Continuing Education News

Third Annual Chicago Book Expo December 6

The third annual Chicago Book Expo will be held Saturday, December 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Columbia College - Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature local publishers selling books, local authors talking about their books, literary organizations and nonprofits, and much more.

Last year's event attracted more than 1,000 attendees, and was chosen as one of Chicago's top five literary events in 2013 by New City.

For further updates, follow us on Twitter at @ChicagoBookExpo and on our Facebook page, and keep an eye on our website at

More information will be available in the next few weeks about speakers and exhibitors. If you would like an update or if you have any questions, contact Lynn Haller at chicagobookexpo [at] gmail [dot] com.

World Languages Networking Group Meeting - October 22, 2014

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Time: 10:00 am - noon

Where: Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm Street, Prospect Heights, IL

Anyone involved in world language and ESL collection development is welcome to attend.

The topic of this meeting will be Immigrant Communities and ESL: Programs, Outreach and

Collection Development.

Presenters include Carmen Patlan, Waukegan Public Library and Kathryn Dowd,

Harper College Library.

Please RSVP to Gina Sheade at Vernon Area Public Library via email at gsheade [at] vapld [dot] info or

by phone at 847-634-3650, ext. 422

LACONI Administrators- Making the Numbers Add Up- Demystifying the Levy

Date: November 14 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $15.00 - $35.00


Location: Fountaindale Public Library

We all have various tools – spreadsheets, workbooks, and the like to help us with our budgets and levies.  Most of us inherited those tools from our predecessors (who inherited them from their predecessors).  And, since those tools have worked well and consistently, we haven’t really spent much time trying to figure out how they work – where do the various formulas come from?  Why are the numbers we plug into these tools the numbers we plug in (and not some other set of numbers)?  Kelly Zabinski’s goal is to help library directors fully understand how the levy and appropriation process works.  She will explain how PTELL impacts our libraries and why Illinois’s taxes run a year behind.  She will show the different formulas used by the county to calculate our extension and help us make sure we are capturing all of the funds our libraries are entitled to. Kelly Zabinski has over 15 years of extensive experience in accounting, auditing, and financial consulting field, specifically to local government entities.  She has worked as both a municipal auditor with large auditing firms and as an assistant finance director for a local municipality.  Kelly serves on several committees with the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association and the Illinois CPA Society.

Meeting and Program Agenda:

9:15 a.m.       Coffee and Conversation

9:45 a.m.       LACONI Administrator’s Section Business Meeting

10:00 a.m.     Program

12:15 p.m.     Optional Lunch   (Boxed lunches from Panera.)

To reserve your seat visit  Deadline to register is 5p.m. November 9, 2014.

The cost of this program, for those libraries that have renewed their membership for the November 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014 year, is $15.00 without lunch and $25.00 with lunch. If your library has not paid for membership for the November 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014 period, the cost of attendance is $25.00 without lunch and $35.00 with lunch.

Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI), Conference November 13-14

Registration is now open for the annual conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI), November 13-14, 2014.

The annual conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) will take place November 13-14, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Illinois ( The theme of this year’s conference is “Communicate/Advocate.” 

This year’s featured keynote speaker is Mary Ellen Bates. Mary is the author of seven books and numerous articles on the information industry.  She has a MLS from the University of California Berkley and has worked in special libraries for over a decade before starting her own information services business in Colorado.

In addition to the keynote address, the conference will be offering three CE credit classes.  These include:

--Information Alchemy:  Transforming Information into Insight  (8 hours) --Pubmed for Experts  (4 hours)

--Measuring What Matters to Stakeholders   (4 hours)

Please note that there will be an early evening reception on Thursday, November 13.  Registration is available online at: Early Bird registration applies through November 1, 2014.