Field Trips

Field Trip: The Newberry Library

Register for our next field trip to The Newberry Library! In addition to a tour of the library, the Newberry will have two large-scale exhibits: one on current research they’re doing and related materials, and one on the history of the library.

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When: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10am

WhereThe Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Place, Chicago, IL

We will meet in the lobby of the library just before 10am.

Cost: Free! Sponsored by H.W. Wilson

Registration: THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL. You can add your name to the WAITING LIST and we will contact you if we can fit any others into the program. Add your name to the waiting list here.

Questions? Please contact us

We look forward to seeing you!

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Save the Date – Field Trip

Thank you so much to everyone who filled out our field trip survey! And now, the results!

Our next field trip will be a behind the scenes tour of the Newberry Library.

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So here is your save the date information!

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10am

Where: The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Place, Chicago, IL

How: Registration for this field trip will open on Wednesday, August 15. Space is limited – so register early!

Again, thank you to everyone who filled out our survey. Have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing you all in September!

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Field Trip: Chicago Botanic Garden

On Friday, September 9, 2011 RLA-CE will be sponsoring a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Beginning at 10:30AM, the group will go on a tour of the Lenhardt Library and also take a 35-minute tram tour that showcases the Heritage, Rose and English Walled Gardens, along with the gardens of the Great Basin. The Chicago Botanic Garden offers 385 acres of gardens, truly a treasure in the Chicago area. This field trip is free for registrants and includes parking.

Please note, that this program will be limited to the first 20 people who sign up. Registration closes on Thursday, August 25. Also, if you register and cannot make it, please let us know ASAP so we can pass the spot on to another registrant.

When: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 10:30am

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden (map and directions)

Cost: Free – sponsored by HW Wilson

Registration: Sorry, registration is closed for this program. Please contact us if you would like to be added to a waitlist.

Any questions? Please contact us!

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Field Trip: Pritzker Military Library

We pride ourselves on our longstanding tradition of visiting cultural institutions, libraries, or archives who are making a difference everyday.  This year, we are delighted to announce the Pritzker Military Library, a winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, as our destination at their brand new location (104 S. Michigan Ave) on Friday, April 29th, 10am.

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of a remarkable collection of books, videos, posters, uniforms and more, like an American Revolution soldier’s notebook dated 1777-1779 and a model of the USS Chicago. The Mission of the Pritzker Military Library is “to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and develop appropriate programs focusing on the Citizen Soldier in the preservation of democracy.”

Just a few spots left, so RSVP today!

When: Friday, April 29, 2011 at 10:00am

Where: Pritzker Military Library (map and directions)

Cost: Free – sponsored by HW Wilson

Registration: Online registration

Any questions? Please contact us!

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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.

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Field Trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

IllinoisHolocaustMuseumEach fall, the RLA CE Committee sponsors a field trip to a local library, museum, or archive. We’re happy to announce that this year’s field trip will take place at the new world-class Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL! The trip will consist of a tour of the museum itself and then a short tour of the education center. This event is being sponsored by HW Wilson so we are able to cover the entry fees for the first forty people who register. And, finally, more good news…parking is free!

What: Fall Field Trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Where: 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077 [map and directions]

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 from 10:00am to 12:30pm. Please meet at the entrance to the Karkomi Permanent Exhibition no later than 9:50am.

Cost: Free – sponsored by HW Wilson (attendance is limited to 40 people)

Register at now!

Download a program flyer!

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The Old (Archives) and the New (IC) at Loyola

This morning, a group of librarians gathered at Loyola University’s beautiful lakefront campus for a tour of their new Information Commons, recognized as an impressive example of the national trend for academic libraries. Leslie Haas, director of the IC, kindly led the tour of the entire facility and I think it’s safe to say that everyone was impressed! The digital media lab, computers, comfy seating, group study rooms, automated blinds, and the best view from any library office I’ve ever seen were just some of the highlights. It’s definitely worth checking out for yourself if you couldn’t make it to today’s trip!

We also toured the Women and Leadership Archives, housed in the newly refurbished Piper Hall. Beth Myers, director of the Archives, talked about this collection, which focuses on materials relating to women’s contributions to society. Every inch of Piper Hall, formerly a mansion, is full of interesting, beautiful details and it’s no wonder that it’s often booked for wedding receptions.

We also had the opportunity to visit the Reading Room at the Cudahy Library as well as the newly refurbished Madonna della Strada Chapel, both located nearby. Overall, it was a great morning!

View photos of the trip on Flickr!

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Field trips aren’t just for kids!

On Friday, October 3, join us for a visit to the much talked-about, technology-rich Information Commons at Loyola University! Leslie Haas, director of the IC, will be giving us a tour of this state-of-the-art facility that features sustainable architecture. Afterwards, we’ll also be touring the Women and Leadership Archives. It should be a very fun and interesting afternoon.

Check out the program flyer (pdf) and register online now on the NSLS events calendar!

More information about this and other programs can be found on our upcoming programs page.