RAILS Training Material

The material provided here was developed by members of Computer Class Instructors group of RAILS- Reaching Across Illinois Library Systems, and may be reused with attribution, under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike.

New technology trends may affect library services and programming. Here  are resources that members of RAILS use to stay abreast.

  • Ars Technica – Includes article on Net Neutrality, Gaming, and other topics of interest
  • KrebsOnSecurity – an independent journalist who does an excellent job reporting on infosec issues such as data breaches and security flaws in hardware and software. The other two also have great video game reviews and non-tech related articles that are not only good news information, but can also inspire other PR/Programming that may or may not affect technology.
  • Computers in Libraries Magazine offers a solid roundup of useful websites and social media tools that can translate into class ideas.
  • Library Journal  for library-related sources.
  • Wired magazine for trends and interesting tech new.
  • CNET and PC Magazine for reviews, ratings and information about products and software
  • Social Media Examiner is useful for gleaning important updates and tutorials on social media quickly.
  • Google News’s technology section

Topics for which course material is available are:


Building a PC

Cell Phone Photography


Chromebook (Crystal Lake Public Library)

Cutting the Cable




Linked In

Class from Niles-Maine District Library. MS-Word versions of design document and handouts upon request from pbdd.org)


Photoshop Elements

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Photoshop Essentials

From Indian Trails Library:

(docx files available upon request from pbdd.org)

Photoshop Restoration

From Indian Trails Library:

Podcasting: Introduction to Podcasting (from Cook Memorial Public Library)

Prezi: Prezi-Handout

Smart Assistants – Class Material from Indian Prairie PL


Windows 8

Windows 10- Intermediate (Gail Borden Public Library)

Following are PDF versions of the course material files. If you are interested in MS-Office versions, please contact pbdd.org

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