Important Announcement

As many of you know, the RLA CE (Continuing Education) Committee is a group of librarians dedicated to bringing free programs of interest to the North Suburban Library community. We are independently funded and operated from NSLS and are planning on continuing to offer these educational programs beginning again in the fall. These programs will be even more important now that NSLS will cease offering continuing education programs.

Since the NSLS CoPs (Communities of Practice) listservs will no longer be available by the end of May, we would like to encourage you to sign up for one of the following three options to keep updated on what we’re doing.

  1. Sign-up for our own RLA CE email list. By signing up, you will receive news about upcoming programs. We promise not to share your email with anyone else.
  2. Click on “Subscribe in a reader” or “Subscribe by email” on the upper right-hand sidebar of our website to be notified of new blog posts.
  3. Join us on our Facebook page and receive updates on upcoming programs.

If you have questions or suggestions for future programs, please contact us!

Finally, our committee truly appreciates all the assistance the staff at NSLS has provided us throughout the years. We wish everyone at NSLS nothing but the best in these difficult times.


Jane Malik (co-chair) Oakton Community College, Des Plaines

Nancy Wagner (co-chair) Wilmette Public Library

Melissa Dessent

Steven Jablonski Skokie Public Library

Richard Kong Skokie Public Library

Gwyn Stupar Northbrook Public Library

Alex Todd Prospect Heights Public Library

Christina Tropea Des Plaines Public Library


Putting the “You” in YouTube

Putting the “You” in YouTube

Originally uploaded by kongtemplation

More than 50 librarians gathered on a cold, rainy day to hear Karen McBride, Web Services Librarian at Des Plaines Public Library, talk about how her library is using YouTube. I think everyone who was present would agree that Karen gave an entertaining and helpful presentation explaining how to create videos, edit them, and post them on YouTube to share with the rest of the world! Karen emphasized the point of not trying to be so formal and perfect with our library videos. She encouraged the audience to have fun, relax, and not be afraid of making mistakes.

For those of you who weren’t able to attend, or for those of us who need a reminder of what we learned, Karen has graciously provided her tips and tricks on a wiki at, so head on over there! But, wait! Before you leave, check out the video clip below to see Karen explaining some cool effects that are available on iMovie.