State-Wide Collaborative Virtual Programming with Illinois Libraries Present


Multi-colored puzzle pieces in a high-tech style

The pandemic changed the way we approach both virtual programs and collaboration. Illinois Libraries Present is a collaboration across public libraries in Illinois to provide high quality virtual programming to adult patrons state-wide. Creating an equitable model that works for small town rural libraries to large suburban libraries, Illinois Libraries Present is made up of over 100 libraries across the state of Illinois. Learn about the project from inception, to interest survey collection, committee formation, intergovernmental agreements, contracts with presenters, execution—and all the things they learned along the way!

Originally presented June 8, 2022.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Know the process of creating a new collaboration across 100+ different public libraries;
  • Create an equitable funding and membership model; and
  • Communicate about virtual programming collaborations.

Who Should Attend

This on-demand webinar is intended for public library staff involved in programming events, or with an interest in programming and presentation at public libraries, who want to increase their understanding of the topic.


Kate Hall (photo by Barbara Freeman)Kate Hall is the executive director of the Northbrook (IL) Public Library after serving as director at the New Lenox (IL) Public Library and in various youth services positions in the Chicagoland area for over twenty years. In her decade as a library director, Kate has been in leadership positions in state and national library groups including the American Library Association, Illinois Library Association, and Reaching Across Illinois Library System. She has chaired and served on the Committee for Director’s University, an intensive training for new Illinois public library directors. Kate is the recipient of the 2021 Illinois Library Association Librarian of the Year Award and is a founding member of the newly launched Illinois Libraries Present, a new statewide joint programming cooperative. She is the co-author of The Public Library Director’s Toolkit and The Public Library Director’s HR Toolkit published by ALA Editions. Most importantly, she is the devoted servant of one very demanding cat.


Shalyn RodriquezShalyn Rodriquez is the assistant director and children's services manager at Shorewood-Troy Public Library (STPL) in Illinois. In her ten years with STPL, she has worked in every area except cataloging. All ages programming has always been a focus and she has used this interest to help implement strong family programming across the teen and adult services and children’s services departments. She loves leading storytimes (when she has time) and working with her amazing team at STPL and Illinois Libraries Present! In her spare time, Shalyn loves spending time with her family—especially imaginative playtime with her two-year-old!


Alexandra SkinnerAlexandra Skinner is the manager of adult services at Oak Park (IL) Public Library , and has 15 years of experience working in public libraries. In her time as a manager overseeing programming for adults, she has helped establish virtual programming procedures and best practices. Her previous presentations include collaborative library programming and sunsetting long-time library programs. She never leaves the house or office without her water-bottle and knitting in her bag.


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