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

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

Programs Resources

Creating Community Connections

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015

Time: 9:30 am-12:00 pm

Location: Downers Grove Public Library, Meeting Room A&B

Community engagement is a buzz term right now in the library world for good reason. Now more than ever, libraries must look outside library walls to work with the community in new ways. Join the RLA-CE Committee for a panel discussion about current ideas in community engagement and outreach.


Susan Carlton, Community Engagement Manager at Skokie Public Library, will speak about her library’s successful approach to assessing community needs and implementing that information into library planning.

Barbara Alvarez, Business Liaison Librarian at Barrington Area Library District, will share tips and resources on how to connect with the community and build successful relationships.

Alicia Hammond, Community Engagement Librarian at Forest Park Public Library, will give an overview of new and innovative community engagement ideas in the library world.


Community Engagement Pinterest Board



Be a Librarian Problem Solver! Roundup

Thanks to everyone who attended our May 22 program Be a Librarian Problem Solver led by Skokie Public Library’s Steven Jablonski and Jon Yates, Problem Solver for the Chicago Tribune. We learned a great deal about what to do and where to go when our patrons have difficulties with companies, utilities, agencies, and more.

As promised, you can view Steven’s presentation on essential problem-solving resources here.


Business Reference 2012! Roundup

We had a great turnout at the old NSLS building in Wheeling this morning.  53 area librarians turned out to see Emily Kornak from the Barrington Area Public Library and Shannon Scanlan from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library talk about how they tailor library services to meet the needs of their business and job seeking communities.  As promised, here is their presentation along with the Symbaloo links:

Business Reference 2012 presentation

Symbaloo Business Reference

Symbaloo Job and Career Resources


Amy Alessio recap

On March 20, Amy Alessio did a fascinating program on cookbooks, crafting books and related genres – which ones we should purchase and what to weed from our collections. Her presentation was full of clever ideas for programs – Knit a Cupcake (for teens), displays – combine cookbooks with fiction titles and lots more.

Check out her outline for interesting facts: Did you know that cookbooks are 10% of all book sales or that one out of ten men collect cookbooks?

Cookbook and Crafting Outline                             CCRA bibliography


Making Lemonade Out of Lemons – RLA-CE’s PLA Presentation

Thanks to everyone who attended Making Lemonade Out of Lemons at PLA.  We hope you all learned something and that the  Free CE  will start to percolate throughout the country.   For those who are interested, here are the links I’ve promised.  Well, most of the links.  I’m actually writing this on Monday and will schedule it to post Friday afternoon.  If I promised anything during my talk, I’ll add that as soon as I can.

Here’s the link to my presentation.  This will let you view it online.  If you’d like to view it offline, you’ll have to download the zip file with the viewer.  It doesn’t install anything on your computer, there’s just a lot of clicking involved.

The forms I mentioned:

Guidelines to Program Planning

Attendance Sheet – This is really just an excel spreadsheet, nothing special.

Scratch Paper

Evaluation From


Toby Greenwalt Recap

On November 10th, approximately 60 librarians attended Mobile Solutions for Libraries.  Toby Greenwalt has graciously supplied us with his slides from the presentation, and a short 10-minute videoclip is now posted to YouTube for your viewing enjoyment.



Gotta Lov Dot Gov Presented at Reaching Forward

RLA CE committee member Steven Jablonski presented an updated version of his RLA program “Gotta Love Dot Gov” at the 2011 Reaching Forward conference. Here it is for those who missed it.