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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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Voting Open for RAILS Board Election

(via Debbie Baaske, RAILS)

Voting is now open for the RAILS Board election. There are six seats open on the Board. Eleven candidates are running for two at-large seats, seven candidates are running for three public library trustee seats, and one candidate is running for one special library seat. The election will be open through Friday, May 13, 2016, at 5:00 PM.

RAILS strongly encourages all member libraries to vote in this election! Only one ballot is permitted from each RAILS library agency. Usually, the library director casts the ballot. To view the candidate profiles and for a link to the ballot, go here.

For more information, contact Debbie Baaske, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, at debbie.baaske@railslibraries.info.

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Latest Issue of RAILS News for Academic Libraries Available

(via Debbie Baaske, RAILS)

RAILS has just released the second issue of RAILS News for Academic Libraries. Highlights include the following.

  • RAILS plans for ILDS delivery service
  • upcoming RAILS Board election
  • RAILS now hosting IACRL listserv
  • update on system membership standards
  • continuing education and networking opportunities for academic libraries

View all issues and subscribe here. Please feel free to share this information with the staff at your library. All academic library staff members are welcome to subscribe. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mary Witt, RAILS Communications Director, at mary.witt@railslibraries.info.

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RAILS to Hold Networking Event for Academic Libraries on Feb. 10

(via Debbie Baaske, RAILS)

We’re trying something new, and we would love it if you would join us!

Join me at a virtual networking event for academic library staff on Wednesday, February 10, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. I will share the latest RAILS news and answer your questions. The balance of the meeting will be devoted to sharing the latest news about your library, sharing other library-related news, and networking with colleagues.

The meeting will be held via GoToMeeting, and the link will be sent out to registrants a few days before the event. We are limited to 25 participants, and we are about 1/2-full, so don’t delay in registering. To register, go here.

Also,  a few of my RAILS colleagues might make a guest appearance to talk about what they are working on and answer questions.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you there.

 

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