Self-Publishing at BookExpo America

Staff Spotlight

RAILS' Veronda Pitchford comments on RAILS' partnership and support of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author (STBF) contest at a program about STBF at BookExpo America. 2015 project winner Michael Alan Peck and the project team shared tools for self-publishing at this national conference on May 13.

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May 30 - RAILS Closed - No Delivery

(Memorial Day)

June 9 RAILS Member Update - Registration Open

The next RAILS Member Update will be Thursday, June 9, from 10 a.m. - noon, and will feature a look ahead at RAILS’ plans for FY2017, including:

  • FY2017 RAILS plan of service and budget
  • Contract to provide statewide delivery service through ILDS (Illinois Library Delivery Service)
  • Plans for extended support for RAILS independent consortia
  • Status of talking book services
  • New Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) hotline
  • Proposed IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) digitization training grant
  • Next steps for system membership standards
  • New Sparks podcast

RAILS staff will talk briefly about these projects and attendees will be invited to comment and ask questions.
RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan will host the update from the RAILS Burr Ridge service center. Members can also attend at one of many videoconference locations or via one-way streaming (RAILS Live Video). See L2 for an agenda and more information and registration.

Voting for RAILS Board Election Ends Friday 5/13

Voting for the RAILS Board election ends Friday, May 13.

There are six seats open on the Board:

  • Eleven candidates are running for two at large seats
  • Seven candidates are running for three public library trustee seats and
  • One candidate is running for one special library seat.

The RAILS Board is made up of members from all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special) in RAILS’ 27,000 square mile service area. RAILS values this geographical representation on the Board. This map shows the approximate location of each candidate for this election, as well as for current Board members.

The election will be open through Friday, May 13, 2016, at 5 p.m.

RAILS strongly encourages all member libraries to vote in this election, so let your voice be heard! Only one ballot is permitted from each RAILS library agency. Usually, the library director or board president casts the ballot.

To view the candidate profiles and for a link to the ballot, see:

Reaching Across Illinois Library System

125 Tower Drive • Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Fax: 630.734.5050

All RAILS Service Centers:
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