Networking Programs

Beyond Staff Day: Everyday employee engagement

Date: Friday, February 2nd

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090

Studies show that employee engagement correlates with increased productivity and service, job satisfaction and retention of top talent. How are libraries engaging their employees and cultivating supportive staff environments in ways that go beyond team building activities at staff or inservice days?

Hear from a library who redesigned their culture along with their building, a library with an ongoing training program for staff that encourages personal and professional growth, libraries that run self-care and wellness activities for their staffs throughout the year, a library that has been among Chicago Tribune’s Top 100 workplaces 4 years in a row, and more!

Panelists will share examples of staff engagement initiatives from their libraries, followed by the chance to discuss in small groups. Participants will leave with ideas to bring back to their teams or managers.


Sharon Grimm, Staff Learning Coordinator, Oak Park Public Library

Mimosa Shah, Adult Program Coordinator, Skokie Public Library

Mary Smith, Head of Youth Services, Mount Prospect Public Library

Regina Townsend, Teen Services & Outreach Librarian, Forest Park Public Library

Ryann Uden, Deputy Director, Indian Trails Public Library District

Cost: FREE – Sponsored by Today’s Business Solutions and H.W. Wilson.

This event is intended for library staff, library professionals, and library school students.


Learn While You Earn – Sharon Grimm

Contemplative Traces, Spaces, and Failures – Mimosa Shah

Staff Recognition – Mary Smith

Regina Townsend – Mindful Staff, Meaningful Service – Regina Townsend

Culture Code Presentation – Ryann Uden

Indian Trails Public Library District’s Culture Code Statement

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!


Networking Programs

Check Out the Recharge Workshop Line Up!


In addition to Beck Tench as the keynote speaker, the Recharge Unconference offers amazing local librarians leading mini workshops. Your library peers will share their best tools to empower you to regain energy, get inspired, and increase creativity. Check out the full line up of Recharge Workshops below!

Build New Partnerships Through Shared Economy
Amy Killebrew & Vicki Rakowski, Make it @ Your Library

Shared economy (or sharing economy or peer economy) is a growing trend usually associated with online services like Airbnb, Uber, and a myriad of others. The team behind Make it @ Your Library will discuss some of the things they learned about merging their mission with the sharing economy, and lead the conversation on how libraries are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this trend.

Create Common Ground Through Aspirations
Susan Carlton, Community Engagement Manager at Skokie Public Library

When we talk about aspirations, we improve the chance of finding common ground to better learn to work together and get stuff done.  Learn about the aspirations conversation that is used in the Harwood Institute’s training.

Cultivate Conversations on Culture
Anne Belden, Head of Adult Reference at Ela Area Public Library
Tony Hahn, Reference Librarian at Des Plaines Public Library

Values and culture statements are at the core of designing library services and are known to have a powerful influence on the staff and library users. Join us for an anonymous sampling of values and culture statements from for-profit companies and libraries followed by a discussion on ways to cultivate a positive cultural shift.

Expand Your User Experience Toolkit
Brodie Austin, ‎Virtual Community Engagement Manager at Skokie Public Library

If you’re an innovator, your toolkit needs to include solid interviewing techniques for customer and market research. One such technique is the “jobs to be done” interview. We’re going to learn what it is, how to do it, and how to identify the “jobs” that users hire your library to do.

Defy Traditional Work Space
Bille Jo Moffett, Manager of Studio 270 at Gail Borden Public Library

Think differently about space in your library and how to work within it. Learn tips and tricks to abandon your desk and work freely throughout the library.

Find Your Platform for Creativity
Amy Holcomb, ‎Co-Chair of Recharge

This session will share a variety of resources to encourage playful learning outside the library to help spark creativity and inspiration.

Practice Creative Adaptations
Alicia Hammond, Co-Chair of Recharge
Magan Szwarek, Adult Services Manager at Forest Park Public Library

You don’t need to a library genius to create amazing experiences and services for your community. In this session, learn about remixing and scaling to creatively adapt great ideas to your community no matter the size or demographics.  

Register for the Unconference!

Field Trips Networking Programs

Field Trip: Latitude Chicago

Date: Friday, September 18th, 2015

Time: 2:00pm or 4:00pm

Where: Latitude Chicago — 1821 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622

Shared workspaces, incubators and collaborative equipment are a rapidly growing trend across industries. Join us for a tour of one such workspace and gallery at Latitude Chicago. Afterwards, discuss with colleagues over a pint at Kaiser Tiger gastropub (1415 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601).

Latitude is a collaborative art and lab space featuring high end scanning and printing equipment, an artist-in-residence program and ongoing arts programming. More specialized than your average digital media lab, its focus is squarely on photo and print production. It is a non-profit that welcomes all members of the public including educators, enthusiasts, photographers, and students.

Latitude’s mission is “to provide access to high-end digital media equipment, a professional production space, and a curriculum dedicated to real-world workflows and contemporary art theory.”




Recharge Field Trip: Latitude Chicago

Images Courtesy of Latitude Chicago and Hedrich Blessing Photographers