RAILS Continuing Education Archives

The RAILS Continuing Education (CE) Archives contain recordings and handouts from RAILS webinars and workshops. RAILS members can access these recordings "24/7" from the RAILS website’s CE Archives page. Program topics include cataloging, customer service, management, marketing, technology, and more.

Recent improvements to the CE Archives page make it easier to find recordings. Listed at the top of the page are links to the three most recent recordings. Members can also search by date, category, and library type, using the drop down menus near the top of the page. Click on the name of the presentation to view more information and access the recording. To view full content, log into the RAILS website with the email address and password you use for L2. If you need help with L2, see the RAILS L2 help section

Please note that the recording of presentations and webinars and posting of handouts is done with the permission of presenters. Some presenters place restrictions on recording and archiving their materials, such as requiring RAILS members to log into the RAILS website to view content. Others limit the time that their material is available to our members. 

The RAILS CE Archives page is updated regularly and announcements of new recordings are made in RAILS E-News.

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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