Hello there! Sorry for the late start, we’ve had a bit of baton passing here in this column so bear with me and we’ll get back on track for next month. So I know that a week or so has already flown by this month but maybe you’ll still find some interest in these programs happening around Illinois the rest of May.
Librarians looking to update their tech skills in Polaris can attend a couple of different training sessions Monday, May 13 courtesy of the Illinois Heartland Library System. SHARE Serials for Polaris from 9am-12pm, and SHARE Barcoding in Polaris from 1:30-3:30pm. Information here and here. There are several more sessions scheduled throughout the month, check the L2 calendar here if you can’t make these. FREE!
Spending so much time in meetings you can’t get your work done? Worried that meetings aren’t worth the staff time they consume? Maybe you should attend How to Have Shorter, More Productive Meetings at the Matteson Public Library Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 9 am – 12:30 pm. Sponsored by Dominican University, GSLIS, Cont. Professional Development, Cynthia Aaronson of Milestone Partners will teach you how to become both a better meeting participant and effective meeting leader. Information and registration here. FREE!
LACONI presents Playing the Part: Communicating Change with a Smile on Friday, May 17 from 9:15 am – 12:15 pm. One of the most difficult aspects of messaging change is “playing the part”: convincing your staff that impending change will be manageable and positive even though you are just as scared as they are! Matt Elwell, CPLP (President and CEO, ComedySportz of Chicago, Inc.) will lead participants through a fun, interactive session that practices effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills around change. Information and registration here.
Robyn Scott and Colleen Murray are Chicago-based actors and improvisers who bring the skills and techniques of theater and improvisation to business professionals across industries. Check them out at Improv Skills Workshop: , at Dominican University in two separate sessions on Friday, May 17: Team Building from 9 am- 12 pm and Leading and Mentoring from 1-4 pm. Information and registration here and here.
Join Duncan Smith, Reader’s Advisory expert and NoveList creator Tuesday, May 21 from 2-3 pm for an engaging webinar on NoveList Select and the potential for catalog integration specifically for RAILS LLSAP member libraries. This event is also open to other interested RAILS members. Information here. FREE!
Building a digitally inclusive community requires multiple strategies, collaborations and creativity. Some digital inclusion strategies are referred to as “broadband adoption” which includes technology training, broadband awareness, low cost internet service and low cost home computers. Tune in Wednesday, May 22 from 1-2 pm EDT as WebJunction presents a webinar with the creators of the Broadband Adoption Toolkit discussing how to implement strategies for building digitally inclusive communities. Information here. FREE!
Here’s one we can all relate to, eh? Diane Becker presents Grow As a Pro: Bouncing Back During Times of Stress and Change at the Gail Borden Public Library from 9:30 am – 1 pm. Stress and change are inevitable in the workplace. This interactive workshop will address positive ways to handle stressful situations and increase personal resiliency. Participants will also leave with an understanding of the nature of change and ways to smoothly transition during workplace changes. First in a series, information and registration here.
Brush up on some RA skills at the Western Suburbs Genre Study Tuesday, May 28 9:30 am – 12 pm at the RAILS Geneva DuPage River Room. Genre study for Readers’ Advisors & other interested library staff. Meets every other month. Participants share brief summaries & appeal factors for titles read. Current study focuses on “must know” authors/books in various genres as outlined by the Adult Reading Round Table. Information on reading requests, etc., here.
And wrapping up May is the WebEx Webinar Worldshare ILL Migration-Overview for Illinois happening Thursday, May 30 from 10-11 am. This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of migrating from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare ILL. We will review how to register for the migration to receive your library’s custom web address, create staff accounts, and review the basic components of the system. Learning resources, documentation, and steps to take to get ready will be shared. Information and registration here.