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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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What is the future of resource sharing? by Dee Brennan

Last Thursday, I attended a meeting of the Future of Resource Sharing Committee, a subcommittee of the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee, along with other representatives from RAILS, Heartland, and member libraries. (You can see the charges for these committees here). We heard a...
News from RAILS

How will we serve the unserved? by Dee Brennan

As I have traveled throughout RAILS during my first six months on the job , I have heard many questions, concerns, suggestions and hopes for the future of libraries in RAILS and throughout Illinois. On my most recent trip to Macomb and Galesburg one issue in particular came up – serving the...
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Musings on the Book Expo conference: an opportunity for libraries by Dee Brennan

Last week I attended the Book Expo conference in New York City. This is the conference where publishers and book sellers gather to preview upcoming titles and discuss issues of mutual concern. It’s always a fun experience for librarians to be able to see new books and authors, so that has long been...
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Library love by Dee Brennan

Last week, I was in Washington, DC for National Library Legislative Day, the ALA sponsored “hill fly-in” (that’s what the locals call it) where library advocates meet with their representatives and senators to explain library needs and ask for help. Naturally, there was a lot of discouraging news...

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