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September 2017

Summer Not Just for Reading Anymore

September 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Schaumburg Township District Library IL + Google Map

While your summer library programs just ended, we thought it would be fun to start thinking about next year. Join us for a day full of idea sharing, problem solving and story swapping as we discuss all things Summer Learning/Reading. Our current speaker list includes: Liz McChesney from Chicago Public Library, Jennifer Buche from Gail Borden Public Library, Barry Young from READsquared, and Felix Lloyd from Beanstack with more folks to be added. Come be recharged, renewed and ready to…

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What Libraries Can Learn From Consumer Trends

September 22, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Niles Public Library District, 6960 W. Oakton St.
Niles, IL 60714 United States
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Did you catch Liz Aviles, Vice President of Market Intelligence at Upshot, discussing her fascinating work with Dee Brennan on the RAILS Sparks Podcast? We did, and we wanted to hear a lot more from her about her role as a librarian in the field of consumer marketing. Liz will talk with us about the priorities of our library consumers, the shift to a focus on user experience, and a culture of immediacy. She will tackle the tough questions of…

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Models of Community Engagement – OPP

September 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Schaumburg Township District Library IL + Google Map

As libraries strive to find the best ways to connect with and serve community needs, Community Engagement strategies, positions and departments are on the rise. While models for this vary from one library to the next, many are pursuing similar goals, such as better outcomes for all stakeholders and community ownership - benefits well documented by businesses and peer institutions with a history of community engagement. In this session, Kelly Benkert, Director of Leadership & Community Engagement at Northwestern University,…

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November 2017

STEM Fun at the Museum of Science and Industry

November 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lakeshore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637 United States
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Learn science from scientists as LACONI YSS spends the day at the Museum of Science and Industry. Immerse yourself in hands-on activities that you will able to bring back to library to use with your patrons. This program has a limit of 60 registrants. Full agenda coming in September

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Tech Services Section: Resources for Catalogers

November 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive
Tinley Park, IL, IL 60477 United States
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Panelists Richard Stewart (Indian Trails Public Library), Joy Anhalt (Tinley Park Public Library), Michelle Sandstrom (Naperville Public Library) and Rebecca Bartlett (La Grange Public Library) will discuss cataloging resources, including OCLC Classify, WebDewey, Cataloger’s Desktop, RDA Toolkit, professional websites, blogs and listservs.

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CANCELED: Performance Review UN-Conference

November 14, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fox Lake Public Library, 255 E Grand Ave
Fox Lake, IL 60020 United States
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Performance Review UN-Conference has been canceled. We will let everyone know if this program gets rescheduled. Come join us for a lively day of discussion about performance evaluations. Topics include three month reviews, documentation for performance, example performance evaluation forms, making evaluations less awkward, and much more! Michelle Petersen will facilitate the day, which will include different activities throughout the program to keep the day moving and the conversation flowing.  

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RASS Take Your Blinders Off: Teen RA for Adult Services Librarians

November 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Barrington Area Library, 505 N Northwest Hwy
Barrington , IL 60010 United States
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Register Here! Please join us to learn a plethora of information regarding Teen RA from some of the best in the biz. This program will cover working with teens on the desk and how it is different from working with adults, and how to do teen readers’ advisory with both the Young Adult collection and the New Adult genre. We will also discuss some on-the-cusp Adult titles that are good recommendations for teens. Heather Booth from Thomas Ford Memorial will…

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LACONI CSS: Tech Trends in Circulation and the Library

November 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Come check out some of the latest technology trends in circulation and libraries including self-checks, automated material handler, mediabank, and a POS system just to name a few.

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Strengthening the Virtuous Circle: Why Diversity and Cultural Competence are Important to LIS

November 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Dr
Woodridge, IL 60517 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Nicole A. Cooke,  Assistant Professor, MSLIS Program Director Join author, professor, speaker, and social justice advocate Dr. Nicole Cooke for a powerful discussion about diversity in the library field. Learn important distinctions between diversity and inclusion, and how administrators can champion effective, proactive retention methods. Dr. Cooke, an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, was awarded the 2017 ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award and the 2016 ALA Equality Award.  She was the University…

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January 2018

Large-Scale, All Ages Programs – OPP

January 25 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Elmhurst Public Library, 125 South Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126 United States
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Public libraries are offering large-scale, all-ages programs to showcase their relevance and engage families in memorable, shared experiences. A panel of seasoned programmers will explain why these types of programs are important, share their practices in developing them, the components that make them successful, and lessons learned along the way.  Panel Includes staff from Highland Park Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, River Forest Public Library, and Schaumburg Public Library. 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Check in/networking/breakfast 10:00 a.m. - Large-Scale,…

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