Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project Nominations Due December 15

RAILS member library staff are reminded to ask your fabulous local authors to bring their self-published fiction books into their local or branch library now to be entered in the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project for 2015.

The project has received some extremely interesting nominations so far. A sampling from the descriptions includes:

"...a gritty story about survival in the new millennium. A reader that enjoys history, politics, and romance will not be able to put this book down."

"...honing her supernatural powers, conquering evil, and discovering her love for the Lask Demon Kai, did not disappoint. Kay's paranormal world is lushly appealing and the real world Chicago setting establishes a great reader connection."

"...flees America with her newborn son, running from an abusive husband. She finds herself in Ireland, with family she never knew existed. She soon discovers a heritage and power kept hidden from her and a destiny."

RAILS, the Illinois Heartland Library System, the Chicago Public Library, the Illinois Library Association, and others are fully partnered with the project, and the posters and bookmarks reflect that and are available to download from the

Nominations are due December 15. The submission process has been streamlined and is available at

RAILS Funding Update

RAILS received a payment this week of $274,223, the first payment of our FY2015 (July 2014 - June 2015) Area and Per Capita Grant.

RAILS also received a payment of $328,111, representing the first two payments for the Talking Books grant for FY2015.

RAILS would like to thank Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, Illinois State Library Director Anne Craig, and colleagues at the Illinois State Library for helping to make this possible.

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Next RAILS Member Update: December 11

The next RAILS Member Update videoconference will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan will attend the meeting in-person at the Aurora Public Library - West Branch.

You may attend in Aurora, at a scheduled videoconference location, or view the meeting via one-way streaming. (The meeting will also be recorded for viewing at a later date.)

There will be three major topics of discussion:

  • Delivery Update – including the status of the Burr Ridge outsourcing pilot project and potential future RAILS plans for outsourcing; a report on the implementation of the  statewide delivery recommendations; the computerized delivery label pilot project and other upcoming delivery projects; and information on the Illinois Library Delivery Service (ILDS), including what it is, who uses it and how it fits into the system delivery system.
  • Cooperation and networking between all types of RAILS libraries (academic, public, school, and special) – including RAILS efforts at facilitating networking between all library types; real life examples of how different types of RAILS members are cooperating with each other; and information about the 2015 Library State of Mind multitype conference and how members can get involved.
  • RAILS cooperative purchasing plans – including how RAILS plans on expanding our cooperative purchasing efforts.

We would like to receive questions and hear from all our members, including those watching via streaming! Those viewing via streaming are welcome to email any feedback during the broadcast to feedback [at] railslibraries [dot] info.

Please register at: and feel free to share this information with your colleagues.