Author Archives: ILA Advocacy Committee

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 … Continue reading

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Making the Most of Your Legislative Meet-Up

First of all, thank you for going to an ILA Legislative Meet-up! I know from experience that it was an informative and rewarding use of your, your staff’s, and your trustees’ time. The Legislative Meet-ups are a coordinated effort between … Continue reading

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Taking Care of Business: Advocacy at the Local Level

By John Keister, Owner, John Keister & Associates Executive Search Many of us advocate for additional library funds, for or against a legislative bill, and for general support of our libraries. We hold a Legislative Breakfast and other events where … Continue reading

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Library Advocacy Lessons from National Legislative Day

Note:  We know the positive impact that Illinois libraries have in this state.  Please visit this blog regularly as we post more about sharing these positive impacts in a meaningful way.  Thank you to the Marketing Forum for enabling us … Continue reading

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Space Planning: Elmhurst’s Experience

by Mary Beth Harper, Director, Elmhurst Public Library One of my favorite things to do is walk around the Library and see how people are using it.  On any given day, I’ll see the obvious: reading, studying, working, and browsing.  … Continue reading

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“It’s a Writingful Life Debuts” for the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project Have you wondered about a world without books? Have you also wondered why Hollywood has not come calling for these soon to be famous Illinois actors – Bob Doyle, Dee Brennan, Veronda Pitchford and Nikki Zimmermann? We at the … Continue reading

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Make ’em Laugh, Make ’em Laugh

As we all know, the library environment is Serious Business. Behind the hallowed walls of our various institutions lies a space for detailed research, scholarly pursuits, and quiet reflection. And Gangnam Style, of course: Humor can go a long way … Continue reading

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