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April 2017

The Paradox of Everything: Librarianship and the Fake News Game with Troy Swanson

April 28 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lincolnwood Public Library, 4000 W Pratt Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712 United States
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“The network has a structure, and that structure stands upon a paradox. Everything is close, and everything is far, at the same time. This is why cyberspace can feel not just crowded but lonely. You can drop a stone into a well and never hear a splash.” –James Gleick, The Information p. 425 With the rise of “fake” news libraries have a responsibility to educate and inform the public on the authenticity of information. Troy Swanson will discuss "fake" news,…

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The Art of the Headline with Charlie Meyerson

April 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room
Oak Park, IL 60301 United States
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Learn what your audience is telling you about which headlines (and subject lines, tweets, and Facebook posts) work best to connect your work with those who’ll find it most relevant. Improve email open rates, website engagement and more—without compromising your integrity or your audience’s trust. Takeaways: Why email is still a channel unmatched for gaining audience insight Easy ways to determine the words your audience finds most interesting How article-level headlines should differ from email and social media headlines The…

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May 2017

Middle Managers Section: Best Practices for Building the Best Team

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S Park Ave
Streamwood, IL 60107 United States
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This is a panel discussion covering team building topics presented by speakers who are practicing middle managers in Adult Services, Circulation Services, Technical Services, and Youth Services. Rebecca Bartlett, Head of Technical Services, La Grange Public Library Carlen DeThorne, Head of  Adult Services, Grayslake Area Public Library District Vicki Rakowski, Head of Youth Services, La Grange Public Library Brittany Smith, Assistant Director and Head of Patron Services, Westmont Public Library Some of the topics covered will include: job descriptions, interview questions, job…

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Trustee Banquet

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hilton Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453 United States
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Annual Trustee Banquet hosted at the Hilton Oak Lawn (93rd and Cicero). Special guest presenter: Retiring ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. $50 per ticket. Register here!        

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RASS Stealthy Yet Effective: Passive Readers Advisory Ideas

May 18 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Readers' Advisory is an indispensable tool for library staff members. But, how do you reach those patrons who just don't want to engage in the classic readers' advisory interview? How can you reach your users who never approach your desk to talk tomes? It's simple...practice the art of stealth readers' advisory! Please join us for this special program featuring Readers' Advisory Masters who will share with you the ways of sneaky, effect Advisory such as: sneaking RA into conversations, building…

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Technical Services Section: RDA Serials Cataloging

May 19 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S Park Ave
Streamwood, IL 60107 United States
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This Basic Serials Cataloging Workshop will offer an introduction to cataloging serials with RDA. It will cover RDA and CONSER standards, RDA core elements and terminology, transcribed versus recorded elements, new or revised areas of information, and creation of new records and serial maintenance.

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June 2017

Civic Technology, Hackathons, and Libraries: An Introduction (Technology Section)

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077 United States
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Learn how your library can leverage its role as a trusted community partner to bring technologists and community members together to tackle local problems. We've assembled a panel leaders in the civic technology movement in Chicago including Christopher Whitacker, Claire Micklin, and Josh Kalov to give you the tools you need to understand civic tech, open data, and how to host a civic hackathon. Registration includes lunch. Schedule 9:00: Welcome / Breakfast / Civic Tech 101 (Christopher Whitaker) 9:30: Deep…

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September 2017

On-boarding and Orientation

September 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joliet Public Library- Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60431 United States
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Speakers Wyatt Fertig (Adult Services), Rebecca Bartlett (Technical Services), Alea Perez (Youth Services) and Lea Pottle (Human Resources) will discuss the topic of onboarding new staff members. This program will have individual presentations from each speaker, a topic discussion and a Q&A session.   Please note that there is a registration fee: Members $10.00; Non-members $15.00. Please send the registration form and a check payable to LACONI, Inc. Download the form linked: Registration Form Mailing Address: Downers Grove Public Library, Attn: Nicole…

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RASS Who’s On Desk? Adapting to Changing Trends in Public Service

September 14 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross Street
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
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The scope of public library service is ever-evolving. Frontline library staff have had to seek out new skill sets and creative service models to best meet our patrons' needs.  What does it mean to keep up with the changing trends?  How do you prioritize these successfully? Join us at the Wheaton Public Library to hear from a few change agents in Illinois: Jolie Duncan from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library will speak about AHML's transition to a Call Center Model and…

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Tech Services Section: Anatomy of a MARC Record

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 Schoenbeck Road
Wheeling, IL 60090 United States
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Catalogers and non-catalogers are invited to attend this workshop on the MARC format for bibliographic records. Catherine Suchy, instructor at the Joliet Junior College Library Technical Assistant Program, will present an overview of the fields and tags in the MARC bibliographic record.

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