Summer Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
Visit L2 (librarylearning.info) to register or for more details on the following. See the Events page on the RAILS website (railslibraries.info/events) for other upcoming CE opportunities.
· July 16: Do You Know Dewey? Exploring the Dewey Decimal System (Warrenville Public Library)
· July 19: Do You Know Dewey? Exploring the Dewey Decimal System (RAILS East Peoria)
· July 24: Conducting an Effective Workplace Investigation (webinar)
· August 1: Librarian Copyright Superpowers: Interlibrary Loan, Preservation, Fair Use and More! (webinar)
· August 16: JJ's List Disability Awareness Training (RAILS Burr Ridge)
Find More Illinois Update
Find More Illinois has the potential to greatly expand resource sharing in Illinois by connecting the catalogs of consortia and standalone libraries that choose to participate. It may also serve as an online catalog for libraries unable to automate for financial or other reasons, and as a lower-cost alternative to OCLC.
There are 21 libraries participating in a pilot project that will continue through the summer.
Everyone can search the Find More Illinois virtual catalog, but only patrons and staff from the
pilot libraries can place interlibrary loan requests. After the pilot, any interested library of any type (academic, public, school, and special) will be able to participate. The annual membership fee
structure for future participation is still under development.
For more information, see https://findmoreillinois.org.
Watch for New BiblioBoard Popup Picks Collection in August
Popup Picks is a mobile media curation service featuring titles hand-picked by expert librarian
curators. A new collection will debut the week of August 13. It will feature non-fiction from
Publishers Weekly with a focus on biographies, and new comics and graphic novels from Bluewater. Visit www.popuppicks.com.
Strategic Plan Update
RAILS is in the process of updating our strategic plan. The data gathering phase of the process is complete. Thanks to all members who attended a listening tour session or responded to our needs assessment survey. We are now working on writing a plan that is very action-oriented and that will
focus on how RAILS can anticipate and respond to member needs. Stay tuned to the weekly RAILS E-News for further details.
RAILS Member Meetups are in-person, multitype library events for all levels of library staff. You can hear the latest RAILS news, network with colleagues, and tour the library where the meetup is held.
Summer meetups include:
· Thursday, June 28, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Lake Bluff Public Library
· Thursday, July 12, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Chillicothe Public Library District
· Tuesday, July 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m., New Lenox Public Library District
View the L2 calendar (librarylearning.info) for details. Want to host a meetup at your library?
Contact Dan Bostrom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't Miss July 31 RAILS Member Update
Our summer member update will be Tuesday, July 31, from 1:30—3:30 p.m. In addition to hearing
the latest RAILS news, we are inviting members to share new and interesting projects and events happening at their libraries. Attend at one of several videoconference locations or via live streaming. Register at librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=27052.
Visit the RAILS Booth at Upcoming Conferences
We look forward to seeing you there!
SWANx Library Conference, Friday, August 17, Moraine Valley Community
College in Palos Hills, IL
Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference, September 13-15, Springfield, IL
Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference, September 26-28, Rockford, IL
Check Out Our Recent Podcasts
In case you missed it, our latest Sparks podcast about the e-book industry featured Mitchell Davis, Founder & CEO of BiblioBoard. Prior to that, in April, we hosted Megan Millen, Executive Director and Denise Zielinski, Community Engagement Officer at Joliet Public Library, to discuss serving the homeless.
You can find any of our previous podcasts at railslibraries.info/sparks. Subscribe to Sparks at
railslibraries.info/sparks/subscribe. Watch for the newest Sparks podcast about self-publishing, available in the first week of July.