Join RAILS at “A Library State of Mind” Conference

If you are attending the 2015 Illinois academic, public, school, and special libraries conference, “A Library State of Mind,” in Peoria from October 22 - 24 (preconference on October 21), be sure to catch the following offerings:

"Better Together: Libraries in the Sharing Economy" Preconference
Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Peoria Civic Center, room 222

This preconference will celebrate resource sharing and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Illinois' library systems. Miguel Figueroa, Director of the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries, will deliver the keynote address on “Libraries in the Sharing Economy.” Other highlights include Bob Wedgeworth's short presentation on the history of library systems. Andrew Medlar, Assistant Chief, Technology, Content and Innovation, Chicago Public Library, will deliver the closing address.  

There will also be an informative panel discussion on the latest happenings in all types of libraries with a focus on multitype activities. Panelists with experience in academic, public, school, and special libraries include: Amy Affelt (Compass Lexecon), John Helmer (Orbis Cascade), Todd Lash (Kenwood Elementary School, Champaign), and Vicki Rakowski (La Grange Public Library). There will also be small group sessions that will concentrate on multitype library collaboration.

The program is sponsored by RAILS, Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS), Chicago Public Library, Illinois State Library, and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). The fee is $20 and includes lunch. The preconference also includes a special reception from 6 – 8 p.m.

See the agenda for more information.

"Delivery Discussion" 
Thursday, October 22, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Pere Marquette Hotel

Community Delivery Partnerships and other delivery issues will be discussed during a brief presentation, followed by an opportunity for you to get answers to all your delivery questions from RAILS Delivery and Facilities Director Mark Hatch, will be joined by Susan Palmer, Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS), Diane Day and Connie Walsh from CARLI, and Jamie Mott from the Illinois State Library.

"That All May Read"
Thursday, October 22, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m., Peoria Civic Center, room 202

Learn how your library can enhance library services by implementing new technologies to serve students and patrons unable to read standard print. Learn how the talking book program can partner with Illinois academic, public, school, and special libraries. Rose Chenoweth, Director of Talking Books, and Beth Weimer, Outreach Associate, will be joined by colleagues from the Illinois State Library (ISL), Chicago Public Library (CPL), and Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS).

"Technology Competencies for Everyone" 
Thursday, October 22, 3 – 4 p.m., Peoria Civic Center, room 210-211

This workshop will point out the context and logistics of an attainable, sustainable program of core competencies that will work for all levels of staff. Speakers include Anne Slaughter, RAILS Director of Technology Services, and RAILS Board Member and Director of the Northbrook Public Library Kate Hall.

RAILS and IHLS Pub Stroll 
Thursday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.

Join RAILS and the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) at one of the stops along the Pub Stroll – the Pere Marquette Marriott Lounge (501 Main Street, Peoria). Appetizers will be courtesy of corporate sponsors. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own drinks. For more information about the Pub Stroll, see page 16 of the conference program book.

"FaceTime: Networking is A Library State of Mind" 
Friday, October 23, 9 – 10 a.m., Peoria Civic Center, room 222

Kick off your Friday morning with a continental breakfast and mingle with colleagues from across the state at “FaceTime: Networking is a Library State of Mind.” Join RAILS Member Engagement Manager Debbie Baaske and other colleagues at this 2nd annual statewide event. Tables will be organized by topic so you can have important conversations, share great ideas, and obtain expertise from your colleagues. See L2 for a list of table topic facilitators and registration.

"Playing Nice on the Playground: Multitype Library Cooperation for Professional Development"
Friday, October 23, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Peoria Civic Center, room 212-213

RAILS Consulting and Continuing Education Manager Joe Filapek and other presenters will discuss how staff from all types of libraries can come together to offer professional development and programming opportunities. Joe’s emphasis will be on how library systems and multitype networking groups can collaborate to bring these programs to their communities.

"Trivia Kraken - Everything You Wanted to Know About eRead Illinois and Wanted a Prize for Asking" 
Friday, October 23, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Peoria Civic Center, room 201

Learn about navigating the windy and wild sea of e-books! Hobnob with eRead Illinois library staff from across the state and enjoy trivia contests, fun facts, and prizes! Veronda Pitchford, RAILS Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing, Natalie DeJonghe, E-Book Trainer/Coordinator, and Lesley Zavediuk, IHLS SHARE Circulation & Resource Sharing Specialist, will be among the presenters. They will offer an overview of the two-year eRead Illinois grant and the Axis 360 and 3M Cloud platforms, including lessons learned, challenges, and successes. This fun and interactive session is open to both current and potential members of eRead Illinois.  

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine: The ILLINET ILL Code Revision Unleashed"
Saturday, October 24, 9 – 10 a.m., Peoria Civic Center, room 202

The ILLINET Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Code Revision Committee will talk about the ins and outs of the revised ILLINET ILL Code, the statutory framework for libraries loaning and borrowing materials. Attendees will be able to share their thoughts during this interactive session. RAILS Resource Sharing Specialist Amanda Musacchio will be among the panelists.  

"No Need to Re-Invent the Wheel: Best Practices for Library Networking Groups"
Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m. – noon, Peoria Civic Center, room 212-213

Networking with other library staff is one of the most effective ways to explore new ideas, expand your skill set, and solicit input on a variety of issues. RAILS Member Engagement Manager Debbie Baaske will be among the panelists who will share their expertise on forming and maintaining networking groups. You will have the opportunity to learn from members of networking groups that focus on special libraries, academic libraries, rural libraries, special needs youth, marketing, and more.

Saturday, October 24, noon - 1:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall C

Natalie DeJonghe, E-Book Trainer/Coordinator, will be a co-presenter at this poster session that will focus on two kits being created for an ILEAD USA 2015 project. These kits will hopefully assist library staff in learning how to make their library more accessible and allow greater access to resources.

Fun in the Exhibit Hall
Don’t forget to visit RAILS exhibit booth (#216) and the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center’s booth (#221) when the exhibit hall is open. We’ll share the latest about our programs and services and offer fun activities and giveaways.  

eRead Illinois Axis 360 Office Hours 

The eRead Illinois Axis 360 team will have “office hours” at the RAILS exhibit booth (#216). Natalie DeJonghe, E-Book Trainer/Coordinator, will be on hand with the eRead Illinois Axis 360 petting zoo of e-book devices to answer your questions about eRead Illinois on:

Thursday, October 22, 3 - 5 p.m.

Friday, October 23, 10 a.m. - noon

Saturday, October 24, 10 – 11 a.m.

Be sure to make your travel plans in order to attend the preconference on October 21. Register here.

RAILS Grants for Continuing Education - Apply by Sept. 30

To support the efforts of networking groups throughout our service area, RAILS offers a limited number of grants to fund continuing education events. Would your networking group like to plan an annual workshop or invite a speaker to an upcoming meeting? If the networking group meets the grant conditions, a RAILS CE networking group grant can help fund the event.

Some examples of recent grants include:

  • Dawn Mushill's Customer Service Workshop - hosted by the Kankakee Area Library Association (KALA)
  • Small Library Educational Development Day (SLEDD) - hosted by West of 47
  • Customer Service the Unshelved Way Staff Development Day - hosted by SAILS
  • Kathryn Deiss' leadership workshop - hosted by Long Distance Libraries

Grant applications must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the anticipated date of the event. To be eligible for the grant, the networking group must include 75% RAILS members and meet at least twice a year. Any event supported in full or in part by a RAILS CE grant must be open to all RAILS members. RAILS will award grants based on overall benefit to RAILS members and availability of funds.

Grant conditions, award periods, and the grant application are available at: The deadline for the current award period is September 30, 2015. If you have questions about Networking Group CE Grants, contact Joe Filapek, RAILS Consulting and Continuing Education Manager, at 630.734.5132 or joseph [dot] filapek [at] railslibraries [dot] info.

September 17 RAILS Member Update

The next RAILS Member Update will be held on Thursday, September 17, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan will host the meeting from the RAILS Coal Valley service center.

RAILS’ plans for continuing education and consulting programs/services and the latest news about the RAILS overlay project will be discussed. Members will also hear about the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center and the free services available to anyone who can’t read standard print due to a visual limitation. Rashmi Swain, Adult and Teen Librarian at Oak Park Public Library (OPPL), will speak about how OPPL serves its visually impaired patrons.

Viewing locations are available across the RAILS service area. Members are encouraged to attend at an available RAILS service center, one of these RAILS public libraries: Aurora (West Branch), Cherry Valley, Freeport, Kankakee, New Lenox, Quincy, Sterling, Sycamore, or Vernon Area (Lincolnshire), at the Illinois Library Association's (ILA's) Chicago office, or via one-way streaming.

Those watching via streaming are encouraged to ask questions and offer feedback during the broadcast by sending an email to feedback [at] railslibraries [dot] info.

Register to attend on L2. For more information, contact mary [dot] witt [at] railslibraries [dot] info (Mary Witt), RAILS Communications Director.

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Paul Meincke (left), reporter with Chicago's ABC7 News, visited the Seneca Public Library recently. Read about it on the library's Facebook page. Photo courtesy Seneca Public Library.

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