RAILS Member Announcements
LibraryYOU: Library as Content Creator
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 ♦ 12 pm CST ♦ 60 min
A webinar exploring LibraryYOU, a project encouraging community members to share their knowledge and learn how to communicate through digital media.
Broadband Adoption Toolkit
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 ♦ 12 pm CST ♦ 60 min
A webinar with the creators of the Broadband Adoption Toolkit discussing how to implement strategies for building digitally inclusive communities.
OCLC is pleased to offer OCLC WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan training in a variety of formats designed to meet your needs as you move to the new service. This includes tutorials, recorded training sessions, and web-based, instructor-led sessions. All of our training resources for WorldShare Interlibrary Loan are available at no charge to members with a resource sharing subscription.
Seats are still available in upcoming web-based, instructor-led sessions. The schedule of courses and more information can be found here:
We also recognize that people learn in different ways and have personal scheduling needs, so we’ve created the following three learning paths that can help you learn the system in the style that suits you best:
Learn more about WorldShare Interlibrary Loan at: http://www.oclc.org/worldshare-ill.en.html.
This week, the West Chicago Public Library District joins libraries in communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work, and study. They have become trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and re-engage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students, and the public at large to discover what their community’s needs are and to meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve and they respond.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of our Library,” said Melody E. Coleman, Administrative Librarian. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. The West Chicago Public Library District kicked off its celebration of National Library Week with a film screening and book discussion, in honor of the late Mayor Michael Kwasman, engaging the community in a discussion of the story’s themes of justice, equality, and coming-of-age.
For more information, visit the West Chicago Public Library at 118 West Washington Street, call (630) 231-1552, or see the library’s web site at www.westchicago.lib.il.us.
Through a partnership with the Rock Island office of Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., the Rock Island Main Library will serve as the site of a new public benefits help desk resource for individuals who may need information or assistance in navigating the public benefits system.
The help desk will be staffed by trained Prairie State Legal Services volunteers who can provide assistance, general information and guidance with assistance programs for food, cash, medical and disability, also known as SNAP, TANF, Medicaid and SSI/SSDI. Volunteers can also provide help with general township assistance. They cannot provide legal advice.
Prairie State Legal Services Help Desk volunteers will be available from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays on the second floor of the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street.The help desk was conceptualized and developed by Prairie State’s AmeriCorps VISTA as part of a comprehensive public benefits awareness and outreach program.
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to the poor, elderly and people with disabilities. Prairie State has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. The mission of Prairie State is to provide or coordinate the delivery of high quality legal services to low-income individuals, families and groups.
Four Quad City Libraries are offering free "Community Shred Days" during Money Smart Week Quad Cities, April 20 to 27, 2013. The free drive-up and drop-off collect personal documents for secure bulk shredding by Document Destruction and Recycling Services, a certified shredder. Documents are shredded in bulk at the monitored DDRS plant in Davenport.
Events are free and open to anyone, regardless of library affliation or city of residence.
9:00 am to 11 am, Saturday, April 20, Davenport Library, Fairmount Avenue Branch
3:30 to 5:30 pm, Wednesday, April 24, Bettendorf Library, in Faye's Field
3:30 to 5:30 pm, Thursday, April 25, Rock Island Main Library, along south side
9:00 am to 11 am, Saturday, April 27, Moline Public Library
Shredding personal documents protects the security of your financial identity. For more free events, go to www.moneysmartweek.org. Quad City events are listed under Rock Island and Scott Counties.
Brookfield can proudly say it is home to the smartest bunch of librarians as the library's team, Les Quizerables, took home the grand prize in the 2013 Little Trivia on the Prairie contest. On Saturday, April 13, a four-member team comprised of staff and trustees made their way to the Prairie Trails Public Library District in Burbank to compete against other area libraries in arduous and perplexing rounds of Trivial Pursuit. Six library teams in all challenged each other, with Brookfield pulling off a come from behind tie and win in the sudden death round.
For further information about the Brookfield Public Library please visit us at www.brookfieldlibrary.info or contact the Library at 708.485.6917.
Pictured: Brookfield's team, Les Quizerables, with Prairie Trails Director Ruth Faklis. Source: Brookfield Public Library news release.
Summer On Campus courses
452A – Foundations of Information Processing in LIS
490BA – Book Arts Seminar
548A – Library Buildings
590LG – Library Gaming Programs
590LP – History and Techniques of Letterpress Printing
590LW – Web Design and Construction for Organizations
590PM – Paper in the Scholarly World
590RV – Reviewing Children’s Literature
590SO – Information Sources and Services for Children
590SR – Reference Sources for Rare Books
Summer Online LEEP courses
504LE – Reference and Information Services
508LE – Collection Development
510LE – Adult Public Services
516LE – School Library Media Center
578LE – Technical Services Functions
590BBL – Bookbinding: History, Principles, and Practices
590BCL – Rare Book Cataloging
590CBL – Cataloging for School Librarians
590LLL – Law Librarianship
590RDL – Introduction to RDA
For additional information: http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/programs/cpd/communitycredit
Below is a message from the American Library Association's Chapter Chapter Relations Office:
This is National Library Week. It is a perfect opportunity to write your legislators and let them know how important libraries are to you and about the positive difference libraries make in your community. Libraries need your voice!
Although they continue to be busier than ever, many libraries struggle to maintain budgets, staff, and resources to serve the needs of their communities. Your message of support is important because state governments provide much needed funding for libraries. Without funding, libraries will be unable to continue making available all the resources they do (e.g., books, public access to the Internet, homework assistance) to your community. Like you, families, job seekers, small businesses, and students need their libraries.
If you agree with Walter Cronkite—“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”— take this opportunity to write now. Your message will make a difference, and your state library association has provided an easy and effective way for you to write your elected officials to let them know how much you value the libraries in your community. Here is that link:
Consider sharing a personal story about how your public, school, or college library makes a positive impact in your own community. For example, let your elected officials know how much your children depend on their school libraries to help them succeed in school, or explain how much you depend on your public library to connect you to information you need.
Please forward this message to your friends, family, and colleagues in your state. Ask them to take this opportunity to support libraries in their communities, too!
Thank you for advocating for libraries and library staff.
Horizon brand table with sloped reading surfaces and a center cavity for book display and storage. This is a solid wood table frame with a high pressure laminate top and oak finish, 78″ long x 32" high x 32" wide. Two accompanying 69" hardwood benches are upholstered with 4″ foam and burgundy vinyl.
Available for pickup at the Villa Park Public Library, 9 am - 4 pm, Monday through Friday, by appointment.
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, is pleased to offer the following online, non-credit continuing education courses open to all interested library and information professionals.
Four ALA-APA approved Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) courses:
Elements of Technology Management
Dates: April 18-May 23, 2013
Times: Thursdays, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Instructor: Brenda Hough
Politics, Networking, and Your Library
Dates: July 7 – August 16, 2013
Instructor: Rose Chenoweth
Budget and Finance for the Library
Dates: September 3 - October 8, 2013
Times: Tuesdays, 11:100 am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Robert Burger
Planning and Management of Library Buildings
Dates: October 6 – November 15, 2013
Instructor: Rose Chenoweth
Additional information is available at: