Continuing Education News

Polish American Librarians Program April 17

Dominic Pacyga and John Gurda, two of the best and widely celebrated authors of books about the Polish American experience, will keynote a unique opportunity for librarians and library lovers to learn more about the cultural heritage of Poles in America: the Annual Meeting of the Polish American Librarians Association April 17 (10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Don't miss this chance to hear these dynamic speakers, see the historic treasures of the university library, network with library professionals, and enjoy a Polish buffet lunch! 

The program is free for members of the Polish American Librarians Association or $10 for friends. And you don't have to be Polish! 

Contact palalib [at] gmail [dot] com for more information and to RSVP.

Call for Proposals for 2nd Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference

The 2nd Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC16) will be held on August 9-11th at St. Ambrose University campus, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities). The conference will be held jointly with the 2016 CONTENTdm User Group Meeting, sponsored by OCLC, on August 10-11th. 

Call for Proposals

You can help make this a great conference! Consider sharing your experience and expertise by submitting a program proposal for a session, workshop, or lightning presentation. The planning committee has created a list of potential topics of interest, but proposals on all relevant topics are welcome. Submit your proposal by Friday, April 29, 2016.  

Suggested Topics

Below is an abbreviated list of topics, but you can view the full list here.

  • Accessibility and access 
  • CONTENTdm user topics
  • Digital preservation and content management
  • Metadata 
  • Project planning & project management
  • Promoting use and reuse of digital collections 

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you!

- Sara Ring (ring0089 [at] umn [dot] edu) and Emily Pfotenhauer (emily [at] wils [dot] org), on behalf of the UMDCC planning committee

More About the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference

The UMDCC provides opportunities for digital collections creators and curators in the region and beyond to network, share best practices, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn from leaders in digital cultural heritage.

Minitex, RAILS, and WiLS, along with a regional planning committee, are the primary organizers of the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference. In addition, St. Ambrose University Library is the local host and is donating staff time and planning support for this three-day event. The CONTENTdm Users Group meeting (August 10-11th) is sponsored by OCLC; their support means that this portion of the conference is free to current and potential CONTENTdm users.

Visit the conference website for more information.

3D Printing Summit

Recharge Committee 3D Printing Summit

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Location: Naperville Public Library – 95th Street Library

Are you interested in starting a 3D printing program at your library, or do you already have one and would like to learn some tips and tricks from other libraries?

At the Recharge Committee's 3D Printing Summit, you will hear from four libraries with successful 3D printing programs. Learn what has worked for them and what hasn’t, hear their 3D printing best practices, and get ideas for starting or building on your 3D printing program. After the presentations, there will be a moderated discussion with time to ask questions or share your own experiences.

After the program, there will be an optional tour of the 95th Street Library.


Jonathan Charles, Naperville Public Library
Cathleen Doyle, Northbrook Public Library
Barbara Fitzgerald and Emilie Alcock, Mount Prospect Public Library
Brian Wilson, Ela Area Public Library


Cost: FREE, sponsored by TBS, H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning, and Recorded Books.

Library OnConference "On It": Thursday, April 14, 2016

Library OnConference "On It": Thursday, April 14, 2016

No travel/hotel costs. No transportation.  Just ideas, inspiration, and conversation. 

Library OnCon is a networking event for public librarians, taking place virtually through Google Hangouts.  This year, the conference will provide fresh insights on career and personal development. With the vast knowledge of our presenters, we guarantee there will be something for everyone.

A schedule of live Google Hangout breakout sessions is now available:  Breakout session participants are on a first-come, first served basis, and no registration is necessary.   Speakers include Peter Wardrip, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (Keynote),  Jennifer Drinka, Crystal Lake Public Library; Emily Vinci, Schaumburg Township District Library; Leah White, Ela Area Library, Michael Campagna, Barrington Area Library, and Lauren Rosenthal, Fox River Valley Public Library District .  Conference organizers are Barbara Alvarez, Westmont Public Library and Gwyneth Stupar, Barrington Area Library.

The Library OnConference is the first-ever international conference completely held on Google Hangouts/Google Hangouts On Air. For three years, over 300 professionals from the United States, Canada, and Ireland have watched industry speakers deliver keynote presentations via Google Hangouts On Air and then meet in small networking groups via Google Hangouts for more in-depth discussion.  The 2016 Library OnConference has been generously funded through a RAILS Continuing Education grant.   Visit for more information and to sign up for e-news, or Follow Us on Twitter @lib_oncon. 

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