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Sparks - the RAILS Podcast

Sparks is a monthly podcast that features interviews with RAILS members and other leaders in the library/related fields. We intend to spark conversation, comment, and debate about current trends and issues affecting all types of libraries. The Reaching Across Illinois Library System provides support services to about 1300 library institutions -- academic, public, school, and special -- in northern and western Illinois.
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Sparks is a monthly podcast that features interviews with RAILS members and other leaders in the library/related fields. We intend to spark conversation, comment, and debate about current trends and issues affecting all types of libraries. The Reaching Across Illinois Library System provides support services to about 1300 library institutions -- academic, public, school, and special -- in northern and western Illinois.

May 16, 2017

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan talks with Rebecca Teasdale, Senior Evaluation and Research Associate at the Garibay Group in Chicago, about how libraries can use evaluation to improve their programs/services and for organizational learning. 

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Intro/Outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com

Apr 10, 2017

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan talks with Margaret Peebles, Division Chief of Public Services at Gail Borden Public Library District, about the crucial role libraries can play in helping patrons deal with  "fake news," including how to evaluate what's "real" online.  

Relevant Links

http://gailborden.info/fakenews

Intro/outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com

Mar 2, 2017

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan talks with Andrew Medlar, Assistant Chief, Technology, Content and Innovation at Chicago Public Library, about the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and DPLAfest, April 20-21, 2017, in Chicago.

Relevant Links

Intro/outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com/

Jan 24, 2017

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan talks with Ryan Livergood, Executive Director of Warren-Newport Public Library, about how libraries can get started with fundraising, different strategies and events libraries can try, identifying donors and building relationships, the importance of establishing policies, and much more.

Relevant Links

Warren-Newport Public Library District website
http://www.wnpl.info

Library Strategies
http://librarystrategiesconsulting.org

The Fundraising Librarian
http://www.fundraisinglibrarian.com

Intro/Outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com/

Nov 8, 2016

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan talks with Amita Lonial about how she got involved in the Libraries4BlackLives movement, the goals of the movement moving forward, and how libraries can get involved in efforts to foster racial equity and social justice.

Intro/outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com/

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Sep 29, 2016

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan talks with Sylvia Norton, Executive Director of the American Association of School Librarians, and Megan Cusick, Grassroots Specialist at the Office for Library Advocacy, about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Topics include the status of the legislation in Illinois and why it is critical for library staff from all types of libraries to work together to support school libraries.

Intro/outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com/

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Aug 17, 2016

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan talks with Miguel Figueroa, Director of the Center for the Future of Libraries (http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/future). They discuss why the American Library Association started the center, how libraries can use its work to prepare for the future, and how to identify important trends.

Intro/outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com/

Jul 19, 2016

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan talks with Cindy Fuerst, Director of the Vernon Area Public Library District about how her library eliminated overdue library fines. Cindy shares how this decision was made, the resulting benefits, and some interesting before and after statistics.

Intro/outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com/

Jun 14, 2016

David Seleb is the director of the Oak Park Public Library, in Oak Park, IL. The library recently hired a full-time social worker to improve the library's engagement with the community.

Intro/outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com/

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