University of Illinois

Continuing Professional Development

GSLIS is committed to expanding our focus of continuous learning and development by creating and providing the library and information professional community with a variety of continuing professional development opportunities in many areas of library and information science, services, and operations. We have several ongoing activities that serve as continuing professional development resources; additionally, each semester we have a range of offerings for you to choose from such as graduate level community credit courses. We are guided by the Steering Committee for the ALA Second Congress on Professional Education (November 2000), which defined continuing professional development as a broad spectrum of activities including:

  • continuing education
  • lifelong learning activities
  • training and skills development
  • intellectual nourishment
  • forums for reflection
  • exposure to new ideas
  • work experience
  • professional refreshment and rejuvenation
  • personal networking

The Committee further recognized that there are many means of addressing continuing professional development including:

  • formal workshops
  • credit courses
  • conferences and other events
  • research and publication
  • professional reading
  • association activity
  • personal networking

CPD Policies

Professional Development for School Librarians

Summer Getaway: Professional Development for School Librarians

Save the Date!  Join us on June 23-25, 2014 at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana for a summer retreat to focus on crucial topics relevant to the field.  Register for 1, 2, or 3 days.  Cost is $60 per day, breakfast and lunch included.  CPDUs are available, 5.5 hours each day.  Each workshop runs from 9:30 - 4:00, with registration open at 8:30.  Come network with fellow professionals and learn about the newest technologies this summer!  

Monday, June 23: Danielson, SLOs and You

A panel of practitioners will share their recent experiences with developing a performance evaluation for school librarians.  How did they approach the process?  What were the results?  Did they include Student Learning Objectives? We’ll learn from panelists and then work in groups using examples to develop your own evaluation.  Georgeann Burch, Moderator. K-12

Tuesday, June 24: Going Digital with eBooks and eReaders

Presented by Linda Straube, Librarian at New Trier High School, Winnetka.  Are you interested in recent research on eBooks and eReading? Want to explore criteria for purchasing and sources for free eBooks? Looking for tips on how to build and catalogue a collection? How do you promote eBook use, impact curriculum, and train students and faculty?  An overview of these topics will be followed by hands-on breakout sessions. Plan to leave with links to resources, eBooks and a supportive learning community! Bring Your Own Device if possible. K-12

Wednesday, June 25:    *Choose one*

  • Gaga for Google: Apps for K-12

Presented by David Ackerman, Media Specialist K-5 and Krista Schoellhorn, District Media Specialist at Waterloo CUSD #5.  This session will cover the different apps within Google - including Gmail Tips and Tricks, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and scripts that can be used to make your life easier.  Explore the different ways to integrate Google with students and staff.  Leave with materials that you can take back to your school to start going Gaga for Google. Bring Your Own Device if possible.

  • Invasion of the iPads: Apps for K-8

Presented by Alicia Wiechert, Library Media Specialist at Romona Elementary School, Wilmette & Josh Wiechert, Technology & Classroom Teacher at Burke Elementary School, Chicago.  Hundreds of apps at your fingertips…which ones are best for library instruction?  Which are best to recommend to your classroom teachers for curriculum integration? How do you manage iPad use?  This session will answer these questions and more, and give you time to explore the apps yourself during the hands-on portion of the session.  Bring Your Own Device if possible.

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Questions? Contact Georgeann Burch (

CPD Policies

Cost and Cancellation Policy

Workshop and continuing education course costs include a non-refundable 30% registration fee and all course materials (unless otherwise noted). If a CPD course or workshop must be canceled by GSLIS, you will be notified and your money will be fully refunded.  Cancellations must be received in writing (via email or fax 217-244-3302) five business days prior to the start date in order for the registrant to receive the maximum refund of 70%. With notice fewer than five days, no refund will be given: however another person may take your place in the course or workshop.

Registration policy

Deadline for registration and payment will usually be one week before the start of each continuing education activity.

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