RAILS Member Announcements

Reaching Forward Nominations

Now is the time to nominate a terrific staff member for a Reaching Forward Award!

The Oberman Rich Award provides free registration to the Reaching Forward Conference, an overnight stay at the conference hotel, $50 for expenses, and a framed certificate.

The Doyle Award provides one year membership to ILA, and full registration and expenses to the ILA conference up to $800.

Both awards directly benefit your library -
1) It gives you something positive to promote to your community - award winning staff.
2) Your best staff re-energized by great ideas learned at the conference.

Applying is easy! Please submit one page or less on why they are deserving. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014

More information can be found at: http://reachingforward.net/conference/awards.

Reaching Forward will be held May 9, 2014 and the conference is celebrating its 25th anniversary. For more information, see: http://reachingforward.net.

Please stop by the RAILS booth at the conference!

Galesburg Public Library announces annual writing contest

The Galesburg Public Library announces the Big Write, the library's annual creative writing contest. Short stories, graphic short stories, and poetry/song lyrics are being accepted from adults and those in high school, middle school, and 3rd through 5th grade. Prizes will be awarded to up to three winners in each age group and category.

The submission deadline is Monday, March 3, 2014. Materials may be emailed to bigwrite [at] galesburglibrary [dot] org, dropped off in person at the library, or mailed to Writing Contest, Galesburg Public Library, 40 E Simmons St., Galesburg, IL 61401. Electronic submissions are preferred. Contest winners only will be notified in April, and a list of winners will be available at the library. A reception for winners, entrants, friends, family, and the community will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 2:00 pm at the library. Refreshments will be served and the winners will have the opportunity to read their entries.

Submission guidelines can be found at http://galesburglibrary.org/?page_id=370

Sponsored by the Friends of the Galesburg Public Library, the Big Write is part of the Big Read 2014. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read selection for the Galesburg community in 2014 is Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich.

Introducing RDA

Popular workshop returns!

Introducing RDA
90-minute workshop with Chris Oliver

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
2:30pm Eastern|1:30 Central
12:30 Mountain|11:30am Pacific 

In this workshop Oliver will give an overview of RDA: Resource Description and Access and look at the key aspects that make RDA different from AACR2. The workshop is designed to provide background for catalogers before they begin RDA training but will also serve as a refresher for those wanting to brush up on their understanding of RDA.

Topics include:

  • Organization of RDA and its key attributes
  • Similarities and differences between RDA and AACR2
  • Basic vocabulary and reasons for the changes
  • Improving resource description and resource discovery

RAILS is arranging for a group viewing of this webinar. For more information and registration, see: http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=16886.

Getting Started with Open Access

Still time to register!

Getting Started with Open Access
90-minute workshop with Emily Puckett Rodgers
and Meredith Kahn

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
2:30pm Eastern|1:30 Central
12:30 Mountain|11:30am Pacific 

This workshop will provide you with tools, techniques, and advice on how to successfully engage with emerging open publishing practices in your library. The importance of understanding how to do this is growing as journals continue their transition to becoming increasingly digital publications—experimenting with new publishing models such as Open Access (OA) and incorporating multimedia into their formats—and as the process of research changes due to mandates from funding agencies to publicly share research findings and data.

There will be a group viewing at RAILS Burr Ridge and Coal Valley service centers, the Illinois State University (Milner Library), and at John Wood Community College. To register, see: http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=16811.

LACONI Middle Managers: Transforming With Change

Transforming with Change

February 14, 2014 9:30AM-3:00PM

Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL 60120

As a middle manager, how do you turn change into opportunity at your library? Our speakers bring expertise from a variety of departments in the library. Panelists include Michelle Roubal (Reference), Stephanie Carlile (Circulation), Mary Adamowski (Children’s) and Jill Boreham (Human Resources).

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

Please register on the LACONI website.  If you have any questions, please contact Keisha Hester at khester [at] calumetcitypl [dot] org.

You may also print out the registration form and send it with a check payable to LACONI MMS:
Calumet City Public Library, Attn: Keisha Hester, LACONI MMS Treasurer, 660 Manistee Ave, Calumet City, IL 60409. Limit of two attendees per library. Additional staff will be placed on a waiting list.


New Fast Facts Survey: Payroll Policy for Emergency Closings

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

Payroll Policy for Emergency Closings

"We're looking for information on your personnel/payroll policies regarding emergency closings. Specifically, in the event of an emergency closing, are employees compensated or given the opportunity to make up the time? Any feedback is appreciated!"

Please respond to my questions by visiting the list of Fast Facts surveys on the RAILS website, at http://www.railslibraries.info/fast-facts/list (Login required.)

Thank you.

Martha O'Hara
mcordeniz [at] lakeblufflibrary [dot] org
Lake Bluff Public Library

LACONI Administrator's Program

Chicago Public Library PREVIEWS: The 2014 NEXT Library Conference

February 21 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm

Chicago Public Library has developed a very interesting partnership with the Aarhus Public Library in Denmark. CPL will host 2014′s NEXT Library conference, which has traditionally been held in Aarhus. This is the first time this conference will be held outside Denmark. It is an international conference promoting innovation in libraries. Aarhus and CPL are also partnering together for a Gates Foundation grant to develop a new model for future library services. Join us to learn more about this conference and unique partnership.

 Meeting and Program Agenda:

 9:15 a.m.        Coffee and Conversation

 9:45 a.m.        LACONI Administrator’s Section Business Meeting

10:00 a.m.       Program

To reserve your seat, register, and pay online visit www.laconi.net and use Eventbrite, or complete the registration form and send check to: LACONI, Hillside Public Library, 405 N. Hillside Avenue, Hillside, IL 60162. The cost of this program, for those libraries that have renewed their membership for the November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014 year, is $15.00. If your library has not paid for membership for the November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2014 period, the cost of attendance is $25.00.

How to Bring World Book Night to Your Community Feb 4

Last year on World Book Night thousands of passionate volunteers across America distributed a half million books within their communities to those who don't regularly read. See how several area libraries made the most of World Book Night.

Join experienced librarians and LACONI-RASS at Fountaindale Public Library, and see what worked, what didn't and what was learned. Presenters include:

  • Jenn Hovanec, Deerfield Public Library
  • Ceil Carey & Kara Kohn, Plainfield Public Library
  • Catherine Savage & Roz Topolski, Vernon Area Public Library District
  • Colleen Vander Hye, Matteson Public Library

This event begins at 9:30 am with light refreshments and time to socialize. The presentation begins at 10:00 am. See you there!

For tickets and more information: http://bit.ly/1bRuTJn

Princeton Public Library Late Opening

The Princeton Public Library will be opening at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

Franklin Park Library Closing Early Tuesday

The Franklin Park Public Library will close at 5 PM on Tuesday, January 7.