ILA E-Newsletter

Member Spotlight - Kyra Lee
October 4, 2021
Our latest member spotlight features Kyra Lee, a Co-manager of the ILA Students and New Professionals Forum. We asked Kyra to tell us about herself and to answer a few professional and amusing questions. Continue reading to find out more about Kyra. …
Member Spotlight - ILA President Jeanne Hamilton
September 13, 2021
We've updated our member spotlight, and this time it's all about ILA President Jeanne Hamilton! We asked Jeanne to tell us about herself and to answer a few professional and amusing questions. Take a look at her responses below. A little bit abo…
Call for Nominee Suggestions for 2022 ILA Executive Board Election
September 9, 2021
The ILA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the 2022 Executive Board election. In April 2022, members will vote for the ILA Vice-President/President-elect and for four Executive Board positions, which can be public, school, academic, speci…
Legislative Update -- September 2, 2021
September 2, 2021
We haven't had a legislative update for a couple of weeks, mostly because our federal and state legislators have been occupied with things that affect libraries indirectly rather than specific library legislation, and everyone can learn about those t…
Legislative Update -- August 12, 2021
August 12, 2021
Infrastructure Investment & Jobs ActThis week, the U.S. Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, including $2.75 billion for the Digital Equity Act, which calls on states to develop actionable plans to connect individ…
Highwood Public Library Celebrates IMLS National Medal for Library Service
August 11, 2021
U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) hosted a community celebration on Monday, August 9 at the Highwood Public Library in honor of the library's recognition by the Institute of Museum and Library Services with a 2021 National Medal for Library …
Legislative Update -- July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021
Governor Pritzker Extends Disaster ProclamationOn July 23, Governor Pritzker issued a renewal of his disaster proclamation through August 22; and EO 2021-15. However, in this proclamation, he did not include his previous finding t…
Legislative Update -- July 22, 2021
July 22, 2021
Increases in Federal Funding for LibrariesThe U.S. House Appropriations Committee last week approved increases in funding for IMLS/LSTA and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program; thanks to our representatives and all the advocates who c…
Message from the ILA President - Jeanne Hamilton
July 22, 2021
Can you believe it is already July? (For those of us in public libraries, can you believe that summer reading is almost over?) While July marks the halfway point of 2021, it also marks the beginning of ILA’s year. As we start our new year,…
Legislative Update -- July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021
Grant funding isn't *exactly* legislative, except for the underlying legislation that authorizes its appropriations for which we are continually advocating. Today we're pleased to share information from the Illinois State Library about American Rescu…
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