The 2015 All for One Conference: A Library State of Mind brings 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.



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Featured Speakers

Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam

Opening Keynote, Thursday, October 22, 9:00 – 10:30 A.M. 

Shankar Vedantam is a social science correspondent with National Public Radio and the author of the non-fiction book, The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives. The focus of his reporting is on human behavior and the social sciences, and how research in those fields can get listeners to think about the news in unusual and interesting ways.

Beck Tench

Beck Tench

Friday Keynote, Friday, October 23, 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Beck Tench is a simplifier, illustrator, storyteller and technologist. Formally trained as a designer and journalist, she has spent her career helping people and organizations of all types to embrace risk-taking, creativity, and change. Beck has learned that small things add up to big things over time, especially change.

Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket)

Closing Keynote, Saturday, October 24, 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Daniel Handler is a writer of books that fascinate and intrigue. His novel, We Are Pirates, and Hurry Up and Wait, co-authored with Maira Kalman, are new this spring and have inspired a flurry of events. In the fall, the final installment of Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions series will be published. Its sequel, A Series of Unfortunate Events, is currently being developed by Netflix as an original series.


Chris Raschka

Chris Raschka

Youth Services Breakfast, Friday, October 23, 8:30 – 10:00 A.M.

2016 iREAD artist Chris Raschka is the illustrator of two Caldecott Medal books – The Hello, Goodbye Window in 1994 and A Ball for Daisy in 2012. He is also the illustrator of the 1994 Caldecott Honor Book Yo! Yes? Raschka’s other books include Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, Mysterious Thelonious, John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, and Can’t Sleep.


Katherine Applegate

Readers’ Choice Breakfast, Saturday, October 24, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Katherine Applegate is the winner of the 2015 Bluestem Book Award and the 2013 John Newbery Medal for her book The One and Only Ivan. The author of many books for children and young adults, her novel Home of the Brave was awarded the 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction, the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award for children's fiction, and was a Judy Lopez Memorial Award honor book. Following the breakfast, Applegate will
discuss her work at an 11:00 a.m. program.

Scott Bonner

Scott Bonner

Public Library Forum Luncheon, Friday, October 23, 12:15–1:30 P.M.

Scott Bonner is director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library in Ferguson, Missouri. He will speak on how the everyday work of libraries makes them well suited to helping communities in crisis, and how the Ferguson Library helped its community by simply being true to its own mission, only more so.

Nicole A. Cook

Nicole A. Cooke

DiversiTEA, Friday, October 23, 2:45 – 3:45 P.M.

Join the ILA Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee for tea! Over delectable refreshments, Nicole A. Cooke, PHD, M.ED, MLS, and co-author of Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals will share keeping a library state of mind in serving minorities and planning for a diverse community.

Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt

Breakout Programs, Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24

Jonathan Hunt is a school librarian for the Modesto City Schools District in California. He is an experienced, enthusiastic school librarian who focuses on aligning our K-5 school libraries to match the rigorous academic demands of the new Common Core standards. In addition to his primary work in a K-5 school, he also teaches classes about children’s and young adult literature. Jonathan is a principal reviewer for the Horn Book Magazine and blogs for School Library Journal.


The Dilettantes

Breakout Programs, Friday, October 23

From live games to interactive discussions, The Dilettantes specialize in crafting distinctive, immersive experiences. Their projects are all linked by a steadfast belief in the value of live events and face-to-face interactions. Through their work they explore the nature of what’s joyful, unexpected and necessary about being in a room with other human beings. The Dilettantes will present three programs: Arts in Education, Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of: How Science Fiction Imagines the Future, and Heroes Like Us: Visual Literacy in Graphic Novels.