Continuing Education News

School Librarians: Call for Presenters

Librarians in Kane and DuPage counties will have their own institute day on February 27, 2015 at Batavia High School.  Sonsored by the Regional Offices of Education in Kane and DuPage, the day will features librarians presenting to their colleagues.
Please consider sharing your program successes by being a presenter at the institute.  Potential topics include 1:1, inventive apps, e-book promotions, 21st century library, reading promotions, and new collaborations with teachers. Sessions are 60 minutes in length, and most sessions will be offered two times during the day.
The application is short and easy to complete.  Fill it out today; your colleagues are counting on you! 

ATLAS 3rd Semi-Annual Director's Retreat

Coming up on March 6-8 at the Hilton Lisle-Naperville, the ATLAS Director's Retreat will be here before we know it.  If you need a break or just want to connect with other library directors, then please mark your calendars for this fun event.  Held only every other year, it is one of the best events around.  

For more information, please see the attached flyer. 
We hope to see you there! 

We Are Not Androids: Putting the Creativity & Control in Human Hands

Two recognized library innovators share their unique approach to connecting users to technology. Through the example of his library’s recent usability study, Troy Swanson will discuss the effective blending of data and creativity when designing projects, services, and spaces devoted to teaching & learning. Brian Pichman will share new technologies and techniques to empower patrons and students to be active creators in the learning process. This presentation covers the spectrum of both theory and practice when employing technology to create people-centered library experiences.


Troy Swanson: Library Department Chair / Teaching and Learning Librarian, Moraine Valley Community College
Brian Pichman: Director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project

Date: Friday, December 5

9:00am-9:30am: Networking and refreshments
9:30am-12:00pm: Program

Location: 95th Street Library, Naperville, IL

Register here:

Event sponsored by LACONI Technology Section

Call for Speakers for "Big Talk" Online Conference

The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015 is now open! This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Do you offer a service or program at your small library that other librarians might like to hear about? Have you implemented a new (or old) technology, hosted an event, partnered with others in your community, or just done something really cool? The Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference gives you the opportunity to share what you’ve done, while learning what your colleagues in other small libraries are doing. Here are some possible topics to get you thinking:

  • Unique libraries
  • Special collections
  • New buildings
  • Fundraising
  • Improved workflows
  • Staff development
  • Advocacy efforts
  • Community partnerships
  • That great thing you’re doing at your library!

For Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015, we’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015 will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Speakers will be able to present their programs from their own desktops. The schedule will accommodate speakers’ time-zones.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal by Friday, January 9, 2015. Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.