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What is the future of resource sharing? by Dee Brennan

Last Thursday, I attended a meeting of the Future of Resource Sharing Committee, a subcommittee of the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee, along with other representatives from RAILS, Heartland, and member libraries. (You can see the charges for these committees here). We heard a...
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How will we serve the unserved? by Dee Brennan

As I have traveled throughout RAILS during my first six months on the job , I have heard many questions, concerns, suggestions and hopes for the future of libraries in RAILS and throughout Illinois. On my most recent trip to Macomb and Galesburg one issue in particular came up – serving the...
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Musings on the Book Expo conference: an opportunity for libraries by Dee Brennan

Last week I attended the Book Expo conference in New York City. This is the conference where publishers and book sellers gather to preview upcoming titles and discuss issues of mutual concern. It’s always a fun experience for librarians to be able to see new books and authors, so that has long been...
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Library love by Dee Brennan

Last week, I was in Washington, DC for National Library Legislative Day, the ALA sponsored “hill fly-in” (that’s what the locals call it) where library advocates meet with their representatives and senators to explain library needs and ask for help. Naturally, there was a lot of discouraging news...
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Joint meeting of IHLS, RAILS, the State Library and CPL: Part Two

Last week I posted about the Joint System Boards Meeting in Springfield, and some of the discussion points from that meeting agenda, such as the challenges faced by systems and member libraries. Here is another topic we discussed: what will systems look like in five years? There were a lot of...
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Joint meeting of IHLS, RAILS, the State Library and CPL: Part One

Last Tuesday, April 16, members of the IHLS and RAILS Boards and staff, State Library staff and Chicago Public Library staff gathered for a joint meeting to discuss mutual concerns and share information. A key part of the meeting was devoted to small group discussions of the following issues: What...
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More on the Five Laws

I got a lot of positive comments about my posting of the Five Laws last week, so I thought I would dig a little deeper into them in terms of how they apply to library systems, since that is obviously where my focus is these days. For example: System services are for use. Every system member its...
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Get involved with RAILS!

I have been spending my first couple of months at RAILS traveling around the system meeting with members. I have been talking about my hopes and dreams for RAILS in the future - that we will be the best Library System in the US. We will need your help to accomplish this, so I hope you will get...
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RAILS Finances - some questions and answers

Last week, there was a discussion on our RAILS Community Directors Forum about system finances. The discussion went something like this: Members are wondering why both RAILS and IHLS need to keep so much money in reserve. Systems merged to cut down on operating costs. If our budget is at the same...

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