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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University)

Calling all solo librarians!

RAILS is re-launching the Chicago Area Solo Librarians (CASL) Networking Group. The first meeting will take place virtually on Friday, June 24, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT.

The purpose of this group is to connect solo librarians from around the RAILS region by encouraging support, ideas, peer-to-peer learning, advocacy, and networking. This group is open to anyone who identifies as a solo professional library worker. No other credentials are needed.

Please register here. Direct any questions to Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, at dan.bostrom@railslibraries.info.

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

(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

Registration is now open for an upcoming webinar about advocacy for specialized libraries. On Tuesday, June 14, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT, RAILS is hosting “Articulating Your Value: Making the Case for Information Services”. The presenter is Mary Ellen Bates, principal of Bates Information Services.

Mary Ellen is a frequent speaker for the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and has presented many times on calculating ROI for your library. I think that this event will appeal to a very wide range of libraries including academic library workers and those in higher education settings. If you’ve ever thought about how to sharpen your case for the value of the library, this is a must-attend event!

For more information, and to register, please go here. Registering requires having an L2 account. To sign up for one, please go here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

RAILS is recruiting new members for the My Library Is… Advisory Team. These individuals will help create awareness and engage all levels of library staff. All types of library workers are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • help develop ways to publicize the MLI campaign and website resources
  • write at least one blog post per quarter (four blog posts per year)
  • help work on projects to assist library marketers and library advocates
  • participate in the RAILS Marketing e-mail list and help drive engagement in MLI resources via e-mail

Requirements

  • must be employed at a RAILS member library (check here to confirm whether or not your library is a RAILS member)
  • must be willing to attend four Zoom meetings per year
  • experience in performing library advocacy or outreach preferred, but not required

This is a one-year appointment. Please fill out the My Library Is… Advisory Team interest form by Friday, March 4, to apply.

For more information, please contact Dan Bostrom, Member Engagement Manager, at dan.bostrom@railslibraries.info.

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

(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

Due to a resignation from the RAILS Board, we have an opening for an at-large seat for a term ending on June 30, 2024. Any individual representing a RAILS academic, public, school, or specialized library is eligible to self-nominate for this seat by Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 5:00 PM CDT.

RAILS is committed to modeling best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion, as reflected in our new strategic plan. For this reason, we are especially looking for candidates that reflect the diversity of the RAILS membership in terms of race, ethnicity, age, geographic location, staff position, and other factors. An MLIS/MLS is not required.

The successful candidate will be asked to actively participate in 11 board meetings per year, either in person at a RAILS location or via Zoom (depending on current pandemic restrictions). See the RAILS Board Member Job Description for more information on duties and requirements.

If you would like to work with a committed team of colleagues to help shape the future of a member-driven, vibrant library system, please complete this form by February 23. The RAILS Board will choose candidates to interview and make a selection.

Questions? 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 Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The My Library Is … advisory group is looking for blog posts related to academic libraries. The blog, accessible here, is managed by RAILS, but you don’t have to be at a RAILS member library to participate. The post can be about a program or service, your library’s marketing or communications, or other things–take a look at the posts to see what’s there.

Submissions should be 200-500 words. It’s a great way to recognize something your library is doing! Academic libraries have a lot of interesting and innovative things to share.

Please contact Gwen Gregory, My Library Is … advisory group member, at ggregory@niu.edu for more details.

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

Reminder: RAILS Seeking Member Feedback on E-News Content

(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

The RAILS E-News is our main mode of communication with our members. It’s packed with information for all types and sizes of libraries, and for multiple levels of staff. We publish it weekly with news from RAILS, our member libraries, other library institutions, and the greater library world. We want to ensure that it remains a useful and valuable source of information for all our readers.

To access the survey, please go here.

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

(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

Do you work at an academic library? Do you wonder what RAILS can do for you? We can answer that!

December and January are great times to schedule a 30-minute Zoom call. Learn more about RAILS programs and services of specific interest to you and your library type, and how you can best utilize them. Schedule a Zoom meeting with Debbie Baaske, RAILS Acting Member Engagement Manager, by following the instructions here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

We invite RAILS members to participate in a series of three virtual equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) training events offered in December. These are part of the RAILS “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Elements” series. Facilitated by staff from the American Library Association’s Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, these sessions will help provide a foundational framework for EDI.

Webinar topics will focus on cultural competence, implicit bias, and microaggressions. Register for any of the three sessions at the L2 links below. Registration is limited to staff from RAILS member libraries and requires having an L2 account.

This training series is offered by Prairie Trails Public Library District and made possible through a RAILS EDI Training Grant.

  • “Cultural Competence” (Friday, December 3, 1:00-2:00 PM)–register here
  • “Implicit Bias” (Tuesday, December 7, 1:00-2:00 PM)–register here
  • “Identifying Microaggressions” (Thursday, December 9, 1:00-2:00 PM)–register here
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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University, on behalf of RAILS)

In our latest Sparks podcast, RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) staff members Anne Craig (Senior Director) and Michele Leigh (Senior Coordinator, Open Illinois) about CARLI’s $1.08 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Open Textbooks Pilot Program. The grant will fund a program that will provide access to open textbooks and personalized learning tools for entry-level courses in high-demand health care and human development career paths. Read more about this amazing three-year grant project here.

The podcast is available on the RAILS website here. Please note that there were some technical issues with Director Brennan’s microphone, but the other presenters sound fine.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

RAILS is developing a new strategic plan that will be based heavily on member feedback. Thanks to all who participated in our first round of town halls and provided input on potential strategic plan goals. There will be a second round in November, where we will invite more concrete ideas and ask members to share their expectations on the direction RAILS should take moving forward.

We invite all RAILS library staff at all levels and from all types of libraries to attend one of the town halls in the second round, whether or not you participated in the first round. Each town hall is two hours long and held via Zoom. See registration links below. Please note that participation in these events is limited to staff from RAILS member libraries.

We have received very little feedback so far from academic, school, and specialized libraries, and hope that staff from these libraries will be able to participate in the second round along with their public library colleagues. We are offering town halls at different times to accommodate a variety of schedules. It is very important that our new strategic plan addresses the needs of all types and sizes of RAILS libraries.

If you have any questions, please contact Monica Harris, at monica.harris@railslibraries.info. We hope to see you at one of the November town halls! (select one date from options below).

  • Monday, November 15, 1:00-3:00 PM–register here
  • Tuesday, November 16, 1:00-3:00 PM–register here
  • Tuesday, November 16, 4:00-6:00 PM–register here
  • Thursday, November 18, 9:30-11:30 AM–register here
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