Voting Open for RAILS Board Election

Voting is now open for the RAILS Board election.

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:

RAILS Board Election

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RAILS encourages all member libraries to vote in the RAILS Board election. (One ballot is permitted from each RAILS library agency.) Read more.

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Draft System Membership Standards

The RAILS Board established a System Membership Standards Committee in 2014 to make recommendations for changing current system membership requirements to help libraries and library staff provide the best service possible to their communities. Six subcommittees, with representatives from all types of libraries, have drafted standards that are now available for RAILS member review.

The draft standards and an introductory memo by RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan can be found below. Members are encouraged to review the standards and to ask questions or make comments below.

To comment, make sure you are logged into the RAILS website (with the email address and password used for L2) and click on the Add New Comment link below. You'll need to preview your comment, and then save it after reviewing it on the preview page.

The draft standards will be the featured topic at the March 24 RAILS Member Update. All members are invited to attend the update at one of many videoconference locations or via one-way streaming. See more information/registration.

Draft of RAILS Membership Standards

3rd Annual S.T.E.A.M. Fair

Member Spotlight

Glen Ellyn Public Library’s 3rd Annual S.T.E.A.M. Fair will be on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Kids of all ages will have a chance to explore exhibits showcasing the many different faces of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). See more.

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