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Proposals Invited for ARSL Conference

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) invites proposals for break-out session presentations for the 2015 Conference to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, October 1 - 3, 2015.

Proposals for these one-hour sessions can be submitted using the online form at: The deadline is March 13, 2015. All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Programming Committee. Those who submit a proposal will be notified whether or not their proposal was accepted by April 6, 2015.

This year’s conference theme is “Rockin’ in Little Rock.” Suggested themes include the following:

Libraries Rock ….

·         Building Community Partners

·         Solving Problems with New Approaches

·         Creative Management

·         Technology Tools

Workshops must be geared toward the small and rural library audience, and those that are practical, hands-on, and how-to are preferred. (This is not the proper venue for post-graduate dissertations or marketing products.) Additional instructions are included on the form.  

Workshop presenters will receive one complimentary conference registration per workshop title selected. (i.e. a team of three presenters working on one workshop will receive one complimentary registration).   

The committee is looking forward to receiving your submissions.

LACONI CSS: The Art of Happy & Healthy Living through Meditation & Relaxation

Just in time for spring rejuvenation!

Learn the art of happy and healthy living from Anu Malhotra, an experienced health care executive, certified yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic practitioner.  Anu has extensive knowledge of the human mind/body relationship.  Her holistic approach will help you increase your health and happiness index.   She will teach you simple relaxing techniques and meditation exercises that will calm your mind and relax your body.  Your actions produce positive outcomes when your mind and body feel at peace.


When: Thursday, March 19, 2015                 

Where: Orland Park Public Library            

                14921 S. Ravinia Ave    

                Orland Park, IL 60462   

Time: 9:30 am

See for details and registration.

LACONI Program on the Basics of Design for Non-Designers March 13

Join Patrick McNeil on March 13 at Skokie Public Library (Radmacher Room) for this two-hour crash course into the world of design. Learn what it means to design something, and the fundamental ideas behind different types of design like Web Design, Print Design, and User-Expereince Design. From there we will dive into the guiding principles used to design good web interfaces. This lecture focuses on practical take aways that will allow you to create more attractive and effective designs in all mediums.

Patrick McNeil is a UX Designer, professor at Univ MO St. Louis, creator of Design Meltdown and the author of six web design books, including The Web Designer’s Idea Book series. His website is

Meeting and Program Agenda:

9:00 a.m.   Coffee and Conversation
9:30 a.m. – noon   Presentation and Q&A

To reserve your seat, register, and pay online HERE
or complete the purchase form and send checks to:

Joliet Public Library,
150 N. Ottawa St.,
Joliet, IL 60432.

Deadline to register is March 13, 2015.

The cost of this program, for those libraries that have renewed their membership for the January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 year, is $15.00. If your library has not paid for membership for the January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 period, the cost of attendance is $25.00.

Register here

LACONI Middle Managers Section: What the F...? Followers, Fun and Firing

Friday, May 1, 2015

9:30AM to 3:00PM

Northern Illinois University Naperville

Special Events Room 101 A, B, C

1120 E Diehl Rd

Naperville, IL 60563

A whole new generation of librarians is surging into the profession.  Jamie LaRue of LaRue Associates and Consulting will demonstrate how to pick the best of them, how to make change almost irresistible, and how to liberate your library from those who have taken it hostage.  Co-sponsored by LACONI Reference / Adult Services Section (RASS).

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

To register, please complete the printed form, or visit our EventBrite page.