The Illinois Library Association awards program recognizes excellence in librarianship and library service in Illinois. Anyone can nominate a qualified nominee. The deadline for all nominations is May 15, 2013, so there is still time to nominate someone you think is worthy of an award. The ILA Awards Season is a great time of year for us as a profession to award and celebrate excellence.
Be Proud! Be Loud! and Shout Out a Nomination!
Submit your nomination today!
Safe travels to everyone heading to Springfield for Illinois Library Day. Sponsored by the Illinois Library Association, Illinois Library Day allows members of the library community to talk about the importance of libraries during visits to elected officials at the State Capitol. Learn more here.
Next year’s Illinois Library Association Annual Conference will be held October 9-11 in Peoria. Conference planners have issued a Call for Proposals. Learn more at the ILA website.
The program proposal form for next year’s Illinois Library Association annual meeting is now available on ILA’s website. (See the left sidebar for the link).
After nearly a year of work by dozens of ILA members, a blueprint for addressing the changing environment for regional and statewide cooperation was reviewed and adopted by the ILA Executive Committee on behalf of the full board on August 27, 2010. Please read the draft plan here.
The plan, developed with input from more than seventy representatives of the Illinois library community who attended a summit meeting in the fall of 2009, has also been presented to the Illinois State Library, the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee, and related library
Throughout September, it is being presented to organizations such as the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, Illinois Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, Illinois School Library Media Association, and the Library Administrator’s Council of Northern Illinois, with the final presentation to the Illinois library community at the ILA Membership Meeting, Wednesday, September 29, 11:45-12:30, Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier.
After soliciting the opinions of all of these groups, the plan will be presented this Fall to Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White with specific recommendations for immediate action.
Looking for a job or polishing your resume? This year’s ILA Annual Conference will include a resume review clinic. The Career Clinic will be located in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, September 29 from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Thursday, September 30 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Candidates will receive free advice on how they can improve their resumes from librarians who have experience with the hiring process. Each session will be 25 minutes long.
Those who are not attending the Annual Conference, but wish to participate in the Career Clinic can obtain a complimentary exhibits pass. Showcasing more than 150 companies demonstrating and displaying a wide array of products and services, the Exhibit Hall also features a number of open food functions for pass holders and conference attendees to enjoy.
In addition, everyone is invited to participate in a special Passport to Prizes program. Collect stamps from all the participating exhibitors, submit the passport by 1:15 p.m. on September 30, and be eligible to win fabulous prizes! The drawing will be held at 1:30 p.m., during the exhibits closing reception, and you must be present to win.
For more information or to register for a time slot, please contact Denise Zielinski at email@example.com.
The Illinois Library Association will be holding its first-ever virtual conference on Wednesday, 29 September. The program will feature highlights from the 2010 ILA Annual Conference, with a focus on partnerships and planning.
If you are unable to attend this year’s conference, the virtual conference is a convenient and affordable way to stay abreast of current trends and issues. Virtual sessions will be recorded and available for viewing on your own schedule, making them a valuable tool for ongoing professional development.
Attendees of the 2010 ILA Annual Conference at Navy Pier will be able to access the sessions free of charge, providing additional value to your conference registration. For more information, and to register, visit the ILA Virtual Conference Web site.
The Illinois Library Association Conference – Libraries Out Loud – will take place September 28 – 30 at Navy Pier in Chicago. In order to get Early Bird registration rates you will want to register by Monday August 9. View a conference program for a preview of workshops and events.
“Libraries Out Loud” is the theme for the 2010 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference to be held at Navy Pier in Chicago September 28-30. Program proposals are being sought from all types of libraries and agencies with which they interact – for example, a municipality, a school, a corporation or a university. Organizers are placing emphasis on programs that highlight partnerships — whether those partnerships exist between libraries or with community organizations such as park districts or chambers of commerce. Program proposals are due by January 11, 2010. The call for proposals can be viewed at the ILA website.
All presenters (librarians and any non-library partners) are entitled to a single day registration to the conference as a thank you for their efforts. Join the library community at Navy Pier September 28-30, 2010 and let your voice be heard!
The December, 2007 ILA Reporter is now available for download on the ILA web site. The issue includes articles on advocacy (Tips to get Your Story Told), marketing (It Takes a Village to Market a Library), and patron confidentiality (Protecting Library Patron’s Confidentiality: Checklist of Best Practices).