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The April 29 event at Methodist College has only four registrants so far. If you know of any academic librarians in the Peoria area who might be interested in attending, please share this announcement with them.

(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

In April, RAILS and IACRL will host two more networking events for academic librarians. These events are open to any staff from any Illinois academic library. MLIS and LTA students with an interest in academic libraries are encouraged to register as well. For more information, please contact Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement, at 630-734-5152 or dan.bostrom@railslibraries.info.

 

RAILS/IACRL Networking Event

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, Illinois

Thursday, April 25

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Focus: Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in academic libraries

Registration: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28742

 

RAILS/IACRL Networking Event

Methodist College

Peoria, Illinois

Monday, April 29

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Focus: Telling your story in academic libraries

Registration: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28840

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(via RAILS)

The next RAILS member update will be Thursday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-noon. All staff members at all RAILS libraries are invited to join us at an available RAILS videoconference location or via one-way streaming video (RAILS Live). Here are five reasons why you’ll want to be there:

  • Diane Foote, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association, will join us for a discussion of the increase in the minimum wage in Illinois. We’ll talk about the facts of the situation and how RAILS and ILA can help members moving forward.
  • You’ll learn how you can make your different e-book collections available to your patrons in one place and at no cost, whether you are a standalone library or a consortia member.
  • You’ll get an update on Explore More Illinois, our new online cultural attractions pass program that debuted on April 1, and learn how your library can get involved.
  • You’ll hear more about how RAILS is planning to help libraries of all types and sizes to prove their value to their various stakeholders. This was a top concern we heard from members during our strategic plan revision process last year.
  • Members from different types of RAILS libraries will share news about collaborative projects that you can replicate with your community of users, including partnerships to supply “book bundles” for young elementary school readers to enjoy, to help children learn social and emotional learning skills, and to help children ages 5-12 learn coding and programming skills.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to share the latest news from their libraries. View complete agenda. Register today!

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Libraries in the RAILS service area: you can attend at a videoconference site or live stream to your desktop.

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April 11 RAILS Member Update Features Something for Everyone
All staff members at all RAILS libraries are invited to join us for the next RAILS Member Update on Thursday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-noon. Attend at an available RAILS videoconference location or via one-way streaming video (RAILS Live). Agenda items include:

  • A discussion of the increase in the minimum wage in Illinois and options for libraries moving forward. Diane Foote, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association, will join us for this discussion.
  • An update on system membership standards and how it will benefit all RAILS libraries to complete our data collection form.
  • How libraries can get involved with SimplyE, an open source e-reader app that makes it possible for patrons to access all of a library’s different e-book collections in one place. Matt Hammermeister from the Pinnacle Library Cooperative will also talk about Pinnacle’s participation as a beta-tester in the SimplyE for Consortia project.
  • Latest news about our campaign to help all RAILS libraries to tell their stories and promote their value to their different stakeholders.
  • An update on Explore More Illinois, our new online cultural attractions pass program that debuts April 1. No joke!

You will also hear about these RAILS multitype collaborative grant projects:

  • Eureka Public Library District and Congerville-Goodfield-Eureka CUSD 140 “Book Bundles” project
  • Lisle Public Library and Naperville School District 203 “Families Together: Reading Enrichment for Social/Emotional Learning” project
  • Harper Community College and Prospect Heights Public Library District collaboration to provide 21st-century technology to students and patrons, ages 5-12

Attendees will also have the opportunity to share the latest news from their libraries. Register today!

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

In April, RAILS and IACRL will host two more networking events for academic librarians. These events are open to any staff from any Illinois academic library. MLIS and LTA students with an interest in academic libraries are encouraged to register as well. For more information, please contact Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement, at 630-734-5152 or dan.bostrom@railslibraries.info.

RAILS/IACRL Networking Event

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove, Illinois

Thursday, April 25

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Focus: Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in academic libraries

Registration: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28742

RAILS/IACRL Networking Event

Methodist College

Peoria, Illinois

Monday, April 29

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Focus: Telling your story in academic libraries

Registration: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28840

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(via Mary Witt, RAILS)

During our 2018 strategic plan revision process, RAILS’ academic library members told us that they needed help telling their story and proving the value of the academic library to administrators, faculty, students, and other stakeholders. RAILS is working on a year-long campaign to help meet this need.

As a first step, we would like more specific information on how we can best help you. Please take a few moments and complete this survey by Friday, March 8, at 5 p.m. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All staff at all RAILS academic libraries are welcome to take the survey. RAILS will use the results to plan activities for our campaign.

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

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(via Dr. Pamela Thomas, Illinois Heartland Library System)

Please take note of the upcoming training opportunities listed below. If you have any questions, or if there are particular topics that you would like to see future training sessions cover, please contact Dr. Pamela Thomas, Metadata Cataloger at Illinois Heartland Library System, at pthomas@illinoisheartland.org.

Registration for RDA Book Training is now open on L2: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28721

The Cataloging and Maintenance Center (CMC) is providing RDA Book Training for library staff in any Illinois library. This is a 6-week course using Moodle software and will run from Monday, March 4-Friday, April 12. This course covers the changes from AACR to RDA guidelines. FRBR, WEMI, identifying hybrid, AACR and RDA records, and series will be covered. Participants will take quizzes and copy catalog books. It is assumed that participants have basic cataloging knowledge and experience.

This is an asynchronous course, so you will not need to log in at a specific time, but you are expected to complete assignments and quizzes by the end of each week.

Registered participants will be e-mailed a login and password before March 1.

Registration for RDA Video and Audio Recording Training is now open on L2: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28722

The Cataloging and Maintenance Center (CMC) is providing RDA Video and Audio Recording Training for library staff in any Illinois library. This is a 6-week course using Moodle software, and will run from Monday, April 22-Friday May 31. This course covers the changes from AACR to RDA guidelines. MARC record elements, including fixed field elements, will be covered. Participants will copy catalog DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks, and find matching records in OCLC. It is assumed that participants have basic cataloging knowledge and experience. It is assumed that participants have basic cataloging knowledge and experience.

This is an asynchronous course, so you will not need to log in at a specific time, but you are expected to complete assignments and quizzes by the end of each week.

Registered participants will be e-mailed a log in and password before April 19.

It is strongly encouraged that participants take the RDA Book course before the RDA Video and Audio Recording course.

SHARE participants will receive 15 hours of cataloging continuing education credit for each course. At the completion of the course, a certification of completion will be awarded.

The RDA Book and RDA for Video and Audio Recordings courses will be offered every three months and consistently throughout the calendar year. The book course will be offered first, then followed by the video course.

If you have any questions or concerns, then please ask!

 

Online with the CMC 2019 Schedule

A one-hour chat session with staff from the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC). Each session will begin with a short presentation on a general cataloging topic. The session will then be opened for questions on the presentation as well as on any cataloging topic. Interactive discussion, after the presentation, is encouraged!

The presentations will not focus on any ILS, or on local practices of any library or consortia.

Register in L2 for these webinars.

April 18, 2019: 34x and the 538 MARC fields
This month’s topic: 34x and the 538 MARC fields: Physical description information for an item requiring technical equipment for its use (34x fields) can be used in conjunction with the 538 field, which is a note about the technical information for the item. Register at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28608

May 16, 2019: Basis of Genre: Genre Headings
This month’s topic: Basis of Genre: Genre Headings: A term indicating the form, genre, and/or physical characteristics of the materials being described. Genre terms for textual materials designate specific kinds of materials distinguished by the style or technique of their intellectual content. Register at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28609

August 15, 2019: Cataloging Local Authors
This month’s topic: Cataloging Local Authors: Determining whether an author is local or not requires research. An author is local if he or she was born, educated, worked, or resided in Illinois. Register at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28610

September 19, 2019: Series
This month’s topic: Series: A series statement for a series title, statement of responsibility, will be discussed. How to format the 490 and the 8xx fields will be covered. Register at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28612

October 17, 2019: Subject Analysis
This month’s topic: Subject Analysis: Subject analysis can be complicated. Subject headings or topics that match the item being cataloged need to be determined. The 20% rule, which recommends assigning headings only for topics that comprise at least 20% of the work, is still applicable. Register at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28613

November 21, 2019: Cataloging Kits
This month’s topic: Cataloging Kits: Multiple items cataloged as one unit, kits, can be challenging. MARC fields and RDA guidelines for kits will be discussed. Register at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28614

December 19, 2019: Cataloging Foreign Language Materials
This month’s topic: Cataloging Foreign Language Materials: Cataloging materials in a foreign language can be challenging. Tips, tricks, and resources for cataloging foreign language materials will be shared. Register at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28615

January 16, 2020: Cataloging Rare Books
This month’s topic: Cataloging Rare Books: Printed materials in special collections require additional details of description in order to identify significant characteristics (bibliographical format, typeface, etc.), which help identify a resource (editions, impressions, or issues), and provide a more exact description of the resource. Register at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28616

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RAILS and IACRL co-sponsored two networking events last fall, one at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus and the other at Prairie State College. Due to the positive feedback from attendees at those events, we would like to hold several similar gatherings in the spring. We are looking for academic libraries in Illinois that would be willing to serve as host sites. Based on the format RAILS and IACRL used in the fall (we may make some adjustments, however, based on the feedback we received), the events would likely last for two-to-three hours. In addition to networking, attendees would have the opportunity to learn more about RAILS and IACRL activities and opportunities for involvement. There would also be a structured discussion on topics of interest to Illinois academic librarians and, depending on time, a chance to tour the host library. The events would be free of cost to librarians from both RAILS and non-RAILS libraries.

If your institution would be interested in serving as a host site, or if you have any questions on what the format or content of the event would require, please e-mail Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, at dan.bostrom@railslibraries.info.

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Registration Open for January 17 RAILS Member Update

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

All RAILS members are invited to attend this update, either at a videoconference location or via streaming. One of the featured reports is on the College of DuPage Library’s use of OERs.
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All RAILS Member Library Staff Encouraged to Attend January 17 Member Update
The Thursday, January 17 RAILS Member Update will be held from 10 a.m.-noon, at a variety of RAILS videoconference locations and via one-way live streaming (RAILS Live). See more information/register<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=8dde38e9ca&e=be063b278e>.

You’ll hear the latest RAILS news about revised system membership standards<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=f9c333ab0d&e=be063b278e>, RAILS staffing, Find More Illinois<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=ca3876652a&e=be063b278e>, plans to help all types of libraries tell their stories more effectively, RAILS e-resources, and Explore More Illinois<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=1922aadec6&e=be063b278e>, our upcoming museum/cultural pass program.

Learn how your library can prepare for the 2020 census to help maximize participation throughout Illinois. Joe Natale, the Illinois State Library’s representative with the Complete Count Commission, will join this part of the discussion. Federal funding for Illinois (including library funding) and our number of congressional seats depend on an accurate census count.

You will also hear reports on Highland Middle School’s award-winning “Highland Reads” program, the College of DuPage Library’s Use of OER (open educational resources) with students and how other libraries can use OER, Evanston Public Library’s Pop-up Library project, and Princeton Public Library’s Sensory Kits to help patrons with special needs. Attendees will be invited to share their library news as well. Read the full agenda<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=c54d1aabf6&e=be063b278e>. Register today!<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=203a8a2f62&e=be063b278e>

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Dan Bostrom, Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Librarians interested in helping create a networking group for for-profit and small academic libraries are invited to join a kickoff call on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:00-1:00 p.m. This event will take place via GoToMeeting.

Currently, no group exists in Illinois for this type of library and library staff. Ideally, the new group would offer an email list, maintain an online presence and host in-person meetings to discuss best practices. If you’re interested in this type of group, pitch in and help us get started!

Registration is now available via L2: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=28298

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Nincy George, Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

These services from the CMC (Cataloging Maintenance Center) are available to all libraries in Illinois.

My name is Nincy George and I am RAILS’s new Cataloging Services Coordinator. I am here to develop cataloging training and services and to help connect our members with existing training and services. Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions or need anything related to cataloging.

Online with the CMC

Did you know that CMC provides and develops training courses that can be accessed via electronic methods, including Zoom and Moodle?

Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) is funded by a grant from the Illinois State Library and their service is available to all Illinois Libraries.

Online with the CMC is a one-hour session with staff from the Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC). Each session will begin with a short presentation on a general cataloging topic. The session will then be opened for questions on the presentation as well as on any cataloging topic. The presentations will not focus on any ILS, or on local practices of any library or consortia.
This month’s topic: The Fix Is In: MARC Fixed Fields. Thursday, January 17, 2019 – 10:00
You can register here<https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=26991>
Thank you,
Nincy George

Nincy George
Cataloging Services Coordinator
Reaching Across Illinois Library System
Burr Ridge Office
Phone: 630.734.5128
Fax: 630.734.5050
nincy.george@railslibraries.info
https://www.railslibraries.info

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