Executive Director, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)
Deirdre has worked in special, academic, and public libraries throughout her 35-year career. As Executive Director of RAILS, she oversees a multitype regional system with 1,263 libraries in northern Illinois. RAILS provides resource sharing support and continuing education services to members and develop and implement innovative projects that enhance library services. RAILS also advocates for libraries through our MyLibraryIs program. Deirdre has also been a public library director, most recently in Oak Park Illinois. She was the Chief of Public Services at the Boston Public Library and worked in special and academic libraries in Massachusetts. Resource sharing is the main goal of the library system. Deirdre was given the Hugh Atkinson Award in 2016 by the Illinois Library System in recognition of her work. Deirdre has been active in state and national associations including serving as President of the Massachusetts Library Association.
Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)
Burr Ridge Office
125 Tower Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Term end date: 31 October 2024