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On the Front Lines Statewide Library Practitioners Conference

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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.

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.

Exit Survey

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.

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.

Scholarship Recipients

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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