54: Monica Harris and Karen Egan

Steve chats with Monica Harris and Karen Egan, co-chairs of the Illinois Library Assocation conference planning committee.

Read the transcript.

Monica Harris

Monica Harris is the Deputy Director at the Schaumburg Township District Library and an instructor for San Jose State University’s iSchool. A former teen librarian with an affection for user experience and participatory services, she has been named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and a PLA Leadership Academy Fellow. Monica is also a serious fan of umami and very slow running.


Karen Egan has worked in library development at the Illinois State Library for 20 years, the last 10 as the LSTA Grants Consultant, and truly believes that she has the best job ever!  With the goal to help libraries of all types use grant funds to improve library services for patrons, she coordinates Illinois’ federal Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant program and teaches grant writing skills.  She was awarded the Illinois Library Association Davis Cup award for outstanding services to youth services, and while under her direction, Illinois’ annual Family Reading Night was awarded an ALA John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award.   She was Co-Chairman of the Illinois Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference and is actively involved in ILEAD USA, a Laura Bush 21st Century Library Grant awarded to the Illinois State Library and On the Front Lines, an annual conference to impact the library customer’s experience.

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