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Engage with RAILS at Fall Conferences

RAILS at ILA Conference, October 22-24, Tinley Park Convention Center RAILS Reception Tuesday, October 22, 5:30–7:30 pm., Pebble Beach Room, Tinley Park Convention Center Join RAILS and other library colleagues after a long day of conference-going on Tuesday, October 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., in...
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Toni Preckwinkle Hosts Librarians' Luncheon

To celebrate September as "National Library Card Sign-Up Month", Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle , whose mother was a librarian, is hosting a free Librarian's Luncheon to meet and greet RAILS library directors and present them with an honorary library proclamation. This special gathering...
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Applications Now Open for RAILS My Library Is... Grant

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 all types of libraries. Libraries, working alone or with partner organizations, can apply for up to $5,000. RAILS is...
My Library Is... Campaign
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Jane Plass Retirement and RAILS Associate Executive Director Position​

Jane Plass, RAILS Associate Executive Director, will retire effective November 15, 2019. Jane began work in Illinois library systems in March 2000 as Director of Network Services at DuPage Library System. She has served as RAILS Associate Executive Director since February 2012. RAILS will begin...
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All RAILS Public Libraries Asked to Complete Unserved Survey

RAILS members often express concern about the more than one million people in Illinois who do not have access to public library service. RAILS wants to do what we can to help with this issue. As a first step, we want to make sure we have accurate information on the scope of the unserved issue in...
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Update L2 Profiles Now

Individuals and libraries should update their L2 profiles before the new L2 (Library Directory and Learning Calendar) is launched next year. This will also ensure that other members will be able to find the most up-to-date information about your library. Library directors and other library...
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RAILS Selects Four Projects for Partnership Grants

The Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) announced that four projects have been selected to receive RAILS Partnership Grants. These grants encourage member libraries to work with external partners on innovative programs and services. The four projects that were awarded: McHenry County...


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