Collaborative Projects

Projects that we and/or our member libraries are actively supporting, to make resources available to Illinois libraries and library users.

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Soon To Be Famous Author Project

The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is being coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association and RAILS and is supported by the American Library Association Digital Content Working Group, the Public Library Association , and Illinois Heartland Library System.

Digital Public Library of America: Illinois Digital Heritage Hub

The DPLA's Illinois hub represents a collaboration between the Illinois State Library, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Chicago Public Library, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It includes digital collections from many RAILS member libraries.

Targeting Autism

A project of the Illinois State Library to help all types of libraries support their patrons and family members who are impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Also see ISL's Spectra Kits program (also funded by and IMLS grant), which circulates social robotic technologies and mobile apps that support interaction with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) patrons.


ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover) is a continuing education library immersion program of the Illinois State Library, supported by grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program combines technology skills building with leadership training, to increase exposure of services, engage library constituents, and provide opportunities for collaborating on innovative projects.

A number of ILEAD USA teams have created resources that are available to RAILS libraries.

Shareable Library

Share library program ideas, expertise, and equipment.

Libraries Count

Tools to help academic librarians collect and analyze data on library use and student success.

Library ProKits

Video recording kits available for libraries to borrow, tutorials and tips for creating videos.

Robot Test Kitchen

Product reviews and program ideas for robotics and other technology activities.

Sharing Useful Professional Electronic Resources (S.U.P.E.R.)

E-binders of resources about Common Core curriculum standards.

Traveling Tablet Tour

iPad sets available for libraries to borrow, app reviews.