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Membership Directory

Mar 28th, 2017 | By | Category: Featured Resources, Upcoming Events

Below is a list of LACONI member libraries.  Any person who works for that library is eligible to attend any of the LACONI section programs.  If you do not see your library’s name on the list below, you can join LACONI to receive access to the programs and benefits we offer. List is current as of 01/21/2019. […]


Nov 4th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Resources

*** UPDATED WITH 2018 REGISTRATION FORM *** LACONI membership is open to all libraries.  Membership dues are used to pay for informative programs that each section produces.  Any member library is welcome to attend the programs, sending as many staff and board members as they wish.  There is often a lunch following any section program which allows […]

Program Wrap-Up: What are makerspaces and how can they fit into your library?

Mar 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Technology Blog

Participatory spaces are popping at libraries across the country, following in the path of their more tech oriented cousin, the digital media lab. Offering courses and resources that appeal to the DIYer, makerspaces provide opportunities for all interests and skill levels, from papercrafting and needlework to basic engineering and robotics. Other participatory spaces give library […]

Program Wrap-Up: Libraries as Creative Spaces

Jul 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Technology Blog

On April 20, the Laconi Technology Group organized an event at the Fountaindale Public Library to discuss ways of transforming the library into a creative space. The first speaker was Karen McBride, currently the Public Information Manager of the Barrington Public Library, who talked about various ways to use a digital media lab to connect […]

Libraries as Creative Spaces

Mar 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Great Ideas from Past Programs, Technology Blog

It’s a story those working in libraries have heard before: these are uncertain times for the library. The increasing popularity of eBooks and streaming movies online calls into question the traditional library model. Will people still want regular books? Will people still checkout DVDs? I think we can all agree that, for the foreseeable future, the […]

Building a Digital Media Lab: Libraries as Creative Spaces

Mar 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Upcoming Events

April 20, 2012 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Fountaindale Public Library District 300 W. Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440 Click here to register Libraries have always stored and provided access to content, but as technology changes and the digital divide persists how will libraries adapt to best serve their communities? For some, the next step is […]

How Did They Do That?…The Importance of Documenting the Creation Process

Nov 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Upcoming Events

When library staff or patrons use equipment hosted by the library to create content, it is usually an afterthought to document the creation process. This program will focus on four areas of content creation and digital preservation: video production, audio production, photography and historical artifacts.

Best of the Best Presenter Directory

Aug 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Resources

Best of the Best is a directory created by the Outreach, Promotions, and Programs (OPP) committee to help adult programmers in libraries find engaging and successful programs for their communities. Content is based on recommendations from LACONI members and librarians in the state and vetted by the OPP board. Initially published as a print directory, […]

Harvest of Performers Website

Aug 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Resources

The Harvest of Performers website is a valuable tool containing descriptions, costs, and contact information for a wide variety of performers  available for hire in the Illinois area. LIBRARIANS: Check out our recently redesigned website here at  The new format allows for easier tagging and librarians are encouraged to sign up for free accounts […]