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.
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.
Share library program ideas, expertise, and equipment.
Tools to help academic librarians collect and analyze data on library use and student success.
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.