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News from RAILS

Let's talk about system membership requirements by Dee Brennan

Before the system mergers in 2010, the requirements for library system membership varied. Currently, both IHLS and RAILS have the same, very minimal criteria, which is that a library must have a paid employee who works 20 hours per week or more. Personally, I don’t think this one-size-fits-all...
News from RAILS

Resource sharing enhancements in FY 2015 by Dee Brennan

At their February meeting, the RAILS Board approved our strategic plan . Now the fun begins! Implementation. The next step is for RAILS to develop an action plan that will help us to achieve the vision, mission, goals and strategic initiatives that the Board approved. For the next several blog...
News from RAILS

State of the System Report - by Dee Brennan

In the time honored tradition of annual ceremonial reporting events, I present to you my State of the System Blog Post. I have been at RAILS for almost 14 months. It’s been exciting, fascinating and actually a total BLAST. I have learned so much about Illinois libraries and the communities they...
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The value of consortial membership by Dee Brennan

As a librarian, I am always thrilled but not surprised when circulation – borrowing and loaning of library materials – increases. Libraries are busier than ever these days – despite all the predictions that the Internet would be the end of libraries, it has actually brought more people to libraries...
News from RAILS

Just say yes!! by Dee Brennan

Today I am going to tackle the subject of resource sharing, a beloved, inspiring, confusing and controversial topic for Illinois librarians. There was a lot of talk about resource sharing at the ILA conference last week. This made me and my colleagues at RAILS very happy because our main job is to...
News from RAILS

Let's stop underestimating our customers by Dee Brennan

I am going to be venturing into controversial territory here, so bear with me. Sometimes I feel that we librarians underestimate our customers. (Yes, I insist on calling them customers. I know that some of you prefer clients, members or even patrons, but I use customer because the term makes it...
News from RAILS

RAILS strategic plan - get involved! by Dee Brennan

On July 25, RAILS officially launched its strategic planning process with a staff meeting at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica. On July 26, the RAILS board met at the LaSalle Public Library for a special session devoted entirely to strategic planning. Facilitators Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff led the staff...

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