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Here comes Library OnCon!

July 12, 2014

Registration begins July 14, 2014, for Library OnCon.  Library OnCon is a brand new networking event for public librarians, taking place virtually through Google Hangouts. This initial meeting takes place on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 2 p.m.  Keynote speaker R. David Lankes will broadcast his presentation live via Google Hangouts on Air.  Afterward, participants can join in a live Google Hangout video breakout session with nine other participants, based on categories of interest ranging from Business Librarianship to Community Engagement. The breakout session moderators include: Michael Campagna, Barrington Area Library; Jennifer Drinka, Crystal Lake Public Library; Emily Vinci, Schaumburg Township District Library; Leah White, Ela Area Public Library; and Shannon Distel, Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Conference organizers are Barbara Alvarez and Gwyneth Stupar, Barrington Area Library.

No travel/hotel costs. No transportation. No conflicting schedules. Just ideas, inspiration, and conversation.

Please visit the website, for more information and to register.

Powerpoints from 6/24/14 “Book a Librarian” program.

June 27, 2014

Here are the presentations from the June 24, 2014 program, “Book a Librarian” that was held at the Mount Prospect Public Library.

MGPL Book a Librarian

RLA program powerpoint 6-24

New Program: Book a Librarian: What works, what doesn’t.

May 21, 2014

Book a Librarian: What works, what doesn’t.

Date: June 24, 2:30-4:30 at the Mt. Prospect Public Library

Looking for new ways to expand services to your patrons? Mount Prospect Public Library has offered a “Reference by Appointment” service since 2008.  Learn how this service has grown and evolved to meet the needs of patrons researching a variety of topics. To address the unique technology needs of its patrons, the Morton Grove Public Library began offering a Book a Librarian service in 2013 as a way to provide individual technology training. Dale Heath from MPPL and Melissa Mayberry from MGPL will share what they have learned from their experiences in creating and implementing these one-on-one sessions.


New Program: Maker Spaces on a Budget

May 4, 2014
Everyone is talking about maker spaces, but is it possible to create one at your library if you don’t have a lot of funding or space? Find out at RLA-CE’s next great program!
Maker Spaces on a Budget
Date: Friday, May 30 
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Schaumburg Township District Library
Join us for a panel discussion including Mike Campagna of Barrington Area Library, Amanda Margis of Warren-Newport Public Library, and Elizabeth Ludemann from Morton Grove Public Library as they discuss ideas for maker programming, solutions to the ever-present issues of space and money at libraries, and resources available to librarians looking to bring the maker movement to their communities.  
Attendees will then participate in break-out sessions, to brainstorm ideas on relevant topics and to share their collective knowledge with the group.
Register here: 
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Join us at our next program!

May 1, 2014

The Young and the Restless: Reaching patrons in their 20s and 30s

Date: June 3,  9:30-12 at the Des Plaines Public Library

Curious about how libraries are connecting with this hard to reach demographic?  Come hear librarians from 3 different libraries talk about strategies, programs and collections for the Millennials.  Presenters: Alicia Hammond, Community Engagement Librarian, Forest Park Public Library; Rebecca Malinowski, Librarian, Oak Park Public Library; Emily Vinci, Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Schaumburg Township District Library


CE Around the State – March 2014 Edition

March 9, 2014

March blew in like a lion. A cold, bitter, grumpy lion whose icy grip distracted me from getting to this month’s continuing ed offerings until almost mid-month–apologies loyal followers! However, there’s still a few highlights left in ol’ March worth checking out if you aren’t too tired out from PLA!


If you’re not really much of a tech services person but always wanted to be, you may be interested in the KAPCO Book Repair Workshop at Quincy Public Library on Thursday, March 20, 2014  from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. This three-hour comprehensive workshop is designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials. Prevention is the key, but specific, common repairs such as re-inserting loose pages, broken spines, torn header caps, ripped and torn pages, will be addressed. Each participant is asked to bring one or two paperback books, preferably new or new-like, to demonstrate covering techniques; a hardbound book with a book jacket to demonstrate application of book jacket covers; a stapled book or magazine; one hardbound book that needs repair and a “naked” hardbound book (a hardbound book that does NOT have a book jacket cover). Each participant will be provided with a free sample packet of materials. There will also be a drawing after the workshop for a Deluxe Paperback Protection Kit from KAPCO retail value of $105. (To register,  please click the register link and click on the calendar link. Select “community” and click on “Library Book Repair Workshop” to register for the workshop.) REGISTER FREE


WebJunction has a couple of notable offerings this month, starting with Community Connections: Break with Tradition! on Thursday, March 20 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. A webinar in collaboration with ARSL exploring ways to develop community connections, especially with local businesses, for libraries to extend their reach and to help build stronger communities. Are you looking for fresh ways to connect your library with your community? Find out how these Nebraska libraries moved beyond traditional partnerships by uncovering shared commitment to community needs with new partners, especially local businesses. These new connections led to programming and events that promote health, literacy and entertainment for the whole community. The efforts extend the library’s marketing reach, build library support, and strengthen community relationships—all at little or no cost. This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. Presented by Becky Baker, Library Director, Seward Memorial Library (NE); Scott Childers, Executive Director, Southeast Library System (NE); and Lisa Olivigni, Library Director, Crete Public Library (NE). REGISTER FREE

Next up is Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement on Thursday, March 27 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. A webinar with WebJunction and ZeroDivide exploring inventive patron and partner engagement approaches which have been implemented by libraries in conjunction with the initial open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act. REGISTER FREE


See you next month, hopefully with more sunshine and programs!


CE Around the State – February 2014 Edition

February 4, 2014

Well, I guess we all made it through the polar vortex (vortices?) last month, and now it’s time to hunker down for a few more weeks and endure the rest of this long winter. Luckily there are a few great program offerings to help make it a little more bearable!


If you’re ready to jumpstart your summer reading planning, consider attending the Free Form Free For All on Friday, February 7, from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Forsyth Public Library. In the morning check out a brainstorming session where all share programming ideas, crafts, games and favorite new books, and plan to stay for the Performer’s Showcase in the afternoon. This event is open to all who do programming for youth services. Please bring copies of a summer reading craft or activity to share with the group. Please call the Forsyth Public Library at 217-877-8174 or email to register. FREE


Find new ways to get creative with WebJunction’s The Iron is HOT: Libraries as Innovative & Creative Community Catalysts Tuesday, February 11, from 1:00 PM – 2 PM. Renew your sense of hope for the longtime viability of public libraries. Presenter Mary Lou Carolan (director, Wallkill Public Library, New York) sees amazing and out-of-the-ordinary opportunities for your library to serve as a vibrant and active community center. The library can be the creative catalyst to ignite community enthusiasm. Learn about the ‘Inside/Outside Approach’ and other engaging and fun marketing practices. Find out how to implement ‘placemaking’ for lighter, quicker, cheaper ways to attract more users. And catch the sense of urgency that libraries need to act now:  Hope,Opportunity, Time – strike while the iron is HOT! This webinar is hosted in collaboration with Geek the Library, a community awareness campaign. REGISTER FREE



LACONI is back this month with a couple of great programs. Middle managers should check out LACONI Middle Managers Section: Transforming with Change, Friday, February 14 from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM at Gail Borden Public Library. As a middle manager, how do you turn change into opportunity at your library? Our speakers bring expertise from a variety of departments in the library. Panelists include Michelle Roubal (Reference), Stephanie Carlile (Circulation), Mary Adamowski (Children’s) and Jill Boreham (Human Resources). To register, use the link at to pay online or print a registration form. Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch: Members $35.00; Non-members $45.00. If you have any questions, please contact Keisha Hester at khester@calumetcitypl.orgRegister


Digitization is looming on the horizon for everyone, and RAILS is meeting this challenge head on by presenting their webconference What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project Wednesday, February 19 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Whether you’re a community repository just dipping your toes into digitization, or you need to digitize old materials to save space and enable greater access, the ability to plan and begin a digitization project is quickly becoming an essential skill for librarians. In this free workshop, digitization expert Susanne Caro will show you what you need to get started if you are new to digitization. You’ll learn about how to assess different materials for digitization, how to get buy-in and resources for your project, and ways to familiarize yourself with the different tools that can help you do the work. This is a group viewing of a workshop hosted through Webex. This webinar may only be viewed from one of the viewing locations found here: REGISTER FREE


Finally, LACONI YSS presents another program that addresses another growing concern for all of us in Libraryland with Libraries as Safe Spaces Friday, February 28 from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Orland Park Library. Safety has been a hot topic in many communities across the country. As public librarians, many of us wonder what we can do to deal with tense situations and keep our spaces safe without losing our accessibility and warmth. What method will work best for your library? In this workshop we will talk about common problems that might come up and learn about different approaches and strategies. Presented by Warren Graham (The Black Belt Librarian), Donald Gault, from the Wakanheza Project, and Officer Christopher Radz from the Alsip Police Department. Please fill out form and mail in with payment by February 21st. If necessary mail in form by date listed and bring payment on program date. Cost is $30 for LACONI members and $40 for nonmembers. One registration form per person, please. Fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and the program. Mail registration and check (made out to LACONI YSS) to Joyce Arellano, Franklin Park Library, 10311 Grand Avenue, Franklin Park, IL 60131.  Register


See you next month!



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