State Library Outreach to State Employees and Elected Officials

State employees and elected officials were not aware of how the Illinois State Library could help them with their informational needs.  High priority was given to focus outreach to state government, a Reference Outreach Coordinator position created and an aggressive campaign mounted.  The webinar will highlight recommendations, successes, failures and lessons learned.  Roadblocks such as restricted access to social media will also be addressed.

Learning Outcomes

During the webinar, participants will:

  • Learn how to identify an audience and their needs
  • Importance of knowing your materials and resources
  • Explore new technology options and usage
  • Promotion techniques to gain exposure

Who Should Attend

  • State library staff
  • Reference librarians
  • Outreach coordinators
  • All types of librarians


  • Debra Aggertt/Reference Outreach Coordinator/Illinois State Library

Debra has been in libraries for over 27 years. She was the Director of a public library district completing a building program, establishment of a library district, expansion of territory and numerous innovative programs. Upon awarding of a MLIS degree, she started work for the Illinois State Library.  Her duties have included the development and coordination of a statewide virtual reference project, workshops and trainings as OCLC Network coordinator and writing a BTOP grant application for Illinois libraries.  Her current position combines previous marketing experiences to promote state library services to state employees and elected officials.

  • Sandra Fritz/Reference Librarian/Illinois State Library

Sandra has been a Reference Librarian at the Illinois State Library for 21 years and providing research and reference assistance.


How to Register

Register online 


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, ASCLA Web Manager, at