The Community Engagement group invites participation from professional and support staff working in libraries with the intention of connecting libraries, residents and community partners to bring about positive change. Whether you've been trained in the Harwood Institute's Turning Outward approach or are just starting to explore the idea of community partnerships, join us to share your goals, successes, and ideas for connecting with your community.
Member Networking Group
This is a multi-type library networking group for librarians in the southwestern portion of RAILS. Member libraries host the quarterly meetings to share information and experiences and discuss issues and concerns.
Whether you're already up and running or just thinking about getting your Makerspace started, come and share your ideas with this new networking group! We're the right spot to ignite new ideas for the natural-born maker or the novice. Join library leaders from both sides of this spectrum to share experiences researching, building and rethinking the library and Maker communities.
We want to spark conversation and expand your support network no matter where you are on your Makerspace journey.
Meeting of the minds to discuss programs and services libraries offer to people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
The Alzheimer's Association projects that by 2025, there will be an estimated 7.1 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease - a 40% increase from the 5.1 million age 65 and older affected in 2015.
Libraries and librarians need to ask themselves:
1) How does this increasing demographic affect our library and community?
2) How do we serve this growing population?
The group of librarians, managers, and support staff are dedicated to bringing services and information together to meet the unique needs of serving the caregivers and those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's. We meet to share programming ideas, collection development ideas, marketing tips, and ways to partner with community organizations.
Find more resources: https://librariansdementia.wordpress.com/
Rural Directors is a long established networking group of library directors in West Central Illinois. The group meets once a month at member libraries. Agendas include a previously chosen topic of interest and items of current importance.
This is a group of mostly public library directors in and around the Peoria region that meets to discuss topics of interest. PALS is a legacy group from the Alliance Library System.
Since 1954, LACONI has been introducing library staff to new technologies and ideas, best practices, and popular programs for children and adults. LACONI is comprised of eight different sections which offer programs designed to enhance skills and knowledge of library staff in their area of expertise.
The LACONI Salary Survey is an important resource for budgets and planning. Compensation is an important element that brings the best job candidates to the library, and retains them. Many organizations use market data surveys to structure their compensation systems. This salary and benefits survey confirms the market value for library staff performance, and justifies your compensation decisions to boards and city managers.
The Best of the Best Presenter Directory is a directory created by the Outreach, Promotions, and Programs (OPP) committee to help adult programmers in libraries find engaging and successful programs for their communities. Content is based on recommendations from LACONI members and librarians in the state and vetted by the OPP board. Initially published as a print directory, the guide was produced and distributed on a CD-ROM in 2009. In 2012 the content was turned into an online database available exclusively to LACONI members
The Harvest of Resources Directory is a valuable tool containing descriptions, costs, and contact information for hundreds of performers available for hire in the Northern Illinois area.
Libraries English And Reading Network (LEARN) comprises mainly library and non-profit organization staff members interested in providing materials and services to adults learning to read, speak, and understand English. The group shares ideas about providing and marketing services, maintains a database of organizations that offer those services, and investigates and publicizes funding opportunities. Any library staffer in the Chicago area who is involved with assisting adults learning to read and/or speak English is welcome to join. For more information, visit the website at www.adultslearnenglish.org.
We are a group of outreach specialists, librarians, managers, and support staff dedicated to bringing outreach services to meet the unique needs of each of our libraries populations. We meet to share programming ideas, marketing tips, and ways to partner with community organizations. We promote and advocate for outreach as an essential library service. Whether you use a bookmobile, library van, or your personal car to reach your patrons, this group has something of interest to anyone working in outreach.
AVID is a forum for staff at libraries in Illinois to converse and learn about audiovisual topics. The group meets two to three times a year for programs covering subjects related to audiovisual formats, marketing, programming, new technologies, and to network and troubleshoot with other AV staff members.