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If you are affiliated with a library and need additional assistance with the Library Learning website, event registration, or your L2 account, please contact your regional library system:

 

Illinois Heartland Library System

Reaching Across Illinois Library System

 

About Library Learning


Library Learning, also known as L2, is the statewide calendar of continuing education, networking meetings, catalog consortium training, and other events for Illinois library employees and trustees.

L2 also includes a directory of libraries and personnel that are affiliated with an Illinois library system.

Anyone may have an L2 account, but users who are affiliated with member libraries have access to events and directory information that are unavailable to non-member guest users. Member L2 accounts are also used to log into several other websites supported by the regional library systems.

 

Through your personal L2 account, you can register for events and access detailed information about libraries in Illinois.

Log into the Library Learning website and other sites that use L2 accounts with your email address and L2 password. An alternate username can also be created and used only on the L2 site.

If you work at or are otherwise affiliated with an Illinois library, you may already have a Library Learning account. If you aren't sure whether you have an L2 account:

  1. Click the "Sign in" link at the top of the screen.
  2. Then click the "Forgot your password?" link.
  3. In the password reminder form, enter your email address and click the "Submit" button.
  4. If you have an L2 account under that email address, you will receive a password reminder via email. (Some networks might tag messages from L2 as spam, so please check your spam folder as well as your inbox.)
  5. If there is no L2 account associated with the address you entered, you will be prompted to create an account.

If you think you may have an account under an email address that you can no longer access (e.g., because you've changed jobs), ask a co-worker to check for you. Anyone with a member account can log in, click the "Libraries" link at the top of the L2 screen, and use the "Find Colleagues" search to check for an account in your name.

If you already have an L2 account and have changed libraries, do not create a new account. Instead, log into your existing L2 account and update your profile with your current library affiliation, position, email address, etc.

If you are unable to log into your existing account, use the "Forgot your password?" form to receive a password reminder via email.

If the password reminder is not successful, contact your library system for assistance.

To create a new L2 account, click the "Create Account" link near the top of the screen.

Create Account - Page 1

  1. Enter your First Name, Last Name, and Email address, and create a password for your account.
  2. Click the "Next" button.

New accounts that are affiliated with member libraries need to be approved by library system staff. Using an email address at your library's internet domain expedites the approval process.

Create Account - Page 2

  1. If you are affiliated with a member library, K-12 school, or Illinois state government agency, select the appropriate radio button. Otherwise, select the option to create a guest account.
  2. Click the "Next" button.

Accounts that are not associated with a library have limited access.

Create Account - Page 3 (Add Library)

  1. For library employees and trustees, select the system your library is a member of (Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Illinois Heartland Library System, or Chicago Public Library System) from the Library System dropdown list.
  2. Select your Library Type from the next dropdown list.
  3. Select the Library building you are affiliated with from the third dropdown list.
  4. Click the "Next" button.

Create Account - Page 4 (Library Role)

  1. Enter your job title. If you are the library director (i.e., primary administrative contact) for the library, be sure that the job title indicates that you are the director.
  2. Select the checkboxes for any roles that apply to your position. For library directors, system staff will need to add the Director role in the process of confirming your account.
  3. Click the "Submit" button.

Before a member account is fully activated, your library system needs to confirm your library affiliation. The confirmation queue is generally reviewed daily.

The confirmation process is expedited if your email address is at your library's internet domain name and you are listed as a staff member on your library's website.

You can update your library affiliation, position, email address, and other information by editing your L2 user profile. Library directors and other designated staff are also able to edit the L2 accounts of other personnel affiliated with the library.

  1. After logging into L2, click your name at the top of the screen.
  2. Then click the "Edit profile" link in the right sidebar
  3. You will be provided with options to edit your basic L2 user profile, change your password, add or remove library affiliations, and add or change your social-networking information (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) and L2 avatar image.

To see details about any event on the calendar, or to sign up for the event (if registration is available), click the name of the event in the calendar.

Important notes about the L2 calendar:

  • Some events are visible only when you are logged into L2 as an employee or trustee of a member library.
  • For training and meetings that use L2's registration functions, you need to be logged into L2 to sign up for the event. Registration for some events is restricted to members.
  • Networking group meetings and workshops that are organized by member libraries often do not use L2's registration functions. The contact information or instructions for signing up are included in the event details.
  1. Log into L2.
  2. Browse the calendar or use the Search box at the top of the screen to find the meeting or workshop you want to attend.
  3. Click the title of the event.
  4. On the event detail page, click "Register yourself" in the sidebar. If registration is full, you will see a link to be added to a waiting list instead.
  5. If there is no "Register" or "Wait list" link, the event does not use L2’s registration functions. Look for signup information in the event's description or notes.
  6. If the event is at multiple locations (e.g., a videoconference), select the location where you will attend.
  7. Optional: Enter an emergency telephone number where you can be contacted in case of a last minute event cancellation and information about any special needs you may have.
  8. Click the "Submit" button.
  9. For free events, your registration will be complete. You will see a confirmation message, and a confirmation will be emailed to you.
  10. If there is a fee, you will see your "shopping cart" and will need to click the "Checkout - Confirm Payment" button.
  11. Next, check the box to verify payment and click Submit. You will not be registered until you verify payment and submit the Checkout page.
  12. You will see a confirmation message, and a confirmation will be emailed to you. Pay the registration fee as instructed.

Registering Your Library's Personnel

Library directors and other designated staff members can register other employees and trustees from the library for events in L2.

  1. Click the "Register others" link (instead of "Register yourself") in the sidebar on the event detail page.
  2. Select the checkbox for each person you want to register and click "Submit".
  3. When registration is complete, confirmation will be sent to each person selected.

Cancellations need to be made no less than 48 hours before an event begins.

  1. Log into L2.
  2. Click your "Signed in as" name at the top of the screen.
  3. Then click "My Events" in the left sidebar on your profile page.
  4. Each event for which you are registered will be listed. For the registration you want to cancel, click the event's "Cancel" link.
  5. Click the "Cancel This" button to confirm your cancellation.
  6. You will see a confirmation message, and confirmation will also be emailed to you.

Only the Illinois State Library, the library systems, system-supported catalog consortia, and several other organizations that regularly provide continuing education events for Illinois library employees are able to add events to the L2 calendar.

Members of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) may use a form on the RAILS website to submit events for the L2 calendar on behalf of networking groups in the RAILS area. To be listed in L2, a member-organized event must be open to all RAILS members, although a fee may be charged.

Groups within the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) should contact IHLS about submitting an event.

Illinois government agencies and other statewide organization should contact the Illinois State Library about the L2 calendar.

Every library that's a member of an Illinois library system has a listing in the L2 Library Directory. The directory record for a library includes its address, phone number, other contact information, interlibrary delivery route and frequency, and catalog automation information. Logged-in users who are affiliated with a member library are also able to view staff listings of libraries. The library staff lists are based on L2 account affiliations.

The directory may be searched or browsed by clicking the "Libraries" link near the top of the screen. The websites of the Illinois Heartland Library System and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System have their own forms for searching the L2 library directory.

Each member library needs to maintain its own directory data in L2, and is also required to update information in L2's Resource Sharing Directory and (for public libraries) the nonresident card status reporting form. Library directors and other designated staff members can edit their building and staff information in the L2 directory.

Library directors and other designated staff members can edit their building information in the Library Learning directory.

  1. Log into L2.
  2. Click your "Signed in as" name at the top of the screen.
  3. Click your library's name on your user profile page.
    Alternative: Click the "Libraries" link at the top of the screen, and use the L2 Library Directory to find your library.
  4. On your library building's page, click the "Edit building" link in the right sidebar.
  5. Make all necessary edits on the Update form for your library building.
  6. When you have completed your edits, click the "Submit" button.
  7. If your library has more than one building, each building's information needs to be edited separately. Repeate the procedure as necessary. Note: A public school district has a building listing for its administrative/superintendent's office, in addition to a listing for each school attendance location.

A few fields are not editable on the Update form; contact your library system if you need information changed in any field that is grayed out or otherwise unavailable to edit.

To edit your library's Nonresident Card Status (public libraries), click the appropriate link in the sidebar on your library building's page.

Libraries should regularly review and update their resource sharing policy data on L2. Library directors and other designated staff members can edit this information.

  1. Log into L2.
  2. Click your "Signed in as" name at the top of the screen.
  3. Click your library's name on your user profile page.
    Alternative: Click the "Libraries" link at the top of the screen, and use the L2 Library Directory to find your library.
  4. On your library building's page, click the "Edit Resource Sharing policies" link in the right sidebar.
  5. Make all necessary edits on the Resource Sharing Update form for your library building. At the top of the page is a link for uploading your library's written interlibrary loan and related policies.
  6. When you have completed your edits, click the "Submit" button.

For more information about the Resouce Sharing Directory on L2, see the following video tutorials:

There are two ways to add an employee or trustee to your library's staff list.

Add Library Affiliation in the User's Account

For the employees or trustees who already have an L2 account, the preferred method of adding them to the library's staff list is for them to edit their own L2 accounts, and add the library affiliation.

People who do not have L2 accounts can also create their own new accounts, and add the library affiliation at that time.

After your library system approves an account's affiliation with your library, the user is automatically included in your library's staff list.

Create a New Employee/Trustee User Account via the Staff List

Note: Do not create a new L2 account for a new employee who has an existing L2 account. You should ask the employee to update library affiliation and other information in the existing account instead.

You may search for an existing L2 account by logging in, clicking the "Libraries" link near the top of the page, and selecting "Find Colleagues" in the left sidebar.

Only library directors and other authorized staff are able to add L2 accounts for library staff members. To add a new staff member or trustee through your library's staff list:

  1. Log into L2.
  2. Click your "Signed in as" name at the top of the screen.
  3. Click your library's name on your user profile page.
    Alternative: Click the "Libraries" link at the top of the screen, and use the L2 Library Directory to find your library.
  4. On your library building's page, click the "View staff" link in the right sidebar.
  5. Review your library's staff listings, to make sure that the employee/trustee does not already have an L2 account affiliated with your library.
  6. If the person is not already listed, click the "Add staff" link in the sidebar.
  7. Enter the employee's First Name, Last Name, Email address, and job Title.
    System staff may need to approve the user account, and using an email address that is at your library's Internet domain expedites the approval process.
  8. Click the "Submit" button.
  9. A message acknowledging the new account will be displayed, and an email message with an account password will automatically be sent to the employee at the address entered.

Before the account is fully activated, system staff needs to confirm it. The confirmation queue is generally reviewed daily.

The employee will not be included in your library's staff list on L2, and will not be able to view or register for restricted events on the L2 calendar, until confirmation has been completed.

Only library directors and other authorized staff are able to add edit their list of employees and trustees in the Library Learning directory.

  1. Log into L2.
  2. Click your "Signed in as" name at the top of the screen.
  3. Click your library's name on your user profile page.
    Alternative: Click the "Libraries" link at the top of the screen, and use the L2 Library Directory to find your library.
  4. On your library building's page, click the "View staff" link in the right sidebar.
  5. On the Staff List page, click the "Remove staff" link in the sidebar.
  6. Select the checkbox for each person to remove.
  7. Click the "Submit" button.

If your library has more than one bulding, each building's staff list needs to be edited separately.