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LACONI Middle Managers Section: What the F...? Followers, Fun and Firing

Friday, May 1, 2015

9:30AM to 3:00PM

Northern Illinois University Naperville

Special Events Room 101 A, B, C

1120 E Diehl Rd

Naperville, IL 60563

A whole new generation of librarians is surging into the profession.  Jamie LaRue of LaRue Associates and Consulting will demonstrate how to pick the best of them, how to make change almost irresistible, and how to liberate your library from those who have taken it hostage.  Co-sponsored by LACONI Reference / Adult Services Section (RASS).

Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch: Members $30.00; Non-members $40.00.

To register, please complete the printed form, or visit our EventBrite page.


Launch of Illinois Reads April 18

The 2015 launch of Illinois Reads will be at Westmont High School on April 18. Illinois Reads was introduced by the Illinois Reading Council in March 2013. The initiative encourages people to read books by Illinois authors. For more information on the April 18 event, see this flyer.

2015 Information Literacy Summit

We are excited about this year’s Information Literacy Summit featuring Hofer, Lu, and Townsend and their research on Threshold Concepts, which is at the foundation of the new Information Literacy Framework. This is a hot ticket at such an affordable price!


2015 Information Literacy Summit

Revising, Refreshing, Reframing our Practice: Information Literacy, Threshold Concepts, and the New ACRL Framework

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library

Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:30am-3:30pm

Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus (Palos Hills, IL)

Keynote Address

What’s the big idea?! Incorporating Threshold Concepts into Your Teaching Practice

Amy R. Hofer, Silvia Lu, and Lori Townsend

When introduced to threshold concepts, librarians usually ask “How do I use them?” Yet this question hopscotches another: “Do I understand threshold concepts and how they relate to information literacy?” Threshold concepts are themselves a threshold concept. They are transformative, integrative, irreversible, bounded, troublesome, and – importantly – they take time to traverse. With ACRL’s shift toward more conceptual teaching in the new Framework for Information Literacy, our profession needs to take time to deeply understand what this kind of teaching and learning is all about. We’ll talk about the theory of threshold concepts and making incremental moves towards conceptual teaching and assessment, including how to incorporate the work that instruction librarians already do in this arena and why traditional bibliographic instruction still has a place in our teaching repertoire.


$40 for attendees or $20 for presenters

The day includes the keynote, four breakout sessions, breakfast and lunch.

Who should attend?

Librarians who are involved with teaching and learning in almost any aspect. Academic, school, public and special librarians attend.

Teachers and other educators who want to discuss information literacy, student research and student use of information.

CPDUs available

Register here:

Library Onconference April 16

The second online Library Onconference will be held on Thursday, April 16. The conference is geared toward any library professional who is interested in meeting other library professionals, sharing new ideas, and learning from one another. The entire conference, from keynote speaker to small group sessions, will be held via Google Hangouts. The small group hangout sessions, led by moderators from various parts of the library field, encourage open communication, networking, and inspiration. For more information, see:

The conference planners are accepting applications for Moderators and Social Media Interns to help with the conference. For more information, see: