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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).

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

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.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Scholarly Publishing | No Comments »

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

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) just launched a new library Pulse Page on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). The Page is available at the top of our homepage. Our goal is to share the most current information about RAILS EDI initiatives and service offerings, as well as general resources that may be helpful as our members plan their own EDI initiatives.

The Library Examples section of the Page includes a survey form that libraries can complete to share information on their EDI activities. I hope you will all share what you are doing by completing this form. Members will be able to view the survey results on the Pulse Page, also.

If you are aware of any general EDI resources that would be helpful to RAILS libraries, please pass those along as well so we can post them on the Pulse Page. Direct any questions to Mary Witt (Director, Marketing & Communications) at mary.witt@railslibraries.info.

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(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

As the result of a recent resignation from the RAILS Board, we are looking for an academic library staff member from a RAILS library to fill the remainder of a term that ends June 30, 2023.

The successful candidate will be asked to actively participate in 11 board meetings per year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, board members have the option of participating in meetings via Zoom. They can also participate in person at our Burr Ridge service center or via videoconference at our Coal Valley or East Peoria service centers, provided that they meet social distancing and other safety requirements.

We are looking for someone to help keep RAILS up to date on issues affecting academic libraries and to make sure other academic library members are aware of all the programs/services RAILS has to offer. The RAILS Board Member Job Description provides more information on duties and requirements. RAILS also seeks candidates that reflect the diversity of the RAILS membership in terms of race, ethnicity, age, geographic location, background, and other factors.

If you work at a RAILS academic library and are interested in filling this important position, please complete the nomination form on our website by Monday, August 10. The RAILS Board Executive Committee will interview candidates and make a selection. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Witt, RAILS Marketing & Communications Director, at mary.witt@railslibraries.info.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

IACRL, in partnership with IHLS and RAILS, will host a Fall Semester Town Hall on Zoom from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Wednesday, July 29.

The event will feature the following presenters (more information on the topics each one will discuss is available here.

  • Carolyn Ciesla (Prairie State College)
  • Sarah McHone-Chase (Northern Illinois University)
  • Kathleen Rhoades (Chicago State University)
  • Marie Waltz (Center for Research Libraries)
  • Tish Hayes (Moraine Valley Community College)
  • Firouzeh Rismiller (DePaul University)

The presenters will discuss what their libraries are doing in regards to reopening their physical spaces and what librarians are doing to navigate instruction under new circumstances. Additional information is available on the ILA website. Registration is required to participate.

Posted in Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS), Library Organizations, Professional Development, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

IACRL, in partnership with IHLS and RAILS, will host a Fall Semester Town Hall on Zoom from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Wednesday, July 29. The event will feature speakers who will discuss what their libraries are doing in regards to reopening their physical spaces and what librarians are doing to navigate instruction under new circumstances.

Additional information is available here. Registration is required to participate.

Posted in Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS), Library Organizations, Professional Development, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »