RAILS Continuing Education Event Grant Application

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To support continuing education (CE) for member library staff throughout our service area, RAILS offers a limited number of grants to fund continuing education events.  This grant opportunity is open to RAILS libraries, networking groups, and library consortia.  To qualify, CE events must be made available to all RAILS member libraries and be of interest to a wide range of library staff.

Beginning July 2019, grants will be awarded to CE events that help support RAILS’ “My Library Is….” campaign. You can learn more about this campaign by visiting www.mylibraryis.org.

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To qualify, events must contain CE that will help member libraries tell their stories and prove the library's value to stakeholders, including current and potential library users, funders, governing boards, parent institutions/companies, colleagues, elected officials, and more.

Examples of qualifying CE topics include but are not limited to:

  • Marketing (including promotion, advertising, graphic design, exhibits/displays, etc.)
  • Public relations
  • Advocacy
  • Social media
  • Digital media
  • Evaluation of library programs/services

Those interested in applying should review the conditions described below to ensure eligibility. Priority will be given to applicants that have not received a grant in the past 12 months and to events that introduce new topics and presenters to RAILS members. 

The application deadline dates are:

  • Award Period 1: August 30, 2019
  • Award Period 2: October 31, 2019
  • Award Period 3: January 10, 2020
  • Award Period 4: March 27, 2020
  • Award Period 5: May 29, 2020

If you have questions about this grant offering, contact Joe Filapek, RAILS Director ofConsulting and Continuing Education, at 630.734.5132 or joseph.filapek@railslibraries.info.