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3rd Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference

Call for Proposals

On behalf of the Conference Program Committee, we invite you to submit a proposal for the 3rd Annual Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference. The event will be held in Indianapolis, IN at the Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing. This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to gather information and communicate with other colleagues.

We invite program proposals from October 12, 2015 to January 15, 2016.

Accepted program proposal submissions should be 45 minutes in length including time for questions. Proposals might focus on any of the following areas:

  • Resource Sharing Best Practices
  • Marketing Services
  • Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
  • Workflow Improvements
  • Cooperative Collection Development
  • Consortial or Group Purchasing
  • Purchase on Demand
  • Reciprocal Borrowing
  • Shared Staffing and Training
  • Shared Discovery Layers
  • E-Books
  • Resource Sharing in Next Gen Systems
  • Shared Print Projects

Please submit a 150-200 word proposal for your presentation via the GLRSC website.

Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, and those presenters who are selected will be notified by February 12, 2016.

Please direct any questions to Pamela Grudzien (grudz1pa [at] cmich [dot] edu (subject: GLRSC%20call%20for%20proposals) ) and Mark Sullivan (sullivm [at] geneseo [dot] edu (subject: GLRSC%20call%20for%20proposals) ).

Publishing Opportunity

The Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference is partnering with the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserve to feature 2016 conference papers in a special issue. Presenters will have the opportunity to publish a version of their conference presentation, but are not obligated to do so. More information about this publishing opportunity is available at

Preconference Survey

Help us plan the preconference on June 9, 2016 by completing a short survey (only five questions) at Please complete the survey by Friday, Oct. 23, 2015.

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Reforma Midwest Chapter Meeting October 9

The Fall 2015 Meeting of the Reforma Midwest Chapter will be held at:

Held by conference call from different locations
6501 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2015

See the meeting agenda for more information. Please RSVP to: midwestreformachapter [at] gmail [dot] com.

Reforma is a national organization that advocates for library services to Latinos/Spanish-speaking. Non-members are always welcome at meetings.

World Languages Networking Group Meeting - October 21, 2015

Date:  Wednesday October 21, 2015

Time: 10:00 am - noon

Where: Niles Public Library, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles, IL 60714

Anyone involved in World Language collection development is welcome to attend.

This meeting will be a general discussion of topics and issues related to World Languages collection development. There will not be any guest presenters or vendors at this meeting.  The discussion points we hope to cover include:

  • weeding strategies - especially for low-circulating languages
  • determining which languages to collect
  • cataloging
  • sources for title ideas
  • fiction/nonfiction breakdown and if this varies by language
  • starting a language collection from "zero"
  • world languages ebooks and eaudiobooks

We will try to get to as many of these points as possible.

Please RSVP to Gina Sheade at
gsheade [at] vapld [dot] info or call 847-634-3650 (ext. 422). 

LACONI TSS Program: Linked Data 101

Linked Data 101: Is This Web of Data Really Real?

You've heard talk of linked data, shared vocabularies like BIBFRAME and, library visibility, and end user fulfillment. But what is it, why does it matter, and who needs to be involved?  Join us for an engaging, interactive discussion that gives you a great introduction to the world of linked data. You will learn you can take steps today to help your library better weave into the new fabric of the Web.


Speaker: Jeff Penka, Vice President of Product Management at Zepheira.

When:           Thursday October 29, 2015

Time:            10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where:          Barrington Area Public Library

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

Lunch choice: Beef, Turkey, Vegetarian, Salad with Chicken.

Any special dietary request, please notify as soon as possible and indicate on the registration form.


Please register online at or send the registration form and a check payable to LACONI to

Woodridge Public Library, Attn: Amy Weiss, LACONI TSS Treasurer, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge, IL 60517

Amy Weiss

aweisss [at] woodridgelibrary [dot] org

(630) 487-2547

Reaching Across Illinois Library System

125 Tower Drive • Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Fax: 630.734.5050

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