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Matthews interviewed by Publishers Weekly

John Matthews, supervisor of interlibrary loan at UIC and author of This Is Where it Gets Interesting, talks about inspiration, amnesia and following raindrops in a Sept. 15 interview with Publishers Weekly.

The self-published collection includes 28 short stories with subjects ranging from hard-boiled crime to a talking tornado. Matthews, who funded his project through the online crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, has been writing for 25 years.

Bundle & save on ALA Midwinter & Annual by 9/30

Bundle registration for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is open noon (Central) Sept. 9, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2014.

Register now for ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference via Bundle.

Bundle registrants only can book Midwinter housing any time after they register, September 9-30, 2014. Midwinter housing opens for non-Bundle registrants on October 1 at noon (Central).

Download the PDF of the Registration and Housing Form by clicking here

Please send completed registration forms and payment to:
ALA Registration Department
c/o CompuSystems
PO Box 6271
Broadview, IL 60155-6271

If paying by check, please make it payable to: American Library Association

Form and payment must be postmarked by September 30, 2014

For more information, visit ALA online.

Apply for scholarships to ACRL 2015 conference by 11/7/14

ACRL is offering approximately 175 scholarships worth more than $110,000 for the ACRL 2015 Conference to be held March 25 – 28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. ACRL typically funds about 100 conference scholarships and this year initiated a new Kick Start the Future campaign in honor of the association’s 75th Anniversary that seeks to raise the $50,000 needed to fund the 75 additional scholarships. Information on donating to the campaign is available on the ACRL 75th Anniversary website.

The deadline to apply for ACRL 2015 scholarships in six categories is November 7, 2014. Complete details, including requirements for all categories and application information, is available in the scholarships section of the conference website.

Info literacy summit set for 4/25/14

DePaul University Library and the Moraine Valley Community College Library will co-host the 2014 Illinois Information Literacy Summit on April 25, at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois.

This year’s Summit will look at the evolving nature of information literacy in light of the forthcoming revision to ACRL’s Information Literacy Standards. Trudi Jacobson (University at Albany, SUNY; Chair of ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force) and Tom Mackey (SUNY Empire State College) will deliver this year’s keynote, “Changing Models, Changing Emphases: The Evolution of Information Literacy.” Their presentation will explore metaliteracy, threshold concepts, empowerment, metacognition, and information literacy in the disciplines.

The planning committee will announce details on this year’s summit speakers, along with a call for proposals in early November.

For more information contact:
Tish Hayes,
Heather Jagman,
Jessica Alverson,
Troy Swanson,

The new partnership between DePaul and Moraine Valley represents the next step in the growth of the Summit. The organizers envision the Summit as an opportunity for librarians, teachers and other practitioners across the educational spectrum to come together, share ideas and strengthen information literacy throughout the Midwest.

Through the years, the Illinois Information Literacy Summit has benefited from the support of the Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges, Southern Illinois Learning Resource Centers, the Illinois State Library, Illinois Central College, John A. Logan College, and Illinois State University Milner Library.

Early bird registration for LITA National Forum ends 8/15

Save $50 when you take advantage of early bird rates through August 15 for the 2011 LITA National Forum, held September 29-October 2 in St. Louis, MO.

The LITA National Forum is a three-day educational event featuring preconferences, keynote, concurrent, and poster sessions that explore leading-edge technologies and their applications in all types of libraries.

HSLI conference set for October 13-14

The 2011 Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference will be held in Utica, IL at the Starved Rock State Park on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14.   Anyone interested in librarianship and learning is welcome to attend.  See the HSLI conference Web site for more information.

The keynote speaker will be Michelynn McKnight, Ph.D., AHIP, a former hospital librarian in Norman, OK, for more than two decades. For ten years she taught an MLA CE course entitled “Proving Your Worth: Convincing Non-Librarian Decision Makers of the Value of Your Essential Services.”  After she left the hospital, she expanded the topics of that course into what became the book, The Agile Librarian’s Guide to Thriving in Any Institution (Libraries Unlimited, 2010).

Continuing Education Opportunities include:

The Agile Librarian’s Guide to Thriving in Any Institution
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Michelynn McKnight

Citation Management on the Cheap
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Instructors: Linda O’Dwyer and Michelle Frisque

Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries and Health
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Max Anderson

Register early for ILA conference

This year’s Illinois Library Association annual conference takes place October 18 – 20, 2011, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.  Early-bird registration ends August 22.

Session topics include Cataloging for the 21st Century; Advocacy Storytelling-style; Modern Fundraising; Change Management; Multi-type Cooperation around content creation; a series of Research to Practice workshops; and the happenings of Chicago’s own Underground Library.