RAILS Website Articles

  • Illinois Secretary of State Releases RFP for Statewide E-Resource Package

    The Illinois Secretary of State has released a request for proposal for the e-resource package that will be available without charge to all Illinois communities. The RFP is available for viewing on the Illinois State Library E-Resource Program Pulse page from the RAILS website. The RAILS...

  • RAILS Welcomes Two New Members

    Please join RAILS in welcoming two new member libraries: Newark CCSD 66 is a public school district located in Newark, Illinois. The district has two schools, an elementary school serving K-4 and a junior high school serving 5-8. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, the district has...

  • RAILS Burr Ridge Office Re-Opens February 19

    Starting Monday, February 19, the RAILS Burr Ridge Service Center is re-open to outside groups. The facility was closed due to a project to replace all network cables. The majority of work has been completed and meeting space areas are now open. The closure did not impact phone or email...

  • Reminder: Free EDI Course Available for All RAILS Members

    As a reminder to all library types, RAILS is offering an exciting resource to help address equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in libraries. The Social Justice in Public Libraries program from Freedom Lifted is relevant and applicable to all types of member libraries. This asynchronous course is...

  • Reminder: Sign up for the RAILS Member Update on 2/14

    We invite all levels of staff from any type of RAILS library to join the virtual RAILS Member Update on Wednesday, February 14, at 1 p.m. Attached is a full agenda for this event. Topics include libraries serving new Americans/asylum seekers and the launch of the SLATE Project dashboard tool. There...

  • Explore More Illinois Welcomes Whim Chicago @ Stage 773

    Explore More Illinois, RAILS’ online cultural and recreational pass program for Illinois libraries, welcomes its newest attraction, Whim Chicago @ Stage 773 in Chicago! Welcome to WHIM CHICAGO, where IMMERSIVE ART, UNIQUE COCKTAILS, and CAPTIVATING PERFORMANCE create unforgettable moments of...

  • ILA Public Policy Committee Survey

    The ILA Public Policy Committee wants to know more about your use of newspapers, specifically when it comes to required legal postings. This short 10-question survey will help ILA understand your costs, publication frequency, service area, and more. If applicable, please fill out a separate survey...

  • ILA Seeks Witness Slips for SB 2787

    The Illinois Library Association (ILA) asks library workers to contribute witness slips for SB 2787 . This bill would amend the Illinois Local Library Act and the Public Library District Act of 1991 to require competitive bidding for contracts in excess of $35,000 (rather than $25,000) for specified...

  • RAILS, CARLI, and IHLS Publish Open Letter Regarding Digital Equity Plan

    With the Digital Equity Plan comment period ending today, RAILS, along with CARLI and IHLS, has submitted public comments representing the statewide library perspective to the Illinois Office of Broadband. This open letter outlines several recommendations for further strengthening the draft Digital...

  • RAILS Releases Memo on Public Act 103-0343 Compliance for Libraries

    RAILS announced the release of a new memo which provides guidance for libraries on reporting requirements for newly hired independent contractors (please see the attached document). This is in connection to Public Act 103-0343 which was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on July 28, 2023 and went...

  • RAILS Minute - January 23, 2024

    In the first episode of 2024, Monica and Dan formally announce the new RAILS Director of Consulting and CE, the SLATE dashboard launch, and all the deadlines members should know about to ensure proper certification and delivery. Relevant Links: RAILS Member Update 2024 Certification Tutorial...

  • Wanted: Reviewers for the 2024 My Library Is... Grant Program

    RAILS is recruiting reviewers for the 2024 My Library Is... Grant for Libraries. A position description document for volunteers is attached. Each volunteer will be assigned to review and score between 10-15 applications. Volunteers will have 5-6 weeks to review applications. Please note that being a...

  • RAILS Requests Libraries Review Their System Delivery Contact List

    All libraries receiving direct van delivery are required to complete a quarterly delivery count. To ensure that the count is performed and the data is entered on time, we ask all library directors to review the list of library staff designated as a System Delivery Contact to receive notices and...

  • RAILS Burr Ridge Office Temporarily Closed for Outside Groups

    Starting Tuesday, January 30, 2024 RAILS will be working on a project to replace all network cables in the Burr Ridge Service Center. This project is expected to take 2-3 weeks to complete. The timeline is as follows: Start date: Tuesday, January 30 End date: Tuesday, February 20 (tentative, could...