What's New at RAILS?

Spring 2017

Spring Learning Opportunities

Visit L2 for more information about these and other events.

  • Adult Programming: A Webinar Full of Ideas and Resource Generation and Sharing – April 19
  • Trustee Workshop: Keys to Running a More Successful Board Meeting – April 22 or 29
  • Grant Writing for Libraries: Strategies for Success – May 2 through May 30
  • Group Process Facilitation Skills – May 11
  • Legal Issues for Libraries – May 10 or 17
  • Creating a Connection with English Language Learners – June 13

New Archived Webinars

Beginning in April, RAILS will offer members access to archived webinars through People Connect Institute (PCI). Webinars are available on a variety of topics with an emphasis on customer service. Learn more information.

RAILS Member Networking Events

All RAILS members are invited to a networking lunch on Friday, April 28, at 11:30 a.m., at the RAILS East Peoria service center.

Join RAILS Member Engagement Manager, Debbie Baaske at Islamic Foundation School on Tuesday, May 16, 10 a.m.–noon.

Attend the RAILS Member Update on Thursday, June 15, from 10 a.m.–noon, at one of many
videoconference locations.

To learn more about any of these events visit L2 to register or for more details.

Visit RAILS at Upcoming Library Conferences

RAILS will have a booth at the following library conferences. Stop by to say hello and to find out what RAILS can do for you!

  • Reaching Forward South, Eastern Illinois University, April 7
  • Reaching Forward, Rosemont, May 5
  • American Library Association Conference, Chicago, June 23–26

RAILS Grant Opportunities

RAILS offers grants to member networking groups to help fund continuing education events. Spring
application deadlines are March 31 and May 31. Visit railslibraries.info/services/ce-grant.

RAILS offers grants to fund innovative collaborative projects between different types of libraries. The next application deadline is April 28. Visit railslibraries.info/services/multitype-grants.

New Popup Picks Collections

Watch out for newly curated collections like city spotlights, kids only, and indie graphic novels for all ages. Find more about Biblioboard and check out our current batch of books before they're gone!

RAILS BiblioBoard Group Purchase and Self-Publishing Webinar

RAILS is offering a group purchase for three BiblioBoard products:

  • SELF-e – a vetted collection of self-published Illinois authors
  • Creator – a curation tool that helps libraries make unique local content available to the entire community
  • Pressbooks – a one-stop solution for self-published authors to write, format, and publish their work

To find out more about these products and the group discount, and how to support self-published authors and connect your community to quality self-published content, view this recorded webinar.

New Ways for RAILS Members to Save Money

  • Communico — a platform which can help you manage your website, events, and room bookings or digital signage
  • Deziner Software's Intercept® Platform — business planning and financial modeling software for entrepreneurs and startups
  • Gale Career Online High School — students can earn an accredited high school diploma at their library

Visit railslibraries.info/deals for more deals and information.

Overlay Project Pilot

RAILS is evaluating vendor proposals for a small pilot project to provide RAILS-area library users with seamless access to the catalogs of participating libraries. We will invite finalists to RAILS for demos in May. Stay tuned for further details.

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