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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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(via the Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Do you have a great idea for a continuing education event but don’t know where to get the funding to make your idea a reality? Are you willing to offer the event to other RAILS member libraries? A RAILS Continuing Education Event Grant<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=731f372c01&e=6883f1b9eb> may be your answer!

A big part of RAILS’ mission is to offer continuing education (CE) to the staff at our member libraries of all types (academic, public, school, and special). To help us provide additional CE opportunities, RAILS provides grants to individual RAILS libraries, RAILS networking groups, and RAILS consortia to offer CE events that are made available to all RAILS member libraries and are of interest to a wide range of library staff. The deadline for the next grant award period is November 30. See more information<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=1d61ae3abe&e=6883f1b9eb> and grant conditions.<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=f34aa4a6e7&e=6883f1b9eb>

In FY2018, RAILS awarded grants for 10 events and 1,206 RAILS members attended these events. Examples of award-winning grant projects include:

*   Librarians Working Together networking group staff development day, featuring sessions on safety and difficult patrons, collection development, programming, and technology
*   RSA Day, featuring keynote speaker, Miguel Figueroa from ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries, and other breakout sessions
*   Library UX Chicago workshop on effective storytelling with data
*   LACONI program: Strengthening the Virtuous Circle: Why Diversity and Cultural Competence are Important to Library Service

If you are from a RAILS library, networking group, or consortia and have an idea for a CE event that you can make available to other RAILS library staff, apply for a grant today! If you have questions about this grant offering, contact Joe Filapek<mailto:joseph.filapek@railslibraries.info>, RAILS Director of Consulting and Continuing Education, 630.734.5132.

Apply for a RAILS Partnership Grant by November 16
RAILS is offering grants to encourage RAILS members to pursue partnerships featuring creative solutions that address community needs and further RAILS goals and strategic initiatives. RAILS member libraries of all types (academic, public, school, and special) can apply for up to $5,000 for programs and services that involve a collaboration with other libraries, businesses, nonprofits, and/or government agencies.

Applications are due on Friday, November 16. For more information and conditions, please see the RAILS Partnership Grant<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=5821de13ac&e=6883f1b9eb> web page.

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(via the Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

RAILS is offering grants to encourage RAILS members to pursue partnerships featuring creative solutions that address community needs and further RAILS goals and strategic initiatives. RAILS member libraries of all types (academic, public, school, and special) can apply for up to $5,000 for programs and services that involve a collaboration with other libraries, businesses, nonprofits, and/or government agencies.

Applications are due on Friday, November 16. For more information and conditions, please see the RAILS Partnership Grant<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=5821de13ac&e=6883f1b9eb> web page.

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(via Dan Bostrom, Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Connect with academic library colleagues in your area! On Monday, November 12, from 9:30 AM to noon, RAILS and IACRL will host a networking event at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

This event is open to all academic librarians and will feature more information on RAILS and IACRL programs and services, as well as a structured discussion and a tour of the Prairie State College library. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

To register, please use L2:

https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=27828

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(via Dan Bostrom, Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Connect with academic library colleagues in your area! On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 9:30-noon, RAILS and IACRL will host a networking event at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

This event is open to all academic librarians and will feature more information on RAILS and IACRL (Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries) programs and services, as well as a structured discussion and a tour of the Northwestern University Library. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

To register, please use L2:

https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=27576

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

Connect with academic library colleagues in your area! On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 9:30-noon, RAILS and IACRL will host a networking event at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

This event is open to all academic librarians and will feature more information on RAILS and IACRL programs and services, as well as a structured discussion and a tour of the Northwestern University Library. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

More opportunities for academic library networking will be announced soon.

To register, please use L2:

https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=27576

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

Connect with academic library colleagues in your area! On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 9:30-noon, RAILS and IACRL will host a networking event at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

This event is open to all academic librarians and will feature more information on RAILS and IACRL programs and services, as well as a structured discussion and a tour of the Northwestern University Library. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

More opportunities for academic library networking will be announced soon.

To register, please use L2:

https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=27576

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