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Call for Participation: RAILS/ILA/IACRL Virtual Programs Survey

(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, Western Illinois University, on behalf of Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL President)

Please take this opportunity to help RAILS and ILA/IACRL collect virtual programming going on at this time. All Illinois libraries are encouraged to complete the form for all their virtual programs, you do not have to be a RAILS member.

RAILS is currently surveying and compiling a list of the virtual programs and services that your libraries are offering to serve your communities while your library buildings are closed. So many libraries of all types are finding creative and innovative ways to serve their communities, and we want to compile efforts so we can all learn from each other.

Please encourage your teams to log their efforts at our survey here. Enter one service or program per form and submit as many forms as you’d like. As of Wednesday, April 8, the survey had about 140 responses, and searchable results are available here.

Thanks again for your willingness to share your extraordinary efforts with others.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Surveys | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

This is a reminder that nominations for the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award are due Friday, May 15. The general criteria are below. Additional information, including instructions for submitting a nomination, is available here.

Please direct any questions to ila@ila.org.


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.

The recipient must be a personal ILA member or be employed at an institution that is an ILA member. The recipient must have distinguished himself/ herself in notable service to the forum and to the Illinois Library Association, as well as exhibited leadership and exemplary library service in an academic setting.

To assure equitability of representation of awardees among the various types of academic libraries and constituencies represented in the forum’s membership, the awards committee will give consideration, on a revolving basis, to these factors in the selection process. Individuals nominated should have demonstrated achievements in such areas as the following ones.

  • service to the organized profession through ILA, the IACRL Forum, and related organizations;
  • significant and influential academic or research library service;
  • contributions to academic or research library development through research or publications; or
  • planning or implementing a library program of exemplary quality.

Nominees do not have to meet all the above criteria.

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

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Are you working from home or otherwise dealing with #quarantine2020? Have you found that your daily schedule is now a little different than you’re used to? Consider writing a blog post for the ILA Connecter!

We are always accepting entries that deal with topics relevant to libraries, but are currently interested in posts about how you or your library is dealing with COVID-19. Is your library conducting virtual storytimes while its physical doors are closed? Are you an instructor that is participating in e-learning? Or, maybe you’re using the extra time at home to pick up a forgotten hobby or to meet a reading goal. Whatever you’ve got going on during this time, we’re interested in reading about it.

If you’d like to submit a blog post, please e-mail Kendall Harvey, at kharvey@ila.org, and attach a Word document or PDF of your submission. You may also e-mail Kendall Harvey with any questions about the ILA Connecter.

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Reminder: IACRL and ILA Elections Run from April 1 to 30

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Biographical statements for candidates for the ILA Board are available here in advance of the voting period. Polls open on Wednesday, April 1, and close on Friday, April 30. All personal members of the association are eligible to vote. Paper ballots will be sent to persons requesting one.

Your personal membership must be current and active as of March 31, 2020, to receive a ballot. E-mail ila@ila.org if you are not sure about the status of your membership, or if you have any additional questions.


The IACRL Nominating Committee has announced the 2020 candidates for election to the IACRL Board. Biographical statements are available hereThe polls will open electronically Wednesday, April 1, and close Friday, April 30. Please note: You must be a personal member of ILA, including belonging to IACRL, in order to vote. Be sure your membership is current no later than March 31. E-mail ila@ila.org​ if you are not sure about the status of your membership, or if you have any additional questions.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Tracy Ruppman, Loyola University Chicago)

Help us recognize recognize 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 by nominating an individual or a group. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 15.

More information about the Intellectual Freedom Award can be found here.

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

(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA 2020 Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking program proposals for this year’s conference.

This year’s theme — “Many Libraries, One State — We Are ILA” — focuses on what brings us together and how we can remove barriers to collaboration.  Therefore, we highly encourage you to widen the scope of your presentation by bringing multi-size or multi-type libraries together.

We are asking presenters to take a different approach to developing program proposals. Preference will be given to programs that go beyond reporting on initiatives in your library and focus on the processes of developing, implementing, and measuring success.

  • Why did you choose to implement the initiative?
  • How did you navigate the planning phase?
  • What were the intended outcomes and were you able to meet them?
  • What obstacles did you face and how did you manage to overcome them?
  • How can this be scaled for larger or smaller libraries?
  • How has the initiative impacted your patrons and/or staff?

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 23. If you have questions about submitting a program proposal, visit the ILA website.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

In honor of our 2020 Annual Conference theme, “Many Libraries, One State (#WeAreILA)”, we want to showcase our members with a weekly photo contest!

Every week we will be accepting photos from ILA members (personal, institutional, and associate). Send us your best photo from an event at your library, your patrons, your staff, anything you think captures your library at its best! ILA staff will select the winners, and the photo will be featured on ILA’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages and here, in the ILA Alert!

The submission deadline is noon on Thursdays. Photos must be in png or jpg format and include a brief description. Please send photos via email to Tamara Jenkins (include in the subject line “ILA Photo Contest Submission”). One entry per member. Winners will be announced on ILA social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) on Fridays.

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I think that this will feel like a big ask, so let me apologize out in front, and add my please and thank you.

I am on the ILA Reporter Advisory Committee and I have an article to write that will deal with burnout in the profession, and, because it is the ILA Reporter, I would specifically like to talk about burnout among Illinois librarians. So, it would be interesting to me to know if you ever felt burnout, how did you recognize it, and then what did you do to help cope? I’d like to write an article that is of use to librarians and library workers in the state–that lets readers know that they aren’t alone if they are feeling burnout, and that they do not have to suffer.

Obviously, this can be a sensitive topic among us. If you are willing to talk to me about your own experience, I would be really appreciative. I would absolutely protect your privacy in the article.

If you’d like to share your experiences, you can e-mail me, at mchonechase@niu.edu, or call me, at (815) 753-9860. If you have a friend or colleague who might be interested in talking to me, could you please pass this e-mail along to that person?

Thank you.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

ILA is seeking contributors for a new pilot program: a member-led blog, the ILA Connecter! We invite you to join us in this collaborative effort in connecting, communicating and engaging across Illinois libraries. We hope that this blog will serve as a medium to not only offer resources and support, but also to foster professional relationships and a sense of community among Illinois library colleagues.

Possible blog topics or themes could include (but are not limited to) conferences and events, historical essays pertaining to the library world, book or other material challenges, programming ideas, information for job seekers, local author interviews, local library staff or trustee interviews, celebration days or weeks, library instruction, social media, mentorship, marketing, networking, MLIS courses/programs, book reviews, privacy & censorship, work/life balance, and more.

The details:

  • Posts should be around 500-1000 words
  • Posts will be reviewed/edited prior to publishing
  • Images are encouraged, but not necessary
  • We ask that regular contributors be able to commit to a minimum of 2 posts per month

If you’re interested, please send the following information to Kendall Harvey, at kharvey@ila.org.

  • Your name
  • Your title and organization
  • How frequently would you like to contribute? (i.e. once a week, once every two weeks, etc.)
  • Are there any specific topics that you’d like to write about?
  • An author bio, if you’d like

Additionally, if you have any other comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send them to us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Read the ILA Connecter here.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Applications are now being accepted for the Elevate Illinois Libraries Leadership Program (Elevate). This year’s program will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Illinois State Library in Springfield. Elevate 2020 sessions will explore the concept of judging versus joining behaviors and the types of behaviors that lead to inclusion as well as those that exclude people.

Future leaders from all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special) and all parts of Illinois are encouraged to apply. Applicants are not required to hold any specific positions in their library, but should have an interest in developing as a leader. An MLIS is not required. Past Elevate participants may apply to attend this year.

The registration fee for the program is $100 per participant. This fee covers materials and meals. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses. The application deadline is Friday, March 6. Please see the Elevate website for instructions on submitting an application.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Professional Development | No Comments »