Continuing Education News

United for Libraries Nuts and Bolts for Trustees, Friends, Foundations Jan. 30

United for Libraries will host “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, January 30 at McCormick Place West, W185bc during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The popular Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics of interest to Trustees, Friends, Foundations and advocates (download the agenda PDF, 105 kb). Those planning to attend the Nuts & Bolts program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting should RSVP to united [at] ala [dot] org. Speakers include:

  • Donor Relationships: Stewardship & Communication: Catherine Brown, chief operating officer and Veronica Brown, director of individual giving and communications, Chicago Public Library Foundation.
  • Donor and Board Member Development: Paula Beswick; foundation director, Bozeman (Montana) Library Foundation.
  • How to Book an Author at Your Library: Virginia Stanley, director; academic and library Marketing, HarperCollins and Erica Melnichok, library marketing manager; Penguin Random House.
  • Grassroots Advocacy - Working with your State Elected Officials: Kip Kolkmeier, Illinois Library Association legislative consultant.

Roundtable discussions will be held on fundraising, marketing, social media, book sales, the role of Trustees and more.

Those planning to attend the Nuts & Bolts program should RSVP to united [at] ala [dot] org. For information on registering to attend United for Libraries programs, visit

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick [at] ala [dot] org.

LACONI Admin. Program Evolving Leadership – The Way We Lead Continues to Change

Time and Date: February 20, 2015 9:00am-Noon

Location: Itasca Community Library

Speaker: Captain William Bulis, Commanding Officer of the Great Lakes Naval Station

Description: By definition (and job description) we are all leaders. But few of us have taken any sort of formal leadership training. It may even seem that many of us became leaders almost by accident.  But it wasn’t.  Before we were directors we were people that others looked to for guidance, confirmation and insight.  We were hired as library directors because we had leadership traits that were apparent to those around us.

Captain William Bulis has spent his entire career leading others.  A graduate of the US Naval Academy, CPT Bulis is the Commanding Officer of the Great Lakes Naval Station, responsible for the training of over 38,000 men and women completing boot camp and another 13,000 sailors attending advanced technical schools.

Captain Bullis will talk about how leadership has evolved during his career.  He’ll discuss how the people he leads have changed along with changes in our society and how he’s had to adapt his leadership style to meet their needs.

 Visit for more details and to register.

Call for Proposals - Small Archival Projects Conference Committee

If you're looking for an opportunity to share what you've digitized in your collection or how you've accomplished it, please share your knowledge with others! The Small Archival Projects Conference Committee is seeking proposals for 50 minute presentations (40-45 minutes for the presentation with 5-10 minutes for questions). The presentations can be about any aspect of small archival projects including:

  • Equipment selection
  • Project management - budget, workflow, etc.
  • Project selection - how do you decide what to digitize?
  • Best practices
  • Freeware, software choices, hosting options, etc.
  • Grants
  • Publicizing collections once they have been digitized
  • People who have worked on a project and would be willing to tell us what went well, what they'd do differently, etc.
  • Small, practical, limited projects

The conference is for staff at all types of libraries and will be held at Loras College, Dubuque, IA, on Friday, April 17, 2015. Information about the conference including specific information for presenters is available at:

Fill out the proposal form at:  and submit it by Friday, February 6, 2015 for consideration. The proposals will be blind-peer reviewed and you will be notified of your status by February 13, 2015.

For additional information, check out the conference website at

World Languages Networking Group Meeting - February 18, 2015

When: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Time: 10:00 am - noon

Where: Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 South Emerson, Mount Prospect, IL

Anyone involved in world language and ESL collection development is welcome to attend. The topic of this meeting will be a continuation of our October 22, 2014 - Immigrant Communities and ESL: Programs, Outreach and Collection Development. We will not have any "keynote" speakers or vendors at this meeting.  Kathy Dowd (Illinois State Library) will give a brief presentation on resources for ESL collections.  Several members will also speak briefly about the ESL and immigrant community programs they facilitate at their libraries. The rest of the meeting will be devoted to open discussion and exchange of information about ESL and immigrant community programs, outreach and resources. 

Please RSVP to Aldona Salska at Prospect Heights Public Library via email at asalska [at] phpl [dot] info or by phone at 847-259-3500