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PUG Day 2018

PrairieCat Users Group Day (PUG Day) is an annual event dedicated to professional development, networking, and continuing education. PUG Day sessions are provided on both PrairieCat-specific topics as well as topics of interest to all types of libraries. Any staff from Fully Participating, Basic Online, or Union List PrairieCat member libraries should attend. Staff from non-PrairieCat libraries are welcome to attend. The event is on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL. 


Event Program: Agenda and Session Descriptions

TaxSlayer Conference Center Map 

TaxSlayer Parking 


elizabeth [dot] smith [at] railslibraries [dot] info (Questions)

 Swap Table: Bring items your library no longer needs that others might want! Rubber bands, bubble wrap, etc. (Members must take their left over items at the end of the event.)

 Event survey: ALL PrairieCat members are encouraged to take this short survey, even if you did not attend PUG Day. Complete survey.

Registration and Refreshments: 8:30 am - 9:15 am  (Lobby)

Welcome and General Update: 9:15 am - 9:30 am  (Rooms A-C)






Keynote: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Reputation…Up Yours! Gail Johnson and Pam Parr, Face to Face Communications and Training Rooms A-C   

Quick Hits 1: 10:45 am - 11:15 am   

Building Community Partnerships With Police Lisa Powell Williams, Moline PL; Moline Police Department  Room A  
The Do’s and Don’ts: Being a Good Prairiecat Circulation Neighbor Jennifer Christiansen, Moline Public Library; Judy Hutchinson, PrairieCat  Room B  The Do's & Don'ts
Explore More Illinois: Rails Museum and Attraction Pass Program

Veronda Pitchford, RAILS

 Room C  
Fundraising — In and Out of the Box Thinking Kelly Giovanine, Moline Public Library; Kathy Lelonek, Rock Island Public Library Foundation  Room D  
Navigating the New PrairieCat Website Brian Smith, RAILS  Room F  
Quick Click Acquisitions Demo Melissa Landis, Kankakee Public Library  Room E  

Quick Hits 2: 11:25 pm - 11:55 pm

Ask the Attorney: Q&A on Patron Issues Caitlyn Culbertson, Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins, Ltd  Room C  Q&A on Patron Issues
Find More Illinois: RAILS Overlay Project Eric Bain, RAILS; Anne Slaughter, RAILS  Room F  
Programming Roundtable

Tami Cox and Laura Long, East Moline PL; Patricia Smith, Robert W. Rowe PLD; Lisa Carroll and Beth Tepen,
United Township High School

 Room B Library Event Ideas from UTHS
RAILS Group Purchases and Vendor Discounts Veronda Pitchford, RAILS  Room E  
Run, Hide, Fight: Active Shooter Training Moline Police Department  Room A  
Unlocking Your Unique Collections — The Cataloging Maintenance Center at Illinois Heartland Library System

Cheri Schuler-Faust and Pamela Thomas, CMC

 Room D Unlocking Your Unique Collections

Breakout Session 1: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

 Attorney: Administration and Management Legal Issues Caitlyn Culbertson, Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins, Ltd. Room D  
 Ctrl, Alt, Del—Begin Again Gail Johnson and Pam Parr, Face to Face Communications and Training Room C  
 Inspiring the Next Generation: Youth Services and Best Practices  Julia Durango, 2018 IL READS Author Room A  
 PrairieCat Cataloging Forum  Magda Bonny, Sandy Tedder, and Ed Zanelli, PrairieCat Room F  
 PrairieCat Circulation Forum  Judy Hutchinson and Gail Lien, PrairieCat Room B  Circulation Forum Updates
 PrairieCat Create List Tips  Jason Jensen and John Slanicky, PrairieCat Room E

Finding Bills for Deleted Items

How to Import Barcodes

Other Tips & Tricks

Patron Cleanup

Using Regular Expressions



Breakout Session 2: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Bring An Author To The Library Julia Durango, 2018 IL READS Author  Room A  
Managers’ Roundtable Gail Johnson and Pam Parr, Face to Face Communications and Training  Room C  
PrairieCat Holds Essentials Rici Dale, Reddick Public Library District  Room E

Anatomy of a Record

Holds Management Essentials

Volume Essentials

PrairieCat Searching Effectively Dana Fine, Princeton Public Library; Melissa 
Landis, Kankakee Public Library
 Room F Searching Effectively in Sierra
Targeting Autism: A Training and Education Program Mary Pelich, Targeting Autism Training and Education Project  Room D  Targeting Autism
Top Tech Trends

Victoria Blackmer, Robert R. Jones PLD; Geoff Graham, Freeport PL; Bryon Lear, Moline PL; Maria Meachum, Wilmington PLD; Emily Porter, Byron PLD; Facilitated by Carolyn Coulter, PrairieCat

 Room B  

Member Sharing Area

Displays will be available all day for attendees to visit. 
Targeting Autism (Mary Pelich) Promoting eCommerce at your Library (PrairieCat Staff)  
Illinois Reads programming (Becca Bacon, Moline PL) Book a Librarian Program (Rici Dale and Stefanie Sullivan, Reddick PL)  
ACT/SAT Practice Session (Carla Enger, Robert W. Rowe PLD) Programming (Lisa Carroll, United Township High School District)  
  Cataloging Maintenance Center (Pamela Thomas)  

Lunch Table Topics

During lunch 11:55 - 1:00, Sit at the Lunch Table Topic of your choice to network with attendees on a specific topic, or sit at any other table for informal networking.