We are a facilities group designed to enhance networking and increase knowledge of the trade through quarterly meetings at various libraries throughout the state. Within this group is decades of knowledge in running facilities, and a wealth of information that can be utilized by anyone in the trade.
The RAILS Strategic Plan supports access to information for all, including the approximately 1 million Illinois residents who do not currently have access to public library service. The draft plan below outlines some of the activities RAILS, in cooperation with the Illinois State Library and other stakeholders, is undertaking to address this issue.
[This draft plan was presented to the RAILS Board of Directors at its November 2016 meeting.]
HSLI sponsors and supports activities which promote and develop health science library services in Illinois. Our members promote health literacy by providing reputable health related resources to Illinois health care providers and consumers through resource sharing of library collections through interlibrary loan, training in selection of and access to health related resources, and collaborative reference initiatives to respond to provider and consumer health questions.
RAILS is partnering with Jane Kratochvil of Infinite Connections, Inc. to provide limited consulting support to public and school library staff applying for E-rate, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund. Contact Joe Filapek, RAILS Consulting and Continuing Education Manager at email@example.com to learn more.
The Community Engagement group invites participation from professional and support staff working in libraries with the intention of connecting libraries, residents and community partners to bring about positive change. Whether you've been trained in the Harwood Institute's Turning Outward approach or are just starting to explore the idea of community partnerships, join us to share your goals, successes, and ideas for connecting with your community.
This is a multi-type library networking group for librarians in the southwestern portion of RAILS. Member libraries host the quarterly meetings to share information and experiences and discuss issues and concerns.
The past recipients of the RAILS Partnership Grants can be found below. Please note that the RAILS Multitype Collaborative Grant program has been replaced with the RAILS Partnership Grant. This change happened in November 2018.