Continuing Education News

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. 

For more information, visit the 2016 Illinois Youth Services Institute website:

Call for Proposals for 2016 IACRL Conference

The Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Conference Committee is seeking program submissions for the 2016 IACRL Conference: Raise Your Voice: Librarians in the Lead. The conference takes place on March 18, 2016 at the Marriott Chicago O’Hare. We are currently accepting proposals for Presentations, Panels, and Lightning Rounds. Submissions are due November 16, 2015. Accepted proposals will be notified by December 16, 2015. 

Raise Your Voice by submitting your proposal HERE.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Steve Brantley jsbrantley [at] eiu [dot] edu or Sarah Sagmoen at sarah [dot] sagmoen [at] uis [dot] edu.

Program Types:


This format allows 1-3 speakers who have collaborated, to describe ongoing or completed research, or a project designed to address a single issue or problem.  Presenters should describe the issue that inspired the project or research, the results, and the conclusions reached.  Presenters will have 60 minutes, including time for questions and answers.

Panel Discussion:

The panel discussion format is more conversational and interactive. It is an ideal way for 4-5 speakers to present different approaches to the same issue or to share a variety of perspectives on the same topic. Panelists should encourage active participation and discussion by incorporating questions to attendees and each other throughout the session. Panels will have a total of 60 minutes, including time spent on questions and answers.

Lightning Round:

The lightning round is an opportunity to share your knowledge, experience, or expertise on a specific topic in a fast and focused presentation. Presenters will have 5 minutes to speak and 5 minutes for questions.  Slides may be used, but are not required.

Call for Panelists for 2015 A Library State of Mind Conference

Attention Library Directors and Financial Managers. 

If you are attending the 2015 A Library State of Mind Conference in Peoria and are a municipal library, please consider participating on a this panel at the conference. We are needing representatives from municipal libraries.

Getting Your Budget and Tax Levy Through Your Municipality 

Saturday, October 24 at 9:00 AM

Learn about the legal requirements and political effects between the library and its municipal host which should be considered when either a home-rule or non-home rule municipal library prepares its budget and levy. Library directors will help lead the discussion.

If you are interested in participating, please contact W. Britt Isaly at bisaly [at] ancelglink [dot] com or 312-782-7606.

Recharge Unconference October 30

Recharge Unconference

Friday, October 30

9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Gail Borden Public Library

Looking to re-energize your innovation and creativity? Join us on October 30th as we transform to Recharge: Continuing Education for Library Leaders at our first Unconference. You’ll participate in hands-on learning activities, hear from innovators in the field, and be inspired by keynote speaker, Beck Tench, an educator, designer, and technologist. This isn’t your average unconference. Be prepared to move, explore, discuss, and have fun! 

Registration is free and limited. (With lunch: $10) For more information, please visit

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