ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY
On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference
The Tenth On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference was held August 4-6, 2014. On the Front Lines is a three day conference delivering library education to front line practitioners of public, academic, school and special libraries. The purpose is to equip and enlighten front-line staff with training, exposure, the latest technology tools, and techniques that will enable them to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their communities.
Keynote speakers and approximately 40 concurrent sessions address topics to help front line staff serve and engage their unique patrons and communities within the framework of our multi-type library system. As libraries face fundamental changes due to technology, publishing, and tight budgets, participants are expected to learn innovative and practical ideas to implement in their home libraries.
In addition to feeding minds with topics ranging from value added customer service, best practices for using the latest technologies, accessing quality resources, staff development and more, registration includes lunch all three days of the conference as well as breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Schedule and Events
Dates and schedule for the 2015 On the Front Lines Conference to be announced.
- 2014 Conference Schedule
- 2014 Conference Schedule at a Glance *Includes session titles and presenter last names only.
Archived Webcasts of 2014 Keynote Presentations
The recorded streams of the keynote presentations listed below are courtesy of Instructional Support Services, University of Illinois Springfield.
- Stephen Bell, "Librarianship in the Great Age of Experimentation." Archived webcast. Recorded Monday, August 4, 2014.
- Ben Bizzle, "Dirty Words." Archived webcast. Recorded Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
Conference participants are asked to complete the exit survey linked below. Input from participants is very important to us in planning for future On the Front Lines conferences. All responses are completely anonymous and confidential.
- 2014 Conference Participant Exit Survey Survey open until August 31, 2014
Registration and Fees
The registration fee is $15.00 to attend 1, 2 or 3 days. Dates for the 2015 On the Front Lines Conference to be announced.
The Illinois State Library awarded 40 scholarships for employees of Illinois libraries to attend the 2014 On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference. Each scholarship pays for the recipient's conference registration (including most meals) and two-night stay at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center. This scholarship does not cover travel or incidentals. The deadline to apply for a scholarship was May 30, 2014.
The conference is held in the lower level (Level One) of the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Public Affairs Center. Visitor parking is available in Lots C, D and I. There are also several designated special needs/disabled parking spaces available along the circular drive in front of the lower level entrance to the Public Affairs Center.
University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Center
One University Plaza
Springfield, IL 62703-5407