Illinois Library Association
Vol. 7, Issue:  24| September  24, 2014
#ILAKick is just around the corner!
We're in the homestretch for the 2014 ILA Annual Conference! Registration confirmations and badges were mailed Monday, September 22. If you do not receive your badge this week or if your badge needs corrections, please contact the office at [email protected]. We will have a replacement badge waiting for you in Springfield. 
The conference program book is now available on the conference website or by clicking the image to the left. You can also search the online program by various criteria, including title, track, and date. The conference app, sponsored by TBS, will be available shortly for iOS and Android platforms. Look for more information coming soon!

If you will be arriving in Springfield on Monday, October 13, be sure to attend the Welcome Reception, hosted by the Public Library Forum and sponsored by Sikich. All conference attendees are invited to attend the reception, which will be held in the Presidential Ballroom of the Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hotel. 

The event will feature Battledecks, sponsored by Booklist -- a competition where speakers present a deck of 10 slides in 4 minutes. The catch? They've never seen the slides before! Hosted by Rebecca Vnuk of Booklist, this year's contestants are: 

  • Nanette Donohue, Champaign Public Library
  • Monica Harris, Schaumburg Township District Library 
  • Jason Kuhl, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Sarah Sagmoen, University of Illinois at Springfield
  • and a 5th contestant to be chosen onsite!
Don't miss this opportunity to cheer on your colleagues, while getting ready for the conference week ahead! 
Nancy Gillfillan Latest Illinois Library Luminary
Nancy Gillfillan has dedicated more than 30 years to the Illinois library community. Spending the majority of her career at the Dixon Public Library, her accomplishments include introducing the rural community to library automation and Internet access. She extended her passion for libraries to the greater Illinois community by presenting at a wide variety of conferences and workshops and serving on a variety of committees.

Her committee work included serving as President of the University of Illinois Graduate Library School Alumni Association in 2001, a member of the ILA Conference Committee from 1991-1995, a member of the ILA Executive Board from 1997-2000, and as ILA president in 2003.

After Gillfillan's retirement from the Fondulac District Library in 2005, she continued to impact and inspire the library profession by teaching the Administration & Management of Libraries and Information Centers course for seven years at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at University of Illinois.

Illinois Library Luminaries honor those who have made a significant contribution to Illinois libraries and whose supporters make a contribution of at least $1,000 to the Illinois Library Association Endowment on their behalf. This honor roll for Illinois libraries serves the dual purpose of recognizing outstanding voices in the library community, while creating a legacy through the ILA Endowment to continue their important work.  Please click here to see all current luminaries.
2015 iREAD Read to the Rhythm Public Service Announcement is Rockin'!
2015 Read to the Rhythm PSA
2015 Read to the Rhythm PSA

This PSA is now available for your use (please click on image above) and included on the Read to the Rhythm
 Resource Guide disks along with all of the graphics and programming for children, teens, and adults.  Visit the iREAD website to check out the 2015 theme, Read to the Rhythm, and preorder your resource guide materials.
Science Kits for Public Libraries
Grant Application Deadline November 15 
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)-Chicago Section's Science Kits for Public Libraries (SKPL) Grant project is offering up to $2,000 in funding to Chicago area Public Libraries.  The grant is focused on the development of circulating math and science kit collections and intended for pre-university students (K-12).  Applications will be accepted from public libraries in the Chicago area until November 15, 2014.

The Science Kits for Public Libraries Grant is an expansion of a 2009 pilot project 

supported by IEEE-Chicago Section's Chicago Fund.  The IEEE-Chicago Section identified an educational need and designed the Fund as a way to generate enthusiasm for math and science education, particularly education focused on electrical engineering.  The Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) in Mount Prospect led the pilot project for the Fund. Since then, the IEEE-Chicago Section has provided grants to Chicago area public libraries in Crystal Lake, Frankfort, Orland Park, Schaumburg, and Cary to create circulating science kit collections.  


 Please click here for more information about how they did it and to learn about the application process.

50 Little Free Libraries is giving away 50 Little Free Libraries!  They are available first-come, first-served by filling out the form on this link.   


One important thing to know is that you must be able to pick your LFL up on October 8 in downtown Chicago.  The rest of details of the giveaway are explained when you click on the link.  These libraries are being made available for the giveaway through a "build day" donation. 


If you have any questions, please click here to contact Lauren Collen or contact Little Free Libraries at the phone or email address on the form.

Next World Languages Networking Group Meeting

The government census data of 2012 shows that over 50% of the population of Illinois are immigrants. They work and pay taxes and significantly contribute to the operation of our libraries.  However, many immigrants do not use the services that libraries offer because of cultural and languages barriers which discourage them from coming to our libraries. Identifying ways to overcome these barriers and making library services and materials more appealing to immigrant communities are the goals of the World Languages Networking Group (WLNG).


The WLNG was initially started as a networking group of the North Suburban Library System (NSLS). After NSLS disbanded, several group members decided to continue the meetings. Two years ago, the new chairs of the group, Gina Sheade of the Vernon Area Public Library and Aldona Salska of the Prospect Heights Public Library, changed the format of the meetings to make them more productive and informative. Each meeting is now devoted to a specific topic ranging from collection development for particular languages to promotion and programing.  At each meeting there is a presentation by an expert in the designated subject, followed by a sharing of experiences and resources by the librarians present. To date, our meetings have focused on collecting materials in Polish, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, and Indian languages.   


The next meeting of the World Languages Networking Group will be October 22nd at the Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm St., Prospect Heights, Illinois, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  We will discuss methods for reaching out to immigrant communities, multicultural and ESL programing, and developing ESL collections.  The main speaker at the meeting will be Carmen Patlan of the Waukegan Public Library.  In 2013, this library received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in recognition of the outstanding services and programs the library provides to its large Latino community.  Kathryn Dowd of Harper College library will talk about developing ESL collections.  Anyone interested in these issues is invited to join us.  Please click here to RSVP.

Job Opportunities
E-Resource Librarian
Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL

Collection Development and Interlibrary Loan Librarian
Scenic Regional Library, Union, MO

Youth Services Coordinator
Chatham Area Public Library District

Digital Archivist
The Chicago Community Trust

Librarian I - Youth Services (bilingual Spanish/English)
Round Lake Area Public Library

Library Director
Sugar Grove Public Library District

Library Director
Petoskey (MI) District Library

Library Director
Crown Point Community Library, IN

Children's Services Supervisor
Naperville Public Library

Assistant Director of Branch and Adult Services
Scenic Regional Library, Union, MO
In the News 
Library-related stories appearing in local news media are reflected in this section of the ILA E-Newsletter.  The intent is to alert and inform the Illinois library community about issues and events that are considered significant by the general media.  
2 Longshot South Side sites Out of Running for Obama Library
To read this story, please click here.   

Eldorado New Director Sees More Technology in Library's Future
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Radical Librarianship:  How Ninja Librarians Are Ensuring Patrons' Electronic Privacy 
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How Kids Can Teach Adults to Read
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Tiny professors -- how kids can teach adults to read: Mac Barnett at TEDxSonomaCounty 
Tiny professors -- how kids can teach adults to read: Mac Barnett at TEDxSonomaCounty
Downers Grove Library Giving Away Furniture
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Illinois Historic Preservation Agency OKs Site for New Galesburg Library
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Rockford Library Trustees Pick Lynn Stainbrook as New Director
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Boards Mull Oversight of Presidential Library
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Library's Strong Roots in Decatur Helps it Reach for the Future
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If your library has a newspaper story with link, send it to us at
[email protected] for possible inclusion in the next ILA E-Newsletter.  Thanks.

Robert P. Doyle
Illinois Library Association
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ILA Calendar Events

October 20, 2014
Deadline for December issue of the ILA Reporter.

Guidelines for Submissions to the ILA Reporter.


October 14-16, 2014 

ILA Annual Conference, Springfield

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