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Free Educational Resources

Many free online educational resources are available to support student learning. This includes otherwise paid resources which have been available at no cost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of some notable resources: Beanstalk : Educational materials focused on pre-school aged youth...
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RAILS CE Archives: Over 150 Training Opportunities for Staff

RAILS would like to remind members of our vast array of free, recorded webinars and workshops available through the RAILS CE Archives. At a time when many libraries may require staff to work from home for the foreseeable future, engaging in staff learning may be an excellent option for...
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IMLS Funding: Continued Advocacy Efforts Required

House Appropriations Subcommittee Votes to Recommend Level Funding for FY2018 July 17, 2017 Since President Trump announced that he wanted to eliminate IMLS and federal funding for libraries in May, all of us have been communicating with our members of Congress about the value of libraries. Last...
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RAILS Annual Report

A review of RAILS' 2015 calendar year highlights is now available. You will also learn more about the programs/services that RAILS continues to offer all member libraries (academic, public, school, and special). A print version of the report is available as well. If you have any questions, contact...
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My Library Is... Grant Deadline Extended to May 22

Applications for the Spring 2020 funding cycle of the My Library Is... grant have been extended to Friday, May 22, 2020 . The RAILS My Library Is... Grant program provides an opportunity for libraries to focus on projects that help tell the library story and that increase visibility and support for...
My Library Is.. Campaign.
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RAILS Receives an Additional $50,000 to Expand Census Work​

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) granted RAILS an additional $50,000 to provide census promotional materials and technology to public libraries beyond the collar counties. This allows us to expand our outreach to other hard-to-count or traditionally undercounted populations in the...
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