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LACONI TSS: Cataloging Boot Camp for Books

A refresher workshop in cataloging books, this workshop will focus on the nuts and bolts of cataloging books in MARC following RDA principles. This program will include an in-depth discussion of the MARC tags and subfields for books.

Speaker: Chris Oliver, Head of Resource Description and Metadata Services at the University of Ottawa Library.

Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch:

Members $30.00; Non-members $40.00.
Due to space limitations we are asking for a two person per library limit on registrations. (First consideration to orders placed online)
Lunch choice: Smoked Turkey, Asiago Beef, Mediterranean Veggie or Classic Salad with Chicken.
Any special dietary request, please notify as soon as possible and indicate on the registration form.

Please send the registration form (link attached) and a check payable to LACONI, Inc.:

Woodridge Public Library, Attn: Amy Weiss, Treasurer, 3 Plaza Dr., Woodridge, IL 60517-5014.

Find out more information or to register online, go to

Friday, February 19 St. Charles Public Library, One South 6th Ave., St. Charles

9:15 – 9:25 – Sign-in and Refreshments
9:25 – 9:30 – Section Business Meeting
9:30 – 3:00 – Program (includes lunch)

Playing Nice in the Sandbox: Conflict Resolution in the Library

Conflict is a given in any group setting, from families to clubs to your workplace. As middle managers, we face workplace conflicts within our departments, between departments and with administration. This session will start with a panel discussion and then open to group discussion to share strategies to help you resolve issues, soothe hurt feelings and strengthen your team.

Panelists include:

  • Jill Boreham, Human Resources Manager, Fountaindale Public Library District
  • Ellen Kaiser, Patron (Circulation) Services Manager, Deerfield Public Library
  • Kristi Miller, Youth Services Manager, Geneva Public Library District
  • Nicole Wilhelms, Adult & Teen Services Manager, Downers Grove Public Library

Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch:

  • Members $30.00; Non-members $40.00.
  • Lunch choice: Smoked Turkey, Asiago Beef or Mediterranean Veggie.
  • Any special dietary request, please notify as soon as possible and indicate on the registration form.

Please send the registration form (link to be added) and a check payable to LACONI, Inc.:

  • Calumet City Public Library, Attn: Keisha Hester, LACONI MMS Treasurer, 660 Manistee Ave, Calumet City, IL 60409.
  • To register additional attendees from your library, please complete as many copies of this form as needed.
  • Find more information at


  • 9:30 – 10:00 – Sign-in and Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00 – Presentation
  • 12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch and Tour
  • 1:00 – 3:00 – Presentation
  • 3:00 – 3:30 – Section Business Meeting
March 11 Fountaindale Public Library District 300 W Briarcliff Rd Bolingbrook, IL United 
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:
Middle Managers

Registration Open for Illinois Youth Services Institute (IYSI) 2016

IYSI logoRegistration Open! Early bird pricing ends February 24, 2016.

Illinois Youth Services Institute (IYSI)
April 1-2, 2016
Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel and Conference Center

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. Youth Services is undergoing a profound transformation, as libraries continue to evolve and redefine their roles in the community. This two-day conference will bring together more than 200 children and teen services staff to share and experience best practices during these times of change. Formal sessions, vendor exhibits, and hands-on opportunities combined with the networking opportunities will create a dynamic and collaborative learning environment for all.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register:

This Institute has been developed by LACONI YSS and the Illinois Library Association, in collaboration with RAILS and Illinois Heartland Library System.

Music: Play with Purpose with Jim Gill Workshop February 26

Jim Gill will be giving a workshop on February 26, 2016 from 9 - 12 at the American Legion Post #979 in Bartonville, IL.  Mr. Gill is a musician and author with unique credentials among childrens' artists.  He is a child development specialist, completing his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play. For this reason, each of Jim's recordings and books are created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult. Join for an entertaining and informative workshop that will inspire and delight.  The fee is $5.00.  Please contact Sara Bell at 497-3822 ext.14 or sara [at] alphapark [dot] org.

This workshop is sponsored by CIRCL, the Central Illinois Regional Children's Librarians. This program is partially funded by a RAILS networking/continuing education group grant.

Reaching Across Illinois Library System

125 Tower Drive • Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Fax: 630.734.5050

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