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March 2017

RASS & RASSL Present Trends in Weeding and Collection Development

March 16 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
RAILS, Burr Ridge Building, 125 Tower Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527 United States
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Please join us for this exciting session on weeding and collection development, brought to you by the Laconi RASS section in collaboration with the Reference Association of South Suburban Libraries, through a special grant made possible by RAILS. 9:30 – 10:00: Refreshments and registration 10:00 – 12:00: Speakers 12:00 - Q& A Presenters include: Mary Kelly & Holly Hibner – Librarians, bloggers and authors of Weeding Manual and Making A Collection Count: A Holistic Approach To Library Collection Management will…

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Middle Managers Section: More Legal Issues for Supervisors

March 24 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
White Oak Library District – Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road
Romeoville, IL 60446 United States
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Kelly Hayden and Kathryn O’Connor from the Management Association of Illinois will discuss the recent changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as well as other legal topics of interest to middle managers. We will continue the conversation from last year’s program, giving participants the opportunity to learn about various issues and raise the questions for which they need answers. Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch: Members $30.00; Non-members $40.00. Any special dietary request,…

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Lessons from the 2016 Campaign Trail for our Libraries with John Chrastka of EveryLibrary

March 31 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
La Grange Public Library, 10 w. Cossitt ave.
La Grange, IL 60525 United States
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Lessons from the 2016 Campaign Trail for our Libraries Presented by John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary In 2016, Illinois libraries were the target of anti-tax special interest groups, local watchdogs, and strident No campaigns in the primary and general election cycles. We also saw several district consolidation or withdrawal measures on ballots across the region. If the attitudes of the electorate is changing, how do we prepare our libraries? Likewise, as the federal government changes, how do we anticipate…

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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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