Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White presents a ceremonial check to RAILS at the recent ILA conference. Pictured with Secretary White are: Dee Brennan (left), RAILS Executive Director; and RAILS Board President Kathy Parker (right). Photo courtesy of ILA and Dennis Pryber.
RAILS has built a strong reserve in our 50+ months of operation and we are looking at ways to expand and enhance our programs and services to better meet member needs. We have undertaken a strategic planning process to help with these efforts. As part of this process, nine in-person focus groups were held throughout the RAILS area, as well as three separate webinars for academic, school, and special libraries.
RAILS is now conducting a member-wide survey to help prioritize the feedback gleaned from these sessions and to give all members an opportunity to provide input. Library directors may take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HN8ZWJD. This survey focuses primarily on potential future RAILS services. Core resource sharing services such as delivery, LLSAPs (shared online catalogs), and talking book services are a very important part of our ongoing mission and are not included in the survey.
We are looking for one response per RAILS library and would like each RAILS library director to fill out the survey. You may preview a PDF version of the survey in advance if you would like to consult with other staff at your library prior to completing the survey. Please submit the online version of the survey when you’re ready. The deadline for library directors to complete the survey is Friday, November 8, 2013.
Thank you in advance for your feedback. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Witt, RAILS Communications Director at mary [dot] witt [at] railslibraries [dot] info.
RAILS is holding an online auction to sell surplus items from our former Shorewood location. The auction is now open through Sunday, October 13, at 11:59 p.m. Visit the online auction site at: www.32auctions.com/railsbolingbrook.
The Illinois Library Association Awards Committee selected Karen Odean, retired Director of the Voices of Vision Talking Book Center, as the 2013 winner of the Alexander J. Skrzypek Award. Odean will be honored at an awards ceremony at the October ILA Annual Conference. Pictured: Karen Odean (left) with RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan. In June, Odean was presented with a plaque from the Illinois State Library and Secretary of State's office on her retirement from a long career devoted to library service for persons with visual impairments.