ILA E-Newsletter

Member Spotlight - Jazmin Wilkerson
July 24, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Jazmin Wilkerson. Jazmin is the Youth & Teen Librarian and Teen Volunteer Coordinator at the Lemont Public Library District, and she serves as co-chair of the ILA Diversity Committee.  We asked…
Member Spotlight - Veronica De Fazio
July 10, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Veronica De Fazio. Veronica served as ILA President in 2020 and is the Deputy Director of the Peoria Public Library. We asked Veronica to tell us a little about herself and answer a few professio…
ALA Council Report from Paul Mills, ILA's ALA Councilor
July 6, 2023
ALA Council I Saturday, June 25, 2023 The Committee on Committees shared the candidate lists for the Committee on Committees and the Planning and Budget Assembly.  The former develops candidate lists for the Executive Board while the latter assi…
Legislative Update -- June 29, 2023
June 29, 2023
Illinois will receive $1.04 billion to deploy high speed internet to all unserved and underserved households and small businesses across the state! Nationwide, $42.45 billion is dedicated to connecting all Americans as part of the Internet for A…
ILA Past President Melissa Gardner Named New President of the Rotary Club of Palatine
June 29, 2023
Melissa Gardner, Assistant Director at Palatine Library District, has been named the incoming president of Rotary Club of Palatine for the 2023 – 2024 term. This local civic service organization has been active in Palatine for nearly 60 years a…
Lincolnwood Public Library Welcomes Susan Dove Lempke as New Executive Director
June 29, 2023
The Lincolnwood Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Dove Lempke as its new Executive Director. With a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to promoting literacy and community engagement, Lempke is poised to lead the l…
Member Spotlight - Tom Stagg
June 26, 2023
This week's member spotlight is on Tom Stagg. Besides serving as president of the ILA Library Trustee Forum, Tom also serves as a trustee on the Alpha Park Public Library Board of Trustees. We asked Tom to tell us a little ab…
Legislative Update -- June 15, 2023
June 15, 2023
On Monday, June 12, HB 2789 was officially signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker! The bill was championed by Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias and sponsored by Representative Anne Stava-Murray in the House and Senator Laura M. Murphy in the Sena…
Illinois School Library Workers Symposium
June 9, 2023
The Illinois School Library Workers Symposium will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. This event is designed for individuals who are working in school libraries with no formal library education, certified or non-certified, paraprofessiona…
ALA Legislative Update -- June 8, 2023
June 8, 2023
Congress has wrapped up its deal to raise the debt ceiling, which includes limits on federal spending. In the coming weeks, legislators will face hard decisions on which programs to maintain funding for – and which ones to cut. Now, Congress ne…
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