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3D Printing Summit

Recharge Committee 3D Printing Summit

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Location: Naperville Public Library – 95th Street Library

Are you interested in starting a 3D printing program at your library, or do you already have one and would like to learn some tips and tricks from other libraries?

At the Recharge Committee's 3D Printing Summit, you will hear from four libraries with successful 3D printing programs. Learn what has worked for them and what hasn’t, hear their 3D printing best practices, and get ideas for starting or building on your 3D printing program. After the presentations, there will be a moderated discussion with time to ask questions or share your own experiences.

After the program, there will be an optional tour of the 95th Street Library.


Jonathan Charles, Naperville Public Library
Cathleen Doyle, Northbrook Public Library
Barbara Fitzgerald and Emilie Alcock, Mount Prospect Public Library
Brian Wilson, Ela Area Public Library


Cost: FREE, sponsored by TBS, H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning, and Recorded Books.

Library OnConference "On It": Thursday, April 14, 2016

Library OnConference "On It": Thursday, April 14, 2016

No travel/hotel costs. No transportation.  Just ideas, inspiration, and conversation. 

Library OnCon is a networking event for public librarians, taking place virtually through Google Hangouts.  This year, the conference will provide fresh insights on career and personal development. With the vast knowledge of our presenters, we guarantee there will be something for everyone.

A schedule of live Google Hangout breakout sessions is now available:  Breakout session participants are on a first-come, first served basis, and no registration is necessary.   Speakers include Peter Wardrip, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (Keynote),  Jennifer Drinka, Crystal Lake Public Library; Emily Vinci, Schaumburg Township District Library; Leah White, Ela Area Library, Michael Campagna, Barrington Area Library, and Lauren Rosenthal, Fox River Valley Public Library District .  Conference organizers are Barbara Alvarez, Westmont Public Library and Gwyneth Stupar, Barrington Area Library.

The Library OnConference is the first-ever international conference completely held on Google Hangouts/Google Hangouts On Air. For three years, over 300 professionals from the United States, Canada, and Ireland have watched industry speakers deliver keynote presentations via Google Hangouts On Air and then meet in small networking groups via Google Hangouts for more in-depth discussion.  The 2016 Library OnConference has been generously funded through a RAILS Continuing Education grant.   Visit for more information and to sign up for e-news, or Follow Us on Twitter @lib_oncon. 

Library 2.016 online mini-conference: "Privacy in the Digital Age," March 16th

Library 2.016 announces the first of three online mini-conferences: "Privacy in the Digital Age," March 16th, 2016, from 2:00 - 5:00pm US-Central Time.

They will address the roles and responsibilities of libraries regarding the protections of intellectual freedom, privacy, free speech, information access, and freedom of the press. Are these still core values of the library profession, and if so, how are libraries and librarians responding to the increasing complexities of data tracking and desires for data-informed services and marketing?

This is a free event to be held online. Please visit the Library 2.016 website for more information about keynote speakers and to register:

Early bird pricing extended to March 4 for Youth Services Institute (IYSI) 2016

Registration Open! Early bird pricing ends March 4, 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. Opening keynote speaker is Rick Erwin, Executive Director of the St. Louis City Museum.  Closing Author Panel and book signing features Aaron Reynolds, Julie Durango, and Stephanie Hemphill. 

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.

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