My Library is…Designed for Its Users

9 October 2023

During the 2022-23 school year, library staff were informed that both of the D219 high school libraries (Niles North and Niles West) would be undergoing significant overhauls. We knew that remodels were on the horizon as we hadn’t been updated in a very long time, but the timeline was earlier than anticipated. Tasked with this exciting prospect, we set out to transform our spaces into homes that would meet the current and future needs of the patrons we serve.

RAILS - Video

4 August 2022

Rockford has some of the most popular attractions in Explore More Illinois, RAILS’ online cultural and recreational pass program for Illinois libraries. Share the first of our Explore More Illinois travel videos with your patrons! The video highlights attractions like Anderson Japanese Gardens, Discovery Center Museum, Rockford Art Museum, and Volcano Falls Adventure Park. It’s perfect to share on your social media accounts or on digital signage. We plan on creating new travel videos regularly for you to share with your patrons.

Specialized Library Spotlight: Sterling Morton Library

14 July 2022

In a new Specialized Library Spotlight, RAILS Member Engagement Manager Dan Bostrom speaks with Rita Hassert, Library Collections Manager at the Sterling Morton Library at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. Rita discusses ACORN (Arboretum COllections & Resources Nexus), an online platform that provides access to the library's special collections. This platform is open to anyone and gives users the opportunity to search photos, videos, audio, letters, and more! To access ACORN, please visit:

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.


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