By John Gargiulo, Supervising Librarian of Creative Technology
Looking for more ways to keep track of community events? Burbio.com is a free website and mobile app that puts multiple local government agencies and community organizations—including your public library—in one combined online calendar.
In this Tech Tip, we’re going to review how you can use this tool to find community events in Oak Park and neighboring communities.
1. Finding the Burbio calendar
Burbio is accessible from the library’s website under the News & Events header. After clicking on or hovering over the News & Events header, click on “Oak Park events” to view the Burbio calendar.
You can also go straight to this link: https://www.burbio.com/states/Illinois/Oak-Park?zip_code=60301#content-section
2. Browsing Burbio
On Burbio’s Oak Park page, you will see the names of local government bodies and community organizations (see the screenshot below).
Clicking on the name or logo of the organization will display a list of upcoming in-person and virtual events hosted by that organization (see the screenshot below).
Returning to the previous page will allow you to select another organization and browse its calendar. Using Burbio in this way can be helpful for browsing upcoming community meetings and events you might want to attend.
3. Creating your own Burbio calendar feed
By creating an account with Burbio, you can follow your favorite community organizations and see all of their events in one combined calendar feed.
For example, after creating an account, I followed the Village of Oak Park and Oak Park Public Library. Now I can see upcoming meetings for both organizations in my feed (as demonstrated in the screenshot below).
4. Using Burbio to promote your own events
If you are involved in a group or organization and want to promote your events on Burbio, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on options for community groups, non-profits, and businesses can be found on Burbio’s website.
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John is a member of the library’s digital learning team and recent graduate of the University of Illinois MS in Library and Information Science program. He enjoys working with patrons to discover how we can demystify technology and shape it to help us with our different needs. He is also a musician and loves making noise.