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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 sandihayes.fpl@gmail.com 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 http://www.laconi.net 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!

 

CE Around the State — January Edition

January 4, 2014

Holidays are over and the winds are blustering–welcome back to another selection of continuing education highlights from around the state.

 

It may seem a little early to start thinking about your summer reading program, but not necessarily–come out to the Performer Showcase/Summer Reading Kickoff Tuesday, January 7, 2014 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Rock Falls Public Library District. The Performer Showcase is an opportunity for those librarians and staff who hire performers for summer reading or other library/community programs to see a bit of their performance and meet them in person. 12 performers will showcase their talents and will be available for bookings after the showcase. Please bring copies of a summer reading craft or activity to share with the group, sponsored by RAILS. Please call the Rock Falls Library at 815-626-3958 or email rfdistrict@yahoo.com to register. FREE

If you are interested in Teen Services, you might want to check out the Young Adult Librarians Discussion Group-YALD Meeting on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM at Niles Public Library DistrictThe YALD Group (Young Adult Librarians Discussion Group) is a former NSLS networking group, but is open to anyone interested in Teen Services. We usually meet every other month during the school year at a local library. Meetings are pretty informal and anyone can bring up any topic at any meeting. FREE

WebJunction has a couple of great offerings this month, kicking off with Flexible Spaces – Flexible Futures on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. As libraries continue to evolve as community spaces and information hubs, there is an opportunity to explore how patrons use library space and to create spaces that are flexible and adaptable to changing needs. Presenter Dri Ralph has helped lead the King County Library System (WA) through an extensive bond project which has included the renovation and/or building of 30 libraries. She will share highlights of their design choices, ideas for flexible use of space, and tips for engaging the community in the planning and design process. The webinar will also explore options for libraries with limited budgets. You’ll learn about opportunities to help any library make innovative choices for engaging with patrons. Presented by: Kendra Morgan, OCLC Senior Program Manager, and Dri Ralph, Facilities Design Coordinator, King County Library System. REGISTER FREE

Health literacy is the topic of another WebJunction webinar this month, Health Happens in Libraries: Health Information Resources for Library Staff on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Join this WebJunction webinar to learn more about the health information resources available through the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM. Representatives of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library will discuss their collaborative efforts with public libraries regarding the Affordable Care Act and other popular health information topics. They will be joined by a representative from Santa Ana Public Library, and together share strategies for strengthening your own library’s health information services, to improve the health literacy of your community. REGISTER FREE

 

That’s it for chilly January, see you next month!

CE Around the State – December Edition

December 2, 2013

Welcome back to our end-of-year CE wrap-up! Here are a few opportunities to get your learnin’ on before Santa comes and we ring in the new year. See you in 2014!

 

If you are interested in providing input on topics to be considered for next year’s Reaching Forward South conference, check out the Reaching Forward South Focus Group video conference Friday, December 6, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at one of the locations listed HERE. FREE

 

WebJunction presents a trio of interesting offerings this month. First up is a webinar in collaboration with ARSL focused on ways for rural and small libraries to support patron creation and innovation through transformative technologies and spaces. The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovation Incubator happens Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Register HERE. FREE

Next up is a webinar that will explore ways to identify, mold and communicate transformational stories that can help your community understand the value of the library, The Power of Transformational Stories Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Join Nancy Dowd, Senior Manager for NoveList’s LibraryAware, and Karen AustinGeek the Library field manager at OCLC, as they discuss how to identify, mold and communicate transformational stories that can help your community understand the value of the library to individuals and the community as a whole. Register HERE. FREE

Finally, we can all probably use a brush-up on this next topic: Extreme Customer Service, Every Time Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Building on the success of the Darien Library, whose reputation is known internationally for providing “extreme customer service,” presenter Gretchen Caserotti will provide you with practical and actionable ideas that can help your library, whether small or large, commit to excellent customer service. Register HERE. FREE

CE Around the State – November Edition

November 5, 2013

Hello again, and welcome back to another round of autumn offerings in Libraryland! Kicking off the selections is this webinar from WebJunctionServing Job Seekers: Library and Workforce System Partnerships That Work happening tomorrow, November 6 from 1-2 p.m.–still time to register! In this webinar, learn how innovative partnerships between state and local libraries and their workforce systems can amplify services to meet community employment needs. Innovative partnerships between state and local libraries and their workforce systems can amplify services to meet community employment needs, including the needs of businesses, veterans, Spanish-language speakers and other sectors. Learn more and REGISTER HERE. FREE

And don’t forget about our next program, The Three Faces of Apps: App Programming, App Advisory, App Discovery, is coming up on Thursday, November 7th, 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. in the Cardinal Room of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library! Join Amy Holcomb of the Northbrook Public Library, Heather Love Beverley of the Cook Memorial Public Library, and Anne Belden of the Ela Area Public Library for a discussion of apps in the library world. Topics covered will include ideas for library programs with apps for adults and children, tips on app advisory, and a segment on app discovery, in which a variety of useful and fun apps, both general and library-specific, will be presented. Boost your creativity and productivity using apps and introduce new resources to your patrons.

After the program, there will be an optional tour of the newly renovated Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

When: Thursday, November 7th, 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Where: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Cardinal Room

FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS

REGISTER HERE

 

Those of you out there working in Youth Services may want to attend the YS Programmers Meeting Friday, November 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 a.m. at Vernon Area Public Library District. Network and share ideas with fellow children’s programmers. This meeting will be completely devoted to STEM programming with three guest speakers. Learn more and RSVP HERE. FREE

 

More fun stuff for YS and beyond at the Tinker Meeting Tuesday, November 12, 2013 form 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Wilmette Public Library District. Experience hands-on ideas for youth library technology programming. We’ll play Minecraft and discuss related programming. We’ll also experiment with a 3D printer. For more information, please contact Janet Piehl at 847-256-6945 or jpiehl@wilmettelibrary.info. REGISTER HERE. FREE

 

We all know that sometimes working in a library can be a bit on the exasperating side, so this WebJunction web conference, WJ: Grace Under Pressure: Tips & Tricks to Cultivate a Positive Approach, Tuesday, November 12, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., is right on time. It explores stress-reduction skills and strategies to help face challenging situations that impact our personal work styles, our organizations, and the communities we serve. REGISTER HERE. FREE

 

Excited about the 3M Cloud Library platform, but wishing you knew more about it? Then register for one of several sessions of eRead Illinois: 3M Cloud Library Training at Forsyth Public Library Thursday, November 14 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., 10:15-11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., or 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Look for a Q&A period to answer all of your questions about the 3M Cloud Library and the eRead Illinois grant. Feel free to bring a personal e-Reading device so you can try it for yourself. We’ll also be bringing our technology petting zoo, so you’ll feel comfortable assisting patrons after the session. Presented by: Lesley Zavediuk, eRead Illinois E-book Trainer/Coordinator (IHLS) Questions? Please contact Lesley Zavediuk at lzavediuk@illinoisheartland.org or 618.656.3216 ext. 424. REGISTER HERE. FREE

 

Finally, join Thom Barthelmess, curator of the Butler Children’s Literature Center and fellow children’s literature enthusiasts on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Dominican University for lively book discussion, socializing and snacks at B3 Butler Book Banter. Visit the Butler Center blog at butlerspantry.org/b3 for the books we’ll be reading. Registration is recommended and all are welcome, whether or not you’ve read the books. This event is sponsored by Reaching Across Illinois Library System. REGISTER HERE. FREE

 

See you in December!

CE Around the State – October Edition

October 8, 2013

Back again for another roundup of great continuing education programs happening out in Libraryland, the end of October is looking great! If you have any energy left after ILA, that is…

First, however, I want to remind you about OUR next program happening NEXT month, The Three Faces of Apps: App Programming, App Advisory, App Discovery, is coming up on Thursday, November 7th, 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. in the Cardinal Room of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library! Join Amy Holcomb of the Northbrook Public Library, Heather Love Beverley of the Cook Memorial Public Library, and Anne Belden of the Ela Area Public Library for a discussion of apps in the library world. Topics covered will include ideas for library programs with apps for adults and children, tips on app advisory, and a segment on app discovery, in which a variety of useful and fun apps, both general and library-specific, will be presented. Boost your creativity and productivity using apps and introduce new resources to your patrons.

After the program, there will be an optional tour of the newly renovated Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

When: Thursday, November 7th, 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Where: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Cardinal Room

FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS

REGISTER HERE

 

Now–on to October! If you are drained from all the excitement and fury that is the ILA Conference, you may only have energy for this interesting WebJunction offering, Libraries Go “Outside the Box” with Redbox, a webinar with the Outside the Box. Led by the local communities, with support from OCLC, and guidance by consultants from the Project for Public Spaces, the initiative explores “placemaking,” an approach that breathes life and community connection into public spaces. This webinar will showcase placemaking activities at the pilot libraries, as well as share best practices and perspectives on community engagement from program partners. Presented by Megan Knapp, Project Manager, OCLC, Elena Madison, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces, and Hallie Rich, Marketing and Communications Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library. Wednesday, October 23, 1 p.m. FREE REGISTER

 

Another program that looks like fun is the Adult Reading Round Table (AART) Unconference Tuesday, October 29 from 1-4 p.m. at Downers Grove PL. Look forward to a day of brainstorming and discussion at ARRT’s first unconference dedicated to readers’ advisory! When you register online for the unconference, share the ideas, topics and issues you want to talk about! Or pass along suggestions on Facebook (facebook.com/arrtreads) or on Twitter (#arrtreads). We’ll compile all your suggestions, and you’ll vote for your favorites at the unconference! The top picks will become the subjects for the day’s breakout sessions. Jason Smith, co-owner of The Book Table, will be our keynote speaker! Questions? Email Debra Wischmeyer at: dwischmeyer@dglibrary.org or Leah White at: leahwhite13@gmail.com. This event is sponsored by Reaching Across Illinois Library System. $5 REGISTER

That’s it for October–get some rest and we’ll see you in November!

The Three Faces of Apps: App Programming, App Advisory, App Discovery

September 20, 2013

Wondering how you can use apps at your library to enhance patron services or maybe just make life easier for yourself? Well wonder no more–our next program, The Three Faces of Apps: App Programming, App Advisory, App Discovery, is coming up on Thursday, November 7th, 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. in the Cardinal Room of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library! Join Amy Holcomb of the Northbrook Public Library, Heather Love Beverley of the Cook Memorial Public Library, and Anne Belden of the Ela Area Public Library for a discussion of apps in the library world. Topics covered will include ideas for library programs with apps for adults and children, tips on app advisory, and a segment on app discovery, in which a variety of useful and fun apps, both general and library-specific, will be presented. Boost your creativity and productivity using apps and introduce new resources to your patrons.

After the program, there will be an optional tour of the newly renovated Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

When: Thursday, November 7th, 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Where: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Cardinal Room

FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS

REGISTER HERE

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