What's New at RAILS?

Summer 2017

System Membership Standards Update

On June 16, the RAILS Board approved an amended version of our proposed system
membership standards. We removed the collection expenditure, hours open, and online catalog requirements while we further examine the implications of these requirements for our members. RAILS will spend the next year testing the standards with our members and revising them as needed. The RAILS Board will review the results of the testing and any resulting revisions in July 2018.

We are in the process of developing a checklist to help all Illinois libraries interested in helping us test the standards during FY2018. The amended version of the standards and other information is available at railslibraries.info/membership/standards.


Popup Picks Feature Summer Book Club Picks & Girls Rule!

The new Popup Picks e-book collections highlight summer book club picks and girls rules – featuring comics and graphic novels for girls/women of all ages. Those interested in the recently released Wonder Woman movie may enjoy these titles.

Anyone in Illinois can use Popup Picks and there are no hold queues or waiting for titles – ever! See popuppicks.com for details.


Summer Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Visit L2 (librarylearning.info) to register for these CE events:

  • July 11 & July 13: Intro to Library of Congress Subject Headings workshops
  • July 19: I-9 Update webinar
  • July 25: Libraries and Privacy webinar
  • August 3: Ransomware webinar
  • August 10-31: Four-part IT Security webinar series

New offerings in the RAILS CE Archives (railslibraries.info/services/ce-archives)
available 24/7 include:

  • Adult Programming: A Webinar Full of Ideas and Resource Generation and Sharing
  • Collection Development for 21st Century Learning
  • Open Access Resources for Filling Interlibrary Loan Requests

Best Practices for Library Websites

Influx Library User Experience has completed "Library Websites Are for Use: A Guide to Evaluating and Improving Your Library's Website." This document was developed using 10 RAILS library websites to illustrate strategies for building/ maintaining a user-friendly site. Visit railslibraries.info/services/website-toolkit.

Summer Networking Opportunity

All RAILS members are invited to a networking event at Engineering Systems, Inc. in
Aurora, on Thursday, September 7, from 1 – 3 p.m. You can hear the latest RAILS news, network with colleagues, and tour the library. Stay tuned to the L2 calendar (www.librarylearning.info) for registration and other details.

New Money-Saving Opportunity

RAILS is offering a group purchase for i-Pathways—a resource that delivers online
learning and test preparation that can be used for the GED®, HiSET™, and TASC Test™ for high school equivalency. This is a very economical way for even the smallest
of libraries to support adult learning in their community. Visit railslibraries.info/deals for information on this and other offers.

Overlay Project Update

Our overlay project aims to provide library users with seamless access to the online
catalogs of participating consortia and standalone libraries. RAILS plans to bring a
software recommendation to our board this summer. We will also start recruiting
libraries for a small two-year pilot project, beginning with consortia that agreed to
participate in the software search (I-Share, PrairieCat, and Rock River Library
Consortium). Stay tuned to railslibraries.info/services/overlay-project for details.

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