Archive Management Training and Discussion

Are you trying to start an archive at your college, or do you have one started, but not sure what you’re doing? In this moderated discussion, presented by NILRC’s Professional Development Committee, we will be going over the basics of archival practice, providing you with resources, and answering questions you have about archives.

Please join us on Monday, June 24 at 2 pm. The session will be recorded for those interested but unable to attend.

No reservation necessary—please join us via Zoom

Your trainer and host, Katie Cheever, currently works at two NILRC member institutions.

She is a Certified Archivist who works as an Archives Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College leading the archival program, and as a Librarian at Triton College working in the archive.

Information Literacy Outcomes, the Path to College: Community College and High School Librarians Collaborating

On April 30th at 2pm, join us for the next NILRC Information Literacy Committee webinar. Contact Lisa for the Zoom link.

Title: Information Literacy Outcomes, the Path to College: Community College and High School Librarians Collaborating

Presented by Jason Ertz, College of DuPage; Amy Glass, Illinois Central College; and Lisa Pritchard, Jefferson College

This webinar approaches collaboration between high school and community college librarians in two different ways. First, the presenters will discuss the different types of early college (dual credit) opportunities available in Illinois and Missouri. Secondly, they will discuss the collaboration process for high school students who may not be enrolled in early college but still need vital information literacy instruction. Both scenarios will talk about the introduction of the ACRL Framework to high school students, along with providing examples, best practices, and resources.

NILRC Board Election May 9

We will have an election as part of the May 9 Council of Delegates meeting at Lincoln Land Community College. It is your opportunity to select the people who will guide the organization. Anyone from a full member institution is eligible to run for a Board position.

The positions that need to be filled are:
Chair Elect (three year commitment as Chair Elect, Chair and Past Chair)
Recorder (three year term)
Two At Large Members (two year term)

The Board meets remotely every month and is asked to attend the May Council of Delegates meeting to vote on the NILRC Operating Budget for the next year. There is also a one day face to face planning meeting for the Board in July.

Self nominations are encouraged, since people are reluctant to give someone else more work.

If you have any questions about being on the Board, please contact any Board member know. Hilary Meyer, Chair, Frances Whaley, Chair-Elect, Karen Becker, Recorder, Scott Drone-Silvers, Treasurer, Terra Jacobson, Past Chair, Spencer Brayton, At Large, Bryan Clark, At Large, Ashtin Trimble, At Large, Amanda Wiesenhofer, At Large,

Have a thorny issue? NILRC members can help!

Dear Members,

Do you have a thorny issue to discuss, but aren’t sure if you can attend NILRC’s Council of Delegates Meeting on May 9?

You can! ALL employees of NILRC Member Institutions are welcome to attend the Council of Delegates Meeting.

In addition to holding our annual business meeting, we also have some great professional development programming planned. Converse with wonderful people and see if you’d like to become more involved by serving on a NILRC committee or the Board.

Please reach out to me, any member of the NILRC Board, or our fabulous Business Manager, Lisa Sikora, if you have questions.




Listserv Live!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

NILRC Council of Delegates Meeting
Lincoln Land Community College
Springfield, IL

Do you ever wish you could have a listserv discussion in person?

NILRC will be flipping the script this year on conference presentations. With Listserv Live!, you are invited to engage in a lively f2f discussion with many of your listserv bffs. Obtain the collective wisdom synchronously and avoid having to apologize for cross-postings, wait for follow-ups, or accidentally hit the dreaded “reply all.” NILRC will even collect and share all of the responses with the group, so you don’t have to.

How to submit your thorny issue:

Please complete the following, and send via email to NILRC Chair Hilary Meyer by March 22:

Dear Collective Wisdom:

· The objective I'm trying to meet is:

· My thorny issue is as follows:

· I need specific advice on:

· Name and Institution:

That’s it! You don’t have to prepare slides, handouts, a presentation, or even anticipate questions. Just come ready to engage.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 22, 2019.

Notification of acceptance by Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Questions? Clarifications? Concerns? Let’s talk.

Registration Open for Learning Innovations Conference

Registration is now open for the ILCCO/NILRC Learning Innovations Conference!

The conference will be held on Friday, April 26 from 9am-3pm at Richland Community College’s Carroll Center for Innovative Learning (Decatur, IL).

Please register for this event through this link by April 15.

Looking forward to you joining us at this event!

Traci Van Prooyen, Ed.D
Director of Online Learning and Instructional Technologies
Heartland Community College
1500 W Raab Rd – SCB 2301

18th Annual Information Literacy Summit Registration Open

News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today’s Information Landscape
Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:30am-3:30pm
Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library
Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus (Palos Hills, IL)

Registration is Open

Keynote Address:
Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Associate Professor and MS/LIS Program Director, School of Information Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

$45 for attendees or $25 for presenters (includes breakfast, lunch and materials)
You may either pay by credit card or send a check payable to Moraine Valley CC Library to the following address:
Moraine Valley CC Library
Information Literacy Summit
9000 W. College Pkwy.
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Who should attend?
• Librarians who are involved with teaching and learning in almost any aspect.
• Academic, school, public and special librarians
• Teachers and other educators who want to discuss information literacy, student research and student use of information.
• Professional Development Credits available

Tish Hayes

Information Literacy Librarian

Moraine Valley Community College Library

Pronouns: she/her

(708) 974-5734

Data Analytics Webinar March 6 at 10am

I’m excited to announce the next NILRC Information Literacy webinar will be on March 6th at 10am.  We will discuss Data Analytics and how we find, use, and share data to make decisions that better our libraries and our students.  Bryan Clark, Illinois Central College, Claire Ehrlich, Carl Sandburg College, and Lauren Kosrow, Triton College, will lead the webinar.  We look forward to discussing this topic with you in March.

Bryan Clark
Technical Services Librarian
Illinois Central College

2019 Allerton Conference - Call for Presentations

 Do you have ideas and experience to share? The Allerton Conference Planning Committee needs your help to make the upcoming 2019 conference a success!

Held at the Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello IL, this year’s conference will take place October 3-4, 2019. With a theme of Progress through Persuasion & Perseverance, presentations will focus on:

-       Recognizing key stakeholders and understanding what appeals to them

-       Recovering and re-envisioning your project after an unsuccessful proposal

-       Assessing progress and success

-       Presenting unpopular topics in an impactful way

-       Conquering criticism

-       Overcoming obstacles big or small to achieve success


Due to the popularity of last year’s conference format, presenters will be asked to prepare 10-15 minute lightning talks followed by a guided discussion or interactive activity related to the topic of the presentation.

If you have a success story to share at the Allerton Conference, please send a proposal including the names of all presenters and an abstract of your presentation to Stephanie King at by Friday March 29th.

2019 Information Literacy Summit Call for Proposals

18th Annual Information Literacy Summit

News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today’s Information Landscape

 Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:30am-3:30pm
Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library
Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

 Keynote Address

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Associate Professor and MS/LIS Program Director, School of Information Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Call for Proposals  

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which focus on this year’s theme: News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today’s Information Landscape. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

 The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

 The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

 Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session

 Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 11, 2019

 Some possible topics for sessions include:

  ·         News and Media Literacy

·         Social Justice and Information Literacy

·         Critical Information Literacy

·         Critical Pedagogies

·         Service Learning

·         Student Curiosity and Creativity

·         Student Centered Teaching and Learning

·         Students as creators

·         Reflective Practice

·         Communities of Practice

·         Applications of the Framework for Information Literacy

·         Programmatic assessments

·         Instructional design

 More info about the Summit can be found at


Professional Development Committee Reinstated

NILRC Members,

We heard you! Based on the wonderful, robust feedback we received both at the NILRC Allerton Conference and at this month’s virtual Town Hall, we saw a great need to provide training and development opportunities to all of our members throughout the year.

As a result, the NILRC Board has reinstated and revised the Professional Development Committee to meet the needs of today’s library and LRC employees:

The Professional Development Committee coordinates and creates training and development resources for all levels of library employees. Delivery methods include asynchronous education models, such as recorded webinars and moderated listserv discussions, in addition to synchronous methods. The Professional Development Committee is expected to communicate with other NILRC committees to avoid duplicative efforts and maximize the diversity of topics covered across the modes of delivery.

Micheal Kott of Morton College has agreed to serve as inaugural committee chair.

We are currently seeking committee members! Committee membership should reflect the diversity of functions, employee groups, and departments that comprise our libraries and LRCs across the state. If you work in a library or LRC, you are eligible.

We are aware that this listserv does not reach everyone—please pass along this message to talented people you know and invite them to join the committee.

Reach out to Micheal or myself to indicate interest or ask questions.

This is an exciting time at NILRC, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.

Please inform us of your interest by Tuesday, December 11.

Thank you.