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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Join ILA’s delegation and travel to the nation’s capitol to get our message out to Congress! ALA’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day educational event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters and patrons to Washington, D.C. Illinois has traditionally delivered one of the most robust delegations and we expect to do so again this year.

NLLD registration ($75) is handled through ALA. Illinois librarians will automatically be counted as part of the Illinois delegation. Your registration fee includes legislative materials, Monday’ briefing sessions and Congressional Reception, organized by ALA’s National Library Legislative Day Committee; and Tuesday’s Congressional visits, organized by ILA.

Once again, ILA will host a dinner on Monday, May 7 ($50 for ILA members; $60 for non-members). Dinner registration is handled through ILA.

Learn more, or register for NLLD and/or the ILA dinner.

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Reminder: ILA Legislative Meet-Ups in January and February

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Illinois Library Association sponsors meetups where librarians can meet with legislators to let them know what is important to us. This is your chance to meet your state legislators and give them feedback! The 2018 events start January 29 and run through the end of February. Check for one in your area.

This year our regional advocacy efforts expand with eight legislative events providing an opportunity to meet with your legislators and speak with them firsthand about issues affecting you and your library.  Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate.  Use this opportunity for photo ops with your elected officials to post on your Facebook page or to invite them to visit your library!

Register Online.

For any questions regarding registration, please e-mail  

Your registration fee includes breakfast or lunch, legislative materials, and state and federal legislative briefing.

If you’re not sure which Meet-up covers your library and legislative district, contact the ILA office at 312-644-1896 or email

Make your voice heard!


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(via Reina Williams, Rush University Medical Center)

After 21 years as ILA’s Executive Director, Bob Doyle retired on December 1, 2017. Please join us for a cocktail reception to celebrate Bob’s two decades of distinguished leadership.

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, at The University Club, Michigan/Monroe Room, 76 East Monroe Street, in Chicago, IL, 60603

Ticket Price: $30

Purchase tickets

As set by the University Club House rules, traditional business or business casual attire is required. Athletic shoes or attire are not permitted.

Honor Bob by Supporting the Intellectual Freedom Fund

The Intellectual Freedom Fund was created by the ILA Executive Board in honor of Robert P. Doyle on the occasion of his retirement, in recognition of his extraordinary personal and professional commitment to ILA and to the principles of intellectual freedom. The Intellectual Freedom Fund will provide financial support for ILA’s Intellectual Freedom Award.  Donate to the Intellectual Freedom Fund in honor of Robert P. Doyle

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ILA Diversity Survey Responses Sought (Deadline Sept.20)

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The ILA Diversity Task Force wants to hear about the experiences of Illinois library workers from traditionally underrepresented groups in the field. Survey responses will be collected and examined to provide recommendations to ILA for the pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Illinois library community. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Need more time to submit your ILA Annual Conference registration? The early-bird deadline has been extended to Friday, September 15. Libraries that need to pay by check can take advantage of the early bird rate by registering online and selecting “check” as the payment method. If you have questions or want to register a group, please contact Tina Koleva at

Top Ten Reasons to attend #ILAAC17:

  • more than 120 programs, presented by more than 250 speakers
  • ten hours of exhibits, featuring 110 library product and services companies
  • free food — including exhibits buffet lunches on October 11 and 12, an ice cream social, a donut break, and coffee every morning and afternoon
  • learning something new or deepen your knowledge on a topic
  • winning fabulous prizes in the exhibits Passport to Prizes raffle
  • free parking at the Tinley Park Convention Center, with all Conference events on one floor
  • celebrating your colleagues by registering for the Awards Luncheon on October 10
  • enjoying dinner, drinks, and an evening with friends on the Tinley Park Pub Stroll
  • bringing new and exciting ideas back to your library to better serve your community or campus

“Rise Up” to make new connections with colleagues from across the state.

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IACRL@ILA Offers Academic-Library Programming at ILA 2017

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) is sponsoring IACRL@ILA–a track of programming for academic librarians at the 2017 ILA Annual Conference.

IACRL@ILA will take the place of an IACRL Conference in 2018. A similar track of programming will be offered at the 2018 ILA Annual Conference. Offering this programming at the ILA Annual Conference is more cost-effective while providing opportunities for collaboration across library types.

Click here download the complete IACRL@ILA program schedule. These programs are open to all conference attendees and academic librarians are free to attend programs outside the IACRL@ILA track.

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Call for Proposals: ILA Reaching Forward Conference

(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect, on behalf of Patrice Johnson)

On behalf of the ILA Reaching Forward Forum, I personally invite the members of the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 Reaching Forward Conference.

The Reaching Forward Conference is the nation’s largest single-day conference for library staff of all areas of service and levels of expertise from public, school and special libraries. We offer over 40 conference sessions covering a wide array of topics, from advocacy and management, to programming (adults, teens and youth), collection development, reference, technical services, serving special populations and so much more.

The planning committee would love to have your forum represented with a speaker panel or program.  Our 29th Annual Conference will be held Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Proposals can be submitted via the online form.  Proposals can be saved and revised at any time prior to the submission deadline of Friday, September 8 at 11:59 PM CST.

If you have any questions, please contact me (Patrice Johnson), at

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Conference Program Committee invites applications for poster sessions at the 2017 ILA Annual Conference at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Poster sessions will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 11, and Thursday, October 12. Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards (4 x 8 feet) with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text and more and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during an assigned 90-minute time period.

The Poster Session Committee will consider the quality of the research, program or project as presented in the abstract in making its decisions. Applications are due by Monday, July 31. To submit a poster application, click here. Advice for putting together an effective poster session is available here.

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Bloomberg Receives Hugh Atkinson Memorial/Demco Award

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Kathleen L. Bloomberg, formerly the Associate Director of Operations of the Illinois State Library and now recently retired, is the 2017 recipient of the Illinois Library Association Hugh Atkinson Memorial/Demco Award. The award recognizes an individual, group, program, or institution for sustained activity and contributions having a lasting impact on librarianship.

Kathleen serviced at the Illinois State Library for 32 years. The Illinois State Library has been a driving force for the development and promotion of libraries at the state level. Kathleen played a prominent role as a leader at the State Library. During that time she was known to be an advocate of interagency cooperation.

During her career at the Illinois State Library, Kathleen served as the editor of the journal Illinois Libraries. Copies of the journal were distributed freely among the libraries in the state and to interested libraries outside Illinois. The journal, though discontinued now, was helpful in promoting library development and advocacy.

Kathleen’s contributions to library cooperation and development throughout her long and distinguished career make it especially appropriate to honor her in the name of Hugh Atkinson, whose own career was so notably dedicated to library cooperative endeavors.

The Atkinson Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 10, during the 2017 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.

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UIUC’s Ruan Named Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Dr. Lian Ruan is the 2017 recipient of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by the ILA Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) Forum, recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. The award is sponsored by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.

Dr. Ruan’s service record is most impressive. Of particular note are her contributions as past President (2015-2016) and current Executive Director of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). She has also recently served on the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee, the Special Library Association’s Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Council, the ACRL 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force, and as a member of the Joint Council of Librarians of Color Steering Committee.

Dr. Ruan has been an academic librarian for twenty-seven years and Head of the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library (IFSI) since 1999, earning the directorship of IFSI’s international programs in 2006. Under Dr. Ruan ‘s leadership, the IFSI Library has been a finalist for a National Medal for Museum and Library Service award for the last two years. The IFSI is considered one of the top three fire services libraries in the nation. This past year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognized her Firefighter Line of Duty Death Digital Image Collection, which was awarded funding through the Illinois State Library (ISL).

Since 2002, Dr. Ruan has been an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UIUC, supporting and mentoring the work of graduate and Ph.D students in the library science, she has also organized and coordinated training programs with partners in the area of emergency management, including training for Chinese emergency responders. In 2015-2016, she also helped Korean firefighters train at the IFSI.

Dr. Ruan has done extensive work as a researcher. Most notable is her recent co-edited book, Academic Library Development and Administration in China ( 2016), which is the first major work on Chinese academic libraries written in English. Three years ago in a spotlight interview for ACRL Insider, Ruan described herself as “Passionate, determined, [and] goal-oriented.” Her exemplary service to librarianship and learning demonstrates the application of each of these qualities to the work that makes her worthy of this honor.

The Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 10, during the 2017 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.

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