RAILS Member Announcements
ISLMA/AASL Leadership Institute
Join ISLMA and AASL on Wednesday, June 19! Are you a leader in your school building? Or do you want to learn how to be? Would you like to become more active in ISLMA or other professional organizations? Then this collaborative leadership institute is for you!
This institute will increase participant's understanding of the components of leadership, help them identify their own leadership skills and professional priorities, and show them how to apply leadership strategies to the challenges faced in today's schools and in the profession.
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $25 (includes light breakfast and lunch)
6 CPDUs available
Location: IEA Office, 304 S Eldorado Rd, Suite 2, Bloomington, IL
Presenter: Dr. Steven Baule
Limited to 50 participants so register today at www.islma.org.
The Illinois State Library recently announced that preparations continue for the State Library’s “On the Front Lines” conference for front line library staff. The conference will be held on August 5, 6, and 7, 2013 at the University of Illinois Springfield, Public Affairs Center in Springfield, Illinois. Registration information and a draft schedule with programs and speakers is available on the L2 calendar at: http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=14610.
This afternoon, in a White House ceremony in the East Room, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Waukegan Public Library. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Richard Lee, the library’s executive director, and community member Diana Alvey will accept the National Medal.
Diana was born in Mexico and came to the United States with her family when she was three years old. Neither of her parents, nor her brothers and sisters, spoke any English, but shortly after arriving in America, Diana’s mother began English as a Second Language classes as a way to help the family adjust to their new home. As an adult, Diana volunteers her time at the Waukegan Public Library as an ESL tutor to help others on their language journey. Diana also volunteers in the library’s signature immigrant program as a Promotora, working with the Latino community to identify obstacles that limit success. She has supported students and helped them gain confidence to pursue job promotions, attend parent teacher conferences at school and advocate for their children, and describe a symptom to their doctor. Diana shares, ““A young mother was at home when she heard her children yelling ‘FIRE.’ Because of her participation in the library’s ESL program, she knew what that English word meant – and how to call 911 for help. Our programs are making a world of difference.”
“Museums and libraries serve as centers for lifelong learning and as cornerstones for our communities. Waukegan Public Library is modifying and adapting programs to ensure educational opportunities and literacy for all residents and community members, and we are proud to name Waukegan Public Library as one of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners,” said Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services.
This year’s 10 honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a science center, children’s museum, music museum, art museum, cultural museum, public libraries, and county library systems, hailing from seven states. The 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Ceremony will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
“I am thrilled to join Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District community and the entire country in congratulating Waukegan Public Library on receiving such a distinguished honor. The Institute of Museum and Library Services awards the National Medal to just 10 institutions each year, and Waukegan Public Library’s long history of dedicated and innovative service, from its English Language Learning classes to its Homework Help program, earned it this most deserved distinction,” said U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (Ill.).
“The Waukegan Public Library should be honored to receive the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service in recognition of the outstanding services the library provides to the residents of this growing community. This award is the nation’s highest honor bestowed on museums and libraries for their service to the community. I’d like to congratulate the library and its tremendous staff for the work they do to make our community a great place,” said Illinois State Senator Terry Link.
Medal winners are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. Later this year, StoryCorps – a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans – will visit Waukegan Public Library to document stories from the community.
To learn more about the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners, please visit www.imls.gov/medals.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Pushing the Limits - A Reading, Viewing, Discussion Series for Rural Libraries
Phase 2 Application Deadline: May 15, 2013
This program extends the building blocks of science literacy to two new audiences: rural librarians and adults in the communities they serve. For more information, see: http://califa.org/limits.php.
Saturday and Sunday
June 29 & 30, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: ALA JobLIST Placement Center,
South Building of the McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago
During the upcoming ALA 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago there will be a number of activities and events scheduled to assist library workers, and specifically job seekers, in preparing for effective job searches. Included in these activities will be an opportunity to have a FREE one-on-one session with a professional career counselor.
Recharge your career by meeting with a professional career coach. She can guide you in strategizing for the next phase of your career, solving a problem in your current job situation, defining goals, and/or rejuvenating your career. Each one-on-one session is 20 minutes, and is completely confidential.
If you have never experienced career counseling, or just haven't used this type of service in a long time, this is the perfect opportunity to either introduce yourself to or reacquaint yourself with a service that can be useful throughout your career.
Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with a knowledgeable professional about your career concerns. This service is free and available whenever the Placement Center is open.
To see the full range of activities for job seekers, for more information, or to sign up for an appointment, visit the ALA JobLIST Placement Center website at: http://joblist.ala.org/modules/jobseeker/Conference_Workshops.cfm .
ALA is concerned about library workers, and we’re working to help you meet your career challenges. Hope to see you in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center.
Posted By Beatrice Calvin
Next up on American Libraries Live on Thursday, May 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern— Sarah Steiner leads an interactive discussion on “Library Learning Goes Online.” From elementary schools to graduate school to continuing education, online tools are creating new horizons in distance learning and new tools to supplement in-person learning. But what does this mean for libraries? How can we enhance traditional library instruction with online tools? How do we create standards in the face of technology that is constantly changing?
Steiner, technology author and Social Work and Virtual Services Librarian at Georgia State University Library, will be joined by expert panelists:
• John Shank, Instructional Design Librarian and Associate Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching at Penn State University
• Lauren Pressley, Head of Instruction at Wake Forest University Libraries
Please join us for this free video broadcast, Thursday, May 9. To receive e-mail reminders, register at http://goo.gl/TvKJ4 or just go to www.americanlibrarieslive.org at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at www.americanlibrarieslive.org shortly after it concludes.
AL Live is the popular free streaming video broadcast from American Libraries, covering library issues and trends in real time as you interact with hosts via a live chat and get immediate answers to your questions. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own experts on hand. Find out more, including how to catch upcoming episodes, at http://www.americanlibrarieslive.org .
Future scheduled broadcasts include:
• June 6: New Technologies in Library Equipment
• July 30: Discovery Services: The Future of Library Systems
• Sept 12: Digging into New Databases
We hope you’ll take advantage of and enjoy this free way to participate and stay updated on the issues.
Posted By Mary Mackay
Amp Up Your Technology Training
Tuesday, June, 2013 ♦ 1 pm CST ♦ 60 min
A webinar on technology training for communities. Learn how OASIS Connections classes are helping communities build skills and confidence using computers, the Internet and today's technology.
Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 ♦ 1 pm CST ♦ 60 min
This webinar will showcase how small and rural libraries can provide effective training to patrons even with limited staff, resources, or space.
The World Languages Networking Group invites interested librarians to a meeting on collecting Spanish language materials on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (10:00 a.m. till noon) at Indian Trails Public Library (355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling).
• Lizette Esquivel - President of the Midwest Chapter of REFORMA* - Vernon Area Public Library and Gail Borden Public Library
• Tina Viglucci - Secretary of the Midwest Chapter of REFORMA and Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for Gail Borden Public Library
• Elva Arreola - Indian Trails Public Library
• Nancy Luque Osuji - Warren Newport Public Library
Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Gina Sheade at gsheade [at] vapld [dot] info.
* The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.
Minolta RP605Z microform reader/printer. We have two machines, each with a film carrier, and we also have one fiche carrier. They had been regularly serviced up to a few years ago, but we'd never had any trouble with them. Take one, or both; must be picked up.