Specialized Library Spotlight: Caterpillar Inc. Technical Information Center

4 April 2022
Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager speaks with Laura Turner, Librarian at the Technical Information Center at Caterpillar Inc. located outside of Peoria, IL.  Laura talks about this highly specialized engineering library that serves all worldwide employees of Caterpillar. They also act as the company’s repository of internal reports and technical documentation for the entire history of Caterpillar.

Specialized Library Spotlight: DuPage County Law Library

16 March 2022
Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager talks with Juanita Harrell, Law Library Manager at DuPage County Law Library. Juanita discusses how the library serves a wide audience including litigants, attorneys, judges, and the general public. This library has a unique mission to help everyone navigate the complex language and process of the law.

DuPage County Law Library - Video

16 March 2022

Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager talks with Juanita Harrell, Law Library Manager at DuPage County Law Library. Juanita discusses how the library serves a wide audience including litigants, attorneys, judges, and the general public. This library has a unique mission to help everyone navigate the complex language and process of the law.

Specialized Library Spotlight: MacArthur Foundation

28 February 2022
Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Elizabeth Quinlan, Foundation Librarian at the MacArthur Foundation. Liz shares how she supports the more than 170 staff of one of the largest grant making organizations in the United States. Liz, who considers herself an “Information Shepherd”, shares the importance of being adaptable and agile as a librarian to meet the changing needs of your organization.   

MacArthur Foundation - Video

28 February 2022

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Elizabeth Quinlan, Foundation Librarian at the MacArthur Foundation. Liz shares how she supports the more than 170 staff of one of the largest grant making organizations in the United States. Liz, who considers herself an “Information Shepherd”, shares the importance of being adaptable and agile as a librarian to meet the changing needs of your organization.   

Illinois Service Resource Center - Video

31 January 2022

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Meredith Payne, librarian at the Illinois Service Resource Center. The ISRC provides behavior support for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired in Illinois.  Meredith describes the library that consists of an expanding collection of over 1200 items, including books, videos, audio materials, test kits and games related to deafness, deaf culture, sign language, audiology, mental health, behavior management, parenting, and administration.

Specialized Library Spotlight: Illinois Service Resource Center

31 January 2022
Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Meredith Payne, librarian at the Illinois Service Resource Center. The ISRC provides behavior support for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or visually impaired in Illinois.  Meredith describes the library that consists of an expanding collection of over 1200 items, including books, videos, audio materials, test kits and games related to deafness, deaf culture, sign language, audiology, mental health, behavior management, parenting, and administration.

The My Library Is… Survey Results Are In!

25 January 2022

Thanks to all who filled out the recent My Library Is... survey!

In November 2021, RAILS conducted four separate surveys targeted at our four library types (academic, public, school, and specialized) to measure awareness of the My Library Is... campaign and to determine what changes to the website/campaign could help libraries more effectively demonstrate their value to different stakeholders, justify the need for continued or increased library funding, and more. 

Chicago Botanic Garden – Lenhardt Library - Video

24 January 2022

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Leora Siegel, Senior Director at the Lenhardt Library. Leora talks about all of the wonderful resources available to the public from the library during open hours and through ILL.  She also shares information on their digitization efforts of rare materials that are available through the website. 

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