May 26, 2022

How Illinois’ Secretary of State Became a Librarian

From WBEZ Radio (Chicago):

The top funding sources for Illinois adult literacy programs are the community college board and the secretary of state’s office. That got us wondering: What does the Secretary of State have to do with literacy?

Turns out, the Illinois Secretary of State is also the Illinois State Librarian. Through that, the office distributes $6 million a year in literacy grants to local tutoring programs.

The library – and state archives – have been part of the secretary’s job, at least informally, going way back to Illinois’ first secretary of state, a guy named Elias Kent Kane, who later was a U.S. senator from Illinois.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.