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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Conference Program Committee invites applications for poster sessions during the 2022 ILA Annual Conference at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Conference will take place from Tuesday, October 18, to Thursday, October 20. Poster sessions will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20.

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 Friday, July 29.

For more information, and to submit a proposal, please go here. For more information on the Conference itself, please check here.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Board of Directors of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) unanimously approved the promotion of Cynthia Robinson as the organization’s next executive director. She will succeed current executive director Diane Foote, who is retiring after five years in the position.

Robinson currently serves as deputy director and has been with ILA for nearly 22 years. Arriving in 2000 to work on the association’s annual conference, Robinson rose through the ranks as conference and continuing education manager and, since 2018, deputy director. Her dedicated service, effective work with member volunteers, and long tenure with ILA have earned her the respect and trust of members and partners across the state. Beyond Illinois, Robinson is involved on the national level, particularly regarding intellectual freedom advocacy, in such leadership roles as trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation, chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table, member of the ALA Presidential Advisory Committee, and member of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy.

“I am excited to bring my years of experience on the state and national level to bear for the benefit of Illinois libraries,” she explained. “My entire career has focused on issues core to libraries: intellectual freedom, equity, and access to information; and helping Illinois library staff develop to their fullest potential. I am eager to work with Illinois librarians, library staff, and library trustees and advocates on a new level.”

Robinson has a BA in History from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest. She was selected for the position after a process of discovery led by a subcommittee of the ILA Executive Board with guidance from HR Source, a not-for-profit employers’ association serving more than 1,100 companies and organizations that provides human resources, compensation, legal, training, and employee benefits services.

The Illinois Library Association is a professional membership 501(c)3 organization whose mission is “Leadership, advocacy, partnerships, and learning for the benefit of Illinois libraries.” Founded in 1896, it is the third-largest state library association and a chapter of the American Library Association. More than 2,500 personal and institutional members belong to ILA, including public, academic, school, and special libraries, and librarians, library assistants, trustees, students, and library vendors.

ILA Executive Board President Jeanne Hamilton commented, “The ILA Executive Board is pleased and proud to have identified the ideal candidate to take the association forward right here in ILA. Cyndi has a keen understanding of Illinois libraries and has demonstrated her expertise and knowledge via her work with us for the past two decades. We look forward to working with her in this new role!”

Robinson will officially assume the role on August 1, 2022.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

This is a reminder that the final deadline to nominate someone for a 2022 award is Friday, May 27. We urge you to visit here, view the list of awards, and nominate someone today! If you submitted a nomination in 2021 or 2020, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org, to find out how to resubmit for this year.

Especially relevant to academic and research librarians is the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. Presented by the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries and Library Juice Academy, the Award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. For more information, including criteria, please go here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Conference Program Committee invites applications for poster sessions during the 2022 ILA Annual Conference at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Conference will take place from Tuesday, October 18, to Thursday, October 20. Poster sessions will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20.

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 Friday, July 29.

For more information, and to submit a proposal, please go here. For more information on the Conference itself, please check here.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Awards Committee has extended the deadline for this year’s award nominations to Friday, May 27. We urge you to visit here, view the list of awards, and nominate someone today! If you submitted a nomination in 2021 or 2020, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org, to find out how to resubmit for this year.

Especially relevant to academic and research librarians is the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. Presented by the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries and Library Juice Academy, the Award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. For more information, including criteria, please go here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The ILA Students and New Professionals Forum is hosting its final Career Pathway Talk Series webinar of the season, “How to Retain BIPOC Students and New Professionals in Librarianship”. It will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, May 18, as part of the Illinois Library Association’s Noon Network series. Library professionals will discuss key issues that present barriers for BIPOC library workers, strategies for fostering an inclusive workplace, and offer advice on recruiting and retaining BIPOC library workers. We will take questions from the audience throughout the program. As always, the Talk Series is free for all participants.

Registration is still open, here. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Anjelica Rufus-Barnes, Past Co-Manager of the ILA Students and New Professionals Forum, at rufuanje@icloud.com​. We hope to see you there!

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Registration is now open for the upcoming ILA Noon Network webinar “Balancing Equity and Freedom in Collection Development Policies”. It will take place on Monday, June 13, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. An overview of the webinar and the link to registration are below.

Safeguarding libraries against censorship during a time where politically charged book challenges aim to suppress the ideas of marginalized communities is paramount. Libraries are considered a “cradle” of democracy. To maintain our commitment to equitable library services, we must interrogate the role that policies play in the selection and removal of library materials.

This webinar will focus on the importance of crafting collection development policies that combat both censorship and collection inequality.

The presentation will discuss the historical role of libraries in fighting against injustice and will highlight findings from current research on collection development policies. The goal is to highlight best practices for crafting policies that align with library core values and the tenets of information freedom.

The presenter, Dr. Andrea Jamison, is an Assistant Professor of Librarianship at Illinois State University. Professor Jamison has more than 17 years of experience working in the field of education and libraries. She speaks internationally on library inclusivity, intellectual freedom, and the interplay of race, power, and privilege in children’s books. Her research involves examining equity issues in library services and the role that libraries play in either perpetuating or mitigating systems of inequity.

For more information, and to register, please go here.

All ILA Noon Network webinars are free to Illinois libraries and recordings will be made available shortly after webinars.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Awards Committee is still accepting nominations for ILA awards. The ILA awards program recognizes excellence in librarianship and library service in Illinois. Nominating someone allows you to recognize a colleague who goes above and beyond in their responsibilities while also serving as a role model for the library community.

To see a list of the available awards, go here. Please take a moment to review each award; think about whom you know that meets the criteria for one award, a few, or all; and submit a nomination.

If you submitted a nomination in 2021 or 2020, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org, to find out how to resubmit for this year.

If you have any questions about the awards, please contact the ILA Office, at ila@ila.org. The deadline for all award nominations is Sunday, May 15.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Registration is open for the ILA Marketing Forum Mini-Conference “In Crisis: What to Do Next–Covering Crisis Communications Inside and Outside the Library”. This conference will take place on Friday, April 29, from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM CDT on Zoom. Registration is $15 for ILA Institutional and Personal members and $20 for non-members. The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 26.

Crisis communication is a crucial component that should be integrated into your library’s communication plan. While no one can foresee when, where, or how a crisis will occur, we can increase our readiness for the next one, large or small, and implement effective crisis communication plans and procedures. This virtual conference features marketing and communications expert Cordelia Anderson and web developer, librarian, national speaker, and author Laura Solomon. These experts show successful plans and techniques from internal communications among leadership and staff, to public messaging and responses to criticism.

For more information, and to register, please go here. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

These grants seek to advance the ILA Strategic Plan‘s twin goals of “A Culture of Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession” and “…in the Association”. Eligible recipients include librarians and library staff who have faced structural barriers to national participation, including those eligible for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarships (those who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander); people with disabilities; and people who identify as LGBTQUIA+; and rural librarians or library staff.

No more than one stipend per recipient and awards will be made up-front rather than on a reimbursement basis. The deadline for second-round applications for 2022 conferences is Friday, April 15; award/s will be announced by Sunday, May 1.

For more information, and to apply, please go here.

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