September 7 - RAILS Closed - No Delivery

(Labor Day)

September 17 RAILS Member Update

The next RAILS Member Update will be held on Thursday, September 17, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan will host the meeting from the RAILS Coal Valley service center.

RAILS’ plans for continuing education and consulting programs/services and the latest news about the RAILS overlay project will be discussed. Members will also hear about the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center and the free services available to anyone who can’t read standard print due to a visual limitation. Rashmi Swain, Adult and Teen Librarian at Oak Park Public Library (OPPL), will speak about how OPPL serves its visually impaired patrons.

Viewing locations are available across the RAILS service area. Members are encouraged to attend at an available RAILS service center, one of these RAILS public libraries: Aurora (West Branch), Cherry Valley, Freeport, Kankakee, New Lenox, Quincy, Sterling, Sycamore, or Vernon Area (Lincolnshire), at the Illinois Library Association's (ILA's) Chicago office, or via one-way streaming.

Those watching via streaming are encouraged to ask questions and offer feedback during the broadcast by sending an email to feedback [at] railslibraries [dot] info.

Register to attend on L2. For more information, contact mary [dot] witt [at] railslibraries [dot] info (Mary Witt), RAILS Communications Director.

Request for Bids: Polycom

Reaching Across Illinois Library System will accept sealed bids for the following list of Polycom hardware and software.

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Below is the equipment we are looking for bids on. The equipment below can be NEW or REFURBISHED. Multipoint licensing is not required as RAILS has a bridge for multipoint calls.

  • (Quantity of 9) Polycom HDX 7000 with Mic, Camera, Codec, Remote, all Required Cables
  • (Quantity of 1) Polycom HDX 8000 with Mic, Camera, Codec, Remote, all Required Cables

Sealed or electronically submitted bids are due no later than 11am Friday September 4th, 2015

Submissions should be marked attention: “IT Dept 2015 Polycom”

Sealed Bids by mail should be sent to: 125 Tower Drive Burr Ridge IL 60527

Electronic submissions should be sent to: it [at] railslibraries [dot] info

Sealed bids must be submitted for all of the technology hardware and software. Bids must include costs for each line item as well as a total cost and shipping (if any). Bid documents, information, and answers to questions may be obtained by contacting it [at] railslibraries [dot] info

Sealed bids will be opened on September 4th 2015 11:30am at 125 Tower Drive, Burr Ridge IL 60527.

RAILS reserves the right to reject all bids or to waive any or all technicalities in any bids in its best interest.

RFP: Website Migration and Redesign (Updated: Q&A 1)

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) is planning to replace its current Drupal 6 website with a mobile-friendly Drupal 7 website. We are seeking to contract with a creative and experienced Drupal developer to build and deliver a complex and feature-rich Drupal 7 installation, including the design of a customized responsive theme, and migration of content from our existing Drupal 6 site.

The deadline for proposals is 3:00pm CDT on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

For requirements and other details, please see the Request for Proposal (RFP) document attached below.

Questions and Answers

Questions submitted by email before the August 31 deadline for questions will be posted here with our answers. Duplicate instances of questions may be omitted, and information that may identify the source of a question or otherwise interfere with a competitive process may be redacted from questions.

The final batch of Q&A will be posted no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT on September 4.