November RAILS Board Meeting Highlights

At its November 20, 2015 meeting, the RAILS Board approved the following libraries for full RAILS membership - pending approval by the Illinois State Library:

  • Ambria College of Nursing Library (Hoffman Estates)
  • Harry W. Jones, Jr. Library – General George S. Patton School District 133 (Riverdale)
  • Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg Campus Library
  • Near North Montessori School Library (Chicago) and
  • Saint Francis Xavier School Library (Wilmette)

Executive Director Dee Brennan spoke about the State Officials and Employees Act as the Board development topic of the month. 

The Illinois State Library reported that the recent Capital Needs Assessment survey received a 77% response rate and thanked libraries that responded to the survey. The data is being compiled and will be submitted to the Illinois General Assembly to demonstrate the need for capital improvements in Illinois’ public libraries.

Debbie Baaske, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, updated the Board about all of the RAILS networking events being held throughout our service area and how some events feature continuing education (CE) topics. Joe Filapek, RAILS Consulting and Continuing Education Manager, spoke about increasing attendance at RAILS CE events, interest in new trustee training offerings, and the CE Grants that are available to RAILS networking groups.

The meeting minutes, when approved, will be posted with the November Board meeting documents on the RAILS website.

Networking Events

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RAILS offers a variety of member networking events throughout our service area. Next opportunity is prior to the December 10 RAILS Member Update at the ILA headquarters (Chicago). Networking starts at 9:30. Member Update at 10 a.m. Register on L2.

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Pouring Over a Good Book

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Here's the lobby display in the Morris Area Public Library District's remodeled entry area. Read more about their recent renovations in RAILS Library News.

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Beatrix Potter Exhibition

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Ann Anderson (left) and Stacy Stoldt from the Chicago Botanic Garden's Lenhardt Library with items from the Beatrix Potter exhibition. The exhibition is open through Sunday, February 7, 2016. Read more.

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