All RAILS Libraries Required to Complete Membership Standards Form
RAILS has been working on revised system membership standards to help all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special) provide the best possible service to their community of users. To determine what help libraries might need to meet the new standards, RAILS is requiring all
members to complete a form on the RAILS website by March 31, 2019.
We are only collecting data at this time. Your responses will not affect your RAILS membership in any way. Visit standards.railslibraries.info for details.
New BiblioBoard Popup Picks Collection Coming Soon!
Developed through a partnership between RAILS and BiblioLabs, Popup Picks are hand-curated, front list e-books available to everyone in Illinois free of charge and without the need of a login or library card. There are no holds or waiting for titles, and items can be read by multiple users at the same time. Watch for a new Popup Picks collection coming in January. Visit popuppicks.com to learn more.
Helping Libraries Tell Their Stories
RAILS will be working on a campaign in 2019 to help all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special) articulate their value to users, potential users, funders, elected officials, and other
stakeholders. There will be a special website, a social media component, many opportunities for members to share best practices, and more. Stay tuned to the RAILS E-News for further details
coming soon. Subscribe at railslibraries.info/subscribe.
RAILS Winter Continuing Education (CE) Lineup
RAILS is offering CE on a wide variety of topics this winter, including:
· January 14-27: Marketing for Librarians (two-week online course)
· January 17: Goal Setting and Management webinar by HR Source
· January 22: 101 Great Kids Books webinar
· February 6: Levying Workshop in Burr Ridge
· February 20: Delivering Difficult Performance Feedback webinar by HR Source
· February 26: Cataloging Non-Traditional Items webinar
· March 14: Paying Attention to Pay Equity Webinar by HR Source
RAILS Continuing Education Event Grants
RAILS offers grants to RAILS libraries, networking groups, and library consortia to offer CE that will be made available to all RAILS members and of interest to a wide range of library staff. Upcoming application deadlines are January 31 and March 29. Visit railslibraries.info/services/ce-grant.
Find More Illinois Makes Resource Sharing Easier
Find More Illinois enables anyone to search multiple catalogs at once. Patrons and staff of participating libraries can also place interlibrary loan requests. All libraries are eligible to participate, regardless of size, type, or catalog status. To search and to find out costs and how to join, visit findmoreillinois.org.
Take the Find More Illinois Scavenger Hunt!
All RAILS members are invited to participate in our Find More Illinois Scavenger Hunt, from
January 28-March 10. Each week, we will post a challenge on the RAILS Facebook page
(facebook.com/railslibraries) and ask you to search the Find More Illinois catalog for something specific. (Anyone can search Find More Illinois on findmoreillinois.org, whether your library is a member or not.)
RAILS members can enter by posting a screenshot of their search on Facebook or by emailing their entry to email@example.com. We will have weekly drawings for a small prize, and one grand prize drawing for a $50 gift certificate. Watch for details in the RAILS E-News in early January.
Winter Networking Opportunities
Warm up the winter months with some library networking! On Wednesday, January 16, RAILS will host a Member Meetup at Fondulac Public Library in East Peoria. On Tuesday, February 12, RAILS will host a Member Meetup at the Hewes Library on the campus of Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. All staff from all RAILS member libraries are invited. Register at librarylearning.info.
Keep current on all our upcoming networking plans at railslibraries.info/membership/networking-events.
RAILS School Library Tune-ups
RAILS now offers school libraries the opportunity to meet one-on-one via GoToMeeting to discuss
obstacles or challenges they face. The "tune-ups" are 30 minutes and discussion topics include continuing education, grants, and e-book resources. To participate, please contact RAILS Member Engagement
Manager, Dan Bostrom, firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAILS Sparks Podcast
Episodes of Sparks recently released or coming this winter include interviews about the Library of Things (LOT) and sexual harassment in libraries. Find out more/subscribe at railslibraries.info/sparks.