Continuing Education News

ABOS Annual Conference: Outreach Services-Not So Hidden Treasures

The Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services (ABOS) will hold its annual conference in Illinois for the first time! The conference will be held at Pheasant Run Resort, in St. Charles, IL October 14-16, 2015.  ABOS is an affiliate of ALA, and the organization is an advocate for quality Outreach services provided to patrons of all ages in all types of libraries.  Our keynote speaker will be Mary Beth Reidner, a retired Illinois librarian who is a strong advocate for library services for Alzheimer's and other dementia patients.  She started the Alzheimer's & Related Dementias Interest Group for ALA.  Sessions at the conference include how to build partnerships; successful Outreach stories; how to connect with your community; marketing; selecting Outreach vehicles; and much more.  We will have a Bookmobile/Outreach Vehicle evening event called "Beverages, Brats, & Bookmobiles".  Attendees will be able to tour the vehicles and see a demonstration of Outreach programming.

To learn more about the ABOS conference, go to:  For further information on ABOS membership, go to:  For any questions, please contact Marianne Thompson, Vice President of ABOS at:  mmthompson [at] fountaindale [dot] org

LACONI TSS: Cataloging Fundamentals September 11

If you are a new copy cataloger or need a little refresher ...if you work in another area but need to know how and why catalogers do the things they do ...if you're worried about choosing the right record, deciding when a record matches, or what RDA means to your work—then help is on the way. This basic overview of cataloging for print and AV materials will focus on the things copy catalogers, and others who may work with MARC records, need to know.

Speakers: Richard A. Stewart, Cataloging Supervisor, Indian Trails Library District and Joy Anhalt, Technical Services Manager, Tinley Park Public Library

Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch: Members $30.00; Non-members $40.00.

You can either order online at or by mailing the registration form to Amy Weiss, LACONI TSS Treasurer, Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Dr., Woodridge, IL 60517-5014  (630) 487-2547 aweiss [at] woodridgelibrary [dot] org.

Please pass this along to anyone in any department in your library who may be interested in attending.


2016 Illinois Youth Services Institute: Call for Proposals due October 31, 2015

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.

Call for Proposals: To make IYSI great, we need you! Please consider sharing best practices that you have developed for your awesome programs, collaborations, and library services for youth. Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2015. Use the online form to submit your program proposal. The form cannot be saved. Once you enter your information and click submit, you cannot edit it at a later time.

For more information, visit the 2016 Illinois Youth Services Institute website:

Digital and Preservation Classes

Upcoming Digital and Preservation Classes from LYRASIS:

Introduction to METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard)

August 20, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

(This class is also given as part 2 of the two-session Metadata for Digitization and Preservation.)

Preservation of Photographic Materials - 8/12 and 8/13 (This is a Multi-Session Event)

Introduction to METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard)
- 8/20

Fragile Imaging: Lantern Slides, Glass Plate Negatives and Daguerreotypes- 8/27

Free Demos and Info Sessions

LYRASIS Products and Services Showcase: Docuseek2
- 8/10 and 8/13

LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative Information Session  - 8/13

RAILS members: See the RAILS website for information on discounts on events and products from LYRASIS.