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Suburban Chicago libraries host public event with TIME100 “Most Influential” author

Cathy Park Hong will discuss her bestselling book, "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning," in a virtual conversation with Monica Eng, a reporter for Axios, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 via Zoom. The book has been called "a ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original...
Continuing Education Opportunity

ILA Board Nominations

The ILA nominating committee is seeking nominee suggestions to together what we hope will be a diverse slate of potential candidates for the election ballot. Those elected will serve a 3-year term on the ILA Board. So far no one from southern Illinois has submitted a form to nominate themselves or...
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Oak Park's Shelley Harris: Celebrating disability awareness

By Oak Park Public Library Children's Librarian Shelley Harris October is the month especially set aside to celebrate and recognize various disabilities, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication Awareness Month , something dear to my heart as my brother uses a communication device to...
News from RAILS

RAILS Launches Specialized Statewide Cataloging Support Program

We are in the process of establishing a specialized statewide cataloging support program for Illinois library system members. This service provides supplementary cataloging, particularly when original cataloging or world language cataloging is needed for the members as an outsourcing option. This...
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Oak Park hires first Director of Equity and Anti-Racism

Stephen A. Jackson has accepted the Oak Park Public Library's new full-time position of Director of Equity and Anti-Racism. His first day in this new role will be Monday, October 11. Joining a handful of public libraries with similar equity-based leadership positions, the library created this...
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Join Oak Park's virtual visit with author Michelle Kuo

Join the Oak Park Public Library on Sunday, October 24, at 2 pm for a virtual lecture and Q&A with author Michelle Kuo. Kuo's memoir, Reading With Patrick , discusses education, inequality, and incarceration, and asks, "What social transformation is necessary to change a life?" Register in Zoom...
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My Library Is ... Giving a Voice to Small and Rural Libraries

From the My Library Is ... Blog: Small and rural libraries play a critical role in connecting community members to vital resources and programs. Each year nearly 30 million Americans are served by the nation's approximately 4,000 rural library systems. This number illustrates the value that local...
Continuing Education Opportunity

“Handling the Hierarchy: Success from Both Sides of Supervision” Webinar, October 28

Do you sometimes feel like you have to manage your manager? This program, sponsored by Recharge Committee , will explore the ups and downs of working relationships, whether in one-on-one supervision or a multilayered bureaucracy. Presenters will share the lessons they've learned from both sides of...
Library News

Library Launching Local Music Streaming Platform

A suburban library is launching a new project that aims to assist local musicians and potentially foster a new type of music community. The Streamwood-based Poplar Creek Poplar Creek Library calls the program, SOUNDWAVE.The initiative utilizes a digital platform called MUSICat, that allows...

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