Continuing Education News

LACONI OPP: Take Summer Reading On the Road!

Join LACONI-OPP at Downers Grove on July 17 to learn how to take summer reading on the road and boost numbers. 

Follow the registration info from LACONI. 

We’d all like to boost participation in our summer reading programs – but how?  Discover ways to take your programs out into the community that can help you reach those elusive non-users (of all ages) and build some great community ties in the process.

Jill Miatech, Public Programs Librarian at Kenosha Public Library, will discuss which offsite programs are working for her (and which aren’t). Bring your 2014 summer reading club participation numbers and a “must try” idea for the small-group brainstorming sessions that will follow.

Registration runs 5/15/15 through 7/13/15.

Check in at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and breakfast. Presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Lunch also provided.

Serving Children with Disabilities

"Serving Children with Disabilities," is among the upcoming fall courses at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library & Information Science. Information is available on this graduate-level course at: To find the course, do a Course Search for Fall 2015-2016 and choose assistant professor Sujin Huggins from the Faculty field. (RAILS understands that this course may be available for audit for GSLIS alumni.)

ILEAD USA Sessions Available Via Streaming

This week kicks off the second session of ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover), the State Library’s initiative to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools. Building on four successful cohorts held in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, this year’s session includes ten states to truly make this a nationwide experience. The nine participating states joining Illinois are:  Delaware, Maine, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin.

The following Illinois sessions are also available via streaming video:

  • The Fourth Turning: Leadership and Social Change

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Keynoter: James LaRue, CEO of LaRue & Associates, Castle Rock, Colorado. See
Streaming at:
At long last, there is a significant generational turnover. The Boomers are leaving. Gen-Xers and Millennials are moving up. Some historians suggest that this heralds a major shift in public consciousness. What will, what should, library leadership look like in the Fourth Turning?

Time: 11:30–11:45 a.m.
Q & A with Mr. LaRue

  • Learning Everywhere: the Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Time 9–10 a.m.
Keynoter: Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor, School of Information, San Jose State. University. See
Streaming at:
Emerging technologies are changing the way we live and learn. Libraries can play a key role in this future. Imagine the evolving hyperlinked library as a creation space, community space, anything space. Imagine this library available everywhere via mobile devices and tablets. Imagine opportunities for user learning supported and facilitated by librarians. How will library services change with MOOCs and mobile classrooms in the palm of one’s hand? What skills will staff require? What does the library as creative classroom look like? What does this future look like going forward as we encourage learning everywhere as a means for transformative change for ourselves and our users? This session will explore new ideas and thinking about learning at the library.   

Time: 11:30–11:45 a.m.
Q & A with Professor Stephens

  • Libraries as Platforms for World Domination

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Keynoter: David Lankes, Syracuse University, School of Information Studies, Syracuse, New York.  Professor and Dean’s Scholar on New Librarianship
Streaming at:
Libraries are platforms built by librarians to enable community empowerment. Those platforms may include collections and databases, but also maker spaces, gardens, Wi-Fi hotspots and recording studios. This talk will outline how thinking of platforms and not buildings changes how we position librarianship in our communities.

Time: 11:30–11:45 a.m.
Q & A with David Lankes

You can follow ILEAD USA through social media at:

ILEAD USA is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to the State Library from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Bookmobile and Library Outreach Networking Group (B'LONG)

Who: Anyone interested in library outreach
Where: Aurora Public Library -Santori Library , 101 S. Rivers St., Aurora, IL 60506
When: Friday, July 10, 10 am - Noon
R.S.V.P. by July 6 - Kathleen Butzen -kbutzen [at] aurorapubliclibrary [dot] org

Join us for the next meeting of B'LONG at the new Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora. Come prepared to tell us how your summer reading programs are going, what outreach programs you have planned for the fall, and hear information about the upcoming Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services conference in October to be held at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. Aftward, join us for a tour of the building; a state-of-the art center for technology, information, literacy, creativity and community. Check out the maker space with a 3D printer, design and manufacture items such as laser cutter, oculus rift, Arduino kits, plotter printer, a digital media studio for recording and editing music and videos, temperature controlled genealogy room, family computer lab, laptop bar (sadly, no cocktails served!), and an absolutely beautiful children's department.

Please say you can make it and feel free to bring a colleague!