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Outside the Lines Webinar July 13

Libraries have transformed into dynamic centers for engagement, and it’s time to reintroduce them to our local communities. ALA, Stacie Ledden, Director of Innovations and Brand Strategy, Anythink Libraries, Colo. and the minds behind Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced will host a free webinar from 1-2 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 13. Register for the webinar here!

Now in its second year, Outside the Lines (Sept. 13-19, 2015) is a global initiative demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Organizations around the world will participate in this weeklong celebration by engaging with their communities in new and exciting ways.

The webinar will allow librarians, library support staff and library supporters to connect, ask questions and learn best practices from last year’s participants. This interactive session will cover a variety of topics from how to identify relevant engagement for your community to rally your staff.

Speakers include: Stacie Ledden; Abby Carpenter, Adult Services Manager, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Ala.; Amber DeBerry, Director of Community Relations, Douglas County Libraries, Colo.; Kelli Johnson, Public Information Manager, High Plains Library District, Colo.; and Jacqueline Murphy, Senior Consultant for Public Libraries and Community Relations, Colorado State Library, Library Development.

Registration is mandatory, and limited to the first 100 participants who arrive in the virtual room. These webinars will be archived and accessible to ALA members.

To learn more about Outside the Lines, visit, and follow #getOTL.

This webinar is sponsored by ALA’s Public Awareness Committee, the Committee on Library Advocacy, the Office for Library Advocacy and the Public Awareness Office. To learn more about ALA’s advocacy and public awareness efforts, visit:

LACONI OPP: Take Summer Reading On the Road!

Join LACONI-OPP at Downers Grove on July 17 to learn how to take summer reading on the road and boost numbers. 

Follow the registration info from LACONI. 

We’d all like to boost participation in our summer reading programs – but how?  Discover ways to take your programs out into the community that can help you reach those elusive non-users (of all ages) and build some great community ties in the process.

Jill Miatech, Public Programs Librarian at Kenosha Public Library, will discuss which offsite programs are working for her (and which aren’t). Bring your 2014 summer reading club participation numbers and a “must try” idea for the small-group brainstorming sessions that will follow.

Registration runs 5/15/15 through 7/13/15.

Check in at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and breakfast. Presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Lunch also provided.

Serving Children with Disabilities

"Serving Children with Disabilities," is among the upcoming fall courses at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library & Information Science. Information is available on this graduate-level course at: To find the course, do a Course Search for Fall 2015-2016 and choose assistant professor Sujin Huggins from the Faculty field. (RAILS understands that this course may be available for audit for GSLIS alumni.)

ILEAD USA Sessions Available Via Streaming

This week kicks off the second session of ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover), the State Library’s initiative to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools. Building on four successful cohorts held in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, this year’s session includes ten states to truly make this a nationwide experience. The nine participating states joining Illinois are:  Delaware, Maine, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin.

The following Illinois sessions are also available via streaming video:

  • The Fourth Turning: Leadership and Social Change

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Keynoter: James LaRue, CEO of LaRue & Associates, Castle Rock, Colorado. See
Streaming at:
At long last, there is a significant generational turnover. The Boomers are leaving. Gen-Xers and Millennials are moving up. Some historians suggest that this heralds a major shift in public consciousness. What will, what should, library leadership look like in the Fourth Turning?

Time: 11:30–11:45 a.m.
Q & A with Mr. LaRue

  • Learning Everywhere: the Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Time 9–10 a.m.
Keynoter: Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor, School of Information, San Jose State. University. See
Streaming at:
Emerging technologies are changing the way we live and learn. Libraries can play a key role in this future. Imagine the evolving hyperlinked library as a creation space, community space, anything space. Imagine this library available everywhere via mobile devices and tablets. Imagine opportunities for user learning supported and facilitated by librarians. How will library services change with MOOCs and mobile classrooms in the palm of one’s hand? What skills will staff require? What does the library as creative classroom look like? What does this future look like going forward as we encourage learning everywhere as a means for transformative change for ourselves and our users? This session will explore new ideas and thinking about learning at the library.   

Time: 11:30–11:45 a.m.
Q & A with Professor Stephens

  • Libraries as Platforms for World Domination

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Keynoter: David Lankes, Syracuse University, School of Information Studies, Syracuse, New York.  Professor and Dean’s Scholar on New Librarianship
Streaming at:
Libraries are platforms built by librarians to enable community empowerment. Those platforms may include collections and databases, but also maker spaces, gardens, Wi-Fi hotspots and recording studios. This talk will outline how thinking of platforms and not buildings changes how we position librarianship in our communities.

Time: 11:30–11:45 a.m.
Q & A with David Lankes

You can follow ILEAD USA through social media at:

ILEAD USA is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to the State Library from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.