Public Library Trustee Needed to Fill RAILS Board Vacancy

RAILS is looking for a public library trustee to fill a vacancy on the RAILS Board for a term ending June 30, 2016. To maintain geographical representation on the Board, we are especially interested in candidates from libraries close to the entire western border of RAILS or libraries in the far north central area (near Freeport, Rockford, etc.).

RAILS Board members act on issues affecting the long-term future of the system. Desired qualifications include a commitment to sustaining RAILS as a responsive, multitype library system by representing the best interests of the entire membership across the full 27,000 square-mile service area, and a willingness to devote at least 12 days per year to RAILS-related service. All RAILS Board members must be eligible electors in the RAILS geographical area.

The RAILS Board meets at sites throughout the RAILS service area. Board members may attend meetings via videoconference to save travel time. A list of current videoconference locations is available on the RAILS website.

Candidates should provide a resume or summary of their experience relevant to the RAILS Board position, and a paragraph of 100 words or less stating why they are interested in serving on the RAILS Board to Mary Witt, RAILS Communications Director, at mary [dot] witt [at] railslibraries [dot] info by Friday, August 28. The RAILS Board Executive Committee will review resumes/statements and recommend a candidate to the full Board for approval.

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.