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Saint Xavier University seeks an exceptional and innovative administrator to serve as its Executive Director of the University Library. The Director will bring a deep understanding of the challenges facing academic libraries today, creative leadership, and a passion for SXU’s mission and goals.
Concordia University Chicago is seeking a full time librarian to oversee the day-to-day operation of the Christopher Resource Center. An integral part of the Klinck Memorial Library, the Center contains a large collection of K-12 curriculum materials and both fiction and non-fiction books from PreK to young adult.
Lewis University, sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, is a vigorous and growing institution located 25 miles SW of Chicago. Lewis University provides students a liberal arts-based and career-focused education, engaging students in the exploration and creation of academic, professional and personal opportunities in a supportive community.
The LIBRAS Annual Meeting – Friday May 31, 2013 (1p-3:30p)
Program Theme: Applying Assessment Techniques to the Library
Jumpstart some ideas for caring for your collections and for spring grant deadlines! Join your LIBRAS colleagues for an informative webinar on Funding Opportunities for Collections Preservation, presented by the Illinois Collections Preservation Network http://icpn.museum.state.il.us .
Continuing Education Applications for the 2nd round of funding are due on February 1st, 2013. Details and forms are available at: http://libras.org/?q=resources/continuing-education and need to be sent to John Small at North Central by the 1st.
Confession: I love libraries and I love iPads. Maybe you share both those loves - and maybe you don't - but if you want to learn more about how libraries can use iPads and hear how other LIBRAS schools are already using them, please join us on the on September 20th for a special LIBRAS event.
Please note that registration for this event has now been closed due to space constraints. You may still put your name on the registration list and will be contacted if there are any cancellations. Anyone who signs up for the wait list will receive access to the conference recordings after the event.
Please join us for the LIBRAS ANNUAL MEETING:
St. Xavier University
Butler Reception Room
1:30pm - 5pm
Who’s working the Reference Desk at your Library? LIBRAS libraries are providing reference services in a variety of ways. In this event, we will share how these libraries are staffing their reference desks, explore what tools they are using and discuss various models of providing reference services. Panel members from Dominican University, Elmhurst College, North Central College and the...
The annual LIBRAS Spring Director's meeting will be help Wednesday, April 18th at Kendall College. The meeting will begin at 10am and lunch will be included. Please RSVP to LIBRAS President John Small at firstname.lastname@example.org. Menu choices for lunch will be sent meeting participants at a later date.
Please join us Wednesday, February 29, at North Park University for a LIBRAS Technical Services SIG event. We will share ways that LIBRAS libraries are using technology tools to improve workflows, increase efficiency, and save time! Some of these tools we plan to discuss – MacroExpress, MarcEdit, and Shelflister – have been introduced through CARLI events or email notices.
Terry Cottrell, director of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library at the University of St. Francis, successfully defended his dissertation proposal Friday, December 9th. Terry is working on completing his Doctorate of Education in Instructional Technology at Northern Illinois University.
The LIBRAS Collection Management SIG and Oesterle Library at North Central College invite you and your colleagues to join us for lunch, a webinar and lively discussion.
The LIBRAS Archives SIG met on November 10, 2011 at North Park University for their annual meeting. For more pictures of the event, visit the LIBRAS Flickr page here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwJAfNt
LIBRAS is now in its 46th year of continued operation, and the Special Interest Groups are beginning the process of working on programming and events.
The deadline for submitting the application for Continuing Education funding is October 1, 2011. Please contact Ken Orenic should you have any questions.
Applications for the LIBRAS Research Grant are now being accepted. Please note: the deadline for application acceptance has been extended to September 15, 2011.
Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library
Hosted by Dominican University
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Interlending and Document Supply Conference, a gathering of ILL and resource sharing professionals from around the globe. The 2011 ILDS Conference is jointly sponsored by IFLA and ALA and marks the first time this meeting will take place in the US.
The Annual Reports are available! Please view the 2010-2011 Annual Reports from the Resources tab on the LIBRAS home page, or follow the link here: http://www.libras.org/reports.html
Collection Management/Reference SIG Annual Meeting
On Monday, April 18 the Circulation SIG got together at Judson University to discuss student-training issues. Staff from Dominican, Lewis, North Park, and Judson attended. A special thank you to Carol Warner, Circulation SIG Chair for hosting a very informative meeting.
The LIBRAS after-work get together at Molly Malones Irish Pub and Restaurant in Forest Park on April 28th was a great success. Librarians from Benedictine, Dominican, Elmhurst, North Park and Wheaton attended and a wonderful time was had by all. It was a great way for librarians to connect with one another, exchange ideas, catch up on the latest news and just have a nice evening out with...
Save the date! Join fellow LIBRAS library staff for an after-work get together on Thursday, April 21, 2011. No formal agenda, just a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
"The Role of Public Libraries in the Digital Age,” A lecture and conversation with Mary Dempsey. As Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, Mary Dempsey is responsible for more than 1,200 employees in 79 locations and an annual operating budget of more than $100 million. Under her leadership, the Chicago Public Library has expanded its technological and educational services, including free...
Nominations for the LIBRAS Melvin George Award are now open. The purpose of the award is to honor Melvin R. George and other LIBRAS founders who, by their example, have made a significant contribution to the development of interlibrary cooperation through the establishment of LIBRAS.
Dominican University’s Crown Library is one of only five libraries nationwide selected to participate in the RAILS (Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) project during the 2010-2011 academic year. RAILS is based at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies and led by Assistant Professor Megan Oakleaf. The 3-year project seeks to measure information literacy skills of...
So, what does September mean to you? Classes resume, books are ordered, requests for instruction sessions start to flow in (endlessly!), new websites are implemented, the days get shorter, the leaves start to fall, and LIBRAS SIGs kick into planning mode for the 2010-2011 academic year!
LIBRAS members: It is time to submit applications for continuing education or professional development funding support from LIBRAS. The deadline for fall applications is October 1. Please visit the website at http://www.libras.org/ContEd.html for instructions and the required forms.
Please join your colleagues for a networking lunch and round-table discussions with Dominican University GSLIS students following the program.
From ACRL: The A.C. Buehler Library at Elmhurst College is the winner of this year's "ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award" in the college category.
LIBRAS established a deadline of February 1 for all applications for continuing education and conferences. For the following five conferences (ALA in Chicago, ILA, ACRL, IACRL and LOEX) LIBRAS will initially fund one individual per institution if they apply by the deadline. Additional applications will be considered as money is available. The directors should prioritize the applications when...
Dominican University is celebrating Open Access Week, October 19-23, and we invite all LIBRAS library staff members to all events. Please RSVP to Caroline Sietmann at email@example.com or 708-524-6884, so we can plan for visitor parking if needed. The Creative Commons event on Thursday, the 22nd, will be repeated later in the school year as an Emerging...
The first deadline for funding opportunities for continuing education activities (conferences and workshops, etc) from LIBRAS is fast approaching. For applications and guidelines visit the LIBRAS web site . LIBRAS has two more deadlines: February 1 and April 1, to cover any spring or summer workshops or conferences that you may not be aware of this early.
The LIBRAS Archives SIG met on August 4 at the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections.
We're planning an Archives SIG event at Wheaton College on Tuesday August 4, 9:30-12:30. We're going to tour the three archives facilities at Wheaton and David Malone will discuss their decision to go with & implementation of Archon as an archives management tool.
Please join fellow LIBRAS member at this inaugural meeting to discuss the mission and future plans of the SIG and the following questions: What emerging technologies are we using in our libraries? How have those technologies provided greater service to students and faculty? How have they made our jobs easier and more fun? How we can get all library staff comfortable with and enthusiastic about...
Did you know that as a LIBRAS member you are able to engage in one of several special interest listservs? These listservs bring people together who work at similar schools, in similar libraries and experience some of the same joys and challenges. The listservs can be a great opportunity to bring us all together and improve our libraries with our shared knowledge.
Elmhurst College and the Libras Reference & Collection Management SIG are co-hosting a Database Workshop on December 17th at 9:30 at Elmhurst College. The agenda includes presentations on Lexis-Nexis, PubMed, and Gale databases. Lunch and parking will be provided free of charge.
The Annual Membership Meeting and Spring Program will take place from 1-4pm on May 22, 2008, at Judson University. Tours of the new library will follow. The Spring Program will be about Scholarly Communication. The Spring Director's Meeting and Lunch will be held at at Kendall College on April 22, 2008, beginning at 9:30am. Lunch will be at 12:00pm.
LIBRAS Fall Director's Meeting
on September 27, 2007
9:30am - 10:00pm Continental Breakfast
10:00am - 12pm Meeting
at Trinity International University
H.G. Rodine Building
Please RSVP to Jennifer Paliatka, firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 617-3158
The 2007/2008 LIBRAS Elections will be held between Monday, April 30, 2007 at 9:00 am and Monday, May 7, 2007 at 5:00 pm. The elections will be conducted online. All full and part-time staff (excluding student workers) of LIBRAS libraries are eligible and urged to vote in this election. All eligible staff at LIBRAS libraries will receive an email notice of the election, in which a secure,...
Set your calendars for the final LIBRAS meeting of the year at Aurora University (Banquet Hall). All staff are invited. You can stop by their library to see their recently renovated first floor.
Join us for an open discussion of any and all serials topics, including your questions, ideas, problem and interests.
A fond farewell and best wishes to Ted Schwitzner, who's leaving North Central College after 13 years for Bloomington/Normal where he will be head of the Bibliographic Services Department at Illinois State University. LIBRAS is losing a valued member and friend, and ISU is gaining an extraordinary librarian. Ted received the Melvin R.
On February 14, the Collection Development SIG sponsored a Meeting of the Membership at Concordia College Chicago with the theme of "Honey, I Shrunk the Collection."
All LIBRAS staff are invited to hear our colleagues David Kohut from St. Xavier and John Fawcett from Wheaton discuss major weeding projects they coordinated at their libraries in their periodicals and reference collections.
The LIBRAS Reference/Instruction SIG will hold a meeting on the topic of "Connecting with (Adjunct) Faculty" at the University of St. Francis Library on January 31, 2007 from 9:00 to noon.
All LIBRAS staff are invited to a program on Disaster Planning, where participants will: learn about “dPlan,” an online tool for preparing a disaster plan, look at disaster planning from an Archivist’s perspective, get advice from folks who have “been there.”
At the September 20 Directors Meeting, LIBRAS established a deadline of October 1 (October 15 for this year) for all applications for continuing education and conferences. For the following five conferences (ALA in Chicago, ACRL, IACRL and LOEX) LIBRAS will initially fund one individual per institution if they apply by the deadline. Additional applications will be considered as money is...
I'm happy to announce the SIG leadership roster for the upcoming year. After a lively meeting exchanging ideas on Aug. 11, it looks like we’ll have some interesting programs and opportunities to share information among our members this year. We also realized that so many of our “special interests” cross various job areas, and we want to emphasize that all are welcome at any of these meetings,...
As Continuing Education Coordinator for 2006/2007, it is my pleasure to announce the availability of the LIRBAS Research Grant Program for 2006/2007. The LIBRAS Research Grant program provides an opportunity for LIBRAS library members to perform research or publication efforts that might otherwise be difficult to fund. Each year, LIBRAS will grant up to $750.00 to one applicant who meets the...
The results are in for the 2006-2007 LIBRAS officers . . .
At the LIBRAS Annual Meeting on May 24, LIBRAS President Larry Wild announced that Ted Schwitzner of North Central College has been chosen as the 2006 recipient of the Melvin R. George Award. This is the first time the award has been given since 2003.
The 2006/2007 LIBRAS Elections will be held between Monday, May 15, 2006 at 9:00 am and Monday, May 22, 2006 at 5:00 pm. The elections will be conducted online. All full and part-time staff (excluding student workers) of LIBRAS libraries are eligible and urged to vote in this election. All eligible staff at LIBRAS libraries will receive an email notice of the election, in which a secure,...
Come celebrate the 40th Anniversary of LIBRAS! The LIBRAS 40th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at St. Xavier University. The event will take place in St. Xavier's Warde Academic Center, in the Butler Reception Room. The 40th Anniversary program will begin at 11:00, and will be followed by a luncheon at noon.
The nominating committee for 2006-2007 election of LIBRAS officers is looking for candidates for the following positions: Vice President/President Elect and Secretary.
The Circulation/ILL SIG will hold a meeting on Monday, February 27, 2006 on the theme, "Bridging the Gap: Diversity within the Workplace--How to Bridge the Gap in Your Workplace."