Continuing Education News

Small Archival Projects Conference April 17

Please attend the Small Archival Projects Conference at Loras College, Dubuque, IA, on April 17, 2015.

The conference, sponsored by DALINC (Dubuque Area Library Information Consortium), provides an opportunity to learn about and discuss the basics of small digital archival projects. 

The keynote speaker is Noah Lenstra. Noah is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in Library & Information Science at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Noah's keynote is entitled "Start Where You Are: Organizing People and Technology to Create High-Impact Digital Heritage with Minimal Funding."

More information about Noah is available at:

Session descriptions and presenters can be found at:

Register by March 20, 2015 at:

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues. 

2015 Annual LACONI Library Trustee Banquet

Date: Friday April 17, 2015 6:00p.m.

Featured Speaker: John H. Falk, Ph.D., Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University will present "The Museum Experience and Public Libraries"

Location: Alta Villa Banquets, Addison, IL

Cost: $38.00 per person (Includes appetizers, soup, salad, entree and dessert)

Visit for more details and to register. Register by April 10th at 5p.m.

2015 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

Applications are now open for the 2015 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF). The Conable Conference Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the American Library Association's Annual Conference. The 2015 ALA Annual Conference will be held June 25-30 in San Francisco, California.

The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship.

The scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, and housing for six nights, along with a $300 stipend for meals and other expenses. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and events at the conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and provide a report about his/her experiences. The recipient also will receive a one-year FTRF membership and will be invited, although not required, to provide daily updates about his/her experience on the Freedom to Read Foundation blog.

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2015 Conable Conference Scholarship is Friday, April 3, 2015; the award will be announced by the first week in May.

Who is eligible: Students currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited LIS degree program or an AASL-recognized master's program in school librarianship and new professionals (those who are three or fewer years removed from receiving a library school degree) are eligible to receive the Conable Conference Scholarship. Those interested must submit an application that includes two references and an essay detailing their interest in intellectual freedom issues. Applicants also are required to attach a résumé. If the recipient has already registered for ALA's Annual Conference, he or she will have the conference fee refunded.

To apply for the Conable Conference Scholarship, visit For more information, please contact Jonathan Kelley at 800.545.2433, x 4226 or jokelley [at] ala [dot] org.

Registration Open for Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference

Registration is now OPEN! Reserve your space for the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference on June 4 and 5, 2015 at the Radisson in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  

Schedule in brief:

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 1:00 to 2:30PM – Tour of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 3:00PM to 5:00PM – OCLC Update

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 5:00PM to 7:00PM – Opening Reception

Friday, June 5, 2015 – 9:00AM to 3:45PM (Keynote and concurrent sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch included)

Keynote Address: 

Mark Sullivan, Executive Director of the IDS Project, a New York based library cooperative that focuses on community and innovation.

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Beyond Patron-Driven Acquisition: Broader Uses of Resource-Sharing Data in Collection Development
  • Don’t Miss the Boat! Navigating the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States
  • Crowd-Funding for Open Access E-Resources
  • Charting New Waters: Partnering to Provide  “On Demand” Services
  • Indiana ILL, They Are A-Changin’
  • And many more!

Presenters from Illinois include:

Conference Rates:

The conference registration fee is $75 ($95 for registration after May 15) and includes the preconference on Thursday June 4, all sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch on Friday, June 5.

Join your resource sharing partners and “set sail for uncharted waters” with us!!

For hotel reservations and other information, please see the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference website.

Flyer (PDF)