Upcoming Events

While the desksetters have been quiet (we aren’t even all in the same country anymore) we are promoting two events:

1. The Chicagoland Unconference on May 31, 2012

2. The Librarian Pub Crawl on May 26, 2012

Who’s invited?

Anyone who cares about libraries, whether you work in one or not, is welcome to attend, but be ready to jump in and help shape the discussions that take place at the Unconference! In addition to friends of libraries from any walk of life, we hope to see many types of staff from lots of different libraries.

When is it?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Where is it?

RAILS Wheeling Building (former NSLS)
200 W. Dundee Road
Wheeling, IL 60090
Map and directions

How do I register?

Space is limited so visit our EventBrite page to register now. The cost is $20/person, which includes lunch, snacks, and overhead expenses.

eBook Round Table Discussions

Have you had ebooks on the brain lately? Then join your fellow desksetters for our eBook round table discussions at Prairie Moon in Evanston, IL on Saturday, June 4 from 2 PM – 5 PM.

Check out our Facebook event for the specifics: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123177467761772

We’ll be discussing licensing issues, physical readers, user experience, and lending models. All you need to bring is yourself and your urge to share information, questions, and ideas on this ever changing topic. Please make sure to register so we can get a good idea of who will be coming and please, spread the word!

Thank You and Save the Date!

We just want to thank every person who contributed to the last book drive for the Kane County Juvenile Justice System.

You can view the rest of the photos on our Facebook page. We were able to collect 250 books for such a great cause and we couldn’t have done it without you! So again, thank you!

Also make sure you save the date of our next event! We are holding eBook round table discussions on the afternoon of Saturday, June 4th. Specific details to come shortly and a registration form/Facebook event will follow!

-The Deskset Crew

Chicago Deskset 2nd Annual Book Drive

One year ago, the Chicago Deskset had our very first event at The Grafton.

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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:


The Grafton Pub and Grill         (Western stop, Brown Line and there is also ample street parking and a paid lot across the street)
4530 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL

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.

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


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

We look forward to seeing everyone!

– The Deskset Crew

Happy Holidays!

We just wanted to take a moment to send our heartfelt thanks to all of you during this holiday season.

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All the support throughout the year has been overwhelming and we look forward to hosting many events to come. So please, keep your calendars open for 2011 because we are hoping to soon give you several months worth of Deskset events. If you celebrate it, Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays to all and have a truly wonderful (and safe!) New Year.

With lots of literary cheer,

The Chicago Deskset

Go Green @ Your Illinois Library

I had a fabulous time at the Go Green at Your Illinois Library event yesterday.

The event was the result of a collaborative effort between the Illinois Library Association and The Center for Cultural Understanding and Change.

The program focused on developing tools and strategies to increase environmental awareness and minimize human impact on the planet. One of the most enlightening perspectives that the Field Museum team shared was the ability of Public Libraries to access cultural diversity as a community asset. They presented sociological and anthropological techniques, games, spoken word performance and music as ways to get your community involved in going green.

Check out this recording of a performance from the workshop:

What Does Green Mean?

We here at Chicago Deskset believe in “civic librarianship”. Information is an inherently social creation derived from its origins in language and the written record. We are constantly looking for new ways to engage our communities on a day to day basis. This workshop did a beautiful job of sharing tools that will help us move the dialog forward. Keep an eye on Go Green @ Your Illinois Library!

Posted on behalf of The Deskset Crew,

by Adam Girard

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 — ILA Pub Crawl

The Chicago Deskset will be hosting one of the four sites for ILA’s “The Hidden Secrets of Streeterville” on September 29 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm

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.

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Suggestions for Volunteer Oportunities

The Chicago Deskset has a few projects in the works and we would like your input! We are in the planning stages of a bimonthly series of volunteer opportunities at non-profits in the Chicagoland area. Do you know of an organization (literacy based or libraryish type) that may accommodate a small group of volunteers for a few hours on a weekend afternoon? Let us know! We want to explore as many opportunities as possible, so any suggestions (even if you’re not sure of the feasibility!) would be appreciated. You can leave a comment here or email us at chicagodeskset@gmail.com. Thank you!

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