Continuing Education News

Recharge Unconference

Looking to re-energize your innovation and creativity? Join us on October 30th as we transform to Recharge: Continuing Education for Library Leaders at our first Unconference. You’ll participate in hands-on learning activities, hear from innovators in the field, and be inspired by keynote speaker, Beck Tench, an educator, designer, and technologist. This isn’t your average unconference. Be prepared to move, explore, discuss, and have fun!

When: Friday, October 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Where: Gail Borden Public Library

Cost: FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS. Optional $10 boxed lunch from Panera. Beverages are not included.

More details available at

Space is limited! Register today.

Free LYRASIS Classes and Events

A list of free webinars and events sponsored by LYRASIS can be found at: Included are programs on digitization, open source software, other demos, etc.

User Experience Research Workshop July 22

Join LibraryUX Chicago for a special workshop on understanding user needs and behaviors, featuring Gemma Petrie, UX expert and Senior Design Researcher at Mozilla Foundation. Through a combination of discussion and hands-on activities, participants will leave this session with the practical tools and methods necessary to begin applying UX concepts at their home institutions. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Richard J. Daley Library, UIC, 801 S. Morgan St., Chicago, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

LibraryUX Chicago is a local assessment and user experience group, formed to share information, receive training, and leverage local expertise to enhance current practices.

Registration and more information

Customer Service the Unshelved Way

Please join SAILS in welcoming Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, authors of the Unshelved comic strip for a half-day or whole-day Staff Development Opportunity!  In addition, we welcome Debbie Gockman, certified life coach who will be leading us in Reducing Stress in the Workplace, and Kara Kohn, digital collection guru from Plainfield Public Library District, who will treat us to an e-book update, including digital downloads in a hands-on session.

What:  Staff Development Day

Where:  Coal City High School Auditorium, Coal City, IL

When:  Friday, August 7th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Cost:  TBD, invoices will be sent following the event.  Lunch cost will be included for full-day attendees.

More details available at

Please contact Lauren Offerman at laureno [at] trpld [dot] org for questions, additional details, or to register.  This event is sponsored by Reaching Across Illinois Library System.