LearningTimes Produces Inaugural Virtual Conference for the Illinois Library Association

The Illinois Library Association will hold its first-ever virtual conference. The program, produced by LearningTimes, will feature highlights from the 2010 ILA Annual Conference, with a focus on partnerships and planning.

ILA Conference LogoThe Illinois Library Association will be holding its first-ever virtual conference on Wednesday, September 29, 2010. The program, produced by LearningTimes, will feature highlights from the 2010 ILA Annual Conference, with a focus on partnerships and planning. 

If you are unable to attend this year’s conference, the virtual conference is a convenient and affordable way to stay abreast of current trends and issues. Virtual sessions will be recorded and available for viewing on your own schedule, making them a valuable tool for ongoing professional development.
Attendees of the 2010 ILA Annual Conference at Navy Pier will be able to access the sessions free of charge, providing additional value to your conference registration.
Conference Schedule:

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. CDT
Community Partnerships to Meet the Needs of our Multicultural Community 
Develop a community-oriented ESL and Literacy programs by establishing partnerships with local schools, organizations, and corporations.  Work with diverse population groups to establish fun learning programs and change the way groups think about libraries.
Moderator: Barbara Adrianopoli, Schaumburg Township District Library
Speakers: Blanca Tapia, F.I.N.D. Program; Lillian Clinton, Read to Learn Volunteer; Pat Barch, Schaumburg Township District Library; Nikolay Demirev, District 211 Teacher; Maria Barajas, Student
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CDT
Partnerships and Portals: Hyperlocal Information at Your User’s Fingertips
Libraries have long been able to show what resources are out there. How to use those resources is another matter entirely. Working with community stakeholders, Skokie Public Library has created an information portal illustrating how area businesses can use library resources to achieve their goals. We’ll demonstrate how we identified community needs, gathered appropriate resources, and provided the necessary context for business owners and entrepreneurs alike. We’ll provide tips for adapting this model to other fields as well.
Moderator: Toby Greenwalt, Skokie Public Library
Speakers: Toby Greenwalt and Mick Jacobsen, Skokie Public Library; Howard Meyer, Skokie Chamber of Commerce
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT
2011 iREAD Showcase: Ideas for Crafts, Programming, and so Much More
Explore the world of fantasy as we celebrate iREAD’s 2011 theme, “A Midsummer Knight’s Read.”  Discover simple and inexpensive programming/crafting ideas you can use at your library this upcoming summer. Voice your choice for the 2013’s theme and network with other youth librarians from around the state. This session is not to be missed!
Moderator: Kathi Kresol, Rockford Public Library
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. CDT
Taking Care of Business:  Partnering with Your Local Chamber of Commerce
This tough economy it is the perfect time for libraries to reach out to help businesses. Our panel of librarians with active chamber of commerce partnerships will share their experiences. Attendees will learn ways to market their library to businesses, partnership ideas, and the benefits of business partnerships.
Moderator: Melissa Gardner, Berkeley Public Library
Speakers: Melissa Gardner, Berkeley Public Library; Joanne Griffin, Des Plaines Public Library; Barb Vlk, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CDT
Social Media, the News, and Us
Patrons’ methods and habits for getting news and information have changed, have your communication methods? We will sketch the beginnings of some answers to the following two questions: Now that you have Twitter, Facebook and all those other cute toys, how do you wring the most benefit from them? And what about reporters (remember them?) – how do they fit in now? This training will help participants think strategically about new media and how these new tools, as well as traditional media outreach, can help achieve an organization’s overall goals and move audiences to action.
Speaker: Demetrio Maguigad, Community Media Workshop
September 09, 2010  |   LearningTimes News

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