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Update on System Membership Standards by Dee Brennan

Here is an update on a topic of interest to all: 42 volunteers have been working on system membership standards. The current standards are very minimal: A library must: follow the ILLINET interlibrary loan code provide reciprocal borrowing to other public libraries in the system honor non-resident...
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RAILS Members from All Types of Libraries Invited to Help Shape RAILS Overlay Project

RAILS is researching a potential overlay project to provide RAILS-area library users with seamless access to shared online catalog consortia within RAILS and the catalogs of standalone libraries that choose to participate. The project would greatly enhance resource sharing by allowing library users...
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RAILS Board Consortia Committee update by Dee Brennan

This post is to bring you up to date on the work of the RAILS Consortia Committee This committee is looking at ways that existing consortia in RAILS can work together more closely and share resources more effectively and more richly. The first project this group undertook was to look at the...
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Fine Free in Algonquin and other great ideas by Dee Brennan

I think it is absolutely great what Lynn Elam and the board and staff at the Algonquin Area Public Library District have done in eliminating fines at their library. At a RAILS networking event last week, Lynn was talking about how the program is going and how they implemented it. She explained that...
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Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author project by Dee Brennan

I hope you are all aware of this really exciting project that started as a partnership between the ILA Marketing Committee and RAILS. Members of the ILA Marketing Committee - Denise Raleigh, Donna Fletcher, Chris Cigler, Sue Wilsey, Nikki Zimmerman, Julie Stam, Liz Clemmons and Anita Quinlan - were...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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