Hello, fellow librarians–welcome to another month in Libraryland!
There’s a nice roundup of notable happenings in August, but let’s kick it off with our very own RLA-CE program One Book, Full of Win: Building Successful Community Reading Programs happening Tuesday, August 13, 2013 from 9:30am-12:00pm at Palatine Public Library, Room 1. Community reading programs, including “one book” initiatives, are the latest trend in public libraries, joining several local organizations and generations together for a common cause. Experts Liz Kirchhoff from the Barrington Area Library, Lynnanne Pearson from the Skokie Public Library, and Erica Christianson from the Ela Area Public Library will discuss successes and give practical advice for developing and sustaining multi-month programming that everybody can enjoy! Register HERE FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS
Do you love book talks but don’t have time to read everything? Do you have a limited budget and need to get the most bang for your buck? Are you interested in promoting state award books? Then you might want to check out Summer School for School Librarians 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, August 7 at Belle Valley School District #119. Or catch a second session from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 3 CPDU credits. Abe Lincoln & Read for a Lifetime books, presented by Annette Mills, Triad High School. Register HERE
Continuing our back to school theme, you might also want to attend the RSA Back to School Workshop, Thursday, August 8, 2013, beginning at 9:30 am and ending at 3:00 pm. This workshop will be held in-person at the RAILS East Peoria Service Center, 600 High Point Lane in East Peoria. The purpose of the Back to School Workshop is to discuss RSA topics that are relevant to school libraries: circulation, cataloging, reports, system administration, special projects, OCLC, and more! Any school library staff member who would like a “refresher” on RSA operations is encouraged to attend this workshop. Please note RSA staff will not provide in-depth training during the RSA Back to School Workshop. Attendees may attend the whole workshop or a portion of it. Register and get the agenda HERE FREE
WebJunction has a couple of neat webinars this month. Teens are the focus of Where Teens and Technology Meet: Engaging Teens with Digital Media, Thursday, August 8, 2013, 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. This webinar showcases Howard County Library System’s HiTech Digital Media Lab, where teens develop 21st century skills through hands-on projects and peer-to-peer communications. Register HERE FREE
If your library is migrating from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare ILL, be sure to check out webinar WorldShare ILL Migration – Overview for Illinois Libraries, Tuesday, August 2013 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. This one-hour webinar 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. Register HERE FREE
With 2014 and the start of Obamacare right around the corner, libraries need to start getting prepared for patrons with questions about this historic legislation. A good place to start is Affordable Care Act: What Libraries Need to Know. This videoconference presented by Shawn Dorgan and Ruth Holst Monday, August 26 at 9:30 a.m., will provide an introduction to the Affordable Care Act and how libraries can assist their patrons. Various locations are available. Register and get an agenda HERE FREE
Finally, brush up on your marketing skills with Marketing Libraries: What the Not-for-Profits Can Learn from the Lots-of-Profits, Thursday, August 29, 2013, 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. Presented by Ned Potter, author of the Library Marketing Toolkit, this webinar will provide library marketing strategies that build awareness, grow your audience, and establish your library as an authoritative source and a definitive provider of services for the community. Register HERE FREE
See you next month!