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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Mary Witt, RAILS)

For IACRL members in the RAILS service area. You can attend this via videoconference at one of their sites or via live streaming (see below).

I hope you all can attend the RAILS Member Update on Tuesday, July 31, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. You can attend at one of several videoconference locations throughout the RAILS area or via one-way live streaming (RAILS Live).  See details/register.

You’ll hear the latest RAILS news about:

  • Updating our strategic plan to meet the needs of all types of RAILS libraries (academic, public, school, and special)
  • Membership standards for all types of RAILS libraries
  • Find More Illinois overlay project expansion plans and how your library might get involved
  • Expansion of RAILS multitype grants to include non-library partners
  • Expansion of RAILS continuing education grants to include individual libraries, networking groups, and consortia
  • Upcoming networking opportunities for academic and special libraries

You will also hear reports from RAILS members on their current projects and there will be an opportunity for you to share the latest information from your library as well. See agenda.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you on July 31!

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Louise Svehla, RAILS)

RAILS will offer a webinar called “Copyright and Standardized Rights Statements for Digital Collections” with Hannah Stitzlein, Illinois Digital Heritage Hub, on Tuesday, July 17, 1:30 to 3:00 pm. Learn how to make informed copyright decisions with available tools, and how to utilize standardized rights statements for clearer copyright and reuse descriptions.

The presenter gave permission to record this webinar. If you cannot attend the live session, please feel free to register in order to receive an email alert when the recording is ready to view. Log in to L2 for more information/registration: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=27092.

Please contact Louise Svehla, at louise.svehla@railslibraries.info, if you have questions.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

These grants are available to academic libraries! See below that Harper Community College is part of one of them.
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RAILS has awarded three multitype collaborative grants<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=9de5c40966&e=be063b278e>, which encourage member libraries of different types to work together on collaborative projects. Awardees are:

*    Eureka Public Library District and Congerville-Goodfield-Eureka CUSD 140 will work together to provide “Book Bundles” for public library patrons and elementary school classrooms to encourage young readers.
*   Lisle Library District and Ann Reid Early Childhood Center are teaming up on “Families Together: Reading Enrichment for Social/Emotional Learning.” This project is designed to build social and emotional learning for both children and adults in an English language learning (ELL) setting.
*   Prospect Heights Public Library District and Harper Community College will collaborate on a “Coding with Scratch” technology program designed to offer technology courses on coding and programming skills for children aged 5-12.

RAILS plans to expand our collaborative grants in FY2019 to include the possibility of working with additional partners in addition to libraries. Stay tuned for further details coming soon.

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Upcoming RAILS Networking Events and Member Meetups

Please excuse any cross-postings.

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Upcoming RAILS Networking/Member Meetups
Want to connect with other library professionals on issues related to the profession in a fun and informal setting? Join RAILS at one of several upcoming Member Meetups in your backyard:

RAILS Member Meetups are in-person, multitype library events for all levels of library professionals. Want to host a RAILS Member Meetup in the future? Please contact RAILS Member Engagement Manager, Dan Bostrom, 630.734.5152.

As a reminder, RAILS members are also invited to request a member visit. Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, will come to your library to chat with you (and your staff if desired) about what RAILS has to offer of specific interest to you. Simply fill out the Request a Site Visit form on our website.

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(via Gwen Greogry, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Louise Svehla, RAILS)

RAILS will offer a workshop on developing shareable metadata for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) with Hannah Stitzlein from the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub (IDHH) at the RAILS East Peoria service center on Tuesday, May 22, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Learn best practices for developing shareable metadata that will work well in DPLA and IDHH.

See L2 for more information/registration: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=26610.

Please contact me, at louise.svehla@railslibraries.info, if you have questions or need more information.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Academic libraries in the RAILS service area may want to take advantage of these:

RAILS Member Visits & Networking Events
Stay on top of all of the great opportunities and services available to your library through RAILS by scheduling a library visit. Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, will come to your library to chat with you (and your staff if desired) about what RAILS hasto offer of specific interest to you. Simply fill out theRequest a Site Visitform on our website.

Interested in hosting a RAILS networking event at your library to hear the latest RAILS news and to share ideas and best practices with other library staff in the area? Dan will also be scheduling networking meetings in different parts of the RAILS area to help engage libraries with RAILS and with each other. If you would like to host an event, contactDan Bostrom, 630.734.5152.

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(via Devin Savage, Illinois Institute of Technology)

Data Storytelling: Structures and Strategies

Combine classical storytelling techniques with data to communicate value to stakeholders.

Friday, May 4 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
University of Chicago Regenstein Library | Room 122 | 1100 E. 57th St., Chicago, IL 60637

To register, go here.

Description

Librarians often face similar challenges across institutions regarding data collection and reporting. Deciding what data to collect, best practices for reporting, and attempting to standardize data collection/report processes and procedures between departments can seem impossible. Commonly, librarians find themselves addressing the key issues of:

  • Who are our stakeholders and what do they want to know?
  • Do librarians and stakeholders speak the same language?
  • Do we all share an understanding of key success metrics, annual goals, and the long term vision for the library?

Library UX Chicago is delighted to invite you to attend this workshop exploring effective storytelling using data featuringDr. Kate McDowell. This lecture/workshop event is designed to introduce the fundamentals of how to think like a storyteller regarding library data. Registration for this event is required.

Outcomes

Attendees will learn:

  • Strategies for applying principles of storytelling to the workplace, and discovering ways these principles can be used to express the value of libraries to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Explore successful story structures for data; using sample or real library data to find stories that they could tell at their institutions.
  • Learn how to effectively craft and retell their stories.

About Our Speaker

Dr. Kate McDowell is an associate professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, where her courses include youth services librarianship, history of readers, and storytelling. Her areas of research focus include storytelling practices and applications in higher education, non-profits, business, and public service, and she has taught storytelling in a number of contexts for a decade.

A Special Thank You

Library UX Chicago acknowledges the generous support of theReaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) continuing education program in making this event possible.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

RAILS is revising their strategic plan<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=721a01bf88&e=be063b278e>. As a part of this process, Executive Director Deirdre Brennan will be touring the RAILS area to hear about our members’ challenges and needs. Please come prepared to discuss “what keeps you awake at night” in your professional life and to share feedback on the issues you currently face at your library.� There will be a special session targeted at academic libraries! You can attend in person (free lunch) or online: Please register using the link below.

Academic Libraries: In person at Burr Ridge, Thursday, April 5, 1-3 p.m.<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=d9e464d24e&e=be063b278e> Lunch served noon-1 p.m.

Members from all library types are invited to attend in person at the following locations. Please register using the links below. The Freeport session will also be available via videoconference at the Burr Ridge service center or via one-way streaming video (RAILS Live).

Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District, Wednesday, February 21, 1-<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=e9b0138266&e=be063b278e>3 p.m<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=2917b5e04d&e=be063b278e>
Indian Trails Public Library District, Thursday, February 22, 10 a.m.- noon<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=7397e00819&e=be063b278e>
Freeport Public Library, Thursday, March 1, 10 a.m.-noon<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=ba275feaed&e=be063b278e>, (also by videoconference at Burr Ridge, and streaming through RAILS Live<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=b86295ee97&e=be063b278e>)
Kewanee Public Library District, Friday, March 2, 10 a.m.-noon<https://railslibraries.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2c51285b8d63e23716bce030f&id=89a310769e&e=be063b278e>

Contact Mary Witt<mailto:mary.witt@railslibraries.info> with question

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

I know you have a lot of great ideas about what academic libraries need to succeed. As your representative on the RAILS Board, I hope you can share some of these with RAILS. They are revising their strategic plan. As a part of this process, Executive Director�Deirdre Brennan will be touring the RAILS area�to hear about our members’ challenges and needs.�There will be a special session targeted at academic libraries! You can attend in person (free lunch) or online: Please register using the link below.

Academic Libraries: In person at Burr Ridge, Thursday, April 5, 1-3 p.m.�Lunch served noon-1 p.m.

Please come prepared to discuss “what keeps you�awake at night” in your�professional life�and to share feedback on the issues you currently face�at your library.�Share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested; the session is open to all.

Contact Mary Witt with questions.

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RAILS Grants Available to Academic Libraries

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Some grants available to RAILS libraries are below.

Continuing Education (CE) Grant Opportunities Expanded
RAILS is pleased to announce that grant opportunities to fund continuing education events are now open to RAILS libraries, networking groups, and library consortia. To qualify, CE events must be made available to all RAILS member libraries and be of interest to a wide range of library staff. Review the grant conditions on the RAILS website and complete the online application. The deadline for the next award period is March 31. Contact Joe Filapek, RAILS Director of Consulting and Continuing Education, with questions.

Multitype Collaborative Grants
RAILS Multitype Collaborative Grants encourage our 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. See past recipients.

To learn more about the grants and to hear from grant awardees, attend the member update in person or on RAILS Live, April 11. The next application deadline is April 20. See application form/details.

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