What's New at RAILS

Specialized Library Spotlight: Dentons

Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager talks with Eugene Giudice, Senior Research Services Training Specialist at Dentons. Eugene talks about his role at Dentons, a large law firm with locations around the world. By providing specialized training and research services, Eugene brings value to his firm and the individual cases he works on.

Specialized Library Spotlight: DuPage County Law Library

Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager talks with Juanita Harrell, Law Library Manager at DuPage County Law Library. Juanita discusses how the library serves a wide audience including litigants, attorneys, judges, and the general public. This library has a unique mission to help everyone navigate the complex language and process of the law.

Specialized Library Spotlight: MacArthur Foundation

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Elizabeth Quinlan, Foundation Librarian at the MacArthur Foundation. Liz shares how she supports the more than 170 staff of one of the largest grant making organizations in the United States. Liz, who considers herself an "Information Shepherd", shares the importance of being adaptable and agile as a librarian to meet the changing needs of your organization.

Specialized Library Spotlight: Old Town School of Folk Music–Resource Center

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Colby Maddox, Manager of the Resource Center at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. The collection houses over 25,000 commercial and archival recordings, videos, books, photos, documents and periodicals. The main users of the Resource Center are the teachers, administrators, and students of the school. The resource center is normally open to the public for browsing.

RAILS Minute February 10, 2022

In this episode Deirdre Brennan and Dan Bostrom talk about the brand-new RAILS Strategic Plan for 2022-2025. Deirdre reviews the process for creating the plan and what member libraries will find inside.

Watch or listen to Deirdre Brennan and Stephanie Chase talk about the importance of strategic planning for libraries in episode 37 of the Sparks Podcast: https://www.railslibraries.info/news/262264

Find out where RAILS is going in the new RAILS Strategic Plan 2022-2025: https://www.railslibraries.info/about/strategic-plan

Specialized Library Spotlight: Illinois Service Resource Center

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Meredith Payne, librarian at the Illinois Service Resource Center. The ISRC provides behavior support for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired in Illinois. Meredith describes the library that consists of an expanding collection of over 1200 items, including books, videos, audio materials, test kits and games related to deafness, deaf culture, sign language, audiology, mental health, behavior management, parenting, and administration.

Specialized Libraries Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Garden – Lenhardt Library

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Leora Siegel, Senior Director at the Lenhardt Library. Leora talks about all of the wonderful resources available to the public from the library during open hours and through ILL. She also shares information on their digitization efforts of rare materials that are available through the website.

RAILS Minute January 17, 2022

In this episode Deirdre Brennan shares a sneak peek on some of the topics that will be covered at the January 19 RAILS Member update. She talks about encouraging members to take the e-newsletter survey, the importance of the annual library certification and what to look forward to in 2022.

Spotlight on Specialized Libraries: Kane County Law Library and Self Help Legal Center

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Halle Cox, Director at the Kane County Law Library and Self Help Legal Center. Halle shares how the library serves the lawyers and judges, as well as the general public. She says approximately 85% of their users are the general public. They seek to create empowered and informed legal consumers.

Specialized Library Spotlight: Forefront

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Sarah Rice, Research and Knowledge Services Manager at Forefront. Sarah discusses how the library serves the organization and its over 1100 nonprofit members. The library has a wealth of resources on various aspects of fundraising and donor prospecting.

Specialized Library Spotlight: American Hospital Association

Debbie Baaske talks with Brenda Stenger, the director of the American Hospital Association Resource Center. Brenda discusses how the resource center serves the organization and outside uses, and how demand has grown during the pandemic. She also shares some great ways that she's marketed the resource center.