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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

Registration is open for the L2 webinar “Academic Library Marketing: Reaching Your Audience in a Post-COVID Era”. It will take place on Thursday, September 29, at 1:00 PM CDT. Please see below for more information, including the link to registration.

Beginning with how COVID-19 has (and hasn’t) changed the nature of library marketing, in this workshop attendees will learn how to organize their marketing efforts to identify meaningful goals that address the whole student. Participants will engage in reflexive activities to help them consider their offerings and related strategic priorities.

The speakers will demonstrate how to turn these offerings and priorities into marketing goals, and how to turn the goals into impactful actions. They will include real-world examples from academic libraries’ marketing triumphs and setbacks. Participants will leave with the inspiration to set their own meaningful marketing goals for the academic year.

Agenda 

• Where are we? “Post-Covid” considerations
• Getting it together: Gathering resources and defining your areas
• Marketing for the mind and from the heart
• Assessing your efforts

Desired Outcomes

​​​​​​• Attendees will be able to define their areas to create marketing goals
• Attendees will be able to identify strategies to market to the whole student
• Attendees will be able to examine the impact of Covid on their marketing efforts

To register, please go here. Registering requires having an L2 account. Create one here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

We are currently conducting an online study to help define the menu structure for the RAILS website, which is being redesigned. We are especially interested in getting more feedback from people working at academic libraries.

The activity should take 15-20 minutes to complete, and it involves placing items from a list into groups and giving each group a label. To participate, go here.

Please direct any questions to Brian Smith, RAILS Applications and Web Developer, at brian.smith@railslibraries.info. Thank you for helping us make our website more useful to members.

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(via RAILS)

Registration is open for the L2 webinar “Emergency Preparedness: The Basics”. It will take place on Thursday, August 25, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM CDT.

Learn how to protect staff, users, collections, and facilities in the event of emergencies ranging from minor crises to community-wide disasters. Prepare for and limit various types of damage through risk assessment, disaster planning, recovery procedures, and more!

To register please go here. Registration requires having an L2 account. Create one here.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University)

Calling all solo librarians!

RAILS is re-launching the Chicago Area Solo Librarians (CASL) Networking Group. The first meeting will take place virtually on Friday, June 24, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT.

The purpose of this group is to connect solo librarians from around the RAILS region by encouraging support, ideas, peer-to-peer learning, advocacy, and networking. This group is open to anyone who identifies as a solo professional library worker. No other credentials are needed.

Please register here. Direct any questions to Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, at dan.bostrom@railslibraries.info.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Professional Development, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

Registration is now open for an upcoming webinar about advocacy for specialized libraries. On Tuesday, June 14, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT, RAILS is hosting “Articulating Your Value: Making the Case for Information Services”. The presenter is Mary Ellen Bates, principal of Bates Information Services.

Mary Ellen is a frequent speaker for the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and has presented many times on calculating ROI for your library. I think that this event will appeal to a very wide range of libraries including academic library workers and those in higher education settings. If you’ve ever thought about how to sharpen your case for the value of the library, this is a must-attend event!

For more information, and to register, please go here. Registering requires having an L2 account. To sign up for one, please go here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

RAILS is recruiting new members for the My Library Is… Advisory Team. These individuals will help create awareness and engage all levels of library staff. All types of library workers are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • help develop ways to publicize the MLI campaign and website resources
  • write at least one blog post per quarter (four blog posts per year)
  • help work on projects to assist library marketers and library advocates
  • participate in the RAILS Marketing e-mail list and help drive engagement in MLI resources via e-mail

Requirements

  • must be employed at a RAILS member library (check here to confirm whether or not your library is a RAILS member)
  • must be willing to attend four Zoom meetings per year
  • experience in performing library advocacy or outreach preferred, but not required

This is a one-year appointment. Please fill out the My Library Is… Advisory Team interest form by Friday, March 4, to apply.

For more information, please contact Dan Bostrom, Member Engagement Manager, at dan.bostrom@railslibraries.info.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

Due to a resignation from the RAILS Board, we have an opening for an at-large seat for a term ending on June 30, 2024. Any individual representing a RAILS academic, public, school, or specialized library is eligible to self-nominate for this seat by Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 5:00 PM CDT.

RAILS is committed to modeling best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion, as reflected in our new strategic plan. For this reason, we are especially looking for candidates that reflect the diversity of the RAILS membership in terms of race, ethnicity, age, geographic location, staff position, and other factors. An MLIS/MLS is not required.

The successful candidate will be asked to actively participate in 11 board meetings per year, either in person at a RAILS location or via Zoom (depending on current pandemic restrictions). See the RAILS Board Member Job Description for more information on duties and requirements.

If you would like to work with a committed team of colleagues to help shape the future of a member-driven, vibrant library system, please complete this form by February 23. The RAILS Board will choose candidates to interview and make a selection.

Questions? Contact Mary Witt, RAILS Marketing & Communications Director, at mary.witt@railslibraries.info​.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The My Library Is … advisory group is looking for blog posts related to academic libraries. The blog, accessible here, is managed by RAILS, but you don’t have to be at a RAILS member library to participate. The post can be about a program or service, your library’s marketing or communications, or other things–take a look at the posts to see what’s there.

Submissions should be 200-500 words. It’s a great way to recognize something your library is doing! Academic libraries have a lot of interesting and innovative things to share.

Please contact Gwen Gregory, My Library Is … advisory group member, at ggregory@niu.edu for more details.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Scholarly Publishing | No Comments »

Reminder: RAILS Seeking Member Feedback on E-News Content

(via Dan Bostrom, RAILS)

The RAILS E-News is our main mode of communication with our members. It’s packed with information for all types and sizes of libraries, and for multiple levels of staff. We publish it weekly with news from RAILS, our member libraries, other library institutions, and the greater library world. We want to ensure that it remains a useful and valuable source of information for all our readers.

To access the survey, please go here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

Do you work at an academic library? Do you wonder what RAILS can do for you? We can answer that!

December and January are great times to schedule a 30-minute Zoom call. Learn more about RAILS programs and services of specific interest to you and your library type, and how you can best utilize them. Schedule a Zoom meeting with Debbie Baaske, RAILS Acting Member Engagement Manager, by following the instructions here.

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