Continuing Education News

LACONI TSS: RDA Serials Cataloging with Jennifer Young

Want to know what to enter in fields 310, 362,or 588? This program will help you do that! Join us to learn about the OCLC MARC elements of RDA for cataloging serials. Jennifer B. Young is the Serials Catalog Librarian at Northwestern University Library, Evanston. Visit to register online for this event or print out the program flier and send a check payable to LACONI to: Woodridge Public Library, Amy Weiss, LACONI TSS Treasurer, 3 Plaza Dr., Woodridge, IL 60517-5014.

Friday, March 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Schaumburg Public Library District


Reaching Forward South April 17 2015

Reaching Forward South

 Friday, April 17, 2015 (8:00 AM - 3:30 PM)

  • University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Center

    $75.00 Conference Fee

The 2015 conference for library support staff, "Working Together, Building our Future," is scheduled to take place April 17, 2015, at the University of Illinois at Springfield. See for more details.

Conference Schedule

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Session One Room One: Library System History – IHLS; Room Two: Genealogy for Libraries; Room Three: Childrens’ Programming: iRead | Make It

Lunch Room: eRead Illinois: Tech Petting Zoo

10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. – Morning Break

10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. – Session Two Room One: Library System History – RAILS; Room Two: Weeding and Book Repair; Room Three: Teen Programming: NIU STEM | Jr. Friends of the Library

Lunch Room: eRead Illinois: Tech Petting Zoo

11:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Session Three Room One: Customer Service: Dealing with Difficult People | Serving the Spanish Speaking Community; Room Two: Edge Initiative | Social Media; Room Three: Adult Programming: Maker Space | Adult Book Clubs

Lunch Room: eRead Illinois: Tech Petting Zoo

2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. – Afternoon Break

2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Session Four Room One: Library Videos; Room Two: Cataloging; Room Three: Childrens’ Programming: Book Buggy | Little Libraries

Lunch Room: eRead Illinois: Tech Petting Zoo

Conference Registration:  Registration for the conference is by completing the Reaching Forward South Registration Form 2015 and submitting it using the information contained therein. For more information call 309-286-5791 or email committee_rfs [at] reachingforwardsouth [dot] org


United for Libraries Nuts and Bolts for Trustees, Friends, Foundations Jan. 30

United for Libraries will host “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, January 30 at McCormick Place West, W185bc during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

The popular Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics of interest to Trustees, Friends, Foundations and advocates (download the agenda PDF, 105 kb). Those planning to attend the Nuts & Bolts program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting should RSVP to united [at] ala [dot] org. Speakers include:

  • Donor Relationships: Stewardship & Communication: Catherine Brown, chief operating officer and Veronica Brown, director of individual giving and communications, Chicago Public Library Foundation.
  • Donor and Board Member Development: Paula Beswick; foundation director, Bozeman (Montana) Library Foundation.
  • How to Book an Author at Your Library: Virginia Stanley, director; academic and library Marketing, HarperCollins and Erica Melnichok, library marketing manager; Penguin Random House.
  • Grassroots Advocacy - Working with your State Elected Officials: Kip Kolkmeier, Illinois Library Association legislative consultant.

Roundtable discussions will be held on fundraising, marketing, social media, book sales, the role of Trustees and more.

Those planning to attend the Nuts & Bolts program should RSVP to united [at] ala [dot] org. For information on registering to attend United for Libraries programs, visit

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick [at] ala [dot] org.

LACONI Admin. Program Evolving Leadership – The Way We Lead Continues to Change

Time and Date: February 20, 2015 9:00am-Noon

Location: Itasca Community Library

Speaker: Captain William Bulis, Commanding Officer of the Great Lakes Naval Station

Description: By definition (and job description) we are all leaders. But few of us have taken any sort of formal leadership training. It may even seem that many of us became leaders almost by accident.  But it wasn’t.  Before we were directors we were people that others looked to for guidance, confirmation and insight.  We were hired as library directors because we had leadership traits that were apparent to those around us.

Captain William Bulis has spent his entire career leading others.  A graduate of the US Naval Academy, CPT Bulis is the Commanding Officer of the Great Lakes Naval Station, responsible for the training of over 38,000 men and women completing boot camp and another 13,000 sailors attending advanced technical schools.

Captain Bullis will talk about how leadership has evolved during his career.  He’ll discuss how the people he leads have changed along with changes in our society and how he’s had to adapt his leadership style to meet their needs.

 Visit for more details and to register.