Field Trips

Field Trip: Kane County Law Library

DATE:  Friday, September 6, 2019

TIME:  10 AM – 12:30 PM

Kane County Law Library and Legal Self Help Center
37W777 Rt. 38
St. Charles, IL 60175

COST:  Free

Located within the Kane County Judicial Center, the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center is open to the public and provides access to digital and print resources for legal research. Staffed by a team of library professionals, the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center aims to “provide outstanding service, recognizing, supporting, and furthering open and equal access to legal and governmental information.”

Join us for a field trip to the law library, which will include a tour of the library followed by a presentation from the library’s director, Halle Cox, on the library’s resources and answers to the commonly asked questions by librarians and patrons. Prairie State Legal Services and Administer Justice will also give short presentations on their services. Lunch following the program will be provided to all attendees courtesy of the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center. For more information on Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center, please click here.


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.


Genealogy Without Fear: Taking the Foolishness Out of Family Trees

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time: 9:30 am-12:00 pm

Location: Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trl, Lake Zurich, IL (Rooms A and B)

Genealogy research is no April Fool’s joke. Genealogy reference questions can be intimidating, especially for the non-genealogist. Reference librarian and genealogy specialist Carol Bartlett will walk you through getting patrons started with their genealogical inquiries.  Learn to navigate the most common and useful genealogy tools with confidence to send your patrons on the right road to answers.

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

Programs Resources

Steven’s Jablonski’s Presentation on Legal Resources

Our recent program highlighting legal resources for reference librarians was a big success! Thank you to both attorney Teri Ross, who spoke about Illinois Legal Aid, and reference librarian Steven Jablonski, who gave a presentation on legal resources.

Steven was kind of enough to share his presentation slides with us to post on this site!


Legal Resources for Reference Librarians

In this economic climate, it seems like more people are taking it upon themselves to find answers to their legal questions. If you’re a reference librarian in need of a refresher on legal resources, we have a great program for you on March 4!

Attorney Teri Ross will demonstrate the features of the Illinois Legal Aid website and show librarians how to assist their patrons in accessing legal information. She will also provide a brief explanation of the legal services delivery system in Illinois and discuss ethical considerations when providing legal information to the public. In the second part of the program Steven Jablonski of  Skokie Public Library will speak about other online resources that every librarian should know about for locating legal cases and codes, looking up attorneys, and finding user-friendly explanations of the law.

More information about this program can be found on the upcoming programs page.

Make sure you register online now!

When: Thursday,  March 4, 2010  from 9:30am-12:00pm

Where: NSLS Learning Center, 200 W. Dundee Rd. Wheeling, IL 60090 [map and directions]

Cost: Free – sponsored by HW Wilson


The Future of Newspapers and Libraries? Surprise! There IS One!

Seriously.  There will be  a future and that future will include newspapers and libraries.  Whew, I’m glad THAT’s settled.

OK, it’s a bit more complicated than that, of course.  Today’s program on the changes occurring in newspapers and their impact on libraries shed some much-needed light on how newspapers got themselves into their current situation, what that situation is, and where they will be headed years down the road.  And of course, how libraries are affected by and adapting to these developments.

We had three outstanding speakers, each with a unique perspective.  Amanda Maurer is the Online and Social Media Producer for the Chicago Tribune.  Dan Sinker is a professor of journalism at Columbia College.  Bruce Brigell is the Coordinator of Information Services at the Skokie Public Library.

Here’s a video they showed to kick off the program. Good for some laughs (“owns home computer”), but relevant to the topic as well!

Let us know how you liked the program.  We had a great discussion going on before we had to break up, let’s keep it rolling here!

Edit: Bruce Brigell has shared his two handouts: “The Public Library and the Public Record” and “Program Links” (both in pdf).


Upcoming Program: The Future of Newspapers and What it Means to Libraries

Photo from Manchester Library's Flickr Photostream
Photo from Manchester Library's Flickr Photostream

Newspapers across the country have been going through major changes.  Most have gotten smaller to some degree.  Many have cut staffs.  Some have even given up paper for an all-web presence.

Librarians are paying close attention to these changes because newspapers are so integrated into the services we provide.  We all have “The News Crew” – that group of patrons who come in every day to read the papers.  We have patrons who look specifically for the newspapers’ TV listings, book reviews, and classifieds.  We send press releases to the newspapers touting our accomplishments and invite reporters and photographers to cover our programs.  Perhaps most importantly, newspapers are an invaluable reference resource.  Students look to libraries when they need articles for their paper and genealogists rely on newspapers to research their family trees through birth and death notices.

As a source of focused, local information, newspapers are hard to beat.  But what happens if – as some are predicting – newspapers go away?  How will libraries replace those services?

Join us on Tuesday, December 15th from 9:30-noon and listen to three speakers discuss the future of newspapers, how people will replace newspapers as a new source, and what it all means for libraries and librarians.

Our panel of experts include:

  • Bruce Brigell is the Coordinator of Information Services at Skokie Public Library.
  • Amanda Maurer is the social media and online producer for the Chicago Tribune.
  • Dan Sinker teaches in the journalism department at Columbia College Chicago where he focuses on entrepreneurial journalism and the mobile web.

When: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 from 9:30am-12:00pm

Where: NSLS Auditorium, 200 W. Dundee Rd. Wheeling, IL 60090 [map and directions]

Cost: Free – sponsored by HW Wilson

Register online now!


Reference librarians in the age of Google

Has anyone else out there read this recent article from Duke magazine, “Brave New World: Reference Librarians in the Age of Google“? There’s nothing really new in it from what I could tell. It mostly talks about the challenge librarians are facing adapting to a world in which most people start searching for information on Google instead of a library. Virtual reference options are mentioned, as is Facebook.

Does this sound like a possible program that the committee should take on? Steven Bell would be a good guest speaker. Maybe we can have a conversation between Bell and someone else who has a different take on what the future holds for reference librarians. What do you all think?

Here’s an excerpt:

UNC’s Pomerantz acknowledges that there is some tension as libraries are pulled in two different directions, the physical and the virtual. On the one hand, he says, public and university libraries are increasingly playing to “hyper-local” niches, often serving as community centers. “At the same time, there is a lessening of importance of geography,” as libraries reach out via the Web to patrons around the world.