Continuing Education News

Copyright Day at UW-Parkside April 16

If you are a creator of new knowledge, if you use research and others' creations as part of your work, if you are teaching online or may be in the future, or if you advertise in any way, you will want to attend this fun and informative conference.

Keynote speaker, Carrie Russell, American Library Association’s Director for the Program on Public Access to Information, will address "How to Think About Copyright."

Two sets of breakout sessions will follow, examining the following issues:
Authors' Rights (Sarah Shreeves; University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign)
Media and Copyright (Dawn Larsen; Columbia College Chicago)
Distance Education and Copyright (Tim Gritten and Kristin Woodward; UW-Milwaukee)
Marketing and Copyright (Laura Mason, Don Lintner, Beth McGee; UW-Parkside)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

UW-Parkside, Student Center Ballroom
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144


Early Registration is $49 (until April 9); Regular Registration is $69 (after April 9). Breakfast is provided. This event is free to the UW-Parkside Community, but registration is required.

This event sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Parkside Copyright Team.

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Support the Common Core

You've heard of Common Core Standards (CCS) but don't really know what they're about.* But your nearest school library media specialist is thick into CSS support and chances are the kids in the school are already asking for your help.

Join us on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Glenwood-Lynnwood Public Library for a session with Chris Balsano and all will be explained. Chris just retired as school library media specialist at Downers Grove North High School, and has been an adjunct instructor at Dominican University's GSLIS for the past ten years.

Chris will provide a brief CCS overview and will lead a lively and interactive session focusing on web 2.0 tools that support CCS. Bring your own laptop or use one at the library. You will leave this session with:

  • A clearer view of Common Core Standards
  • Practical hands-on experience with the same (free) web 2.0 tools used in the school library media center
  • Enhanced appreciation of the relationship between CCS implementation and your nonfiction collection
  • A bibliography of go-to sources for more information on CCS

Register below for this half-day session; $80, 3 CPDUs available. The session will take place at the Glenwood-Lynnwood Public Library, 19901 Stony Island Ave., Lynnwood, IL  60411. A link to use to pay online will be sent following your registration; or, mail a check to GSLIS Events, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest, IL 60305.

*In 2010 Illinois joined more than 40 states in a collaborative effort to raise learning standards and improve college and career readiness for all students. Called the Common Core Standards, schools are using these to establish clear expectations for what students should learn in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level. The standards are high, clear, and uniform to ensure that students are prepared for success in college and the workforce. By emphasizing depth over breadth, the Common Core ensures that students have a comprehensive understanding of key concepts. Teachers and administrators across the state are fully implementing the new standards during the 2013-14 school year. Many schools have already begun to incorporate elements of the new learning standards into their curricula. The Common Core determines what educators should teach, not how they should teach. Teachers will continue to have the freedom to tailor lesson plans to the individual needs of their students. The Common Core's higher standards and emphasis on applying knowledge to real world situations will better prepare Illinois students for the challenges facing them after high school.

LACONI Middle Managers Section Unconference

Friday, April 11, 2014

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

Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Come join us for a lively day of discussion and networking where no management issues will be off limits! Attendees will decide which topics will be used as the start of conversations to help each other through all kinds of management situations. Different activities throughout the program will keep the day moving and the conversation flowing. And remember: what's said at LACONI MMS, stays at LACONI MMS.

Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch: Members $35.00; Non-members $45.00.

To register, use the link at to pay online or print a registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Keisha Hester at khester [at] calumetcitypl [dot] org.: Register

Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community

Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions. Plus, it’s about developing a plan to serve, and more. This workshop is for all library staff.

April 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Kankakee Public Library

201 E. Merchant St, Kankakee

Phone: 815-939-4564

Registration is free at L2:

Note:  Please plan to bring or to purchase your lunch.

More Information

This event is sponsored by the Illinois State Library.