself a…
Message from the President - Jeanne Hamilton
December 27, 2021
As 2021 draws to a close, I'd like to thank all of you who read our weekly ILA Alerts, volunteer for ILA committees and forums, attend our events, peruse (or write for!) the ILA Reporter, purchase our publications, and support our association th…
ILA Supports AISLE Statement on Attempts to Censor or Remove Books from School Libraries
December 23, 2021
The Illinois Library Association supports our school librarian colleagues in opposing attempts to censor or remove books from school libraries. AISLE's statement reads, in part, "AISLE is opposed to any attempt to force the removal of materials …
Member Spotlight - Kathy Caudill
December 20, 2021
This week's  member spotlight is on Kathy Caudill. Since 2003, Kathy Caudill has served on the board of trustees for the Ela Area Public Library District in Lake Zurich, Illinois. She is also currently the President/Manager of the Illinois …
Legislative Update -- December 16, 2021
December 16, 2021
AAP Files Suit Against the State of Maryland Over E-book Pricing LawOne of ILA's top legislative priorities for the upcoming Springfield session is reasonable e-book pricing for libraries. You may recall the state of Maryland recently …
Call for Submissions for the ILA Reporter Annual Buildings Issue
December 10, 2021
Has your library undergone renovations or new building in 2021? Share the news with the library community by submitting the project for the ILA Reporter "Library Buildings 2021" article in the March 2022 issue. Submissions should include: A…
Legislative Update -- December 9, 2021
December 9, 2021
Accelerate IllinoisThe Accelerate Illinois initiative, announced December 1 with an application deadline of December 30, will provide twelve communities across the state with "expert support...offered as part of an intensive 14-week community en…
Vote for the ILA Member Photo of the Year!
December 8, 2021
Since we launched the ILA member photo of the month contest, members have responded by submitting incredible photos for us to review and select one winner, but now it's up to you, the Illinois library community, to decide who should be named the ILA …
Call for Speakers for ILA Marketing Forum 2022 Roundtables
December 7, 2021
The ILA Marketing Forum is planning its roundtables for 2022, and they need your help. The forum is looking for library staff who have a marketing/promotion idea or initiative to share about their experiences related to welcoming patro…
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