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