What's New at RAILS

Spotlight on Specialized Libraries: Kane County Law Library and Self Help Legal Center

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Halle Cox, Director at the Kane County Law Library and Self Help Legal Center. Halle shares how the library serves the lawyers and judges, as well as the general public. She says approximately 85% of their users are the general public. They seek to create empowered and informed legal consumers.

RAILS Minute January 17, 2022

In this episode Deirdre Brennan shares a sneak peek on some of the topics that will be covered at the January 19 RAILS Member update. She talks about encouraging members to take the e-newsletter survey, the importance of the annual library certification and what to look forward to in 2022.

Specialized Library Spotlight: Forefront

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Sarah Rice, Research and Knowledge Services Manager at Forefront. Sarah discusses how the library serves the organization and its over 1100 nonprofit members. The library has a wealth of resources on various aspects of fundraising and donor prospecting.

Specialized Library Spotlight: American Hospital Association

Debbie Baaske talks with Brenda Stenger, the director of the American Hospital Association Resource Center. Brenda discusses how the resource center serves the organization and outside uses, and how demand has grown during the pandemic. She also shares some great ways that she's marketed the resource center.

RAILS Minute - September 21, 2021

In this episode: September 30 RAILS Member Update, RAILS strategic plan, our new specialized cataloging program, open school position on the RAILS Board, and RAILS activities at the October 2021 ILA conference.

Explore More Illinois Welcomes Its First Out-Of-State Attractions

Explore More Illinois, RAILS' cultural and recreation pass, is happy to welcome three Kenosha, Wisconsin attractions to its offerings. This will now allow Illinois public library cardholders to receive discounts on admissions, gift stores purchases, as they travel not only across Illinois but across the Midwest.

The Civil War Museum focuses on the war from the perspective of the seven states of the upper middle-west. The Dinosaur Discovery Museum is the only museum to focus on the link between meat-eating dinosaurs and birds. Finally, the Kenosha Public Museum is a natural sciences and fine and decorative arts museum. Exhibit programming includes mammoths, world cultures, Native Americans, zoology, geology, fossils, and fine and decorative arts.