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On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference

Schedule |  Registration  |  Scholarships  |  Location and Driving Directions

The Tenth On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference will be 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

Registration and Fees

The registration fee is $15.00 to attend 1, 2 or 3 days. The registration deadline is July 18, 2014.


The State Library is awarding 40 scholarships for employees of Illinois libraries to attend On the Front Lines. Each scholarship will pay 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 for scholarship applications was May 30, 2014. Awards will be announced in mid-June.

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

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