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All staff from all types of RAILS libraries are invited to join us for the March 16, 2020, RAILS Member Update, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This Emergency Member Update is regarding COVID-19 and libraries – what to do when. You can participate at a scheduled videoconference location or via Zoom (choose Zoom as your location when you register and you will receive an email with instructions for joining).

For more information, and to register, go here.

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All staff at all RAILS libraries are invited to attend our next member update on Thursday, April 9, from 10 AM to noon. You can attend at an available videoconference location or via Zoom. Register here. You’ll hear the latest news about:

You’ll also hear about these RAILS Partnership Grant projects:

  • Collaboration to create a more welcoming and equitable community in Skokie
  • Collaboration to guide Westchester youth in combining photography with naturalist-led hikes
  • Collaboration to digitize McHenry County newspapers and make them available to the general public free-of-charge
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Would you like to work with a committed team of colleagues representing all types of libraries to help shape the future of a member-driven, vibrant library system? RAILS invites nominations for the following positions on our board:

  • One academic library representative (to be filled by an individual employed by a RAILS academic library)
  • Three public library trustees (to be filled by board members at RAILS public libraries)
  • One school library representative (to be filled by an individual employed by a RAILS school library)
  • One at large representative (to be filled by an individual representing any type of RAILS library- academic, public, school, or special)

Terms for all positions begin on July 1, 2020. Terms for the academic library representative, public library trustees, and school library representative end on June 30, 2023. The term for the at-large representative ends on June 30, 2022.

The RAILS Board meets 11 times per year at sites throughout the RAILS service area (travel costs are reimbursed). Board members may attend meetings in person or at a RAILS videoconference location.

We are looking for candidates that reflect the diversity of the RAILS membership in terms of race, ethnicity, age, geographic location, background, and other factors. For more information on duties and responsibilities, view the RAILS Board Member Job Description. After you have read the job description, complete this nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 25, at 5:00 PM. Questions? Contact Mary Witt, RAILS Communications Director. at mary.witt@railslibraries.info.

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The RAILS My Library Is… Grant program provides an opportunity for libraries to focus on projects that help tell the library story and that increase visibility and support for all types of libraries.

Libraries, working alone or with partner organizations, can apply for up to $5,000. RAILS is especially interested in innovative programs that can be replicated by other libraries. Potential grant project areas may include (but are not limited to) paid advertising, partnering with other libraries/community organizations for promotion, video production, or working with a marketing consultant. Learn more and apply by Friday, April 24.

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(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, Western Illinois University)

This is from Dan Bostrom at RAILS, but the event is free and open to anyone, including non-RAILS members.

“Methods for Creating and Assessing Library Outreach Initiatives” Webinar, February 25

This webinar will describe methods for creating library outreach goals that make a measurable impact on your institution’s mission, as well as strategies and tools for library outreach assessment. This presentation will focus on academic library outreach, but the strategies can be applied to any library type and setting. Participants will leave with tools that will aid their own outreach planning. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 25, from noon to 1:30 PM. Register via L2.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

For staff at RAILS member libraries–

RAILS is inviting library staff from system members to take a brief survey. The topic is how you use social media in your work and in your relationship to RAILS. Any library staff from any member library is free to complete the survey.

Your answers will help us determine how to focus our social media messages and tailor content for specific platforms. We appreciate your time. If you have any questions about this survey, please email socialmedia@railslibraries.info.

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Recording of January 16 RAILS Member Update Available

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If you missed the January 16 member update, a recording is now available on the RAILS YouTube page. Topics discussed include Census 2020, the My Library Is… campaign and website, RAILS’ efforts to help the unserved, an update on L2, Explore More Illinois, member news, and more.

The date for the next member update is Thursday, April 9. RAILS is in the process of scheduling videoconference locations for the April update now.

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RAILS needs you! Do you like sharing how awesome your library is? Do you need new ways to do that? Would you like to help RAILS help libraries to tell their own wonderful stories? We need you to learn more about the My Library Is… campaign and website so you can help your library and other libraries tell your stories more effectively!

Learn more about being a My Library Is… Champion, including what type of content can be shared on the My Library Is… website, how to post to the site, and how to promote the campaign to others. Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, January 7, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.

This webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and learn how to get the most from the site. Please register here. Look for this symbol throughout issues of the RAILS E-News for items supporting the My Library Is… campaign.

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The next RAILS Member Update is Thursday, January 16, from 10 a.m.-noon. All staff at all RAILS libraries are invited to attend at an available videoconference location or via Zoom. (Choose Zoom as your location when you register in L2, and you will receive an email with instructions for joining the update.)

You’ll learn more about:

  • RAILS’ efforts to help the unserved in Illinois and Joliet Public Library’s efforts to establish Little Free Libraries in unserved areas
  • Our proposal to offer statewide database access to all system members
  • An update on RAILS’ census activities and Waukegan Public Library’s census activities through a RAILS partnership grant
  • An update on our My Library Is… campaign, including details about a new video all libraries can use to show why libraries are still needed in the internet age
  • An update on our grant project to recreate L2 (librarylearning.info)
  • Information on new RAILS discounts and group purchase offers
  • An update on our Explore More Illinois cultural pass program

Attendees will have an opportunity to share the latest news from their libraries as well. Don’t miss out; register today.

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The RAILS My Library Is… Grant program provides an opportunity for libraries to focus on projects that help tell the library story and that increase visibility and support for all types of libraries.

Libraries, working alone or with partner organizations, can apply for up to $5,000. RAILS is especially interested in innovative programs that can be replicated by other libraries. Potential grant project areas may include (but are not limited to) paid advertising, partnering with other libraries/community organizations for promotion, video production, or working with a marketing consultant.

Learn more and apply by Friday, November 22.

 

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