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Building for Change: 21st Century Library Facilities & Collections
Shannon Acedo & Liz Gray

Monday, October 6, 2014
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Office Conference Room
55 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL

***Registration Update as of September 12***
This workshop has reached capacity.

Due to high interest, ISACS is offering a second opportunity to attend the "Building for Change: 21st Century Library Facilities & Collections" workshop for librarians on Tuesday, October 7.  For more information and to register, click here.

Please call the ISACS office at 312-750-1190 if you have any questions.

Change is the name of the game in the 21st century library. In order to preserve, promote and enhance the role of the library in a school, librarians have to develop a model for incorporating change into the way they build and manage both facilities and collections. School libraries provide a physical space that is critical for teaching, research, production, community and reflection, and a collection of resources in multiple formats to support these activities. In this hands-on workshop, librarians Liz Gray and Shannon Acedo will guide participants through a process for making necessary changes in their libraries and provide them with tools and resources that they can use in the future. Participants should bring a laptop or tablet, a floor plan of their library with dimensions (hand-drawn is fine if no blueprint exists), and ideas for the kinds of changes they would like to make to move their program forward.

Learning Goals:

  • explore the ways in which libraries have to change to meet the needs of 21st century students and schools
  • look at examples of library spaces that have adapted to some of those changes
  • generate ideas for changes to participants’ physical spaces
  • become familiar with the wide variety of ebook vendors and platforms available to school libraries
  • learn about the primary ethical and pedagogical issues facing ebook management, including learning styles and privacy
  • examine collection development strategies that include resources in a range of formats

Shannon Acedo is chair of Library and Information Technology at Harvard-Westlake Upper School in Studio City, California and has 28 years of experience in the world of independent school libraries. Along with Cathy Leverkus, Shannon is the author of Ebooks in School Libraries: a Guide for the School Librarian, published in 2013 by the American Association of School Librarians. She has a BA in English Literature from Scripps College and an MLIS from UC Berkeley. She blogs with the team at the Association of Independent School Librarians' Independent Ideas ( She can be contacted at

Liz Gray is a librarian and a writer who consults with independent schools on library space planning, renovation, and staff and program evaluation. She has 36 years of experience at independent schools in Massachusetts, Switzerland, Italy and England. Most recently, she was the library director at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA.  Before that she directed the libraries at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, MA and St. Stephen's School in Rome, Italy, and (in her previous life as an English teacher) taught at The American School in Switzerland and TASIS England. She has a BA in English from Reed College, an MA in English Education from Tufts University, and an MLS from Simmons College. She tweets @carpelibro and can be contacted at

The workshop will take place at the new ISACS office conference room at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 702, Chicago, IL. 

The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.
Click here for directions to the ISACS office including driving, parking and public transportation directions. Parking is available at several area garages and you can use to find discounted parking in the area prior to your arrival in downtown Chicago. If possible, we suggest you take public transportation.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured hotel accommodations at Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan with a rate of $174 a night. In order to take advantage of the rate, you must book by September 5, 2014. Below is information on Club Quarters and how to make a reservation.

For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact Member Services at 203.905.2100 anytime between Mon.-Fri. 7am-11pm, Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 10am-6pm (EST). Make sure to identify yourself as a member of ISACS - Independent Schools Association of the Central States and provide them with the Group Code: IS1015. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations.

Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan: The Independent Schools Association of the Central States is now a member of Club Quarters, full service business hotels for member organizations.  The entire ISACS community has access to low member rates at Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan and their second location in the Central Loop. Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan is located less than three blocks from the new ISACS office/conference room. When you stay at Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan, you are just steps from the Magnificent Mile, famous for shopping, fine dining and museums, and Grant Park.  Member guests enjoy automatic Gold Status benefits including subsidized weekend and holiday rates from as low as $65/night, complimentary onsite benefits including WiFi, exercise facilities, chilled, purified bottled water and access to the Club Living Room with snacks and refreshments and Gold Rewards, the richest guest rewards program.

If you have any issues booking a room at the Club Quarters, please contact the ISACS office at 312-750-1190.

Click here for directions and parking information.

Registration Fee

  • $175 member fee
  • $225 non-Member fee 
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes lunch
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 
Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.

Member Cost: $175     Non-member Cost: $225


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