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LIBRAS Technical Services SIG Event: Authentication Methods

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time: 10am-Noon

Location: Roosevelt University Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th Floor, Chicago, IL

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LIBRAS Archives SIG Event: Tour the National Archives at Chicago

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time: 10am

Location: National Archives at Chicago, 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629-5898

Go behind the scenes at the National Archives at Chicago with this special tour.

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The Columbia College Chicago Library has won the college category of the 2017 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award which recognizes the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution.

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Reporting to the Director of the Library, the Electronic Resources and Acquisitions Librarian is responsible for managing the library’s electronic/digital content and budgetary process through an understanding of both acquisitions in multiple formats and all aspects of electronic resources management (i.e.

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The Instruction and Research Librarian, STEM, is responsible for providing specialized information, research resources and instruction to all students (on-campus and online) with a major focus on those involved in the STEM studies and the College of Nursing by incorporating information literacy concepts, creating authentic library learning experiences (physical and online), and working with...

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North Park University is seeking a part-time Digital Services Coordinator:

The Digital Services Coordinator would support the work of our Digital Initiatives and Electronic Resources departments, with a particular focus on troubleshooting, assessment, and content management. This position will report to the Head of Digital Initiatives and Online Learning.

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LIBRAS Technical Services SIG Event:
Webinar - It Takes Two: Technical Services and Public Services Collaborations

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm (One hour webinar with informal discussion following - please arrive early to get settled before the webinar begins)

Location: Trinity International University

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Are you looking for practical information and great ideas to help make your archives collections or program more visible during American Archives Month this October? Though fall semester seems far away, summer is a great time to start planning ahead for an exhibit, event, social media campaign, or other activities.

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Congratulations to our two LIBRAS Library Directors that are joining the CARLI Board of Directors this year!

The election and appointment process for new members of the CARLI Board of Directors has been completed.

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Join the LIBRAS Technical Services Special Interest Group on Friday, February 28th from 10am-3pm for a day of collaboration and sharing hosted by North Park University.

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With about 40 in attendance, the LIBRAS Annual Meeting was held Friday, May 31, 2013 in Benedictine University Library's IdeaLounge. After various reports (read the annual report here) the program continued with a theme of Applying Assessment Techniques to the Library.
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The photos for 2013 annual meeting have now been uploaded to flicker. Please click here to view.
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The LIBRAS Annual Meeting – Friday May 31, 2013 (1p-3:30p) Benedictine University Program Theme: Applying Assessment Techniques to the Library
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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 .
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Please join us for the LIBRAS ANNUAL MEETING: June 1st St. Xavier University Butler Reception Room 1:30pm - 5pm This year's program entitled, "Redesigning Libraries" will feature presentations from Libras librarians who are redesigning their services, spaces, and organizations in innovative ways. As always, this will be a time to catch up with colleagues and Libras business.
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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...

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North Park University will host a webinar open to all Libras members entitled Copyright and Faculty Rights. This live webcast from Academic Impressions will cover issues such as: Copyright in the classroom, Social media, Fair use in research.
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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 jjsmall@noctrl.edu.
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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.
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Applications for LIBRAS Continuing Education funding are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2012. Click here to download the application. Program guidelines can be reviewed here.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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 friends...
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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.

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"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...
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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.
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Please remind your personnel that the next deadline for professional development/continuing education funding is Tuesday, February 1.
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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...
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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!

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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.

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Please join your colleagues for a networking lunch and round-table discussions with Dominican University GSLIS students following the program.

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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.
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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...
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Please join us for the Winter Emerging Technologies SIG! on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The session will include: The licenses and how they work with copyright, How to apply a CC license to your own work, How to find CC-licensed scholarship, audio, video, photographs, learning objects and more!
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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 csietmann@dom.edu 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...
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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.
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The LIBRAS Archives SIG met on August 4 at the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections.

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We're planning an Archives SIG event at Wheaton College on Tuesday August 4, 9:30-12:30.
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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.

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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...
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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.
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The staff of the Columbia College Chicago Library welcomes Kerri Willette as Web Services Coordinator and Reference Instruction Librarian. Prior to joining Columbia, Kerri served as Digital Resources Librarian at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and as Digital Projects Coordinator and Image Collection Supervisor at DePaul University Libraries. Kerri has served on numerous library...
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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.
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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 Room 127 Please RSVP to Jennifer Paliatka, jenniferp@elmhurst.edu or (630) 617-3158 Directions to Trinity International University
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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,...
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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.
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Join us for an open discussion of any and all serials topics, including your questions, ideas, problem and interests.
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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.

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The LIBRAS Reference/Instruction SIG will hold a meeting on the topic of "Innovative uses of New Technology" at the University of St. Francis Library on March 7, 2007 from 9:00 to noon. Please come share your knowledge and experience with using new technologies and integrating them into reference and instruction.
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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."
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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.

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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.
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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.”
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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 available...
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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,...

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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...
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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.

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The results are in for the 2006-2007 LIBRAS officers . . .

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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,...

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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.

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The nominating committee for 2006-2007 election of LIBRAS officers is looking for candidates for the following positions: Vice President/President Elect and Secretary.

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On behalf of the LIBRAS 40th anniversary committee, we are looking for addresses and contact information for former LIBRAS directors and/or library staff who were long-time members of LIBRAS.
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The Reference/Instruction SIG met on February 23, 2006 at Benedictine University to learn more about science research and resources. Read the report from the recent Reference/Instruction SIG meeting here. The report includes links to science resources discussed by the presenters.
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LIBRAS will cover the registration cost for any LIBRAS staff member who wishes to attend the IACRL Conference. Applicants should submit a Continuing Education form to Ted Schwitzneralong with a copy of registration information--receipt, email confirmation, etc.
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We all benefit enormously from what the State of Illinois offers us in the way of library services: databases, interlibrary loan, collection development grants, digitization projects, and so on. One way of showing our enthusiasm for state support of academic libraries is to come to Springfield for Illinois Library Day, Wednesday, March 1.
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The LIBRAS Reference/Instruction SIG will meet on Thursday, February 23rd from 9:30am-12:00pm at Benedictine University. Nestor Osorio and one of his colleagues from Northern Illinois University will be our special speakers, leading our discussion about how to do research in the sciences.
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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."

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The LIBRAS Circulation/ILL SIG will be holding a meeting, "Diversity & Libraries: Providing Information to Empower Multicultural Communities," on December 7, 2005 from 1:00-3:30 at Trinity Christian College. The meeting is open to all staff at LIBRAS libraries.
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On Nov. 1, about 30 LIBRAS members met at Wheaton College for a stimulating presentation and discussion led by Kathryn J. Deiss, Director of the Strategic Learning Center at the Metropolitan Library System, on the role of "effective followers" in creating an energetic and effective organization.
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Because LIBRAS Lines is now in Weblog ("blog") format, you now have two ways to receive automatic notification of new articles added to LIBRAS Lines -- via XML (more popularly called "RSS") through a news reader, or via e-mail. Instructions for both methods, as well as some background information on RSS, are now available on the LIBRAS Web site at...
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The new Director of the Brandel Library at North Park University effective July 1, 2005 is Sally Anderson, currently Associate Professor of Bibliography/Head Reference Librarian at North Park. Sally is also this year's new Vice-President/President-Elect of LIBRAS, so she is sure to have a busy and exciting year ahead.
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The Technical Services SIG will hold their Spring meeting at Benedictine University on Friday May 20 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Unfortunately, no one is available to do a presentation on Connexion but perhaps those of you who have been using Connexion could come prepared to discuss your experiences with it. We can also discuss any other cataloging issues of current interest.
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Winners of the 2005-2006 LIBRAS Officer Elections were announced at yesterday's Annual Meeting . . .
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If you weren't able to attend ACRL in Minneapolis this year, you can get a taste of the goings-on by reading through LIBRAS attendees' reports of the conference on the Continuing Education page of the LIBRAS Web site. Over a dozen reports are now posted, with the remaining few to follow within the next few days.
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You asked for it! Now here is your opportunity to see some of our bravest and most generous colleagues demonstrating the best of their instruction repertoire. In evaluating our fall Information Literacy 101 workshop, several people commented that while it's fine to hear discussions of great teaching techniques, it would be so much more helpful to actually see someone demonstrate those techniques.
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The LIBRAS Annual Meeting will be held May 11 at Lake Forest College. The Annual Meeting is open to ALL staff from LIBRAS libraries: directors, librarians, and staff. LIBRAS is your organization, and everyone's involvement is needed to keep LIBRAS vital and relevant!
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All LIBRAS library staff members are encouraged to complete the Membership Survey which is being conducted from Tuesday, April 27 until Wednesday, May 4. Each library staff member should have received a personalized e-mail containing a link to the survey.
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The elections for LIBRAS officers (Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-President/President Elect) will be held online starting Thursday, April 28 and concluding Thursday, May 5 at midnight. Statements of the candidates for each office can be viewed on the LIBRAS Web Site at http://www.libras-inc.org/election_2005_cs.html.
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LIBRAS is pleased to announce the inclusion of one of its members, Jennifer Paliatka of Elmhurst College, in the latest class of Synergy. The selection of Jennifer as a Synergist marks the third straight year for LIBRAS membership inclusion in the program.
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LIBRAS will pay the registration for any member librarian who wishes to attend the ALA Conference in June 2005. LIBRAS will pay the early bird registration rate. Early bird registration ends on March 4, 2005. You may still take advantage of LIBRAS' offer to fund registration after that date; however, it will only be at the early bird rate. You will be responsible for additional expenses.
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PowerPoint presentations, table reports, and additional documents from the LIBRAS "Information Literacy 101" workshop held Wednesday, November 10, 2004, at St. Xavier University are now available on a new Information Literacy page on the LIBRAS Web site at http://www.libras-inc.org/Infolit.html.
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