RAILS Networking Event

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

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RAILS Members from All Types of Libraries Invited to Help Shape RAILS Overlay Project

RAILS is researching a potential overlay project to provide RAILS-area library users with seamless access to shared online catalog consortia within RAILS and the catalogs of standalone libraries that choose to participate. The project would greatly enhance resource sharing by allowing library users to search for a much wider, richer variety of materials than any one library or library consortium could provide – all at the same time and place.
RAILS is conducting a series of focus groups to gather input on what our members would like to have in an overlay product and to identify other factors that will need to be addressed to make the project successful. The ultimate goal is to make things as easy as possible for RAILS-area library users. Eric Craymer, President of Growth Management Consulting, Inc., will conduct the focus groups.
Focus groups with staff from libraries participating in RAILS-area consortia have already been scheduled. RAILS is now focusing on libraries with standalone catalogs and non-automated libraries to participate in one of the following focus groups via webinar:
Academic Libraries
Tuesday, April 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15, 10 a.m. – noon
Public Libraries
Two webinar focus groups will be conducted for public libraries based on their size. Members can select the session of interest.
     Public Libraries - Small
     Tuesday, April 7, 10 a.m. – noon
     Public Libraries - Large
     Wednesday, April 15, 1 – 3 p.m.
School Libraries
Wednesday, April 8, 2 – 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 2 – 4 p.m.
Special Libraries
Tuesday, April 14, 1 – 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 10 a.m. – noon
To express interest in participating, please contact Jody Rubel at jody [dot] rubel [at] railslibraries [dot] info by Monday, March 9. Please provide your name, library, job title, email, and preferred phone number. Please also indicate your library’s current integrated library system (ILS) or if your library is not automated. Confirmed participants will be contacted by RAILS.
All webinar focus groups will be conducted via Fuze. (Note: To participate in a Fuze webinar your computer must have a microphone and speaker. If Fuze does not detect a speaker/microphone you may not be able to connect. A toll-free phone number will be available for those who can’t use their computer’s audio.)
RAILS will also do an online survey later in April to provide additional opportunities for member input.

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)

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

Happy Holidays

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Happy Holidays from your colleagues at RAILS.

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