One Book, Full of Win: Building Successful Community Reading Programs

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!

When: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Where: Palatine Public Library, Room 1


Cost: FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS


Libraries at the Ready: Helping Patrons Find the Right Financial Tools and Resources


Libraries have always been a place for the community to gain information about personal finance.  However, since 2008, the rules have changed.  What resources are up-to-date and which ones are still useful?  Join us for an informative session with Karen Chan, a financial educator and Certified Financial Planner, to learn how to best work with patrons on financial issues and connect them to the resources they need.

Topics covered will include:

  • Handy tools you can share with clients including how to compare loans to identifying assets
  • Financial tips that will benefit you and your patrons
  • Opportunities for libraries to become more involved in providing financial education opportunities to their communities
  • Activities you can use with job clubs

All reference librarians and front line reference desk workers can benefit from this informative session!

When: Friday, June 21 / 9:30 am-12 pm

WhereSchaumburg Township District Library , Rasmussen North

Cost: FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS


CE Around the State

CE Around the State – February 2013

Ah, February.  Love is in the air, slush is on the ground, strange creatures stumble from their hibernation into the library.  Escape it all, and attend some continuing education events, why not?  (They’re bound to be heated, and will probably have coffee or hot chocolate—what’s not to love?)

Be on the lookout for upcoming RLA-CE programs.  We’ll be back in business with a presentation in March.



ALA Techsource hosts a webinar workshop, Copyright, Licensing, and the Law of E-Books, on February 6, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.  They’ll discuss ownership vs. access and the First Sale doctrine in terms of e-book collections.  Register here.

February 7 will see the BIG (Business Interest Group) Meeting at Schaumburg Township District Library from 9:30am to 12:00pm.  Come to network and discuss librarianship focusing on the business community and job hunters.  Information hereFREE!

Webjunction will have a webinar entitled Self-Directed Achievement: if you give library staff an hour on February 7, beginning at 12:00pm.  Register here.

Another ALA Techsource webinar workshop, Embedding Librarianship in Learning Management Systems, geared towards those serving studens using LMSes on February 7 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.  Register here.

Laconi presents AV RDA Cataloging, for the Technical Services crowd on February 8 from 9:30am to 3:00pm at Schaumburg Township District Library.  Information here. 

On the 10th of every month, be sure to Slam the Boards!  Go out to popular social Q&A sites and show off your librarian skills.  Information hereFREE! 

Tinker, a group for people who work with children, teens, and technology will have their first meeting Tuesday, February 12, from 9:30-11:30 at the RAILS building in Wheeling. They’ll talk about game design, robotics, e-books and e-readers, animation, and more.  Register hereFREE!

Join Webjunction for another webinar, How Libraries can meet the Evolving Needs of Patrons in the Digital Age, on February 13, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.  They’ll present research from Pew, “providing insight on what types of services Americans value in their library and what types of services they would like to see their library start to offer.”  Register hereFREE!

Sue Polanka presents a two-part ALA Techsource webinar workshop on February 14 and February 21 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm each day.  It’s called Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library, and they’ll cover both collection development for e-books as well as the lending of e-readers in libraries.  Register here.

Dominican University is hosting Career Day “Land a Job! In Today’s Tough Market” on February 16, from 8:30 to 2:00 in Parmer Hall.  Alice Calabrese is the keynote speaker, and the day will include table discussions and presentations on resume writing and portfolio creation.  Register hereFREE!

Schaumburg Township District Library will host the next AVID Meeting (Audiovisual Information and Discussion Group) on February 20 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  They’ll discuss Digital Media Labs, with presenters from around the area.  Register hereFREE!

For those who maintain computers at libraries, check out Computer Keepers on February 20 from 9:30am to 12:00pm at the RAILS Coal Valley Training Room.  They’ll have an overview of Windows 8, Office 2013, and Microsoft Skydrive.  Information/registration hereFREE!

The next Readers Advisory Interest Group Meeting is February 21, from 9:30am to 12:00pm at the RAILS Wheeling Conference Room.  They meet the 3rd Thursday of every other month to discuss genres and readers advisory trends.  All are welcome at meetings.  Information hereFREE!

Dominican University’s Thom Barthelmess hosts Butler Book Banter at the University’s Butler Center on February 21 at 7:00pm.  Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month to discuss children’s literature.  Register hereFREE!

Caldecott Medalist Ed Young will present the inaugural Butler Lecture at Dominican University’s Parmer Hall February 22 at 6:00pm.  A reception will follow.  Register hereFREE!

Laconi will host Twenty-First Century Youth Services Collections on February 22, from 930am to 3:00pm at Gail Borden Public Library.  Information/registration here.

Laconi is hosting Participatory Spaces at Oak Park Public Library on February 22, from 9:30-1:00.  They’ll talk about Maker Spaces, discuss library mission / outreach, and show off a 3D printer.  Register here.

Ed Young is back at Dominican for a keynote presentation at an event, The Truth about Expression on February 23 from 8:30 to 6:00.  A variety of presenters will explore the many facets of expression in books for young people.  Register here.

Webjunction hosts another webinar, The Future of Online Learning: a changing landscape, on February 27, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.  Register hereFREE!


PHEW!  There’s a lot going on in February.  Knock yourselves out folks!



Nov 18 Program: E-Reader Boot Camp

With the recent e-readers explosion, many people are talking about the “death of the book” and wondering what it all means for libraries. Join local experts, Toby Greenwalt of Skokie Public Library and Ming Heraty of Arlington Heights Memorial Library, for a program that will answer many of your questions about e-readers and libraries. Toby will start us off by talking about the current publishing landscape and giving us tips on how to make sense of e-books, file-types, and DRM. Ming will follow with an explanation of how her library offers a successful circulating e-reader service model and a series of instructional opportunities to help patrons along the way. We will wrap-up with an opportunity for attendees to pose any questions or concerns they might have about e-readers and libraries. You can send your question in advance by completing the online form at or ask your question during the program. This topic is guaranteed to stimulate a lively discussion, so don’t miss this program!”

When: Thursday, November 18, 2010 – 9:30am-Noon (9am Breakfast and Networking, 9:30am-12pm Program)

Where: Arlington Heights Memorial Library [map and directions]

Cost: Free – sponsored by HW Wilson

Registration: Sorry, this program is full and registration is closed.

Any questions? Please contact us!

Field Trips

Remember the Past, Transform the Future

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education CenterThis morning, 40 librarians joined RLA CE Committee members for our annual fall field trip. This year, the group toured the recently opened Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, located in Skokie, IL. Besides being quite an impressive facility, the museum contains an incredible collection of artifacts, artwork, videos, and other materials that combine to remind visitors of the Holocaust and urge people to act against genocide today.

The group started with a tour of the Karkomi Permanent Exhibition led by some very well-informed docents. According to the museum’s website:

The Zev and Shifra Karkomi Permanent Exhibition tells the story of the Holocaust, from pre-war German life through ghetto life and concentration camps to eventual liberation and resettlement throughout the world, with a special focus on post-war life in Israel and Skokie. More than 500 artifacts, documents and photographs help illustrate the narrative of the Holocaust while testimonies from local survivors add personal detail.

After touring the exhibition, the group visited the Brill Resource Center and met with head librarian Matthew Sackel, who knows 5 different languages! Sackel gave us a glimpse of what life is like for a solo special librarian. He spoke about the process of getting the library up and running, starting with large piles of books stacked up on the floor to cataloging the mostly donated collection and choosing an ILS. With the help of a large group of volunteers, the library’s collection now includes up to 13,000 items, all of which are searchable through the library’s online catalog. Sackel also mentioned that he will soon add the library’s records to OCLC. Although the library does not allow materials to be circulated, there is a beautiful reading room and 16 computers to allow people to take full advantage of the library’s resources during open hours. Access to the library is free and open to the public (12 years or older unless supervised by an adult). To learn more about the Brill Resource Center, check out this Pioneer Press article.

Did you join us for this field trip? Please share your thoughts and impressions by leaving a comment below.