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News from RAILS

Help Support Increase in Library System Funding

The Secretary of State's budget request for FY 2023 includes over $2.8 million in additional funding for the System Area and Per Capita Grant program. This represents the first increase in this program in over 25 years and will benefit all three Illinois library systems: RAILS, IHLS, and the...
Library News

Crete Public Library District Names David Sieffert New Director

After a nationwide search, the Board of Trustees of the Crete Public Library District voted to hire David Sieffert as Executive Director during their January board meeting to replace former director Susan Dienes, who retired at the end of 2021. Dienes came to Crete in 2015 and worked to make the...
Library News

Getting Addison Back to Work Series Returning to Addison Public Library in February

After winning a grant from the Illinois State Library in 2021, the Addison Public Library will use the grant to bring back its Getting Addison Back to Work program, a series of free workshops for job seekers that will take place in February and March 2022. Getting Addison Back to Work originally...
News from RAILS

Specialized Library Spotlight: Illinois Service Resource Center

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Meredith Payne, librarian at the Illinois Service Resource Center. The ISRC provides behavior support for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired in Illinois. Meredith describes the library that consists of an expanding...
News from RAILS

Specialized Libraries Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Garden – Lenhardt Library

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Leora Siegel, Senior Director at the Lenhardt Library. Leora talks about all of the wonderful resources available to the public from the library during open hours and through ILL. She also shares information on their digitization efforts of...

Sparks Podcast Episode 37: Strategic Planning

Audio: RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Stephanie Chase, Founding Principal of Constructive Disruption ( ), about the importance of strategic planning. Stephanie gives some good tips for what to do if you have little money or little time...
Deirdre Brennan and Stephanie Chase.