Continuing Education News

Reforma February Meeting

Join us on Friday, February 5th, from 1-5 pm, at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Richard J. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St., Room 1-470 (first floor) to hear Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, assistant professor at the University of Illinois' Graduate School of Library and Information Science, speak about cultural competence and how it can best serve our diverse communities. 

Attached you will find both an agenda and a flyer for the event. Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested.

We are still in the process of figuring out the best call-in option to use. As soon as we have concrete details, we will create a follow-up post.

Feel free to send any questions to our email: midwestreformachapter [at] gmail [dot] com.

World Languages Networking Group Meeting - February 17, 2016

Date: Wednesday February 17, 2016

Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Where: Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale 60108

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

The topic of this meeting will be Indian Languages Collection Development and Promotion.

We plan to talk via Skype with Monica Khosla from India for Everyone.  There will also be an opportunity to share information, resources and experiences with regard to Indian Languages collections.  It would be helpful to have some questions for Monica in advance of the meeting.  Please submit any questions you may have to Gina Sheade at gsheade [at] vapld [dot] info.

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

Registration Open for Illinois Youth Services Institute (IYSI) 2016

Registration Open! Early bird pricing ends February 24, 2016.

Illinois Youth Services Institute (IYSI)
April 1-2, 2016
Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel and Conference Center

The 2016 Illinois Youth Services Institute (IYSI) Be Bold! Experiment brings together Youth Services library staff from all across the state, giving them an opportunity to grow, network, and be inspired. This inaugural institute will be held at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Normal, IL, on April 1-2, 2016. Youth Services is undergoing a profound transformation, as libraries continue to evolve and redefine their roles in the community. This two-day conference will bring together more than 200 children and teen services staff to share and experience best practices during these times of change. Formal sessions, vendor exhibits, and hands-on opportunities combined with the networking opportunities will create a dynamic and collaborative learning environment for all.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register:

This Institute has been developed by LACONI YSS and the Illinois Library Association, in collaboration with RAILS and Illinois Heartland Library System.

Discount for Library Journal’s "Day of Dialog" Events on May 11

Library Journal and School Library Journal are sponsoring all-day professional development events called “Day of Dialog” on Wednesday, May 11 in Chicago. These annual gatherings give a close-up look at upcoming books and the latest trends in the library and publishing worlds.

There are two separate professional development events for the library and school library communities. The School Library Journal event is geared to school and children’s library staff and Library Journal’s event targets adult library staff. Both provide attendees with high content panels on trends in books, technology and publishing, access to exclusive author signings, and an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country in an intimate library-centric setting.

Both events sell out year after year. As the events have been moved from New York to Chicago this year, Library Journal is hoping for a stellar turnout! Space is limited, so register soon.

See more about the events online and note that additional program and speaker information will be coming soon. A 20% discount is available for RAILS members (with this discount code: Local20).

Library Journal Day of Dialog:

School Library Journal Day of Dialog:

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