Spark: Connect and Get Fired Up!

IACRL and RAILS Online Professional Development Opportunity
Friday, May 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Spark: Connect and Get Fired Up! has been converted to an online event via Zoom. We hope this professional development opportunity will be the first of many to Spark our enthusiasm to share and connect with each other as academic librarians in Illinois. Librarians from all libraries in Illinois are welcome and encouraged to attend!

This is a free event. A recorded version will be available following the conclusion of the live event

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Welcome & Introductions

Michelle Niesen Ott, IACRL President

Director of Library Services, Methodist College

Sue Franzen, IACRL President-Elect

Nursing and Health Sciences Librarian, Illinois State University


Connecting with Students through Virtual Research Appointments: Lessons Learned for Marketing and Delivery Emily Gilbert, Health Sciences Librarian, Rasmussen College
10:15 - 10:25 Getting Fired up about Library Space

Beth Mandrell, Reference Librarian, Rend Lake College 

10:25 - 10:35 Working Hard or Hardly Working?: Project Management for the Busy Librarian Michelle Nielsen Ott. Director of Library Services, Methodist College
10:35-10:45 Sparking a Connection to Deconstruct Data Katherine Lawson, Public Services Librarian, MacMurray College
10:45-11:00 Breakout Discussions  
11:00-11:10 Programming for Intellectual Freedom Edward Remus, Social Sciences Librarian, Northeastern Illinois University
11:10-11:20 Experiences in the Open Textbook Network Certificate in OER Librarianship Daniel Matthews, Digital Services Librarian, Moraine Valley Community College
11:20-11:30 Creating Culturally Inclusive Events: What To Know When Planning A Library Event Jennifer M. Jackson, Undergraduate Engagement Coordinator, University of Illinois at Chicago
11:30-11:40 Using Instagram Stories for Virtual Programming Alex O'Keefe, Research & Instruction Librarian, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
11:40-11:55 Breakout Discussions  
11:55-Noon Conclusion & Survey  
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