RAILS' Activities at ILA Conference

Connect with RAILS at the "Discovery, Advocacy, Leadership" conference (October 18 - 20) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. We hope to see you at our exhibit booths (see exhibit hours below) and at the following programs and events.

RAILS is sponsoring the Exhibits Opening Lunch on Wednesday, October 19 (see below).

Tuesday, October 18

Awards Luncheon
October 18, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Room 24-27

Celebration of the achievements of your colleagues including Executive Director Dee Brennan who will be presented with the Illinois Library Association's (ILA's) distinguished Atkinson Memorial/Demco Award for her sustained activity and contributions having a lasting impact on librarianship. (Attendance at the luncheon is included in conference registration.)

RAILS Website Test Open House
October 18, 1 - 4 p.m.
Room 56

Meet with RAILS' Applications and Web Developer Brian Smith to run through some website activities. We're especially interested in seeing how our site works for you on your mobile device. You can schedule a 15-minute slot by contacting Brian Smith, or just drop by!

"RAILS Grant Opportunities" Open Forum
October 18, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Room 34

RAILS offers grants to member libraries to fund startup costs for membership in a RAILS shared online catalog, to support networking groups offering continuing education available to RAILS members, and new grants to fund collaborative projects between different types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special). Learn about how these opportunities can benefit your library.

Reception after "RAILS Grant Opportunities" Open Forum
October 18, 5 - 6 p.m.
Room 34

Reception following the above forum, courtesy of Ancel Glink. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

"Pathway to Excellence: RAILS System Membership Standards"
October 18, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Room 21

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan will speak about RAILS membership standards and answer your questions. RAILS has worked for more than a year with RAILS members and other Illinois library stakeholders to develop and draft realistic and aspirational membership standards that will set a minimum bar for libraries. RAILS members will be able to ask questions and offer their feedback.

Wednesday, October 19

Face to Face Networking Breakfast
October 19, 8 - 9 a.m.
Room 49

Join your colleagues from across the state and RAILS Member Engagement Manager Debbie Baaske to share best practices at talk tables at our third annual networking event for conversation and idea sharing. Topics will include rural libraries, community engagement, user experience, and so much more!

Talk table facilitators from RAILS include Natalie DeJonghe, RAILS E-Book Trainer/Coordinator, who will be co-facilitating a talk table focusing on e-book innovation. Joe Filapek, RAILS Consulting and Continuing Education Manager, and Louise Svehla, RAILS Consulting and Continuing Education Specialist, will lead a talk table on staff development and in-service days. Amanda Musacchio, RAILS Resource Sharing Specialist will co-facilitate a talk table on serving adult learners. RAILS board members facilitating include Lisa Knasiak, Kathy Parker, and Laura Turner.

Join us for a hot breakfast and great conversations! Please register on L2 so we know how many people will attend. See registration information and a complete list of talk tables/facilitators.

"All Things Interlibrary Loan"
October 19, 9 - 10 a.m.
Room 45

Amanda Musacchio, RAILS Resources Sharing Specialist, will co-present on how interlibrary loan (ILL) expands your collection to connect your library users to more resources. Staff from both small and large libraries will learn how to become an "ILL rock star" in their communities!

"Secrets of Being Highly Productive"
October 19, 9 - 10 a.m.
Room 40-41

RAILS Board member Kate Hall is a co-presenter at this session where you will receive tips on productivity that will include technology use and best practices for managing email, communications, tasks, and projects.

"Failure IS an Option"
October 19, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Room 40-41

RAILS Board members Kate Hall and Kathy Parker and RAILS Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing, Veronda Pitchford, are among the presenters at this session. You will find out how to recognize failure as a first attempt in learning. Hear from veteran library directors and librarians about how they have failed and how they came back from the brink.

Exhibits Opening Lunch, Sponsored by RAILS
October 19, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

RAILS Website Test Open House
October 19, 2 - 4 p.m.
Room 56

Meet with RAILS' Applications and Web Developer Brian Smith to run through some website activities. We're especially interested in seeing how our site works for you on your mobile device. You can schedule a 15-minute slot by contacting Brian Smith, or just drop by!

"Innovate and Dominate with E-Books for Your Library"
October 19, 2 - 3 p.m.
Room 40-41

Veronda Pitchford, RAILS Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing and Natalie DeJonghe, RAILS E-Book Trainer/Coordinator, will explore new e-books that are becoming available to Illinois libraries. They will focus on how works by self-publishers and independent publishers will be offered on the Biblioboard platform that is being made available to Illinois libraries through a RAILS beta project. This partnership project with publishers will bring new content to libraries. A demonstration of the collections will showcase how this project can increase community engagement for all types of libraries. Bring your device along to explore the collection.

"E-book Innovation and Intro to Popup Picks" Forum
October 19, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Room 34

Join Veronda Pitchford, RAILS Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing, for an introduction to Popup Picks, our new collaborative effort with BiblioLabs and the Independent Publishers Group. This curation service brings Illinois readers free limited access to the best e-books from around the world. Those attending the "Innovate and Dominate with E-Books" program on October 19, at 2 p.m. (see above) are welcome, along with anyone else wishing to learn more about program experimentation and innovation with e-books.

Reception after "E-book Innovation and Popup Picks" Forum
October 19, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Room 34

Reception following the above forum, courtesy of BiblioLabs. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

"Game on! An Introduction to Gaming for Librarians"
October 19, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Room 26-27

RAILS E-Book Trainer/Coordinator Natalie DeJonghe, will co-present on gaming in libraries. Chat with other library staff about gaming programs, check out some easy-to-learn starter games, and pick up hints and tips about starting your own gaming program.

"From Start to Finish: Conducting a Compensation Study"
October 19, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Room 47

RAILS Board member Kate Hall is among the presenters that will show you how to prepare for a compensation study, show you how a salary survey is conducted, and how to roll out new salary ranges or job descriptions to staff, and more.

RAILS Wednesday Exhibit Hours - Booth #206
October 19, 12:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Stop by RAILS booth #206 to hear the latest about RAILS' programs and services. We'll have fun-filled activities and some interesting giveaways, so stop by and say hello.

Spin the wheel and take the "RAILS Challenge." Earn special swag items by participating in our website navigation games. (If you are not at the conference, we will offer an online site navigation survey and questionnaire about our website later this fall.)

Have some photo fun! We'll have a "We Love E-books" photo frame available and will snap some fun pictures. You can write a message on a whiteboard about your favorite book, character, etc. and pose with some props!

eRead Illinois Wednesday Office Hours
October 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
RAILS Booth #206

Natalie DeJonghe, E-Book Trainer/Coordinator, will answer your questions and have the eRead Illinois "petting zoo" of e-book devices available.

Talking Books Wednesday Exhibit Hours - Booth #213
October 19, 12:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Visit the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center (ITBOC) booth #213 to find out about services for Illinois residents who cannot read standard print due to a visual or physical limitation.

Sixth Annual ILA Pub Stroll
October 19, 6 – 10 p.m.

Stops on the Pub Stroll are in Rosemont's MB Financial Park. No registration is required. Attendees set their own schedule and vendors will offer drink specials.

RAILS is sponsoring the Pub Stroll on Wednesday by hosting the Stroll at Basil's Kitchen in the Embassy Suites. (5500 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL)


Thursday, October 20

"Movin' On Up"
October 20, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Room 40-41

RAILS Board members Kate Hall and Kathy Parker will talk about what skills are desirable to employers and how you can acquire them, as well as offer tips on interviewing.

"The 360 Degrees of Being Trustees: Key Components to Being an Effective Library Board Member"
October 20, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Room 44

RAILS Board President Dave Barry will co-present on board meeting etiquette, the importance of getting involved with your community, and offer other resources that will enable you to be a well-rounded board member.

RAILS Exhibit Hours - Booth #206
October 20, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Stop by RAILS booth #206 to hear the latest about RAILS' programs and services. We'll have fun-filled activities and some interesting giveaways, so stop by and say hello.

Spin the wheel and take the "RAILS Challenge." Earn special swag items by participating in our website navigation games. (If you are not at the conference, we will offer an online site navigation survey and questionnaire about our website later this fall.)

Have some photo fun! We'll have a "We Love E-books" photo frame available and will snap some fun pictures. You can write a message on a whiteboard about your favorite book, character, etc. and pose with some props!

eRead Illinois Thursday Office Hours
October 20, 10:15 -11:00 a.m. and from 12:30 -1:45 p.m.
RAILS Booth #206

Natalie DeJonghe, E-Book Trainer/Coordinator, will answer your questions and have the eRead Illinois "petting zoo" of e-book devices available.

Talking Books Exhibit Hours - Booth #213
October 20, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Visit the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center (ITBOC) booth #213 to find out about services for Illinois residents who cannot read standard print due to a visual or physical limitation.

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