RAILS Member Update

Thursday, April 11, 2019 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Aurora Public Library - Santori Library
Cherry Valley Public Library District
Freeport Public Library
Illinois Library Association / Videoconference
Illinois State Library (ISL) Main Videoconference Room
Kankakee Public Library
LaSalle Public Library Meeting Room
Macomb Public Library District
New Lenox Public Library District
Quincy Public Library
RAILS Bolingbrook Meeting/Videoconference Room
RAILS Burr Ridge Main Meeting Room / Videoconference Room
RAILS Coal Valley Videoconference Room
RAILS East Peoria Atrium / Videoconference Room
RAILS Live Streaming Video
Sterling Public Library Meeting Room
Sycamore Public Library Meeting Room
Vernon Area Public Library District - Annex

All staff members at all RAILS libraries are invited to join us for the April 11 RAILS Member Update. You can attend at an available RAILS videoconference location or via one-way streaming video (RAILS Live).

Agenda items include:

• A discussion of the increase in the minimum wage in Illinois and options for libraries moving forward. Diane Foote, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association, will join us for this discussion.

• An update on system membership standards and how it will benefit all RAILS libraries to complete our data collection form.

• How libraries can get involved with SimplyE, an open source e-reader app that makes it possible for patrons to access all of a library's different e-book collections in one place. Matt Hammermeister from the Pinnacle Library Cooperative will also talk about Pinnacle's participation as a beta-tester in the SimplyE for Consortia project.

• Latest news about our campaign to help all RAILS libraries to tell their stories and promote their value to their different stakeholders

• An update on Explore More Illinois, our new online cultural attractions pass program that debuts in April

You will also hear about these RAILS multitype collaborative grant projects:

• Eureka Public Library District and Congerville-Goodfield-Eureka CUSD 140 "Book Bundles" project

• Lisle Public Library and Naperville School District 203 "Families Together: Reading Enrichment for Social/Emotional Learning" project

• Harper Community College and Prospect Heights Public Library District collaboration to provide 21st century technology to students and patrons, ages 5-12

Attendees will also have the opportunity to share the latest news from their libraries.