Continuing Education News

Streaming of Book Talker and Columnist Kathleen Baxter February 28

Special Offer to RAILS Libraries - Do you want to know about nonfiction books that will get kids excited about reading?

Dynamic School Library Journal book talker and columnist Kathleen Baxter will speak about books that appeal to kids on Friday, February 28 at Gail Borden Public Library for the Kane County Regional Office of Education Institute Day. Live Streaming of the first hour of her presentation will be held from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. via the Gail Borden YouTube Channel (no password required).
Kathleen has graciously approved of this streaming that will contain lively descriptions of a plethora of exciting non-fiction books such as, Why You Shouldn't Eat Your Boogers. For those who have seen her present at conferences, Gail Borden Public Library assures us that you will be entertained and informed.

Four Free Webinars: Cutting Edge Ideas for Public Librarians

Please join Dominican University GSLIS for a series of four free webinars this spring, "Cutting Edge Ideas for Public Libraries." Please share this opportunity with your public library students and colleagues! Attendees can jump-start innovation at the library and convene fellow staff to participate as a group brainstorming each idea to adapt to any library's needs. See, hear, and ask questions of the innovators themselves in this provocative series:

  *   "Reorganizing Reference for Maximum Community Impact"<> presented by Jason Kuhl, executive director of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Thurs. 3/27/14, 10-11 a.m. CST.
  *   "A Nature Classroom at the Library for Early Childhood Development" <> presented by Erin Francoeur, director of the Finney County Public Library in Garden City, Kansas. Thurs. 4/10/14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST.
  *   "Chasing (and Catching) New Public Library Patrons"<> presented by Jamie LaRue, former director of the Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Colorado. Thurs. 4/24/14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST.
  *   "Partnering for Community Economic Development" <> presented by Jim Cook, director of entrepreneurship and innnovation at Arizona State University and Michael Beck, adult services coordinator at the Scottsdale Public Library in Scottsdale, Arizona. Thurs. 5/8/14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST.

All series webinars are free to attend, but registration is required.

Webinars will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST in Blackboard Collaborate. System requirements may be found here<>. Approximately one week ahead of time, the link to participate will be emailed to registrants. Please be sure to test your system requirements ahead of time, and log in early on the day of the event to allow time to troubleshoot if necessary.

We look forward to "seeing" you online this spring!

World Languages Networking Group Meeting - February 26, 2014

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:00am until noon

Where: Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069, 847-634-3650

Anyone involved in world language collection development is welcome to attend.

The topic of this meeting will be Chinese Language Collection Development and Promotion.

We will be chatting via Skype with Maria Fung from the New York Public Library, a native Chinese speaker and expert in collecting Chinese material. Vendor Annie Wang of Booklinx in Lisle, Illinois will be present at our meeting.

Please RSVP to Gina Sheade at the Vernon Area Library via email at gsheade [at] vapld [dot] info or by phone at 847-634-3650, ext. 422.

Applications Open for Leading to the Future

Building on the success of the 2013 inaugural “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute, and thanks to generous support from Innovative Interfaces, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be offered again in August 2014. Led by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss, the institute will help future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead.

Through reflective and active learning, the institute offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts and frameworks, as well as to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time building a learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity. 

Participants in the 2013 inaugural institute highlighted the wide range of benefits they felt the institute offered, describing it as a “life-changing time” and including that it felt like a think tank of 40 energetic, talented and visionary librarians from all types of libraries, offering much learning from fellow participants. Robin R. Clark (library director, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion, Neb.) said, “It gave me direct learning tools to take back to my workplace and make an impact,” and Darlene Weber (managing librarian, Mill Creek Library, Wash.) commented, “I am better able to lead—rather than manage—my staff during a time of transition.”

The application process for the 2014 Institute (August 10-14, Eaglewood Resort, Ill.) is now open, with applications accepted through April 25, 2014. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer. Participation includes a free one-year membership in LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association).

Details and guidelines are at

Support for the Institute is provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc.  Innovative is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide.