Nominations Open for RAILS Board

RAILS invites nominations for five volunteer positions on the RAILS Board:

  • three public library trustee seats (to be filled by board members from RAILS public libraries) and
  • two at large seats (to be filled by representatives from RAILS libraries of any type: academic, public, school, or special)

Terms for all positions will begin on July 1, 2015 and end on June 30, 2018.

RAILS Board members help shape the future direction of the system. Desired qualifications include a commitment to sustaining RAILS as a responsive, multitype library system by representing the best interests of the entire membership across the full 27,000 square-mile service area, and a willingness to devote at least 12 days per year on RAILS-related service. (Travel costs are reimbursed. Board members may participate in board meetings via videoconference to save travel time.) All Board members must be eligible electors in the RAILS geographical area.
You may run for the Board yourself or nominate a colleague. A nomination form and further details can be found on the RAILS website at: Please note that no individual may be a candidate for more than one Board seat in a specific election. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m. The election will be open from April 27 through May 15.

RFP: Payroll Services

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System is seeking a payroll services vendor. The deadline for proposals is April 6, 2015, 3:30pm CDT.

For details, see the Request for Proposals document below:

RAILS Networking Event

Special Notice

Join us for the next RAILS Networking Event at the LaSalle Public Library on March 10. Read more.

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RAILS Member Networking Events

RAILS is scheduling a variety of networking events throughout the RAILS service area. All members working in all types of libraries are welcome to attend the below events. You'll hear the latest about how RAILS programs and services can benefit your library and have an opportunity to ask questions and to network with other colleagues. Refreshments will be served. Please register to attend so we know how many people to expect. Events will be held:

Tuesday, March 10, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., LaSalle Public Library

Thursday, April 30, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Deere and Company Library, Moline

Tuesday, May 19, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Joliet Junior College Library

Thursday, June 11, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Eisenhower Public Library District (Harwood Heights)

Thursday, August 6, 10:00 a.m. - noon, Caterpillar Research and Development Center's Library (Mossville)

Please contact Debbie Baaske at debbie [dot] baaske [at] railslibraries [dot] info with any questions.