Helping Illinois Libraries Tell Their Story
On this website, you'll find tools and resources created or curated by RAILS and others, for all sizes and types - academic, public, school, special - of libraries. You can also share your library's (and see other libraries') best practices, ideas, tools, templates, media, and experiences in the Sharing Showcase area.
We can accomplish so much by working together to increase visibility and support for all types of libraries.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
As part of the campaign, you can subscribe to receive a regular newsletter with links to blog posts, templates, and resources. Anyone who is interested in telling the story of the library and proving the library's value to stakeholders is encouraged to subscribe. This email arrives the first Monday of every month.
The My Library Is... logo is available for download as a JPG or PNG format.
My Library Is... Advisory Team
Thank you to the following members of the My Library Is... Advisory Team. These individuals help help publicize the campaign and make people more aware of resources on the My Library Is... website. Their blog posts appear regularly on the My Library Is... site.
Robert R. Jones Public Library
Inventive library and information management professional driven to find new creative solutions through the development, implementation, and improvement of innovative programs, resources, technology, and services in order to enhance learning while ensuring access of information to all.
Public Relations & Outreach Manager
Fox River Valley Public Library District
Kirstin has been guiding FRVPLD’s public relations efforts since 2009. Her love of libraries started at a very young age and her claim to fame was a spot on the 1977 St. John the Evangelist Elementary School Battle of the Books Championship Team. Kirstin’s professional work experience has spanned the corporate, nonprofit, and publishing industries. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at Augustana College.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Illinois Prairie District Public Library
Donna is the Marketing & Events Coordinator for Illinois Prairie District Public Library in Woodford County, IL, and the Circulation Manager for IPDPL's Roanoke branch. Her love of books, reading, and learning began at birth. She comes from a long line of educators, and her grandfather ran a publishing house that specialized in academic textbooks. Her husband and teen son keep her busy when she is not at work, and her spare time is devoted to reading and LEGO.
Assistant Director of Adult Services
Lisle Library District
Gail enjoys engaging with the wider library world through volunteer opportunities where she is able to work with other information professionals to get the word out about all that libraries offer to their communities.
Associate Dean for Collections Management
Northern Illinois University Libraries
Gwen Gregory is a librarian committed to helping all our libraries serve all our users. She has worked in academic, special, and public libraries in four states. She has been involved with RAILS since its founding.
Adult Services Associate
Warrenville Public Library
Nora is an aspiring librarian who provides active engagement and library outreach via creative programming and art. Her research interests include diversity issues, curation and the preservation of heritage collections, particularly Latin American arts and literature.
Library Media Specialist
Kaneland High School
Jessica is a high school librarian who believes that there is a library service for everyone. Beginning her work in libraries as a high schooler she has come full circle to work with them now. She is excited to show students and teachers what libraries can offer them by expanding beyond traditional services.
Shandi Greve Penrod
Illinois Heartland Library System
Shandi Greve Penrod has served as the marketing coordinator for Illinois Heartland Library System in Edwardsville since March 2019, where she Creates and maintains all marketing content for IHLS while giving support to the tasks of the communications and membership departments. She has worked for nonprofits in public relations and marketing for 15 years, including a public library, academic library, academic-special library, and other nonprofits. Shandi holds a B.S. Mass Communication-Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University, an M.A. Communications Management from Webster University, and a certification in digital marketing through the Digital Marketing Institute.
Vespasian Warner Public Library District
Samantha is the Business Manager for the Vespasian Warner Public Library District in Clinton. She is responsible for the library’s marketing, finances, facilities operations, and grant writing. Like many other library professionals, Samantha wears numerous hats in her position and understands the feeling of wishing for more time and resources. She hopes to share tools and tips that everyone can use to improve marketing efficiency and effectiveness. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys cooking, crafting, and watching way too much reality television.
Assistant Professor and Chair, Library and Instruction Services
Chicago State University
Charlene has a long career and has served in public, academic and special libraries. She is learning many new facets of the changing landscape of libraries in this COVID environment.
Technical Information Specialist
Laura is a librarian at Caterpillar, Inc. and works primarily with engineering, scientific and non-fiction literature. She also is active in Caterpillar STEM and STEM literacy outreach activities.