Level Up: Build Your Facilitation Skills for Effective Meetings

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 10-11:30am
Location: Zoom

What makes meetings not suck? Good facilitation! How do you become a good facilitator? By learning the tools and skills needed to effectively manage groups and increase engagement. In this session, we’ll discuss how to prepare for and facilitate meetings by reviewing how to develop an agenda, tools to ensure all voices are heard, and what to do when there’s conflict. You’ll leave this session feeling confident that your next meeting will rock!

Cost: FREE! Space is limited.


Video recording, available until Dec. 5, 2022.

This is the third program in our Level Up series on recharging your career.

About our presenter, Amanda Standerfer:

Amanda Standerfer’s passion is helping libraries and nonprofit organizations advance so they can create meaningful impact in their communities. Since 2002, Amanda’s consulting practice Fast Forward Libraries has worked with libraries and nonprofits on strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building. Amanda has 15 years of experience at various positions in public libraries, most recently as the Director of Community Engagement for The Urbana (IL) Free Library. She also has 7 years of experience working in the philanthropy sector. She has a BA and MA in History from Eastern Illinois University and a MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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


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.)


  • 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.



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



Jeremy Slayton

Cost: Free



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


Jobs & College & Careers, Oh My!

jobs and college and careers, oh my!Date:  Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Time:  2:00-4:00pm

Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Hendrickson Room on the 2nd Floor

Join the Recharge Committee for a great presentation and panel discussion at Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 30.  Our speakers will share their expertise in providing library services to set teens down the right road with Job & Career Fairs, college readiness tips, and more.  Learn how to incorporate these important teen programs into your own library’s services.


Melissa Lane, Teen Outreach Coordinator at Gail Borden Public Library

Billie Moffett, Manager of Studio 270 Teen Center at Gail Borden Public Library

Tom Spicer, Assistant Manager of Customer Services at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Cost:  FREE, sponsored by TBS, H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning, and Recorded Books.


Displays on Parade

Date: September 23, 2014

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Location: Barrington Area Library

Tired of doing the same old book displays? Need inspiration for displays that are fresh, clever, visually appealing, and designed to drive circulation? Join Steven Jablonski of Skokie Public Library for a rundown of rules of thumb to use when thinking up your own thematic displays. Joyce Brantner of Mount Prospect Public Library will show us how to create eye-catching champagne displays on a beer budget. Finally, Leah White of Ela Area Public Library will share tips and tricks indie booksellers use to merchandize their books. You can bring your own favorite display ideas or share them on our Pinterest page.

After the program, participants are invited to tour the newly renovated Barrington Area Library.

Cost: FREE Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS


Class Pinterest page



The Young and the Restless: Reaching Patrons in Their 20s and 30s

Date: June 3, 2014

Time: 9:30-12pm

Location: Des Plaines Public Library

Curious about how libraries are connecting with this hard to reach demographic? Come hear librarians from 3 different libraries talk about strategies, programs and collections for the Millennials.


  • Alicia Hammond, Community Engagement Librarian, Forest Park Public Library
  • Rebecca Malinowski, Librarian, Oak Park Public Library
  • Emily Vinci, Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Schaumburg Township District Library


Emily Vinci, Schaumburg Public Library:

Alicia Hammond, Forest Park Public Library:

Rebecca Malinowski, RAILS (formerly of Oak Park Public Library):


The Modern Discussion Group – Books Optional

The discussion group LitLounge, sponsored by Skokie and Morton Grove Public Libraries

We all knew it was inevitable once libraries started easing on their “NO BEVERAGES ALLOWED” rule. Discussion groups were going to be held in bars. Or even if they were still held in the Library, they…they….they weren’t BOOK CLUBS anymore! No more pound cake! No more (or maybe just less of) Alexander McCall Smith! Is that an actual MALE attending?!? And he’s not handcuffed to his wife or looking for extra credit for his Lit 115 course?

It’s true…discussion groups are changing and RLA-CE is here to get you up to date. Amita Lonial, Adult Services Program Coordinator at the Skokie Public Library will talk about some of the great, unique discussion groups happening at her library. She’ll also talk about the lessons learned from some not so great discussion groups that didn’t quite make the cut. Rebecca Vnuk, Editor, Reference and Collection Management – Booklist at American Library Association (but really, we love her for her work at Shelf Renewal in all incarnations, right?) will cover the basics that go a long way towards making any discussion group a success (hint – pound cake ain’t always bad).

If you’re looking to start a new discussion group, or just give the one you already run a boost of creativity, you need to be at the Northbrook Public Library on Monday, November 26 at 9:30.

When: Monday, November 26 9:30 am – 12 pm

Where: Northbrook Public Library Auditorium 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL

Cost: FREE Sponsored by Gale Cenage Learning

Register: HERE

Questions? Contact us.


Gotta Love Dot Gov!

Do you love dot gov resources? Well, you should!

Federal, state, and local government agencies produce some of the most helpful websites out there, but how well do you know them? Join Skokie Public Library reference librarian Steven Jablonski for a tour of online government resources every librarian should know about. This program will meet at the Skokie Public Library and participants will have the option of staying for a tour of the library which was recently awarded the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

This program is sponsored by H.W. Wilson.

When: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:30 a.m.-noon

Where: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St. Skokie, IL 60077

Cost: Free

Register online today!


Want more Power at work?

It’s not too late to register for and attend the 2008 RLA CE Kick-off program! Mary Pergander, who is doing some exciting things at Deerfield Public Library, will be speaking on ways to recognize opportunities to manage your relationships with your boss and others, enabling you to lead from any position in an organization.

Mary is also the American Libraries columnist on employment issues, so she’s definitely considered an expert on this stuff!

Download Program Flyer

Register online using the Library Learning calendar!

Btw, we’re serving breakfast! In this economy, who can afford to turn down a free meal?!


Working Knowledge with Mary Pergander!

Mary Pergander, Director of the Deerfield Public Library and American Libraries columnist on employment issues, will discuss ways to recognize opportunities to manage your relationships with your boss and others, enabling you to lead from any position in an organization. Download Program Flyer

Oh, and we’re also offering free breakfast! Can’t beat that! 

Register Online!