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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 patjohn@chipublib.org.

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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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Deadline for ILA Award Nominations Extended to May 22

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

There is still time to submit a nomination for the ILA Awards. The nomination deadline has been extended to Monday, May 22. Please click here to learn about the awards and to submit a nomination. Take advantage of this opportunity to let your colleagues know about innovative programs and ideas and the hard-working librarians, staff, and trustees throughout Illinois who have created them. Inspiration and good ideas should be shared!

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The Illinois Library Association sponsors many awards each year. Most of them can be given to academic librarians. I encourage you to take a look and consider nominating one of your excellent colleagues. Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by Monday, May 15. Click on the links below to submit a nomination.

Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial/Demco Award

This award is made annually for sustained activity and contributions having a lasting impact on librarianship. The recipient may be an individual, a group, a program, or an institution.

Crosman Memorial Award

This award recognizes the achievements of the library workers who are new or relatively new to the field and encourages continued involvement in the profession. Other awards honor those who have accomplished a great deal over a long period of time; this award is to honor people who have accomplished a great deal in a short time.

Davis Cup Award

This annual award is presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution in library service to young people. Since its inception in 1971, the award has been presented to individuals who exemplify resourcefulness, professionalism and caring in their service to young people.

Demco Library Innovative Award

This award recognizes a library, library consortium, or library system’s achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative program or service, which has had measurable impact on its users. The purpose of this award is to encourage innovation by highlighting the overall activities of a library (including staff, administration, governance, and volunteers) in successfully marshaling its resources to benefit its users.

Robert P. Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff

The purpose of this award is to encourage ILA membership and support staff attendance at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference.

Golden Ticket Award

This annual award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding local contribution in library services to young people in his/her community by creating and implementing library programs that promote a love of literature and instill positive feelings about libraries.

Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award

Established in 1985, this award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development.

Intellectual Freedom Award

This award recognizes an individual or group for outstanding contributions in defending intellectual freedom or the advancement of these principles as espoused and promulgated by both the Illinois Library Association and the American Library Association.

Librarian of the Year

This award recognizes a librarian’s distinguished service and leadership in Illinois libraries. Generally, the librarian so honored will have made an impact locally, statewide, and nationally. However, if an individual’s service is unusually outstanding on one level, then the nomination can rest on that area alone. Librarians so honored will have demonstrated a commitment to libraries, and especially Illinois libraries, which can serve as a model for others in the profession.

Robert R. McClarren Legislative Development Award

This award is given to a worthy recipient from the Illinois library community—librarian, trustee, legislator, or library—who has contributed significantly to legislative development in the state of Illinois.

Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant

The award recognizes the contributions of a support staff member to the library community and the role of support staff in libraries.

Deborah Dowley Preiser Marketing Award

This award recognizes a library employee’s excellent work in public relations and adult programming over a period of several years, reflecting the importance of publicity and adult programming as central to the role of the library as a community center and to the library as place.

Reader’s Advisory Service Award

This award recognizes excellence in the planning, development, and delivery of readers’ advisory service to adults and teens and has been created in accordance with the mission statement of the Adult Reading Round Table: “to promote readers’ advisory skills and reading for pleasure through libraries.” Readers’ advisory is the ability to connect readers with materials that will satisfy their desire for something to read for pleasure.

Reference Services Award

This award recognizes excellence in accordance with the Reference Services Forum’s mission statement: “The ILA Reference Services Forum exists for all who are interested in providing assistance to library users as they seek and use information. The forum offers opportunities to share and enhance skills as well as to promote and recognize quality service throughout Illinois.”

Alexander J. Skrzypek Award

The award is given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of library services for the blind or physically disabled in Illinois.

TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award

This annual citation is awarded to an individual who has made a substantial contribution in the area of library technical services.

Trustee of the Year Award

This annual citation is awarded to a public library trustee for achievement, leadership, and service to libraries.

Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding service to young adults by a librarian serving in the state of Illinois. This annual award is presented to a professional Young Adult Librarian who is currently an ILA member. The recipient will have made an outstanding local contribution in library services to young adults in his/her community by creating and implementing library programs and services that promote a love of literature and/or instill positive feelings about libraries.

Sylvia Murphy Williams Award

This award provides encouragement and support to Illinois recipients of the ALA Spectrum Initiative Scholarship. The Spectrum Initiative was created to address the issues of underrepresentation of ethnic librarians within the profession and to serve as a model for ways to bring attention to other diversity issues. Awardees receive a paid registration to the current ILA Annual Conference and meal functions, recognition at the annual conference award luncheon, and a featured article in an ILA publication.

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ILA’s Doyle Receives 2017 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award

(via the American Library Association)

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that Robert P. Doyle is the recipient of the 2017 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. The Immroth Award recognizes Doyle’s defense of intellectual freedom in a library career spanning more than 30 years.

Doyle has been the editor of the ALA banned books resource guides and its supplemental field reports of banned and challenged books since 1982. Doyle served as the deputy director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom under Judith Krug’s tenure. He also served two terms as a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Directors and received the 2009 FTRF Roll of Honor Award.

Doyle is the executive director of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and has defeated 18 attempts that would have mandated filtering legislation in Illinois. He tirelessly advocated for local control and built an impressive statewide infrastructure to support intellectual freedom utilizing the Intellectual Freedom Committee, Public Policy Committee and Advocacy Committee within the ILA. He also supported an annual ILA award to recognize outstanding contributions in defending intellectual freedom.

Doyle’s steadfast service exemplifies the fight against censorship and the importance of maintaining intellectual freedom. For these reasons, Robert P. Doyle is the 2017 recipient of ALA’s John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the IFRT Awards Reception and Member Social.

The Immroth Award honors the courage, dedication and contribution of a person who has set the finest kind of example for the defense and furtherance of the principles of intellectual freedom. The award consists of a citation and $500. John Phillip Immroth was a teacher, author, scholar, advocate and defender of First Amendment rights. He was the founder and first chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table in 1973. 

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(via Tina Koleva, Illinois Library Association)

Would you like to contribute to the discussion about intellectual freedom practices? 

The Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom committee has prepared a survey and welcomes input from people at all levels and from different types of libraries, who have any responsibility for collection development.

The data and information received will be helpful to identify areas in which ILA and other professional organizations can support members, especially in times of intellectual freedom challenges.

The survey can be found here. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, March 24.

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(via Tina Koleva, Illinois Library Association)

Would you like to contribute to the discussion about intellectual freedom practices? 

The Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom committee has prepared a survey and welcomes input from people at all levels and from different types of libraries, who have any responsibility for collection development.

The data and information received will be helpful to identify areas in which ILA and other professional organizations can support members, especially in times of intellectual freedom challenges.

The survey can be found here. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, March 24.

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“Rise Up!”: Official Call for ILA 2017 Conference Proposals

(via Sarah Sagmoen, University of Illinois Springfield)

As the co-chair of the 2017 ILA Conference planning committee, I want to personally invite you to submit a proposal for a conference session. As an academic librarian myself, I would love to see more academics represented at ILA. We do amazing work for our campuses and communities and have an important voice to share. I have found ILA to be an excellent opportunity to learn from our colleagues in public, school, and special libraries. It’s the perfect place to meet new people and talk about how we can work together to share the value of libraries more widely. I hope you’ll consider submitting a proposal and joining us at ILA 2017.

The formal “call for proposals” is below.

Libraries of all types foster diversity, engage community, and champion social justice. The 2017 ILA Conference, Rise Up, is a chance for us to come together and share our ideas to better our communities, our institutions, and ourselves. How are you making a difference? What are you doing to improve your library and uplift your patrons? Tell us about it. Illinois libraries of all sizes and types make big impacts on their unique communities. Our conference should represent diversity throughout our state and we especially encourage submissions from typically underrepresented perspectives.

Share your ideas by submitting a conference proposal. The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking programs addressing anything that makes you want to Rise Up, especially the following topics.

  • community and campus engagement and wellness
  • compassionate service
  • internal and external leadership at all levels
  • activism and social justice initiatives
  • student success and achievement
  • behind-the-scenes work that supports access and the patron experience
  • assessment and data-driven decision-making

 The deadline for submission is Friday, March 24. To learn more, and submit a proposal or proposal idea, go here

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