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(via Sue Franzen, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect)

The Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries, the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and the Illinois Heartland Library System are planning a Fall Semester Town Hall on Wednesday, July 29, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you are interested in sharing what your library is doing in regards to reopening your physical spaces or what your librarians are doing to navigate instruction under new circumstances, we invite you to be a panelist!

We are looking to put together two panels.

  • a panel discussing reopening plans and considerations (10:00-11:00 AM)
  • a panel discussing library instruction plans and considerations (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Each section will last one hour with 30 minutes dedicated to panelist presentation and 30 minutes for audience questions and discussion. We are hoping to have 3-5 panelists for each section with a roughly 5-10 minute presentation depending on number of panelists.

If you would like to be a panelist, please fill out this brief questionnaire letting us know your interests by Monday, July 13. Contact Dan Matthews, at matthewsd29@morainevalley.edu, with any questions or concerns.

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

(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

As RAILS planned our My Library Is… campaign, we heard from member libraries of all types that they needed talking points to use when speaking about the library to users and potential users, funders and decision-makers, legislators, and more. With help from our members, we created new talking points in an infographic format that is easy to read, share, or leave behind after meetings.

These talking points are available in four PDF different versions to watch the four types of libraries RAILS serves.

  • academic
  • public
  • school
  • special

Learn more, and download related documents, here.

Posted in Library Organizations, Professional Development, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) | No Comments »

(via IACRL)

This Friday, May 15, join your academic libraries from around Illinois for “Spark: Connect and Get Fired Up!”. The free online event, which the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries (IACRL) are sponsoring, will take place from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This academic library professional development event is open to any staff from any Illinois library.

More information on the event, including the link to registration, is available here.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

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

Next week, join your academic libraries from around Illinois for “Spark: Connect and Get Fired Up!”. This free online event, which the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries (IACRL) are sponsoring, will take place on Friday, May 15, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This academic library professional development event is open to any staff from any Illinois library.

More information on the event, including the link to registration, is available here. There will be eight lightning talks and an opportunity to participate in group discussion with presenters. To see the full schedule, please check the event page.

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

(via RAILS)

RAILS would like to send out a survey to determine the special cataloging needs of our members. This will help us identify how to focus on special cataloging projects. Please consider encouraging your members to fill out our cataloging services survey. Feel free to share this information in your newsletter or listserves. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

RAILS is interested in learning more about the special cataloging needs of our member libraries. Your answers will help us determine how to focus on special cataloging services or projects, and to improve additional cataloging services that may be of assistance to your library’s operations. Please submit only one response for your library. It is preferred that a Technical Services Manager/Supervisor or the Library Director complete the survey. Please complete the survey by Tuesday, June 2.

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(via RAILS)

Libraries are providing a wide variety of needed virtual services during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though library buildings are closed. To assist RAILS with its effort to identify all of the essential services that libraries are providing during this time, please complete this survey. To see examples of possible service categories, one may view this PDF. Current results of the survey are available here.

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Reminder: RAILS Board Elections Open Through Friday, May 8

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

If you are at a RAILS member library, please vote, or encourage your library director to vote.

RAILS libraries of all types (academic, public, school, and special) are urged to vote in the RAILS Board election by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 8. You can review brief summaries for each candidate before completing the 2020 RAILS Board ballot.

Each RAILS member library may cast one ballot on behalf of the library agency. For school districts and other agencies with multiple library locations, the vote is cast on behalf of the agency as a whole, not a vote from each location. Each library designates one person who will vote; generally, it is either the library director or the board president. Your library may vote on all seats, regardless of your library type.

A map showing the library locations of the current RAILS Board and all 2020 candidates is available here. RAILS seeks a board that reflects the diversity of our membership in terms of race, ethnicity, age, geographic location, background, and other factors. Because the RAILS Board helps shape the future of the system, your vote is very important. Please vote today!

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

(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL President)

Please take this opportunity to help RAILS and ILA/IACRL collect virtual programming going on at this time. All Illinois libraries are encouraged to complete the form for all their virtual programs, you do not have to be a RAILS member.

RAILS is currently surveying and compiling a list of the virtual programs and services that your libraries are offering to serve your communities while your library buildings are closed. So many libraries of all types are finding creative and innovative ways to serve their communities, and we want to compile efforts so we can all learn from each other.

Please encourage your teams to log their efforts at our survey here. Please enter one service or program per form and submit as many forms as you’d like. Searchable results are available here.

Thanks again for your willingness to share your extraordinary efforts with others!

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

(via RAILS)

All RAILS members are invited to join us for a RAILS Member Update on Thursday, April 16, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The update will be held via Zoom. Register here and you will be emailed a link to join the Zoom meeting. View agenda.

We will discuss a variety of topics related to COVID-19 and libraries, including:

  • Libraries as essential services
  • Furloughs
  • Safe handling of library materials
  • Reports on current virtual services libraries are offering now or planning, including virtual summer reading programs
  • Reopening plans

We’d like to emphasize that we are asking libraries to share their reopening plans with us. Although we’ll discuss reopenings at the member update, we also ask members to continue to share your plans after that time. Please e-mail your plans to Stacy Palmisano.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Co-sponsored by IACRL and RAILS, Spark: Connect and Get Fired Up!, has been converted to an online event via Zoom. We hope this professional development opportunity will be the first of many to Spark our enthusiasm to share and connect with each other as academic librarians in Illinois. Librarians from all libraries in Illinois are welcome and encouraged to attend! This is a free event. A recorded version will be available following the conclusion of the live event.

Submit a Spark Proposal

The committee is now seeking proposals that feature the theme Connect and Get Fired Up! What gets you motivated and ignites your enthusiasm? What special projects are you working on? Speakers will share their experience with participants in 15-minute lightening rounds. After a set of lightening rounds, speakers will lead round table discussions with participants to network and discuss each lightening round topic. Participants will be able to share their own experiences and ideas with one another.

To submit a proposal, go here. The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 17.

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