Continuing Education News

Registration Open for Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference

Registration is now OPEN! Reserve your space for the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference on June 4 and 5, 2015 at the Radisson in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  

Schedule in brief:

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 1:00 to 2:30PM – Tour of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 3:00PM to 5:00PM – OCLC Update

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 5:00PM to 7:00PM – Opening Reception

Friday, June 5, 2015 – 9:00AM to 3:45PM (Keynote and concurrent sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch included)

Keynote Address: 

Mark Sullivan, Executive Director of the IDS Project, a New York based library cooperative that focuses on community and innovation.

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Beyond Patron-Driven Acquisition: Broader Uses of Resource-Sharing Data in Collection Development
  • Don’t Miss the Boat! Navigating the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States
  • Crowd-Funding for Open Access E-Resources
  • Charting New Waters: Partnering to Provide  “On Demand” Services
  • Indiana ILL, They Are A-Changin’
  • And many more!

Presenters from Illinois include:

Conference Rates:

The conference registration fee is $75 ($95 for registration after May 15) and includes the preconference on Thursday June 4, all sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch on Friday, June 5.

Join your resource sharing partners and “set sail for uncharted waters” with us!!

For hotel reservations and other information, please see the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference website.

Flyer (PDF)

Conferences for Illinois Parents of Children with Vision Loss

Two upcoming conferences hosted by the Illinois Department of Human Services focus on common issues experienced by families affected by vision loss. Parents of children (newborn through 21 years of age) are invited to attend discussions and learn from experts and parents. Session topics include Teens and Technology, School Adaption, Parent Discussion Round Tables, and Apps for Vision Loss. Conference dates are Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Mount Vernon and Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Rockford.

Families may be eligible for funding assistance through Arc of Illinois and STARNET. (See the conference flyer for details on how to apply.) Teachers and Service Providers are welcome to attend (EI and CPDU credits are offered). Childcare is not provided, and children must be 12 years old to attend. ADA accommodations are available.

Please see for more information, including the conference flyer/registration form.

Rose Chenoweth, Director, Talking Books, will lead small group discussions at both events. Please visit for more information on the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center.

Call for Proposals for Wisconsin Library Association's Conference in May 2015

The Wisconsin Library Association would like to inform RAILS members about planning efforts for the 2015 Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Support Staff and Circulation Services One-Day Professional Development Conference. The conference will be held Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the Beloit Public Library. The theme is, “SSCS--Your Gateway to Library Success.”

The conference planning committee is now accepting proposals and recommendations for presentations, panels, and workshops. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: technology, managing difficult patrons, training student workers, using and circulating e-readers, bridging the generational divide, stress reducers, customer service, etc.

Successful presentations should be approximately 45 minutes, include 10-15 minutes for questions and answers, showcase effective and innovative practices, and be applicable to many types of libraries. Presenters should submit their proposal electronically at: by Saturday March 14, 2015. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2015.

Please send questions about proposals and submissions to Tina Kakuske at tkakuske [at] beloitlibrary [dot] org. A complete listing of speakers, agenda, and costs will be released in mid-April.

Save the Date Flyer

Genealogy Without Fear: Taking the Foolishness Out of Family Trees

Genealogy research is no April fool's joke.  Genealogy reference questions can be intimidating, especially for the non-genealogist.  RLA-CE will be hosting reference librarian and genealogy specialist Carol Bartlett who will walk you through getting patrons started with their genealogical inquiries.  Learn to navigate the most common and useful genealogy tools with confidence to send your patrons on the right road to answers.

After the program, there will be an optional tour of the newly-renovated Ela Area Public Library.

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015
  • 9:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Ela Area Public Library
  • 275 Mohawk Trl.
  • Lake Zurich, Illinois
  • Rooms A and B
  • Register at