What's New at RAILS?

Spring 2018

RAILS Wants to Hear From You!

RAILS is in the process of revising our strategic plan. We want to get as much input as possible from our member libraries of all types about the challenges they are facing that RAILS may be able to address in our revised plan. We've conducted listening tours in different areas of RAILS and for academic, school, and special libraries. We will also invite all staff at all RAILS libraries to complete a needs assessment survey this spring. You can also comment on the RAILS website at https://www.railslibraries.info/about/strategic-plan-2018.

BiblioBoard Print Collateral on RAILS Website

BiblioBoard is an e-book platform that allows any Illinios resisdent access to thousands of e-resources free of charge and without needing a library card. If your library would like to print some BiblioBoard marketing materials to share with your patrons, we have added print- and web-ready files on the RAILS website. You can find files for bookmarks, rackcards, and posters. We will add other materials as they become available. Visit the RAILS website > Services > BiblioBoard Library and look under Program and Promotion Ideas for these and other useful tools. To start using BiblioBoard right now visit library.biblioboard.com/home.

Spring Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Visit L2 (librarylearning.info) to register for these and many other CE events. The following programs will be available in person, through videoconference, or RAILS Live. Please see individual L2 records for more details on each event.

  • April 6: The Civic Lab and Beyond
  • April 10: Budget and Levy Secrets for Libraries (RAILS Live streaming)
  • April 26: It's Not "Just Part of the Job:" Strategies to Recognize and Address Sexual Harassment in the Library
  • May 5 or May 19: Trustee Workshop: Keys to Running a More Successful Board Meeting
  • May 8, 9, or 11: Welcome to Our Library! Delivering Customer Service that Builds Loyal Patron Relationships

Continuing Education (CE) Grant Opportunities Expanded

RAILS is please to announce that grant opportunities to fund continuing education events are now open to RAILS libraries, networking groups, and library consortia. To qualify, CE events must be made available to all RAILS member libraries and be of interest to a wide range of library staff.

Review the grant conditions on the RAILS website and complete the online application at https://www.railslibraries.info/services/ce-grant. The deadline for the next award period will be May 31. If you have questions, please contact Joe Filapek, at joseph.filapek@railslibraries.info.

Find More Illinois Update

In late January, the RAILS Board approved moving forward with the Find More Illinois (overlay) pilot project. Implementation of SHAREit software from Auto-Graphics began shortly afterward, with 21 libraries from I-Share, PrairieCat, and Rock River Library Consortium participating in the pilot. Staff training will take place in early April, and the pilot is expected to launch to the public in May.

Although only pilot participants and their patrons will be able to place interlibrary loan requests, everyone will be able to search the virtual catalog. Expansion to other libraries that wish to participate may occur as soon as fall 2018.

For more information about Find More Illinois, see railslibraries.info/services/overlay-project and watch RAILS E-News for updates.

Revision of Membership Standards

RAILS continues to work on revising system membership standards to help all libraries provide the best possible service to their users. Last November, we worked with 55 libraries of all types across Illinois to test the standards. We received excellent suggestions and will make changes to the standards as a result. We will report on these changes at the April 11 RAILS Member Update and via other means. We also plan to gather additional data from all of our members as we move ahead with the standards revision process. To view the amended standards visit https://www.railslibraries.info/membership/standards.

Visit the RAILS Booth at Upcoming Conferences this Spring

We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Reaching Forward will be held on May 4 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, IL.
  • Reaching Forward South will be held on May 11, at Morris University Center, at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL.

Two Vendor Discounts from ALA

To take advantage of either discount and for more information, log into railslibraries.info, visit the Deals and Discounts section, then click on Vendor Discounts at the bottom of the page. Questions? Contact Amanda Musacchio at amanda.musacchio@railslibraries.info.

  • ALA Booklist Discount for RAILS Libraries
    Booklist is offering a special discount to RAILS member libraries. Booklist is an American Library Association (ALA) publication providing reviews of books and audiovisual materials.
  • ALA Graphics Vendor Discount for RAILS Libraries
    ALA Graphics is offering a special discount to RAILS member libraries. ALA Graphics supplies library promotional materials.

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