Acronyms, abbreviations, and terms that are specific to RAILS or important to Illinois libraries.
For general library-related terms, see the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science
Alliance Library System, one of the predecessor regional library systems that merged to form RAILS. The ALS office is now the RAILS East Peoria Service Center.
Statewide chat/email reference service, run on OCLC's QuestionPoint and staffed and funded by participating libraries. Originally subsidized by the Illinois State Library.
Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.
Cooperative Computer Services. An integrated automation system for public libraries in the north-eastern area of RAILS.
Cataloging Maintenance Center, a contract provider of cataloging services funded by the Illinois State Library. The two CMCs are operated by the Illinois Heartland Library System.
Central Management Services. The Illinois state agency responsible for videoconferencing, telecommunications, etc.
Council of Directors of State University Libraries in Illinois.
Continuing Professional Development Units. Credits earned by school librarians and teachers for continuing education activities.
Chicago Public Library.
Chicago Public Library System. One of three Illinois regional library systems, comprising Chicago Public Library.
DuPage Library System, one of the predecessor regional library systems that merged to form RAILS. The DLS office is now the RAILS Geneva Service Center.
Every Library in ILLINET. An online directory of Illinois libraries that are members of the regional library systems. http://www.eli2.org
An Illinois State Library program that subsidizes or negotiates pricing on the purchase of online research database subscriptions for libraries.
Illinois Web portal to Illinois governmental and library information, operated by the Illinois State Library. http://www.finditillinois.org
Freedom of Information Act.
Higher Education Cooperation Act. Provides grant funds administered by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
Illinois Board of Higher Education.
Illinois Center for the Book, a non-profit organization promoting books, book arts, libraries and reading in Illinois.
Illinois Community College Board.
Illinois Century Network, the telecommunications backbone for schools and colleges, libraries, museum, and government agencies.
Illinois Digital Archives, a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library and other libraries and cultural institutions. http://www.idaillinois.org
Illinois Government Information. A search engine that indexes State of Illinois Web servers, operated by the Illinois State Library and the University of Illinois. http://igi.finditillinois.org
Illinois Heartland Library System. One of three Illinois regional library systems. Formed in 2011 through the merger of Lewis & Clark Library System, Lincoln Trail Libraries System, Rolling Prairie Library System, and Shawnee Library System.
Illinois Library Association. The state organization for library staff and trustees.
Illinois Library Delivery System.
Illinois Library and Information Network. All members of RAILS and the other regional library systems are ILLINET members.
ILLINET Network Advisory Council. An Illinois State Library committee to provide input to the ISL on permanent public access to State of Illinois electronic documents and publications.
Illinois OCLC Users Group.
Illinois Public Library Annual Report.
Illinois Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Illinois State Board of Education.
Consortial catalog of more than 70 members of CARLI. Formerly called ILLINET Online.
Illinois State Library, an office of the Secretary of State.
Illinois State Library Advisory Committee.
Illinois School Library Media Association.
Institute for School and Public Librarians. Sponsored by the ISL and usually held on the campus of Bradley University of Illinois in Peoria in June.
Library Learning. The statewide continuing education and meeting calendar, and directory of libraries.
L & L
Live and Learn (a category of grants from the Secretary of State/State Librarian).
Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois.
Library Insurance Management and Risk Control Combination. An insurance consortium formerly managed by the Metropolitan Library System.
Library Integrated Network Consortium. An integrated automation system for public libraries in the area of DuPage and Kane counties.
Local Library System Automation Program. Regional integrated automation systems coordinated and supported by the Illinois library systems. There are four LLSAPs within RAILS: MAGIC, PrairieCat, RSA, and SWAN.
Library Services and Technology Act. Provides federal funds for library projects, which are administered in Illinois by the Illinois State Library.
Multitype Automated Group in Consortia. One of four LLSAPs in RAILS.
Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, one of the two talking book centers operated by RAILS.
Metropolitan Library System, one of the predecessor regional library systems that merged to form RAILS. The MLS office is now the RAILS Burr Ridge Service Center.
Northern Illinois Cooperative. An integrated automation system consortium for public libraries in the north-central area of RAILS.
Network of Illinois Resources in Community Colleges.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Federal agency that administers the talking books program.
North Suburban Library System, one of the predecessor regional library systems that merged to form RAILS. The MLS office is now the RAILS Wheeling Service Center.
Open Meetings Act.
Prairie Area Library System, one of the predecessor regional library systems that merged to form RAILS. The PALS offices are now the RAILS Coal Valley, Rockford, and Shorewood Service Centers.
PrairieCat, one of four LLSAPs in RAILS.
Pinnacle Library Cooperative. An integrated library system consortium of several public libraries in the Joliet area.
A vendor that makes the videoconferencing equipment used by RAILS.
A network of volunteer interpreters who provide services to Illinois libraries over the phone.
Public Policy Committee (Illinois Library Association).
One of four LLSAPs in RAILS.
Reaching Across Illinois Library System. One of three Illinois regional library systems. Formed in 2011 through the merger of Alliance Library System, DuPage Library System, Metropolitan Library System, North Suburban Library System, and Prairie Area Library System.
Reciprocal borrowing program. Reciprocal borrowing allows persons to borrow materials directly from ILLINET public libraries.
An integrated library system consortium in the Quad Cities area.
Regional library system. As of July 2011, the three regional library systems in Illinois are: Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS), and Chicago Public Library System (CPLS).
Regional Office of Education.
Share Holdings and Resources Easily. A resource-sharing collaboration among several ILS consortia in northern Illinois.
Statewide Illinois Library Catalog. A database in OCLC of Illinois library holdings, a subset of WorldCat.
Serials of Illinois Libraries Online, a subset of WorldCat.
Secretary of State (State Librarian of Illinois).
Small Public Library Management Institute. Sponsored by the ISL and usually held on the campus of the University of Illinois in Springfield in June.
Talking Book Center. RAILS operates two TBCs, which provide services to the entire state except for Chicago: Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, and Voices of Vision.
Voices of Vision, one of the two talking book centers operated by RAILS.
A vendor of videoconference equipment that was formerly used by the regional library systems. (Note: Anyone at RAILS who says "VTEL" really means "videoconference".)