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Show Us Your Stuff! Show Off Your Library!

Date: Friday, August 19, 2021
Time:
10am – 12pm
Location:
Zoom

What is unique about how your library meets community needs? What are you especially proud of? Showcase a special service, space, program, collection, staff member position or a combination of all of the above at your library through a 5-minute video. Videos should be informative and inspiring. No professional video editing necessary, nor are there specific format requirements. Be creative!

Fill out this form to be added to our list of video contributors. Video submissions are due by August 1 via email to rechargecommittee@gmail.com.

Attendance at the live program on August 19 is not required, but highly encouraged. Our goal is to have at least one person from each library submitting a video available to answer questions. If you cannot attend live, we ask you allow us to provide your email address to attendees so they can contact you with any questions.

Presenters: TBD

Cost: FREE

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

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Emotional Labor in Library Work

Date: Friday, May 28, 2021
Time: 10-11:30 am
Location: Zoom

Feeling exhausted and burnt out? Emotional labor, or the internal work required to regulate one’s emotions when dealing with patrons and co-workers, may be partially to blame. In this Zoom presentation, a panel of library professionals will share strategies staff can utilize to combat the negative effects of emotional labor in a library setting. Learn from your peers, and come ready for discussion!

Presenters:

  • Britta Krabill, Head of Adult Services, DeKalb Public Library
  • Yvette Garcia, Branch Manager, Lozano Branch, Chicago Public Library
  • Jackie Moreno, Info Service Supervisor, Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Cost: FREE

Watch the recording on YouTube

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Organizational Tools & Apps We Love

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Zoom

As library employees, we all love organization; it is the root of our profession! Want to hear about apps and processes to help you stay even more organized? Hear a series of short “spark talks” on apps and productivity processes that help keep our work and libraries organized.

We are asking for fellow library workers (YOU!) to submit to present on your favorite apps and processes too. Examples include Microsoft Planner, Bullet Journaling, WorkFlowy, and more. If you’re interested in speaking for a few minutes on tool you love, fill out this brief form and stay tuned to see if your proposal is accepted.

Cost: FREE

Watch the recording of this program

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

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Personality Tests for Staff Development

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020

Time: 10-11:30 AM

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Personality tests can be helpful for self-discovery and reflection, but what about as a tool for library staff development? In this Zoom presentation, we’ll hear from library staff who have used the SELF, Color Code, and StrengthsFinder tests about how they work and what they learned. (We encourage registrants to take the Color Code test before the program, but it’s not required for participation.)

This event will be online. Information for connecting to the meeting via Zoom will be sent after registration.

Speakers

  • Shannon Distel, Deputy Director at Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Ryann Uden, Deputy Director at Indian Trails Public Library District
  • Billie Jo Moffett, Director of Studio 270 at Gail Borden Public Library District

Cost: FREE

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

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Recharge with Conversation: Reinventing Library Work

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom

What is a positive outcome from working in this new environment? What is one thing that has helped you improve your work? What ways have you found to adapt to provide new services? We will focus on small group breakout sessions to share ideas and recharge together.
This event will be online. Information for connecting to the meeting via Zoom will be sent after registration.

Cost: FREE

Program Resources:

Resources and Takeaways from Recharge with Conversation

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

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After the Latest Trend: How to Identify Trends in Your Community

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020

Time: 10-11:30 AM

Location: Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 South Roselle Road,
Schaumburg, IL 60193

Keeping up with the latest trends in libraries and beyond can be exciting but also overwhelming. Learn some tips for spotting trends in your own community and getting buy-in from your boss for the next big idea.

Featured Speakers:

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.

Program Resources

Building Support for Big Ideas Hovanec – Jenn Hovanec (PDF)

trendspotting in your community (1)

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Workshop Your Wild Idea

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM – 12 PM

Location: Addison Public Library, 4 Friendship Plaza, Addison, IL 60101

If you had unlimited time, money, and power, what half-baked or wild idea would you want to make a reality at your library? Using the principles of the Design Thinking for Libraries toolkit, this participatory workshop will give you the opportunity to briefly share your idea, get immediate constructive feedback, be inspired by other ideas, and learn how to get buy-in from your boss. Library staff of all levels and experience are welcome to attend, even if you don’t have an idea to present.

If you do have an idea you’d like to present, please share it on the registration form to be included in the list of presenters. Be bold!

Featured Speaker: Diane Marshbank Murphy, Director of Employee Engagement and Special Projects at Chicago Public Library and representative of Design Thinking for Libraries

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.

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Diane’s presentation on Design Thinking

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Partner Power: Tapping the Unlimited Power of Community Engagement

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

Location: Gail Borden Public Library District: Main Library – 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120

What does it take to be a powerful partner? Learn from the Gail Borden Public Library Community Engagement Team and their Community Partners on what it takes to make an impact in your community. Spark Talks will be followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions of library staff and their partners. Power up your Partners to expand your library’s community presence.

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

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

partner power square

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Career Roadmap: Strategies to Chart a Path & Build Connections

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Learning non-linear ways to road-map your career, this event will provide you the opportunity for meaningful professional connections. Participants will learn strategies to supplement their career, and will be inspired by our speaker’s stories related to their library careers. Participants will be able to ask questions and get their head shot taken. 

At the end of the event, participants will:

  1. Identify action steps to start incorporating new ways of professional development in their work lives.
  2. Evaluate what is important to them during the course of their career.
  3. Deconstruct traditional linear methods of career road-mapping relevant to their career aspirations.

Featured Speakers:

Jason Driver, Branch Manager of Legler Regional Library, a Chicago Public Library Branch

Leah White, Learning & Development Coordinator, Skokie Public Library — Presenter Slides

Debra Wischmeyer, Member Services Coordinator, Cooperative Computer Services

Amy Alessio, Presenter, Author, and Teen Librarian

 

Photographer:

Jeremy Slayton

Cost: Free

 

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

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Creating a Culture of Contribution: A Fresh Look at Participatory Learning in Libraries

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077, Radmacher Room

Join the Recharge Committee for a workshop on participatory culture in libraries. Participatory experiences put the user in charge of their learning and provide the opportunity for meaningful community connections. Learn strategies to facilitate and scale programs and spaces for your patrons no matter your library’s size by leveraging trends to inspire your community to take ownership of library experiences. Be ready to share ideas and get hands-on with participatory activities.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  1. Deconstruct traditional methods of programming relevant to their community.
  2. Identify actions steps to start incorporating participatory elements.
  3. Evaluate participatory experiences and their impact on the community.

Presenters:

Alicia Hammond, Forest Park Public Library

Amy Holcomb, Skokie Public Library

Vicki Rakowski, Barrington Area Library

Cost: Free

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This event is designed and intended for library staff members.

Resources

Culture of Contribution Slides