Illinois Library Association Trustee Forum

The ILA Trustee Forum is made up of all the ILA member library trustees or ILA individual member trustees. In Illinois, some trustees are elected by the voting electorate and some are appointed by the current appointing official. It depends on the structure that the library was based on when it was originated or changed through other means.

There is an Executive Board that represents the members. This board meets at their member library five times a year to plan events for trustee training. Two major events that offer trustee training are the Winter Trustee Training held in February at the Oak Brook Marriott Hotel and the ILA Annual Conference held in various locations chosen in advance to accommodate members from throughout Illinois.  The major training day is Trustee Day but there are a variety of programs that trustees can attend to learn more about the workings of the library throughout the conference.

The Executive Board members today represent Bridgeview, Maywood, Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, East Dundee, Lake Zurich, Streamwood, Elgin, Brookfield, Homewood and Bolingbrook.

The library trustees are always encouraged to expand their knowledge about serving as a trustee and advocate for their own library as well as all libraries in general. There are several outside events that trustees can attend such as the ILA Legislative Meet Ups each winter/spring and the ALA Washington DC Legislative Day held in early May.

At the last ILA Winter Trustee Training, the morning session was The Advocacy Boot Camp presented by James LaRue and Marci Merola of the American Library Association. The afternoon session was learning about current legislation in Illinois supported by ILA and explained by Derek Blaida, ILA Legislative Consultant.  There also was a Question and Answer session led by Ancil Glink Lawyers on current issues libraries face in Illinois today that affect the role of the trustee.

Currently Trustee Day is being planned for the ILA Annual Conference to be held in Peoria, October 9 – 11, 2018 with new sessions developed by Nancy Sylvester on Board Staff Relationships and Roles as well as the Ethical Use of Parliamentary Procedure by trustees. Additional programs are also being studied as to relevance, time, presenter and demand.

The current bylaws of the ILA Trustee Forum will be reviewed in the next few Executive Board Meetings of the ILA Trustee Forum to see if any changes need to be made to reflect the current state of our libraries and trustees.

There is a business meeting of the Trustee Forum members with the Trustee Forum Executive Board at the Winter Training Event luncheon and the Trustee Day luncheon at the ILA Annual Conference. This way the membership is kept abreast of any changes being made in this organization.

Local library Directors and trustees are encouraged to budget for these training sessions.  It is so important to have educated trustees so that no problems arise within the law for the local library.

Peggy Danhof, Trustee Forum Manger – March 2018

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