Join Us! (Updated)



We are no longer accepting applications for the Recharge Committee. Thank you to everyone who applied. -Recharge Committee 7/7/17

If you’re an information professional eager to get involved in the library world and create learning opportunities for other library professionals, consider joining the Recharge Committee! We’re looking for people who are creative, organized, and motivated to try new things.

Recharge is committed to providing free continuing education opportunities that address new and emerging technologies, transcend department silos, and respond to a variety of needs and interests. Check out our past programs for an idea of what types of events we’ve done.

The committee meets four times a year to brainstorm and plan programs, field trips, and other events we hope are beneficial to library folks. Committee membership is voluntary but includes certain expectations, like:

  • Attending all 4 in-person meetings per year, missing no more than 1 per year
  • Committing to at least 1 year of membership
  • Committing to co-planning and attending at least 1 program per year
  • Possibly using your own library as a hosted space for a program or meeting
  • Committing to active virtual communication

We are no longer accepting applications for the Recharge Committee. Thank you to everyone who applied. -Recharge Committee 7/7/17

Programs Resources

Management From All Sides

Date: Friday, May 19thManagement From All SidesGail BordManagement From All SidesGail Borden Library, ElginMay 19th, 10-00Manen Library, ElginMay 19th, 10-00
Time: 10:00-12:30
Location: Gail Borden Public Library
270 N Grove Ave, Elgin

Are you interested in learning more about management in a public library? Are you new to a supervisory or management role and want practical pointers on how to succeed? Join us for a panel and small group discussions on a variety of management topics, including teamwork, career progression, adjusting to management styles and more.  Come away with a list of great resources that you can use as you continue in your career.


Erica Christianson, Assistant Director, Ela Area Public Library

Jolie Duncan, Assistant Manager Customer Services, Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Monica Harris, Executive Director, Schaumburg Township District Library

Nancy Kim Phillips, Deputy Director Strategic Operations, Mount Prospect Public Library

Robert Moffett, Division Chief of Access Services, Gail Borden Public Library

Christina Stoll, Adult Services Manager, Indian Trails Library

Cost: FREE – Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Recorded Books, and TBS


One Time, at Tech Camp: Modern Learning Environments Teens Love

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst IL, 60126

Today, many libraries are seeing teens fall for ongoing technology-focused camps. Going beyond what a single program accomplishes, tech camps build a learning environment for exploration and camaraderie. Speakers will discuss Gail Borden Public Library’s Summer Digital Media Camp, Fountaindale Public Library’s Summer Technology Bootcamps and the Girls Who Code after school program.

Register here!

Parking is limited so please consider carpooling. Extra parking is available at the Elmhurst Art Museum next door.



Audio & Video Camps

Andre Dyson, Studio 270 Digital Media Lab Assistant & Billie Moffett, Manager of Studio 270, Gail Borden Public Library

Summer Bootcamps

Randi Carreno, Teen Services Librarian & Jeffrey Fisher, Studio Services Manager, Studio 300, Fountaindale Public Library

Girls Who Code

Sharon Hrycewicz, Children’s Reference and Technology Coordinator, Downers Grove Public Library


Cost: FREE – Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Recorded Books, and TBS

Register here!

Field Trips Networking Programs

Field Trip: ALA Headquarters

ala-squareDate: Thursday, March 30

Time: 2:00pm- 4:00pm

Location: American Library Association, 40 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL

Join the Recharge Committee for a futures-focused field trip to the American Library Association in Chicago.  Hear about some of the ways that ALA is planning for the future of libraries with a visit to their headquarters, including a tour of the facilities and a roundtable discussion with ALA staffers from a variety of units.  Learn about ALA’s future-focused initiatives and activities as well as ways to maximize your membership.

Register today!


Programs Resources

Build Your Personal Brand

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pmbuildyourbrandgraphic

Location: Des Plaines Public Library,  1501 Ellinwood Avenue, Des Plaines

Your personal and professional brand is important. It matters when you seek a new position, promotion, or any kind of new pursuit. During this panel discussion, you will learn how to present yourself within your community as well as in the larger library world to meet your professional goals. Stay after the panel presentation for a LinkedIn/resume session with a peer review and the opportunity to get a professional head shot.

  • Get a digital professional headshot with Sabella Photography
  • LinkedIn Session and Profile/Resume Peer Review


Cost: FREE – Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Recorded Books, and TBS



Shannon Distel — Specialty Info Services Manager, Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Amy Koester — You & Family Program Supervisor, Skokie Public Library

Roberta Johnson — Assistant Director, Des Plaines Public Library



Build Your Personal Brand slides (Distel)

Tips for Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviewing (Johnson)

Creating Opportunities Through Purposeful Self-Promotion slides (Koester)

Personal Branding Resources (Recharge Committee)

Audio Recording Part 1 of 2 (58:08)

Audio Recording Part 2 of 2 (1:13:44)

Programs Resources

Extending Our Reach: Libraries, Social Workers, and Community Partnerships

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Time: 2:00-4:30pm

Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library (Hendrickson Room), 500 N Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights

Increasingly libraries across the country are seeing a need to provide social services to the populations they serve. Many libraries are starting to work more closely with social service agencies in their communities and some libraries have hired social workers as part of their staff. The panel will provide insights from three area libraries and their experiences in extending their reach to address the social service needs in their community. After the presentations there will be time to ask questions.


Victoria Bran, Village of Mount Prospect, Community Connection Center Coordinator

Maria Garstecki, South Branch Manager/Outreach Librarian, Mount Prospect Public Library

Laurel Johnson, Young Adult Librarian, Skokie Public Library

Robert Simmons, Manager of Community Resources, Oak Park Public Library


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



Laurel Johnson

Victoria Bran / Maria Garstecki

Robert Simmons


Building Online Community with LocalWiki

building online community with localwikiDate: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Morton Grove Public Library — 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053

Libraries are working harder than ever to discover new and exciting ways to work with the community. Virtual community engagement is one of those ways. Librarians nationwide have begun participating in the LocalWiki project, a grassroots effort to collect, share and open the world’s local knowledge. By adopting LocalWiki and facilitating the project, librarians are presenting community members with a tool for crowdsourcing hyper-local information. Join us for a presentation and panel discussion on how two libraries began the project in their respective communities.


Bill Pardue, Digital Services Librarian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Nitoshia L. Ford, Community Informatics Librarian at Skokie Public Library

: FREE — Sponsored by TBS, H.W. Wilson, and Recorded Books

Field Trips Programs

Field Trip: Pritzker Military Museum

Date: Friday, June 3, 2016FRI, JUN 3 AT 2-00 PM, CHICAGO, ILPritzker Military Museum & Library Tour

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: Pritzker Military Museum and Library – 104 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603

Join us for a “Behind-the-Scenes” tour for librarians of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on Friday, June 3rd at 2pm.  Experience areas not normally available to the public like a white-glove rare book demonstration and archivist-led presentation from our special collections.

The Pritzker Military Library features a collection of books and films on subjects covering the full spectrum of American military history, along with military-themed posters, photographs, medals, uniforms, and other artifacts.

Afterwards, discuss and network with other attendees over drinks. Place TBA.

Space is limited. REGISTER HERE

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

Field Trips Programs

Field Trip: DuPage Children’s Museum

dupage children's museum

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: DuPage Children’s Museum – 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540


As more libraries provide hands-on learning experiences and interactive spaces for children and families, we can learn from children’s museums and their knowledge of child development, exhibit design, and techniques for scaffolding learning in their spaces.

Join the Recharge Committee at the recently renovated DuPage Children’s Museum to learn about the theory behind the design of the museum’s play areas and exhibits, and how they facilitate learning. Participants will hear a presentation by the DuPage Children’s Museum’s Early Childhood Specialist, and then tour the museum during open hours to see the exhibits in action!

9:30 – 10:00 AM – Arrival and networking

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM – “Theory Behind the Design” presentation & tour of the museum

Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Cost: FREE, sponsored by TBS, H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning, and Recorded Books.


3D Printing Summit

3D printing summit blog post

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Location: Naperville Public Library – 95th Street Library

Are you interested in starting a 3D printing program at your library, or do you already have one and would like to learn some tips and tricks from other libraries?

At the 3D Printing Summit, you will hear from four libraries with successful 3D printing programs. Learn what has worked for them and what hasn’t, hear their 3D printing best practices, and get ideas for starting or building on your 3D printing program. After the presentations, there will be a moderated discussion with time to ask questions or share your own experiences.

After the program, there will be an optional tour of the 95th Street Library.


Jonathan Charles, Naperville Public Library
Cathleen Doyle, Northbrook Public Library
Barbara Fitzgerald and Emilie Alcock, Mount Prospect Public Library
Brian Wilson, Ela Area Public Library

Cost: FREE, sponsored by TBS, H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning, and Recorded Books.

Program Resources:

Brian’s slides and notes

Barbara’s and Emilie’s slides

Jonathan’s slides