Bringing together library organizations in Illinois for a chance to connect, network, and learn together
Academic, public, school, and special libraries will come together for the first combined annual conference of the Illinois Library Association and Illinois School Library Media Association, in collaboration with the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries and the Special Libraries Association Illinois Chapter.
Illinois has one of the most extensive systems of libraries in the country; more than 3,800 libraries are located in the state. This year’s conference will be the third-largest state library exposition in the nation - and the largest in the Midwest - representing librarians from the state's public, academic, school, and special libraries. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to reach decision makers from across the state.
Our exhibitors are the center of our conference with the sessions in close proximity to the exhibits. Several no-conflict, exhibits-only times have been scheduled for attendees to visit the exhibits.
What is the Illinois Library Association?
A professional membership organization that represents Illinois libraries and the millions who depend on them. Founded in 1896, it is the third largest state library association and a chapter of the American Library Association.
Who belongs to ILA?
More than 2,500 personal and 500 institutional members, made up of public, academic, school, and special libraries as well as librarians, library assistants, trustees, students, and library vendors. It is a not-for-profit educational organization with more than 3,000 members.
ISLMA was formed as a separate organization, not as a part of ILA. Since ISLMA was organized, school librarians have been more involved in cooperative projects with other librarians and collaboration between different types of libraries is high.
The Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) is a forum of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and a chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Academic libraries in this document are defined as college, community, technical and junior colleges and university libraries as well as research libraries not affiliated with academic institutions.
About SLA Illinois Chapter:
The Illinois chapter of SLA was founded in 1925. The chapter currently has over 500 members.
Chapter activities include networking and professional development in a variety of formats from in person meetings to online webinars, to more the informal but very popular dine-arounds.