Member Updates & Networking Events

RAILS Member Update Videoconference

We hold a quarterly Member Update meeting that is videoconferenced at our offices and available libraries in our network. In addition to hearing our latest news, you'll also have the opportunity to network with colleages at other libraries.

You may also watch and participate online, through RAILS Live video/chat.

The next Member Update is scheduled for:

Recordings of recent RAILS Member Updates are available on YouTube:

Networking Events

We schedule regular local networking events, hosted by libraries thoughout our service area. All library staff - working in all types of libraries - are invited to attend. These events feature RAILS news, detailed information about some of our services, and plenty of time for sharing news about your library and networking with colleagues.

Below is a list of upcoming RAILS networking events:

If you're interested in hosting a Networking Event at your library, contact the RAILS Communications Department, or 630.734.5000 (press 3).

Tuesday, Oct 16

RAILS Member Meetup - Elgin

10:00 am to 11:30 am
Please join us for a RAILS Member Meetup on Tuesday, October 16 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, IL. RAILS Member Meetups are in-person, multitype library events for members to connect on issues related to the profession. RAILS will be offering a series...

Thursday, Oct 18

RAILS Member Update

10:00 am to 12:00 pm
All staff from all RAILS libraries are encouraged to attend! You'll hear the latest news about RAILS' revised strategic plan, membership standards, partnership grants available to RAILS libraries, and Find More Illinois. Sharon Ruda, Director of the Illinois State Library's Talking Book and Braille...

Tuesday, Nov 6