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Recording of Managing Your Records Webinar

A link to a recorded webinar, “Managing Your Records and the Local Records Act,” is available on the Illinois State Library's website. Intended for public library trustees and administrators, the webinar reviews the responsibility of local governments in overseeing the retention of records.

The presenter, Robert Boots from the Illinois State Archives, explains how to request an initial inventory of local records and reviews the disposal process that units of local government must follow.

Proposals Due April 29 for Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference

Submit a Proposal for the 2016 Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference!

The 2nd Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC16) will be held on August 9-11th at St. Ambrose University campus, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities). The conference will be held jointly with the 2016 CONTENTdm User Group Meeting, sponsored by OCLC, on August 10-11th. 

Call for Proposals

You can help make this a great conference! Consider sharing your experience and expertise by submitting a program proposal for a session, workshop, or lightning presentation. The planning committee has created a list of potential topics of interest, but proposals on all relevant topics are welcome. Submit your proposal by Friday, April 29, 2016.  

Suggested Topics

Below is an abbreviated list of topics, but you can view the full list here.

  • Accessibility and access 
  • CONTENTdm user topics
  • Digital preservation and content management
  • Metadata 
  • Project planning & project management
  • Promoting use and reuse of digital collections 

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Sara Ring (ring0089 [at] umn [dot] edu) and Emily Pfotenhauer (emily [at] wils [dot] org), on behalf of the UMDCC planning committee

More About the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference

The UMDCC provides opportunities for digital collections creators and curators in the region and beyond to network, share best practices, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn from leaders in digital cultural heritage.

Minitex, RAILS, and WiLS, along with a regional planning committee, are the primary organizers of the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference. In addition, St. Ambrose University Library is the local host and is donating staff time and planning support for this three-day event. The CONTENTdm Users Group meeting (August 10-11th) is sponsored by OCLC; their support means that this portion of the conference is free to current and potential CONTENTdm users.

Visit the conference website for more information.

Consumer Health Library Webinar April 26

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) will host the Medical Library Association’s webinar:

The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Location: UIC LHS Room 303, Chicago, IL


There is no charge to participants for attending this webinar.

Participants will earn 1.5 MLA CE contact hours. This webinar can be applied toward the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Information about LHS location and parking can be found at  Questions?  Please contact haburt [at] uic [dot] edu.

This project has been funded with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00005-C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Registration Open for Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference

Registration is now OPEN!  Reserve your space for the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference on June 9 and 10, 2016 at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Schedule in brief:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

  • 12:30 to 3:15 PM—OCLC custom holdings workshop; data blitz with short, practical presentations; Unlocking the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States
  • 3:30 to 4:30 PM—OCLC update
  • 5:00 to 6:00 PM—Opening reception
  • 5:50 to 7:15 PM—Dine-arounds or dinner on your own
  • 7:30 to 8:30 PM—Trivia contest with prizes

Friday, June 10, 2016—9:00 AM to 3:45 PM

  • Keynote address
  • Concurrent sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch, and breaks included

Keynote Address: Heidi Nance, Head of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services / Information Resources and Scholarly Communications Strategic Projects Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Jam To-morrow: The Unfulfilled Promise of E-books
  • Using Borrowing Data to Better Understand Our Users
  • Introducing the RUSA STARS Rethinking Resource Sharing Checklist Version 2: How Your Library Can Become a STAR!
  • And many more!

Conference Rates:

The conference registration fee is $75 ($95 for registration after May 15) and includes the preconference on Thursday, June 9, and all sessions, breakfast, and lunch on Friday, June 10.

Join your resource sharing partners and set sail for the future with us!

For hotel reservations and other information, visit the conference website.

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