Continuing Education News

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.

School Library Journal Online Conference SummerTeen 2015 August 13

Join SLJ on Thursday, August 13, 2015 for a full day of free online programming tackling important issues impacting your teen collection and programming. You’ll hear directly from authors about their current and forthcoming titles in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience. 

Panels will focus on important teen issues and trends, including the transgendered experience, selecting quality nonfiction, and navigating romance genre mashups. 

New this year are sessions dedicated entirely to teen services and programming! Learn from innovative librarians about gaming in the library, setting up teen volunteer groups, and launching a “Con” in your library. 

Plus, explore our virtual exhibit hall and hear directly from publishers about their newest books you’ll want for your collection this year, and enjoy live chats with featured authors. 

SummerTeen is a free, completely virtual conference—no traveling and no cost! It’s a must for teen and young adult services librarians, and educators from public and school library settings, as well as teen advisory groups, book clubs, and anyone who loves YA/teen literature. 

Registration includes access to the SummerTeen archives for on-demand viewing at your convenience! 

For more information about this conference, please visit