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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Does your library have an interesting story no one knows about or is there a fun fact about your library that only your patrons and staff and know about? If so, share it with the Illinois library community! We are launching an Illinois library #MondayFunday fact or story that we will post on our Facebook page every Monday to start the week. Members will get a chance to share an interesting story or historical tidbit about their library.

Share an experience of a celebrity visiting your library or who was an employee, a unique award your library has received (locally or nationally), or anything interesting (or fun) that has happened at your library. Personal members are encouraged to share an interesting experience they’ve had meeting their favorite author, an actor who portrayed their favorite character from a book, a experience at a library outside of the U.S., or any other personal, fun library-related experience. Photos are encouraged.

You must be an Institutional or Personal Member to submit a #MondayFunday fact or story. Submissions will be edited for space and ILA reserves the right to select from among them. Send your fact or story and photo (if feasible) to Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org, with the subject line “Fun Fact”.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Recent events have shown us that people need to be heard, and need to have a vehicle to share their thoughts on a variety of topics, including potentially challenging ones such as white privilege and racism in librarianship. So we are launching “ILA Voices”. ILA Voices is a new electronic publication that will act as a platform for members to share their perspectives, thoughts, concerns, and opinions on read-world issues impacting the library world.

This mini-newsletter will feature an editorial every Monday from an ILA member, Executive Board member, Committee Chair, or Forum Manager covering an issue they feel is timely and relevant to the profession. Additional content will include news articles and possibly events.

If you would like to submit an editorial now, please e-mail Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org, with the subject line “ILA Voices”.

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

As RAILS planned our My Library Is… campaign, we heard from member libraries of all types that they needed talking points to use when speaking about the library to users and potential users, funders and decision-makers, legislators, and more. With help from our members, we created new talking points in an infographic format that is easy to read, share, or leave behind after meetings.

These talking points are available in four PDF different versions to watch the four types of libraries RAILS serves.

  • academic
  • public
  • school
  • special

Learn more, and download related documents, here.

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(via Rory Litwin, Library Juice Academy)

The National Alliance of Mental Illness estimates that one in five children, teens, and adults suffer from a mental illness. With libraries functioning as a hub of the communities they serve, librarians must be prepared to serve patrons struggling with mental health issues. This course will provide librarians with the necessary knowledge and skills to address common mental disorders, as well as ways in which librarians can balance their own mental health needs in a demanding profession.

The instructor has a unique background in being a second career librarian after having worked as a psychologist for 20 years.

By the end of the course, students will have met the following goals.

  • develop a better understanding of the most common mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • improve sensitivity in interacting with patrons with a mental disorder with an emphasis upon awareness of the stigma of mental illness, implementing library policies to address the needs of patrons with a mental disorder, and providing accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • learn effective ways of managing interactions with patrons struggling with a mental disorder including: deescalating emotional clients; conflict resolution skills; maintaining appropriate boundaries; and managing requests for sensitive information about mental health topics
  • work with community partners to develop potential referral sources, training opportunities, mental health programming, and assistance with crisis intervention.
  • apply self-care strategies to balance the mental health needs of librarians who may be struggling with a mental health disorder and/or common job and life stressors.

Dawn Behrend an Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she serves as the liaison for psychology, counseling, mathematics, computer science, and business and manages the library’s social media platforms. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Library Science. Ms. Behrend has worked for 20 years in North Carolina as a Licensed Psychological Associate and is a second career librarian. Ms. Behrend continues to work in private practice where she completes psychological evaluations in addition to her work as an academic librarian.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional synchronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment. The “Register” button on the website goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants us to send a billing statement or wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact us by email to make arrangements: inquiries@libraryjuiceacademy.com<mailto:inquiries@libraryjuiceacademy.com>

For additional information on the course, and to register, please go here. To see a list of all of the courses being offered next month, click here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Join Library UX Chicago on Thursday, May 21, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CDT, for a conversation exploring how our institutions are preparing to return to our physical buildings over the coming months. While many of our institutions will be working within the guidelines issued by the State of Illinois, we welcome anyone interested in the topic.

Access to the Zoom meeting room will be provided upon RSVP. Devin Savage (IIT) and Abby Annala (Loyola) will facilitate this conversation. Please RSVP here. This webinar is free for anyone to attend.

Seeking Feedback and Ideas for Future Events

Contact us here with discussion questions, topics for future roundtables, or ways that we can support you and our professional community. Also, reach out to us at the same web address if you would like to become involved.

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Please join Amigos Library Services for the webinar “Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Realities: The Possibilities and Limitations”. It will take place from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 14. A description of the webinar and additional information are below.

Augmented, virtual, and mixed realities have many obvious benefits for learning, work, and social engagement. However, they also pose several ethical concerns that need consideration before they are fully embraced. It is critical for librarians to understand these realities to determine how they can be best used in the library as well as how library users may want and need to interact with them. In this session, Dr. Lauren Hays, will share examples of how augmented, virtual, and mixed realities are being used in a variety of settings. She will then lead a discussion of current use cases and potentialities for future growth. Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to brainstorm use cases in their libraries for augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies.

Learning Objectives

  • attendees will discover ways augmented, virtual, and mixed realities are currently being used
  • attendees will consider the possibilities and limitations of augmented, virtual, and mixed realities
  • attendees will brainstorm ways augmented, virtual, and mixed realities can be used in library settings

For more information, including fees, and to register, please go here.

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(via Dr. Barbara Marson, East Carolina University)

On Friday, June 8, the East Carolina University MLS program will host a free virtual Global Library Exchange webinar, “COVID-19 and Libraries”, with speakers from three countries discussing their libraries’ experiences in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers are listed below.

  • Audrey Chapuis, Director of the American Library in Paris
  • Bruno Eiras, Head of Department of Public Libraries Network in Portugal
  • Liliana Silva, School Library Adviser, School Library Network Program in Portugal
  • Dr. Anna Maria Tammaro, Retired Professor, University of Parma (Italy) and Editor-in-Chief of Digital
    Library Perspectives

The webinar will run from 8:00 to 10:00 AM Central Time. To register, please provide brief information via this link.

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(via Dan Bostrom, Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

I’m sharing this on behalf of the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE). In the next two weeks, AISLE will be holding two roundtables with representatives from MLIS and LTA programs. These events are open to anyone outside of AISLE who might be interested in attending. Registration is required. Please note that registration for both of these events will close two hours before the live event.

Tuesday, May 5 — 3:00-4:00 PM

University Roundtable

During this roundtable discussion, representatives from Illinois universities will provide information on programs of specific interest to school librarians including continuing education opportunities for masters and certification programs.

Register here. The session will take place via Zoom.

Tuesday, May 12 —  3:00-4:00 PM

Community College Roundtable

During this roundtable discussion, representatives from community colleges in Illinois will explain their LTA programs.

Register here. This session, also, will take place via Zoom.

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Great Lakes Science Boot Camp 2020 Postponed to 2021

(via Jennifer Hart, University of Chicago)

The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 situation.

Please be on the lookout for further information about GLSBC 2021, to be held at Ohio State, and also options for virtual events we will hold this coming summer. Check the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp website for updates.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Danny Dotson, at dotson.77@osu.edu.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Professional Development | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Applications are now being accepted for the Elevate Illinois Libraries Leadership Program (Elevate). This year’s program will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Illinois State Library in Springfield. Elevate 2020 sessions will explore the concept of judging versus joining behaviors and the types of behaviors that lead to inclusion as well as those that exclude people.

Future leaders from all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special) and all parts of Illinois are encouraged to apply. Applicants are not required to hold any specific positions in their library, but should have an interest in developing as a leader. An MLIS is not required. Past Elevate participants may apply to attend this year.

The registration fee for the program is $100 per participant. This fee covers materials and meals. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses. The application deadline is Friday, March 6. Please see the Elevate website for instructions on submitting an application.

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