Summer Reading in Peru

Member Spotlight

Summer reading got a little noisy at the Peru Public Library. Their "Move It and Groove It" activity gave kids the chance to decorate these shakers, kazoos, and pie tin drums. Photo courtesy of Peru Public Library.

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American Presidents Exhibit

Member Spotlight

See American Presidents at the Gail Borden Public Library through Sept. 24. The exhibit includes interactive media, historic images, and original oil portraits. Pictured: Terry Lynch portrays George Washington. Photo courtesy of Gail Borden Public Library. 

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RAILS July Board Meeting Highlights

At its July 24, 2015 meeting, the RAILS Board seated new board members:

  • Lisa Knasiak, Brookfield Public Library
  • Paul Mills, Fountaindale Public Library District, Bolingbrook
  • Sid Ruckriegel, Peoria Public Library
  • Lori Wilcox, Chicago Heights Public Library

Kate Hall, Director of the Northbrook Public Library, was also sworn in for a second term.

The Board elected the following officers for FY2016 (July 2015 - June 2016):

  • President: Mary Jo Matousek, Aptakisic-Tripp School District #102
  • Vice President: Dave Barry, Bartlett Public Library District
  • Secretary: Kerry Pearson, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Treasurer: Kathy Parker, Tinley Park Public Library

The FY2016 board meeting schedule was approved. (Some meeting locations may change).

The Catherine Cook School, Chicago, was approved for full RAILS membership (pending final approval from the Illinois State Library).

The Board discussed filling a board vacancy due to the resignation of Susan Philhower (from the RAILS Board and Geneseo Public Library District's Board). RAILS will call for volunteers to express interest in filling the remaining term for this public library trustee seat and the Executive Committee will select a new board member. Geographical representation of the current board and other criteria will be considered, according to the procedures for filling vacancies between elections.

Meeting minutes, when approved, will be posted with the July Board meeting documents. The next meeting of the RAILS Board will be Friday, August 28.

August Resource-Sharing Software Demos

RAILS is researching a potential overlay project to provide RAILS-area library users with seamless access to the catalogs of consortia and standalone libraries that choose to participate. This research includes investigating resource-sharing software products that are used by similar projects in other states. Such software links various integrated library systems rather than replacing them.
RAILS has scheduled short demonstrations of three major resource-sharing software products. These demos are intended only as overviews to help us become more familiar with available software, not to select a product. Any future software selection will be based on a rigorous procurement process.
Attend in person at RAILS Burr Ridge service center or via one-way video streaming. Please register on L2 for each demo you would like to attend. The demos will be recorded, but please register to be notified when the recording is available.
Friday, August 14 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - INN-Reach from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
Wednesday, August 26 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - SHAREit from Auto-Graphics

Thursday, August 27 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Relais D2D from Relais International