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. 

ESi - Video

16 December 2021

RAILS Member Engagement Manager Dan Bostrom talks with Cheryl A. Hansen, Research Librarian at the ESi Library about what ESi does and who they serve.

American Hospital Association - Video

16 December 2021

RAILS Member Engagement Manager, 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 to Spotlight Specialized Libraries

15 November 2021

Did you know that there are over 100 specialized libraries in RAILS? Each specialized library serves a unique audience with specialized resources. As part of the My Library Is... campaign, RAILS is looking to spotlight specialized libraries and how they make a difference in their organization. Through a series of video interviews called the Specialized Library Spotlight, RAILS will discuss how each library serves their audience and how they tell their story.

Help Us Help You Get More Support for Your Library

3 November 2021

Do you need help demonstrating the value of your library to different stakeholders? Want to know what to say to justify the need for continued/increased library funding or staffing? Would you like to attract new library users? Want advice on how to promote the library’s role in identifying fake news or why libraries are needed more than ever in the internet age?

Upcoming My Library Is... Online Roundtables

6 July 2021

Are you interested in graphic design for your library? Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newbie to the topic, there are two events coming up that can help you unlock new possibilities! Both of these events are open to any library staff from any Illinois library.

My Library Is Online Roundtable: Canva for Libraries
Tuesday, July 20
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Samantha Rusk, Business Manager, Vespasian Warner Public Library District

Are You Ready for the #FundLibraries Challenge?

15 June 2021

RAILS is inviting all Illinois libraries to participate in a new social media challenge. Show your support for libraries and library advocacy by building something inspiring and posting it on social media. By acting collectively, we can bring more attention to the need for proper library funding in Illinois and beyond! Here’s how to participate:

1. Build something using books!


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