RAILS invites you to visit our booth in the McCormick Place Exhibit Hall at the American Library Association annual conference. We look forward to talking with you about what's new at your regional library system and answering any questions you may have. Please stop by Booth #112 in the Technology Pavilion and say hello!
ALA Exhibit Hall hours are:
Friday, June 28, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 29, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 30, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, July 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
As reported, the Secretary of State and Illinois State Library have awarded a grant to RAILS and the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) for the E-books for Illinois Project. The award amount is $985,219. The two-year grant project will increase access to e-books for Illinois residents and grow e-book expertise among library staff, library system staff, and Illinois residents. It includes e-book collections and software platforms for RAILS and IHLS, research into a self-hosted model, training, a list of free e-book resources, a website, communication to libraries, and assistance to libraries in promoting the project to their patrons. It is intended to expand, not replace, existing e-book services.
There are many details to figure out and more groundwork needs to be done before the project can be rolled out to libraries. RAILS and IHLS are currently working on implementation plans. Early steps include forming an advisory committee, negotiating contracts with vendors, and hiring the project trainer/coordinators. Veronda Pitchford, RAILS Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing, is the project director. Contact Veronda at veronda [dot] pitchford [at] railslibraries [dot] info or 630.734.5119.
RAILS thanks the Secretary of State and Illinois State Library for their support of this collaborative project. We also thank the participants in the working group that helped develop the project. The working group was comprised of colleagues from RAILS, IHLS, and member libraries. Please watch the RAILS E-News for more information as it becomes available.
RAILS introduced a new format for today's Member Update videoconference. Thanks to the members who attended at a videoconference site and to those who viewed the meeting via streaming video. We've heard positive feedback from viewers so far.
The meeting began with a brief update from RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan on the e-book grant, RAILS' upcoming strategic planning process, the addition of consulting services for members in FY2014, and more.
Lawren Tucker from the Illinois State Library provided an update on the state budget, including the increase in funding for the public library per capita grant and equalization grant programs. All other library grant programs maintained level funding for FY2013.
Executive Director Dee Brennan thanked Secretary White and the Illinois State Library (ISL) for the increased per capita grant funding and increased funding for the equalization grant. Brennan also expressed gratitude to advocates who stood up for library funding. She noted that "advocacy works" as she thanked the legislators who helped increase library funding.
The featured topic of the session was resource sharing. Veronda Pitchford, RAILS Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing and Laura Frizol, Director of the LaSalle Public Library, discussed the new RAILS Resource Sharing policy. Veronda also talked about future resource sharing plans, including continuing education in the resource sharing area expected to debut in the fall.
There was a lively discussion about what's happening in the library community and at our member libraries. Members are excited about e-books, the return of the Small Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI) sponsored by the ISL, and much more.
A recording of the meeting and viewing instructions can be found in the Member Update section of the RAILS News page.
RAILS is looking for input on a topic for our September 5 Member Update. The topic of library orientation was floated as a possible item for in-depth discussion. Please provide your suggestions on a topic to RAILS Communications Director Mary Witt at mary [dot] witt [at] railslibraries [dot] info.
Pictured: RAILS staff and members view the Member Update at the New Lenox Public Library District.
Join us for the next RAILS Member Update on Wednesday, June 12, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Executive Director Dee Brennan will host the meeting from the RAILS Geneva service center. The meeting will feature a big picture discussion of resource sharing in RAILS, including the RAILS revised resource sharing policy (posted in the Resource Sharing section of the RAILS website at: http://www.railslibraries.info/sites/default/files/resourcesharingpolicy.pdf.)
All RAILS members working in all types of libraries are encouraged to attend in person in Geneva, at another location, or to watch the one-way streaming video on the web. Those participating via streaming video will have the opportunity to ask questions via email during the session. If you are watching the streaming video and would like ask a question during the session, please email your question to feedback [at] railslibraries [dot] info.
A recording of the meeting will also be available for viewing at a later date. Registration information and streaming instructions can be found at: http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=15466.
Note to attendees in the Wheeling area: Although the RAILS Wheeling service center has been sold, RAILS is leasing delivery space in that building, and members may view this videoconference in the delivery area. Please enter the Wheeling building by the door next to the garage.