Category Archives: Chicago

Chicago Deskset 2nd Annual Book Drive

One year ago, the Chicago Deskset had our very first event at The Grafton. Come join us again for our one year anniversary! We will be taking book donations for the incarcerated teens at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center. This is a great cause and last year we were able to raise hundreds of books! Let’s do it again! Here is a breakdown:

Where: The Grafton Pub and Grill (Western stop, Brown Line and there is also ample stree…t parking and a paid lot across the street)

When: Saturday, April 9th, 2011 2:00pm-5:00pm

What to bring: as many YA books as your tote bag can handle!

Who is invited: Library workers, students, book lovers, friends, family! If you are interested in our mission, then you are invited!

We’ll also be raffling off a gift certificate to Unabridged Bookstore!

Please make sure you RSVP if you plan on attending.

And if you are interested in helping out or you just have questions, shoot us an email at:

chicagodeskset@gmail.com

Also check out our website: http://chicagodeskset.com/

We look forward to seeing everyone!

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A Divided City: librarians have become a discretionary purchase

I have blogged about both YOUMedia and Whittier Elementary School, both in Chicago.  YOUMedia is Chicago’s highly successful digital space for teens.  Whittier Elementary School (Chicago Public Schools) was a school where parent’s staged a month long sit-in to restore the schools library.

Well, a recent article explains that the sit-in at Whittier Elementary School was a minor success in regards to the 164 Chicago Public Schools lacking a library.  1 in 4 elementary schools and 51 high schools in Chicago do not have a stand alone professionally staffed library.  The deathblow comes from an expert on urban education who states that librarians have become a discretionary purchase.

So in Chicago, kids likely have no access to a library in their schools, but a lucky few have access to games at YOUMedia?  Don’t get me wrong, I think YOUMedia is great, and will be the future of libraries.  I think Chicago Public Library is a great organization, but I’m just trying to point out the obvious divide here.  How is Chicago so supportive of libraries on one-hand and yet also view libraries as discretionary purchases on the other?

The biggest question for me is how are teens suppose to use the YOUMedia center if they have not had access to libraries in their schools?  More importantly, how are the kids who most need access to libraries going feel about all of this?

 

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Chicago Deskset — Game Night

Hi all,

When is the last time you hung out at the arcade? Come to Chicago Deskset’s game night at Dave & Buster’s. This is very low key — just games, beer and some time to hang out with your fellow Desksetters. Think of it as networking…with some DDR thrown in the mix.

We will meet up Friday, November 5th, after we have all finished work for the week. We can meet up out front at 7:30PM. If you show up late, no problem! Just wander around until you find Adam battling Tony at Star Wars Pod Racing 🙂

You can RSVP to the Facebook event and tell your friends! All are invited.

Hope to see you there!

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Chicago Deskset — Game Night

Hi all,

When is the last time you hung out at the arcade? Come to Chicago Deskset’s game night at Dave & Buster’s. This is very low key — just games, beer and some time to hang out with your fellow Desksetters. Think of it as networking…with some DDR thrown in the mix.

We will meet up Friday, November 5th, after we have all finished work for the week. We can meet up out front at 7:30PM. If you show up late, no problem! Just wander around until you find Adam battling Tony at Star Wars Pod Racing 🙂

You can RSVP to the Facebook event and tell your friends! All are invited.

Hope to see you there!

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Epiphany — Innovation & Leadership #ila10

I had an awesome conversation tonight with Gail Bush (President of ILA and Rockstar).  She said that the profession needs my (our) skills, innovation, activism, technology.  I replied that we need leadership training.  Together we realize that we need each other.  We have something to learn from each other.  For Innovative Leadership requires collaboration, and today I understood that on a whole new level. I am so excited about the next chapter in my life, the next chapter of libraries, and the next chapter of my beloved profession.  I am so proud of Illinois librarians, and am so glad to call myself an Illinois librarian.

~Sleepy Librarian Out

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Chicago Deskset — ILA — Pub Crawl

The Information Activist, the Chicago Desksetters, and pretty much all the awesome library people in the area will be at ILA’s Annual Conference this week.  Talk to you next week.

The Chicago Deskset will be hosting one of the four sites for ILA’s “The Hidden Secrets of Streeterville”.

Are you free Wednesday evening?  Come hang out with other librarians and the Chicago Deskset at Elephant & Castle at 160 E Huron Avenue from 8PM to 11PM.  When you see the red British phone booth you know that you have arrived.  Come out and talk about civic librarianship over a pint, or lend your taste buds to the catalogers.  We intend on cataloging each of the 16 draft imports.  Our professional commitment is so great that it drips off our chins.

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page.

On behalf of the Chicago Deskset,

Anthony Molaro

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Reminder: Chicago Deskset — ILA — Pub Crawl

The Chicago Deskset will be hosting one of the four sites for ILA’s “The Hidden Secrets of Streeterville”.

Are you free Wednesday evening?  Come hang out with other librarians and the Chicago Deskset at Elephant & Castle at 160 E Huron Avenue from 8PM to 11PM.  When you see the red British phone booth you know that you have arrived.  Come out and talk about civic librarianship over a pint, or lend your taste buds to the catalogers.  We intend on cataloging each of the 16 draft imports.  Our professional commitment is so great that it drips off our chins.

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page.

On behalf of the Chicago Deskset,

Anthony Molaro

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