News from Libraries and RAILS


Sparks Podcast Episode 34: Highwood Public Library

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Carmen Patlan, Executive Director of Highwood Public Library, about winning the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This podcast provides an excellent example of what a small library with very limited resources can do to make a...
Deirdre Brennan and Carmen Patlan
News from RAILS

Updates for Library Directory and Learning Calendar (L2)

Great news! We added several new items to L2 . The L2 support team added a "Learning Log" feature (like the Learning Report in the old L2) for self-recording attendance at non-L2 events. You can access this feature via a tab on your My Events page (Account > My Events). For example, if you...
L2 logo
Library News

Oak Park's Shelley Harris wins ILA Golden Ticket

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Youth Services Forum has awarded Children's Librarian Shelley Harris with the 2021 Golden Ticket Award for her "outstanding local contribution" to young people through programs that "promote a love of literature and instill positive feelings about libraries."...
Oak Park Public Library Children's Librarian Shelley Harris
Library News

"News of the World" Author, Paulette Jiles - Live July 27, 7 pm

From Gail Borden Public Library - Join the author of our One Book One Community selection News of the World , Paulette Jiles, as she discusses her best-selling novel, News of the World . Please register at for this Zoom program. Bestselling novelist...
Library News

My Library Is ... Upcoming My Library Is... Online Roundtables

From the My Library Is ... Blog: Are you interested in graphic design for your library? Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie to the topic, there are two events coming up that can help you unlock new possibilities! Both of these events are open to any library staff from any Illinois library...
Library News

Board names Amy Dodson Library Director of FRVPLD

East Dundee – The Fox River Valley Public Library District Board of Trustees has named Amy Dodson as the next Executive Director to lead the library district. Dodson inherits the reins of a long-standing institution beloved by its diverse community. Her start date is Monday, August 23. "Amy brings...