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Handling the Hierarchy: Success from Both Sides of Supervision

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Time: 10-11:30 am
Location: Zoom

Do you sometimes feel like you have to manage your manager? This program will explore the ups and downs of working relationships, whether in one-on-one supervision or a multilayered bureaucracy. Presenters will share the lessons they’ve learned from both sides of management, including how to accommodate conflicting communication styles, navigate generational differences, adjust to role changes, and make your work time better no matter who is in charge. Bring your own questions and wisdom to share. (Due to the nature of the discussion, this program will NOT be recorded.)

Presenters:

  • Kelly Durov, Assistant Director, Northbrook Library
  • Becca Ruidl, Branch Manager, Chicago Public Library
  • Alejandra Santana, Adult Librarian, Chicago Public Library

Cost: Free!

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

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Show Us Your Stuff! Show Off Your Library!

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

11 libraries will show off their stuff for our first ever virtual field trip. Libraries will highlight a special service, space, program, collection, staff member position or a combination of all of the above. Following the video presentations, all libraries will be present to answer your questions about their cool stuff. This program will be recorded and posted on YouTube.

Cost: FREE

Watch the program recording on YouTube


For presenters:

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!

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.

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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Join us!

Update: We are no longer accepting applications for the Recharge Committee. Thank you to everyone who applied.

If you’re an information professional eager to get involved in the library world and create learning opportunities for other library professionals, consider joining the Recharge Committee! We’re looking to fill open spaces on the committee with people who are creative, organized, and motivated to try new things.

Recharge is committed to providing free continuing education opportunities that address new and emerging technologies, transcend department silos, and respond to a variety of needs and interests. Check out our past programs for an idea of what types of events we’ve done.

The committee meets four times a year to brainstorm and plan programs, field trips, and other events we hope are beneficial to library folks. Committee membership is voluntary but includes certain expectations, like:

  • Attending all 4 meetings per year, missing no more than 1 per year (currently held on Zoom, but may be in-person)
  • Committing to at least 1 year of membership
  • Committing to co-planning and attending at least 1 program per year
  • Possibly using your own library as a hosted space for a program or meeting
  • Committing to active virtual communication

If you’re interested in joining Recharge, email your resume to rechargecommittee@gmail.com along with a brief message about why you want to join.

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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.

Resources

Diane’s presentation on Design Thinking

Program Photos

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Join us!

Update: We are no longer accepting applications for the Recharge Committee. Thank you to everyone who applied.

If you’re an information professional eager to get involved in the library world and create learning opportunities for other library professionals, consider joining the Recharge Committee! We’re looking for people who are creative, organized, and motivated to try new things.

Recharge is committed to providing free continuing education opportunities that address new and emerging technologies, transcend department silos, and respond to a variety of needs and interests. Check out our past programs for an idea of what types of events we’ve done.

The committee meets four times a year to brainstorm and plan programs, field trips, and other events we hope are beneficial to library folks. Committee membership is voluntary but includes certain expectations, like:

  • Attending all 4 in-person meetings per year, missing no more than 1 per year
  • Committing to at least 1 year of membership
  • Committing to co-planning and attending at least 1 program per year
  • Possibly using your own library as a hosted space for a program or meeting
  • Committing to active virtual communication

If you’re interested in joining Recharge, email your resume to rechargecommittee@gmail.com along with a brief message about why you want to join.