RAILS Member Announcements

Continuing Education

Discount for ASCLA’s Positive Interactions Recorded Webcast

RAILS is offering a group purchase of ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy: Positive Interactions: Making the Library a Welcoming and Empowering Place for People with Disabilities for $100 per library. Pricing reflects a contribution from RAILS and a substantial discount, due to the number of members who have expressed interest. This recorded webinar is geared toward helping library employees feel prepared and confident when communicating and interacting with people with disabilities. The 50-minute program is appropriate for viewing by all levels of library staff and participating libraries will be entitled to 12 months of access for all staff at their location. Interested members will pay the $100 fee to RAILS in order to receive the discount. If your library would like to participate, please contact Joe Filapek, RAILS Consulting and Continuing Education Manager, at joseph [dot] filapek [at] railslibraries [dot] info by January 31, 2014.

This opportunity has been promoted in recent editions of RAILS E-News. You can subscribe to RAILS E-News from the RAILS home page. See the box on the right side.

On the Front Lines Survey Open

The Illinois State Library's On the Front Lines (OTFL) conference will be held on August 4, 5, and 6. You are invited to submit your OTFL 2014 conference ideas and suggestions by Friday, January 31, 2014, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/otfl-2014. The committee will consider all ideas and suggestions as they move through the planning process. The OTFL Planning Committee thanks you in advance for taking five minutes or less to complete the survey.

Call for Proposals - 2014 Information Literacy Summit

Call for Proposals

2014 Information Literacy Summit
Into the Next Generation: The Future of Information Literacy
Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library
Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:30am-3:30pm
Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Keynote Address

Trudi Jacobson (University at Albany, SUNY; Co-Chair of ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force) and Tom Mackey (SUNY Empire State College) will deliver this year’s keynote, “Changing Models, Changing Emphases: The Evolution of Information Literacy.” Their presentation will explore metaliteracy, threshold concepts, empowerment, metacognition, and information literacy in the disciplines.

Call for Proposals

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which explore the evolving nature of information literacy and are related to this year’s theme, Into the Next Generation: The Future of Information Literacy. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 45 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

To propose a breakout session: http://bit.ly/ILSproposal

Deadline to submit proposals: Thursday, January 31

Some possible topics for sessions include:

  • Metaliteracy
  • Threshold concepts
  • Digital literacy
  • Instructional design
  • Pedagogy
  • Adult learners
  • Distance learners
  • Online learning
  • Visual literacy
  • Collaboration across departments and organizations
  • Information literacy and Common Core Standards
  • Transitions: High School to College
  • Transferring: Community College to 4 year institutions
  • Challenges and possibilities for the future

2014 ILEAD U Applications: Deadline Extended to February 14, 2014

The Illinois State Library will host ILEAD U: Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover, The 21st Century Technology Tools Institute for Illinois Library Staff at the University of Illinois Springfield on March 24-27, June 23-26, and October 27-30, 2014.

The ILEAD U Steering Committee is looking for participants, mentors, and instructors to implement web technologies that foster community participation as well as develop leadership, innovation, and positive change. Project ILEAD U will encourage both the experimentation with and building of participatory Web services and programs.

Do you have a technology skill or knowledge of technology tools? Be an instructor!
Want to learn? Be a participant!
Want to facilitate in a team environment? Be a mentor!

Applications are now available for participants, instructors, and mentors until February 14, 2014, at http://www.webjunction.org/documents/illinois/ileadu/ileadu-applications.html.

Interested but single and looking for a team? Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/join-ILEADU to send your information and we will generate a list of potential team members.

An archive recording of the Statewide Day of Application webinar that was held December 4 is available at http://www.webjunction.org/documents/illinois/ileadu/ilead2014-application-day.html.

Teams that applied by the original due date will be notified about your applications by January 31, 2014. For questions, please contact Project Director Gwen Harrison at gharrison [at] ilsos [dot] net or 217-785-7334 or Assistant Project Director Sandra Fritz at sfritz [at] ilsos [dot] net or 217-558-2064.

For more information on ILEAD U and past projects, see: http://www.webjunction.org/partners/illinois/il-programs/ileadu.html.

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!

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.


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