ILA Voices

Welcome to our blog, ILA Voices. ILA Voices was created in response to what ILA perceived to be a need for a thoughtful outlet for the Illinois library community's thoughts and opinions.

We ask that submissions connect content to the 2019-2022 ILA strategic plan as well as the ILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement. As an organization that believes in free expression and speech, we encourage candid commentary; however, ILA reserves the right to reject or edit submissions that are deemed inaccurate or derogatory, have previously been covered in the blog, or contain promotional content.

ILA Voices submissions should be sent to Tamara Jenkins at Please contact Tamara Jenkins if you would like to discuss a topic before submitting it.

September 13, 2021
Author: Kate Hall
As a leader during this time, I have struggled to lead.  At every step of this journey, I have thought about what I needed to do to clearly communicate to my staff, patrons, and board.  I used to joke that I became a librarian so I didnR…
“I think we should throw those books in a fire.” Rabih Abuismail, Courtland, VA School Board Representative (The Washington Post). Across Illinois and the United States, there has been a striking increase in challenges to library resource…
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