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(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS), in partner with the Illinois State Library Unserved Working Group, are gathering information about what services Illinois Community College Libraries offer for district residents (those who live within your community college’s taxing district who are not students or college staff). We would appreciate libraries’ help in completing the survey so we may begin to put together a statewide picture of resource sharing opportunities and compile information that can be shared with your public library colleagues.

It only takes a few minutes, and we thank you in advance for your time. The survey can be accessed here. Please respond by 4:00 PM on Monday, November 20. If you have any questions, please contact Veronda Pitchford, RAILS, Director, Membership Development and Resource Sharing, at veronda.pitchford@railslibraries.info, or Ellen Popit, IHLS, Membership and Grants Director, at epopit@illinoisheartland.org.

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RAILS Board Seat Available (Aug. 18 Nomination Deadline)

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System is looking for an employee or board member from a RAILS academic, public, school, or special library to fill a vacancy on the RAILS Board beginning in October 2017 and ending on June 30, 2019. Interested candidates should fill out the nomination form on the RAILS website by Friday, August 18. The RAILS Board Executive Committee will meet to review all nominations and will recommend a candidate to the full board for approval.

This is your opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of RAILS! The RAILS Board typically meets 11 times per year. Board members can attend meetings at one of several videoconference locations located throughout the RAILS area and travel costs are reimbursed. See more information about board member roles and responsibilities. Questions? Contact Mary Witt, RAILS Communications Director.

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RAILS Webinar on Library Privacy Tuesday, July 25 (1:00-2:30 PM)

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

RAILS is offering a webinar called “Navigating the Changing Landscape of Library Privacy” on Tuesday, July 25, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CST.  The presenters are Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, and Mike Robinson, Head of Systems at the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Learn about contemporary patron privacy issues facing libraries today, and the practical actions libraries can take to improve patron privacy protections.

Log in to L2 for more information and to register. Please contact Louise Svehla, at louise.svehla@railslibraries.info, with any questions.

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(via Debbie Baaske, RAILS)

RAILS is offering a free webinar called “Connecting Pedagogies: Service Learning and Information Literacy” on Wednesday, May 24, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CST.  This live webinar will outline how the pedagogy that underlies service learning also foregrounds the pedagogy of information literacy. Learn how to connect service learning and information literacy through the use of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  For more information, and to register, please log in to L2 here.

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Feedback Wanted on Potential RAILS Overlay Software

(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI, on behalf of Jane Plass, RAILS)

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) potential overlay project aims to provide library users with seamless access to the online catalogs of consortia and standalone libraries that choose to participate. RAILS is calling it an overlay to emphasize that it will supplement, not replace, existing online catalogs. Primary goals are seamless discovery and delivery for patrons and better interlibrary loan service, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for libraries.

The RAILS Overlay Software Search Working Group has reviewed the vendor responses to their request for proposals and has invited all three vendors to software demonstrations in May. All interested library staff are invited to attend the demos and to provide feedback that will help shape their software choice.

Demonstration Schedule

Thursday, May 18SHAREit from Auto-Graphics

Friday, May 19Relais D2D from OCLC

Monday, May 22Innovative Resource Sharing from Innovative Interfaces

Each full-day demo will begin at 9:30 AM with the in-person session at RAILS Burr Ridge. Remote viewing will be available through RAILS Live, and the sessions will be recorded for later viewing. The morning sessions will concentrate on overviews and basic functionality of the software, while the afternoon sessions will cover more specialized topics such as reporting and system administration. Attendees will be asked to complete a feedback form to provide input on whatever sessions they are able to attend.

Visit the links above for each demo for more information and to register. Those unable to attend the live session either in Burr Ridge or via RAILS Live should register for RAILS Live to receive a link to the recording when available.

After the Demos

The Overlay Software Search Working Group will review feedback from the demos and continue with its evaluation process. The group expects to make a software recommendation to the RAILS Consortia Committee at its meeting on July 17, after which the recommendation will go to the RAILS Board.

Following contract negotiations with the chosen vendor, RAILS will begin a pilot overlay project with up to 25 libraries. In 2016, CARLI (I-Share), PrairieCat, and Rock River Library Consortium agreed to participate in the overlay pilot project by having representatives serve on the RAILS Overlay Software Search Working Group. Participants in the pilot project will be selected from interested libraries in these consortia, with any CARLI libraries joining the pilot in a second phase. After a successful pilot, the project will be expanded so that any interested RAILS member library can participate.

To read this announcement online, visit the RAILS website.

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(via Debbie Baaske, Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

RAILS is offering a workshop on Developing Shareable Metadata for DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) on Wednesday, May 31, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Hannah Stitzlein from the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub (IDHH) will discuss best practices for creating quality metadata that functions well in DPLA.  Join the workshop in-person at the RAILS Burr Ridge service center or watch the online live stream via RAILS Live.

For more information, and to register, go here. Direct any questions to Louise Svehla, RAILS Consulting and Continuing Education Specialist, at louise.svehla@railslibraries.info.

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Election for RAILS Board Open (Vote by May 12)

(via Debbie Baaske, Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Please take a moment to vote in the RAILS Board election. Each RAILS library agency (main academic library building) can cast one ballot. Usually, the library director casts the ballot.

There is an academic library seat on the ballot and four candidates are running for this seat. In addition, three candidates are running for one school library seat and four candidates are running for four public library trustee seats. You can read about the candidates, see a map with their location, and vote all at the same link.

Since RAILS Board members act on important issues affecting the system and represent the interests of all members throughout our 27,000 square mile area, this is your opportunity to help shape the future of RAILS! The deadline for voting is Friday, May 12, at 5:00 PM.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

For libraries in the RAILS service area, we are offering a limited number of grants ($2,500 maximum per grant) to encourage member libraries of different types (academic, public, school, and special) to work together on collaborative projects. Each grant project must include at least two different types of libraries. The application deadline is Friday, April 28.  For more information, click here. Also, take a look at the projects that were funded in February.

This is a great opportunity for you to partner with a public, school, or special library in your area. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Baaske, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, at debbie.baaske@railslibraries.info.

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RAILS Hosting April 17 Session on FOLIO Library Services Platform

(via Debbie Baaske, RAILS)

Join Christopher Holly, Director of Software as a Service Innovation for EBSCO Information Services, as he explores what FOLIO, a new library services platform built for innovation, can mean for libraries. Participants will also hear an overview of the growing FOLIO community, its infrastructure, and ways to become involved. This event will be held in person at the RAILS Burr Ridge service center, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Monday, April 17. You may also watch online through RAILS Live. For more information, and to register, log in to L2 here.

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Multitype Collaborative Grants Available for RAILS Libraries

(via Debbie Baaske, RAILS)

We are offering a limited number of grants($2500 maximum per grant) to encourage member libraries of different types (academic, public, school, and special) to work together on collaborative projects. Each grant project must include at least two different types of libraries. The application deadline is January 31.  For more information, please go here.

This is a great opportunity for you to partner with a public, school, or special library in your area. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Baaske, at debbie.baaske@railslibraries.info.

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