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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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(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect)

I know the spring semester “just” started, but it’s almost time to submit your program proposal to ILA for this year’s conference. Details are below–IACRL encourages you and your colleagues to represent our stellar group of Illinois academic librarians!

The theme of the Illinois Library Association’s 2017 Annual Conference is “Rise Up!”. The conference will be held October 10-12, at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Proposals are due Friday, March 24. The call and submission link can be found here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

ILA is sponsoring several Library Legislative Meet-Ups next month. All librarians are encouraged to register and attend. Don’t miss out on this chance to talk to your legislators. You can meet them in person and talk about issues affecting libraries and higher education, including MAP funding and financial support for libraries. Members of the U.S. Congress and the Illinois General Assembly; directors, trustees, and staff from all types of libraries; and others concerned about legislative effects on local libraries are all encouraged to participate. These include your faculty and students. Please share this announcement with your colleagues and anyone else who may be interested.

Note that the first-ever Chicago Library Legislative Meet-up will take place on Monday, February 6. Featured speakers will include Brian Bannon, Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, and Scott Walter, University Librarian at DePaul University. Each legislator will be introduced.

To find the Legislative Meet-Up closest to you and to register, go here

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

he first Chicago Library Legislative Meet-up will take place on February 6, 2017. Don’t miss out on this chance to talk to your legislators! You can meet them in person and talk about issues affecting libraries and higher education, including education and MAP funding and library support. Members of the U.S. Congress, Illinois General Assembly, their staff, library trustees, directors, and staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to attend and participate, as well as others concerned about legislative effects on local libraries. These include your faculty and students.

Featured speakers will include Brian Bannon, Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, and Scott Walter, University Librarian at DePaul University. Each legislator will be introduced.

When: Monday, February 6, 11:30 am doors open, 12 noon lunch served, 1 – 2:30 program

Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 516 N. Clark St, Chicago IL 60654. Phone: 312-644-7700
$40 (special $25 rate available for students)

Meetups are also scheduled for other parts of the state later in February. They are listed under the link above.

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Date Changes for Some Legislative Meet-Ups

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Due to calendar changes by the Illinois General Assembly, we have had to reschedule four of the ILA Legislative Meet-Ups to coincide with dates when the legislature is not in session and legislators are available to meet with us in their home districts. We apologize for any confusion, but want to make these events as convenient as possible, in order to encourage our legislators to attend.

Please review the following updated schedule for ILA Legislative Meet-Ups.

  • West Suburban Library Legislative Lunch–is now Monday, February 13
  • South Suburban Library Legislative Breakfast–is now Tuesday, February 14
  • Southern Illinois Library Legislative Lunch–is now Monday, February 27
  • Metro East Library Legislative Breakfast–is now Friday, March 3

The other Meet-Ups remain on the same dates as originally scheduled.

  • Chicago Library Legislative Lunch–Monday, February 6
  • Presidents’ Day Library Legislative Breakfast–Monday, February 20
  • Central Illinois Library Legislative Lunch–Friday, March 3

If you have already registered for a meet-up, your registration has been updated, and no further action is required. (Please note that the December, 2016, ILA Reporter was printed before these changes were made, so the dates listed there are incorrect.) For a complete listing of these events, and to register, please go here.

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