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(via RAILS)

During our strategic planning listening tours, you told us that you’d like ideas on how to gather meaningful testimonials showing how people benefit from using your library. You can start by encouraging patrons and others to share their positive experiences on your website.

RAILS has developed an easy way for all our members to do this by adding our “Tell Your Library Story” submission form link to the library website. Bonus: your library’s name will already be filled in! After patrons have started to post testimonials, you’ll be able to display them on your library’s website by retrieving them as a feed.

For HTML code, the method for inserting the feed content, and more specifics, visit the MyLibraryIs… blog article on this topic.

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(via RAILS)

Individuals and libraries should update their L2 profiles before the new L2 (Library Directory and Learning Calendar) is launched next year. This will also ensure that other members will be able to find the most up-to-date information about your library. Library directors and other library employees with elevated edit permissions in L2 can update most of the library’s info (address, phone number, etc.) for the library.

Individuals are also encouraged to create or update their own accounts to be able to register for continuing education events and so other members will be able to contact you for networking purposes. To create an account, go to Click the “Sign In” link at the top, then follow the prompts on the screen. Or if you already have an account, but need to update it, log into L2 with your email and password. Click on your name in the upper right corner.

For help making any of these changes, contact

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(via the Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

RAILS will offer two online roundtables to help libraries learn more about Census 2020. Come to share and learn tips, suggestions, and approaches from your colleagues!

These forums are held via Zoom and any library staff members from any Illinois library are invited to attend. The forum will feature a brief presentation by one or more presenters followed by a text discussion. Both forums will be archived for later viewing.

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Recording of July 18 RAILS Member Update Available

(via RAILS)

If you missed the July 18 member update, a recording is now available on the RAILS YouTube page. Topics discussed include the My Library Is… campaign and website, RAILS’ grant from the state library to redo L2, Explore More Illinois, Census 2020, and more.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Based on feedback from our member libraries of all sizes and types (academic, public, school, and special), RAILS has launched a campaign to help libraries prove their value to their different stakeholders. The latest addition to the campaign is the website.

Members told us they wanted a place to share effective ways they have found to tell their stories and to learn from others. A key feature of the site is the Sharing Showcase, where libraries can post stories, talking points, marketing plans, videos, press releases, social media posts, and more. Please share what you have done at your library to help prove your value. Check out the showcase to see what libraries have already shared!

The site also includes a Get Started section, with general resources and toolkits, library value calculators, information on networking opportunities, and specific information for each type of library. There is also a blog where RAILS and members will share helpful information and a training section that includes networking opportunities, webinars, and workshops.

Visit today and let us know what you think! (You can contact Mary Witt, RAILS Communications Director, with all feedback.) And be sure to check back often, as RAILS (and hopefully our members!) will be adding new content on a regular basis.

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(via RAILS)

As previously announced, RAILS received a grant to replace L2 (, the statewide continuing education calendar and library directory. As part of this process, we are looking at current L2 features and functions to see how they might be improved.

We are asking interlibrary loan staff to complete a brief survey on L2’s Resource Sharing Policy Directory. Please take a minute to give us your feedback, and feel free to share the survey with other interlibrary loan staff at your library. Please complete the survey by Friday, July 12. Thanks in advance for your input!

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Reminder: Registration Open for July 18 RAILS Member Update

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The next RAILS member update will be Thursday, July 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Attend at one of several videoconference locations or via one-way streaming video (RAILS Live). The session will also be recorded for viewing at a later date on the RAILS YouTube page. View the agenda here.

You’ll hear the latest news about:

*    RAILS’ campaign to help members prove their value to different stakeholders, including a website for all libraries to share helpful information, upcoming continuing education opportunities, available grants, and what’s coming next
*   RAILS’ grant from the Illinois State Library to recreate the L2 member database and CE event calendar
*   Statewide efforts to revise system membership standards
*   Efforts to help the unserved in Illinois
*   Explore More Illinois, our new cultural attractions pass program
*   New opportunity through RAILS to access resources for local authors, classrooms, book clubs, and communities at no cost to participating libraries
*   How libraries can collaborate to get out the count for Census 2020 activities. Illinois stands to lose at least one U.S. House seat and about $120 million a year if our census count drops just 1%. Learn how to connect with the Complete Count Commission in your area, apply for funding, and address the challenges of hard-to-count populations.
*   Evanston Public Library’s collaborative efforts to create a community dementia resource center
*   Toni Preckwinkle offering storytimes for Cook County libraries

Come prepared to share the latest from your library as well. To see more information and register, go here.

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RAILS Announces Board Election Results

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Thanks to all who voted in the May 2019 RAILS Board Election. A special welcome to our colleague Sarah McHone-Chase of Northern Illinois University! I look forward to working with all the board members as the academic library representative on the board. Please contact me if you have ideas or suggestions for RAILS.


Successful candidates are:

At-Large Seats

·        Scott Pointon, White Oak Library District

·        Selina GomezBeloz, Waukegan Public Library

·        Sarah McHone-Chase, Northern Illinois University

(Note: Originally, two at-large seats were available. RAILS Board member Liza Campbell resigned her at-large seat effective June 1, 2019. The RAILS Nominating Committee voted to have Sarah McHone-Chase fill the remainder of Liza’s term, since Sarah was the third highest vote getter in this category.)

Public Library Trustee Seats

·        Dianne Hollister, Bloomington Public Library

·        Susan Busenbark, Kewanee Public Library

Special Library Seat

·        Halle Cox, Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center

New board members will be seated in July. Thanks to all candidates who ran in the election. We appreciate your interest in RAILS!

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ACRL has just released the Spring issue of its Chapter Topics Newsletter, which is published twice annually and features activities and projects by ACRL state and regional chapters. The issue includes two articles on last fall’s RAILS/IACRL networking events. One piece, written by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Mackenzie Salisbury, covers the November 6 event at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus, while the other article, which Dan Bostrom of RAILS contributed, discusses the November 12 gathering at Prairie State College. To read both articles and view the accompanying photos and slides, please go here. The Illinois chapter is one of only four, nationally, to have articles appear in this issue.

Thank you very much to Mackenzie Salisbury and Dan Bostrom for their work in putting together the submissions.

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Reminder: RAILS CE Grants Available (Application Deadline May 31)

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

RAILS CE Event Grants are available to member libraries of all types, networking groups, and consortia for events made available to all RAILS libraries and of interest to a wide range of library staff. The deadline for the next grant award period is May 31. See more information and grant conditions. If you have questions about this grant offering, contact Joe Filapek, RAILS Director of Consulting and Continuing Education, 630.734.5132.

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