Engage with RAILS at Fall Conferences

RAILS at ILA Conference, October 22-24, Tinley Park Convention Center

RAILS Reception

Tuesday, October 22, 5:30–7:30 pm., Pebble Beach Room, Tinley Park Convention Center

Join RAILS and other library colleagues after a long day of conference-going on Tuesday, October 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the Pebble Beach Room, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. All Illinois library staff are invited to join us.

The event is sponsored by Baker & Taylor (eRead Illinois) and BiblioLabs (BiblioBoard). Appetizers and beverages (including beer and wine) will be available courtesy of our sponsors.

There will be a very brief program at 6 p.m., where you will hear the latest news about RAILS e-resources and have a chance to hear from our sponsors. You can spend the rest of the time networking and relaxing. Please register on L2 so we will know how many people to expect. We hope to see you there!

Attend a Program

"Telling Our Story: Articulating Library Value across Type"
Tuesday, October 22, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., South Pavilion 1-2, Tinley Park Convention Center

RAILS Member Engagement Manager Daniel Bostrom

Emily Gilbert, Rasmussen College

Thomas Hill, Matteson/Richton Park School District #159

Zoe Magierek, Forefront

Joel Shoemaker, Illinois Prairie Public Library District

A panel of presenters from school, public, academic, and special libraries will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing them in articulating the value of their library to community members, administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders. There will also be a short presentation of data collected from the RAILS Telling Our Story campaign survey and an exploration of resources available to libraries across types.

"System Membership Standards as a Pathway to Excellence"
Tuesday, October 22, 4 – 5 p.m., North Pavilion 6, Tinley Park Convention Center

Deirdre Brennan, RAILS Executive Director, and Brian Shepard, Executive Director, Indian Trails Public Library District

RAILS has been working on membership standards as a pathway to excellence for Illinois libraries. During the spring of 2019 we collected extensive data from our member libraries. This program will provide insight into what we learned from the data collection, next steps in the implementation of standards, and how these standards align with the work of the Illinois State Library and ILA.

"Implementing Linked Data in Libraries: What? Why? How?"
Thursday, October 24, 9 – 10 a.m., North Pavilion 1, Tinley Park Convention Center

Nincy George, RAILS Cataloging Services Coordinator

Scott Brandwein, SWAN Bibliographic Services Manager

Timothy W Cole, Mathematics Librarian and Affiliate Professor, School of Information Science

University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Linked Data makes possible new ways of resource access and discovery for exposing bibliographic and cultural heritage information on the open web. This panel is an opportunity to explore the possibilities of what a fully integrated Linked Data world means for libraries. A panelist from a library consortium will discuss the benefits linked data could possibly bring to public libraries, along with the special challenges linked data faces when interacting with a consortial catalog. Two panelists from an academic library will share how their Linked Data projects in digital collections enhance discovery and user experience.

Visit RAILS at the Exhibits

Stop by RAILS booth #802 to spin the popular RAILS wheel, pick up some great swag, hear more about how we can help members tell their stories through our MyLibraryIs… campaign, and earn chances to win a gift basket with a GoPro Hero 7.

  • Wednesday, October 23, noon5 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 24, 9 a.m.2 p.m.

RAILS is a Platinum Sponsor of the ILA conference. RAILS is sponsoring the opening exhibits luncheon on October 23.


RAILS at AISLE and IATE Joint Conference, October 10-12, Springfield


Attend a Program

"Telling Our Story: Articulating Library Value across Type"
Saturday, October 12, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Vista 6

RAILS Member Engagement Manager Daniel Bostrom

Amy Byers, Chatham Area Public Library District

Pattie Piotrowski, University of Illinois library, Springfield

Kristen Rademacher, Marist High School

Laura Turner, Caterpillar Inc.

A panel of presenters from school, public, academic, and special libraries will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing them in articulating the value of their library to community members, administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders. There will also be a short presentation of data collected from the RAILS Telling Our Story campaign survey and an exploration of resources available to libraries across types.

"Free E-Books and More, Available All the Time!"

Saturday, October 12, 3 - 4 p.m., Vista 6

RAILS E-Content Specialist Anna Behm

NOTE: BYOD Required

In this session you will learn about the BiblioBoard e-book platform, which includes thousands of Pre-K - 12th grade titles and resources available 24/7/365 to everyone in Illinois. This resource is free of charge and easy to use. Please bring your own device and join us to learn more!

Visit RAILS at the Exhibits

Stop by the RAILS booth #R27 to spin the popular RAILS wheel, pick up some great swag, hear more about how we can help members tell their stories through our MyLibraryIs… campaign, and earn chances to win a gift basket with a GoPro Hero 7.

  • Friday, October 11, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    and 2–7 p.m.

  • Saturday, October 12, 8–11:45 a.m.

RAILS is a Silver Level Sponsor for AISLE. We are sponsoring the Thursday afternoon break and Friday hors d'ouevres at our booth during cocktail time.

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