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On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference

The On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference will not be held in 2016.

Schedule  |  Webcasts  |  Registration  |  Scholarships  |  Location and Driving Directions

The On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference is a three day, biennial conference delivering library education to front line practitioners of public, academic, school and special libraries. The purpose is to equip and enlighten front-line library 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. Topics range from value added customer service, best practices for using the latest technologies, accessing quality resources, staff development and more to improve library services across Illinois.

Schedule and Events

The On the Front Lines Conference will next be offered during the summer of 2017 at the University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Center.

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.

Registration and Fees

The registration fee is $15.00 to attend 1, 2 or 3 days. Registration includes lunch all three days of the conference as well as breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday. Registration through L2 will open in the spring of 2017.


The Illinois State Library awards 40 scholarships to employees of Illinois libraries to attend On the Front Lines. 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. The scholarship does not cover travel or incidental expenses.

The scholarship application and details will be available spring 2017. Priority is given to applicants that have not previously received a scholarship.

Conference Location

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

Driving Directions

On the Front Lines is funded in part using Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.