RAILS has received a grant of $125,000 for e-books through the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State. In early August, we were notified by the Illinois State Library that a portion of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) grant funds for Illinois libraries would go directly to library systems for the purchase of e-books.
In this episode: RAILS reduces the required quarantine for delivery items to three days, the RAILS EDI initiative progresses, and serving the unserved!
With Find More Illinois (FMI), libraries in shared catalog consortia can instantly expand resource discovery and streamline interlibrary loan for patrons and staff. While consortium member libraries already enjoy the benefits of a shared catalog, Find More Illinois is the next step to deliver outstanding resource sharing services.
Benefits for participating libraries include:
In this episode: new L2 rollout, developments in the RAILS EDI initiative, and a partnership to celebrate women's suffrage.
On this 100th Anniversary of the official certification of the ratification of the 19th amendment - August 26 - please celebrate, investigate, and engage with this historic anniversary. Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, four Illinois libraries and the RAILS library system in a virtual suite of exhibits and programs.
As the summer progresses and libraries expand services, RAILS wanted to share a top 10 list that we compiled from our staff. Thank you to everyone who contributed a title: over 30 titles were suggested! Our theme was Books You Always Wanted to Read, (But Never Got Around To). We narrowed them down to the top ten. In alphabetical order:
In this week's episode: RAILS re-opening survey results and six libraries are awarded grants to join shared catalogs.
The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) awarded catalog membership grants to six libraries in northern and central Illinois to join shared catalogs, including: $32,985.95 for Glenside Public Library District to join SWAN; $37,865.00 for Grayslake Area Public Library District to join CCS; $8,846.00 for Lostant Community Library to join PrairieCat; $45,965.00 for Palatine Public Library District to join CCS; $32,755.93 for Roselle Public Library District to join SWAN; and $23,668.28 for Warrenville Public Librar
Please join RAILS in welcoming our newest member, The Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW), located in Chicago, IL. ICSW offers graduate work in the fields of clinical social work and counseling. The library is returning as a member of the system after withdrawing in 2013. Until recently, the institute was co-located with Robert Morris University, which recently merged with Roosevelt University.