RAILS 10-Year Anniversary (2011-2021)

RAILS was officially formed as a system on July 1, 2011. So much has happened in the intervening years!

As we complete our 10th year in service to our members, we will take the opportunity over the next year to reflect on what we have all accomplished together, and what we need to be focusing on in the future. We will be celebrating our accomplishments with some special events and launching our future with a new strategic plan. Of course, this plan will be a collaborative effort with you, our members, so that we can be proactive and responsive to your needs, and create our joint future together.

I have been the RAILS Executive Director since January of 2013. I have learned so much from all of you. While the diversity and breadth of our system is astounding, we all share the mission of providing the best possible library services to our particular communities or clientele, and I have been amazed at the creativity, determination, and resilience of our members in achieving this mission.

We have been through budget cuts, social and political upheaval, and a pandemic. I am confident we can survive and thrive no matter what the future holds in store. I look forward to continuing to work with you to serve Illinois residents in the days to come.


Deirdre Brennan
RAILS Executive Director