Online Roundtables

RAILS Online Roundtables are hour-long forums hosted on a specific topic. Online roundtables emphasis peer-to-peer learning and the sharing of best practices in libraries. These forums are held via Zoom online meeting software.

The forum will feature a brief presentation by one or more presenters followed by an online chat discussion. Any library staff from any Illinois library is encouraged to attend and participate. All online roundtables are archived for later viewing.

Propose a topic

Anyone can propose a topic for a future online roundtable. The topic must be of interest to a wide variety of library types and library staff.

To prepare for a RAILS online roundtable, RAILS staff will:

  • Set up the event in L2 and Zoom
  • Coordinate promotion of the event
  • Set up a Zoom practice session
  • Troubleshoot and act as host on the day of the live event
  • Archive the recorded event

Presenters will be expected to:

  • Create a short verbal presentation (10-15 minutes)
  • Develop a short slideshow (5-7 slides)
  • Participate in a 10 minute Zoom practice session
  • Assist in leading a 30 minute online chat discussion

If you're interested in proposing a topic for an upcoming online roundtable, please contact RAILS Member Engagement Manager Dan Bostrom, 630.734.5152.

Upcoming online roundtables

Archived online roundtables

All online roundtables are archived on the RAILS YouTube page. Recorded versions are typically posted 24-48 hours after the live version has concluded.

Managing the Marketing Process
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

RAILS/IACRL My Library Is... Online Roundtable
Recorded Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Census 2020 Services & Resources
Recorded Thursday, August 15, 2019

Census 2020 Programming
Recorded Wednesday, July 31, 2019

20s and 30s Programming
Recorded Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Programming and Collections for Those with Dementia/Alzheimer's
Recorded Friday, April 5, 2019