RAILS Member Announcements

Continuing Education

Copyright Day at UW-Parkside April 16

If you are a creator of new knowledge, if you use research and others' creations as part of your work, if you are teaching online or may be in the future, or if you advertise in any way, you will want to attend this fun and informative conference.

Keynote speaker, Carrie Russell, American Library Association’s Director for the Program on Public Access to Information, will address "How to Think About Copyright."

Two sets of breakout sessions will follow, examining the following issues:
Authors' Rights (Sarah Shreeves; University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign)
Media and Copyright (Dawn Larsen; Columbia College Chicago)
Distance Education and Copyright (Tim Gritten and Kristin Woodward; UW-Milwaukee)
Marketing and Copyright (Laura Mason, Don Lintner, Beth McGee; UW-Parkside)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

UW-Parkside, Student Center Ballroom
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144


Early Registration is $49 (until April 9); Regular Registration is $69 (after April 9). Breakfast is provided. This event is free to the UW-Parkside Community, but registration is required.

This event sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Parkside Copyright Team.

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Support the Common Core

You've heard of Common Core Standards (CCS) but don't really know what they're about.* But your nearest school library media specialist is thick into CSS support and chances are the kids in the school are already asking for your help.

Join us on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Glenwood-Lynnwood Public Library for a session with Chris Balsano and all will be explained. Chris just retired as school library media specialist at Downers Grove North High School, and has been an adjunct instructor at Dominican University's GSLIS for the past ten years.

Chris will provide a brief CCS overview and will lead a lively and interactive session focusing on web 2.0 tools that support CCS. Bring your own laptop or use one at the library. You will leave this session with:

  • A clearer view of Common Core Standards
  • Practical hands-on experience with the same (free) web 2.0 tools used in the school library media center
  • Enhanced appreciation of the relationship between CCS implementation and your nonfiction collection
  • A bibliography of go-to sources for more information on CCS

Register below for this half-day session; $80, 3 CPDUs available. The session will take place at the Glenwood-Lynnwood Public Library, 19901 Stony Island Ave., Lynnwood, IL  60411. A link to use to pay online will be sent following your registration; or, mail a check to GSLIS Events, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest, IL 60305.


*In 2010 Illinois joined more than 40 states in a collaborative effort to raise learning standards and improve college and career readiness for all students. Called the Common Core Standards, schools are using these to establish clear expectations for what students should learn in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level. The standards are high, clear, and uniform to ensure that students are prepared for success in college and the workforce. By emphasizing depth over breadth, the Common Core ensures that students have a comprehensive understanding of key concepts. Teachers and administrators across the state are fully implementing the new standards during the 2013-14 school year. Many schools have already begun to incorporate elements of the new learning standards into their curricula. The Common Core determines what educators should teach, not how they should teach. Teachers will continue to have the freedom to tailor lesson plans to the individual needs of their students. The Common Core's higher standards and emphasis on applying knowledge to real world situations will better prepare Illinois students for the challenges facing them after high school.

LACONI Middle Managers Section Unconference

Friday, April 11, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Come join us for a lively day of discussion and networking where no management issues will be off limits! Attendees will decide which topics will be used as the start of conversations to help each other through all kinds of management situations. Different activities throughout the program will keep the day moving and the conversation flowing. And remember: what's said at LACONI MMS, stays at LACONI MMS.

Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch: Members $35.00; Non-members $45.00.

To register, use the link at http://www.laconi.net to pay online or print a registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Keisha Hester at khester [at] calumetcitypl [dot] org.: Register

Empowering Library Staff to Meet the Needs of the Spanish Speaking Community

Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions. Plus, it’s about developing a plan to serve, and more. This workshop is for all library staff.

April 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Kankakee Public Library

201 E. Merchant St, Kankakee

Phone: 815-939-4564

Registration is free at L2: http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=17069

Note:  Please plan to bring or to purchase your lunch.

More Information

This event is sponsored by the Illinois State Library.

Streaming of Book Talker and Columnist Kathleen Baxter February 28

Special Offer to RAILS Libraries - Do you want to know about nonfiction books that will get kids excited about reading?

Dynamic School Library Journal book talker and columnist Kathleen Baxter will speak about books that appeal to kids on Friday, February 28 at Gail Borden Public Library for the Kane County Regional Office of Education Institute Day. Live Streaming of the first hour of her presentation will be held from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. via the Gail Borden YouTube Channel (no password required).
Kathleen has graciously approved of this streaming that will contain lively descriptions of a plethora of exciting non-fiction books such as, Why You Shouldn't Eat Your Boogers. For those who have seen her present at conferences, Gail Borden Public Library assures us that you will be entertained and informed.

Four Free Webinars: Cutting Edge Ideas for Public Librarians

Please join Dominican University GSLIS for a series of four free webinars this spring, "Cutting Edge Ideas for Public Libraries." Please share this opportunity with your public library students and colleagues! Attendees can jump-start innovation at the library and convene fellow staff to participate as a group brainstorming each idea to adapt to any library's needs. See, hear, and ask questions of the innovators themselves in this provocative series:

  *   "Reorganizing Reference for Maximum Community Impact"<http://public.gslis.dom.edu/newsevents/webinar-reorganizing-reference-maximum-community-impact> presented by Jason Kuhl, executive director of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Thurs. 3/27/14, 10-11 a.m. CST.
  *   "A Nature Classroom at the Library for Early Childhood Development" <http://gslis.dom.edu/newsevents/webinar-nature-classroom-library-early-childhood-development> presented by Erin Francoeur, director of the Finney County Public Library in Garden City, Kansas. Thurs. 4/10/14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST.
  *   "Chasing (and Catching) New Public Library Patrons"<http://gslis.dom.edu/newsevents/webinar-chasing-and-catching-new-public-library-patrons> presented by Jamie LaRue, former director of the Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Colorado. Thurs. 4/24/14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST.
  *   "Partnering for Community Economic Development" <http://gslis.dom.edu/newsevents/webinar-partnering-community-economic-development> presented by Jim Cook, director of entrepreneurship and innnovation at Arizona State University and Michael Beck, adult services coordinator at the Scottsdale Public Library in Scottsdale, Arizona. Thurs. 5/8/14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST.

All series webinars are free to attend, but registration is required.

Webinars will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. CST in Blackboard Collaborate. System requirements may be found here<http://gslis.dom.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Blackboard%20Collaborate%20Web%20Conferencing.pdf>. Approximately one week ahead of time, the link to participate will be emailed to registrants. Please be sure to test your system requirements ahead of time, and log in early on the day of the event to allow time to troubleshoot if necessary.

We look forward to "seeing" you online this spring!

World Languages Networking Group Meeting - February 26, 2014

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:00am until noon

Where: Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069, 847-634-3650

Anyone involved in world language collection development is welcome to attend.

The topic of this meeting will be Chinese Language Collection Development and Promotion.

We will be chatting via Skype with Maria Fung from the New York Public Library, a native Chinese speaker and expert in collecting Chinese material. Vendor Annie Wang of Booklinx in Lisle, Illinois will be present at our meeting.

Please RSVP to Gina Sheade at the Vernon Area Library via email at gsheade [at] vapld [dot] info or by phone at 847-634-3650, ext. 422.

Applications Open for Leading to the Future

Building on the success of the 2013 inaugural “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute, and thanks to generous support from Innovative Interfaces, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be offered again in August 2014. Led by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss, the institute will help future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead.

Through reflective and active learning, the institute offers participants an opportunity to delve into leadership practices, concepts and frameworks, as well as to shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, at the same time building a learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity. 

Participants in the 2013 inaugural institute highlighted the wide range of benefits they felt the institute offered, describing it as a “life-changing time” and including that it felt like a think tank of 40 energetic, talented and visionary librarians from all types of libraries, offering much learning from fellow participants. Robin R. Clark (library director, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion, Neb.) said, “It gave me direct learning tools to take back to my workplace and make an impact,” and Darlene Weber (managing librarian, Mill Creek Library, Wash.) commented, “I am better able to lead—rather than manage—my staff during a time of transition.”

The application process for the 2014 Institute (August 10-14, Eaglewood Resort, Ill.) is now open, with applications accepted through April 25, 2014. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer. Participation includes a free one-year membership in LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association).

Details and guidelines are at www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/ala-leadership-institute.

Support for the Institute is provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc.  Innovative is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide.

AVID Winter Meeting at Arlington Heights Memorial Library February 6

When: Thursday, February 6, 2014 (9:00am refreshments; 9:30am meeting)

Where: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004, 847-392-0100

Registration is through the CMPLD Events calendar system. Make sure you go to Arlington Heights Memorial Library for the meeting!: Register

This meeting will present and allow discussion on AV programming in libraries. We will have a chance to hear from Arlington Heights Memorial Library staff about the creation of their Marketplace and tour the new space. This is our roundtable meeting, so come with discussion points to share! (Maybe think about "What IS AV?" in light of media labs; gaming; films/music/audiobooks; digital content; maker spaces and so on.)

Questions? Susie Pasini, 847-362-2330 x1144, spasini [at] cooklib [dot] org; Cecilia Cygnar, 847-663-6616, ccygnar [at] nileslibrary [dot] org

LACONI Technical Services Section Acquisitions Round-Up

LACONI Technical Services Section

Acquisitions Round-Up

When: February 21, 2014

Time: 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Eisenhower Public Library District

Representatives from Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Children’s Plus, Ingram and Midwest Tape will give presentations on what services they offer and how Technical Services and Acquisitions may benefit from their services.

Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch: Members $30.00; Non-members $40.00

To reserve your seat, register, and pay online with Eventbrite click here (Eventbrite registration) or complete this form (LACONI TSS Acq Roundup) and send by mail.