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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

You may have seen the My Library Is… blog from RAILS. The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) developed the My Library Is… campaign to help member libraries tell your stories and prove your library’s value to stakeholders, including current and potential library users, funders, governing boards, parent institutions/companies, colleagues, elected officials, and more. On this website, you’ll find tools and resources created or curated by RAILS and others, for all sizes and types–academic, public, school, special–of libraries. You can also share your library’s (and see other libraries’) best practices, ideas, tools, templates, media, and experiences in the Sharing Showcase area.

I am looking for academic librarians to contribute to the blog! Do you have a marketing, PR, or communications story to share? Have you implemented a new service or collection? E-mail me at ggregory@niu.edu and tell me about it.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

RAILS has a new tool for libraries to stay connected to the My Library Is… campaign. As part of the campaign, you can subscribe to receive a regular newsletter with links to blog posts, templates, and resources. Anyone who is interested in telling the story of the library and proving the library’s value to stakeholders is encouraged to subscribe. This e-mail arrives on the first Monday of every month.

The first edition of this newsletter is now live. Inside, you’ll find links to recent blog posts about:

  • library partnerships
  • what is means to be a library marketer
  • creating a podcast to tell the library story
  • the value of library marketing plans

And much more! Thank you to the members of the My Library Is… Advisory Team who helped work on this project. We’re excited to see campaign continue to grow!

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University, on behalf of RAILS)

For those living or working in the RAILS service area:

RAILS invites nominations for the following positions on our Board: three public library trustees (to be filled by board members at RAILS public libraries) and two at-large representatives (to be filled by individuals representing any type of RAILS library–academic, public, school, or special).

We are looking for candidates who reflect the diversity of the RAILS membership in terms of race, ethnicity, age, geographic location, staff position, and other factors Go here for more information.

Terms for all positions begin on July 1, 2021, and end on June 30, 2024.

View the RAILS Board Member Job Description, then complete this nomination form. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 PM on Friday, March 26. Questions? Contact Mary Witt, RAILS Marketing and Communications Director, at mary.witt@railslibraries.info.

If you want to see the RAILS Board in action, you can attend the RAILS Board Meeting on Friday, March 26

The RAILS Board meets on Friday, March 26, at 1:00 PM, via Zoom. See the agenda and supporting documents here when they become available. Please submit public comments in advance to Emily Fister, at emily.fister@railslibraries.info, to be read aloud at the meeting.

Per the Open Meetings Act, anyone is able to attend the meeting via Zoom. However, we ask that non-participants watch the meeting via RAILS live stream (http://live.railslibraries.info/). The meeting will also be recorded for future viewing on the RAILS YouTube page.

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(via RAILS)

Please continue to update the COVID-19 survey. Yes! Really! This means YOU! We know how busy everyone is. With the Governor and Illinois Department of Public Health evaluating and changing their recommendations and restrictions often, we are asking you please to update your library’s information on the survey on the RAILS Pulse Page every time you make changes to the services you offer.

RAILS is getting many questions about what services other libraries are currently providing. We are also hearing indirectly of changes that libraries are making. Please help us and your library colleagues to stay on top of the changes by filling out or updating the survey as needed.

The survey, a results dashboard, and a map allowing you to compare your services to those offered by neighboring libraries can all be found on the COVID-19 Pulse Page. Only the most up-to-date information will display in the results.

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

The RAILS Board is forming an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee and we are looking for staff from our member libraries to participate, along with a few members of our board and a few RAILS staff serving as ex-officio members.

The Committee charge is the following.

  • to develop a shared understanding of the nature of systemic racism and bias in libraries and library-related organizations and how to combat it
  • to advise the RAILS Board and staff about appropriate equity and accountability goals to which RAILS and libraries should aspire
  • to recommend ways to assess progress toward achieving those goals

The Committee will also help to: identify barriers in libraries and the library field and solutions to eliminate them; develop ideas and programs to increase awareness about systemic racism and bias among member libraries, staff and boards; and facilitate systemwide discussion about EDI.

We are looking for volunteers from all sizes and types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special), as well as staff from all different organizational levels. We would also like the Committee to reflect the diversity of the RAILS membership in terms of race, ethnicity, age, geographic location, background, and other factors. A keen interest and passion for EDI are a must!

If interested, please e-mail Deirdre Brennan, RAILS Executive Director, at dee.brennan@railslibraries.info. Include a brief paragraph on why you think you would be a good addition to this Committee. The deadline to express interest is Friday, October 16.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University, on behalf of Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

Are you interested in library advocacy and outreach? Want to help RAILS libraries tell their story and make the case for increased support/funding? Apply to be a My Library Is.. Advisory Group member!

RAILS is seeking seven volunteers to help publicize the campaign and make people more aware of resources on the My Library Is… website. Volunteers will be asked to help create new resources and write regular blog posts. To apply, please fill out this interest form by Friday, September 18. 

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University, on behalf of RAILS)

Join RAILS on Thursday, September 24, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, for a discussion using data in libraries. How is your library using data? What are you collecting? How do you analyze your data? Libraries will have a chance to share their own methods. This event will also include a short presentation by Grant Halter, Data Analysis, RAILS.

To register, please go here. RAILS Online Roundtables are hour-long forums hosted on a specific topic. These forums are held via Zoom and any library staff from any Illinois library is invited.

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

Has your library done 3D printing of face shields for the healthcare field in the past six months? We’d like to know a little bit about your experiences.

We’ve set up a short survey for Illinois libraries, available here. We hope to use this survey to write an ILA Reporter article about the experiences libraries have had in these efforts and what libraries should know if efforts like this are required in the future.

Any type of library that has done 3D printing of items for the healthcare field is encouraged to take this survey by Friday, September 25, 2020. Thank you for your time.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Surveys | No Comments »

(via RAILS)

RAILS is very interested in hearing about all of our member libraries’ activities related to EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) so we can share this information with other libraries via our new EDI Pulse Page on the RAILS website. We’re interested in anything and everything you’re doing. It doesn’t have to be a big multiple-year initiative (although, that’s fine too). It can be a program you ran, a workshop you held, a meeting with community leaders, a booklist you created, or something else. We are looking for all things big and small to help give your peers ideas and jumping-off points for their own EDI activities.

You can add your EDI activities through this form in the Library Examples section of the RAILS’ EDI Pulse Page. Please share. Here are a couple of examples already on the page.

We would also love to hear your suggestions for making the page even more helpful and informative for our members. Contact RAILS Communications (communications@railslibraries.info).

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Reminder: RAILS Seeking Contributors for My Library Is… Blog

(via RAILS)

In this recent blog post, Outreach Services Manager Tana Petrov from Fountaindale Public Library District highlights the library’s virtual outreach journey over the past few months. Tana writes, “In the midst of the pandemic, ‘virtual outreach’ gained a new meaning, became a core service, and a public priority.”

Read more on the My Library Is… website. Contribute to the My Library Is… blog and share your library’s efforts via the My Library Is… website or by contacting communications@railslibraries.info. We welcome contributions from all libraries and all staff and board members.

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