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Sparks Podcast Episode 11: Larisa Good and Michelle Simmons

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Larisa Good, Director of Warren County Public Library District in Monmouth, Illinois, and Michelle Simmons, library trustee and RAILS Board member, about innovative things that small (and all) libraries can do to engage their communities. Relevant...
Deirdre Brennan, Larisa Good, Michelle Simmons
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IMLS Funding: Continued Advocacy Efforts Required

House Appropriations Subcommittee Votes to Recommend Level Funding for FY2018 July 17, 2017 Since President Trump announced that he wanted to eliminate IMLS and federal funding for libraries in May, all of us have been communicating with our members of Congress about the value of libraries. Last...
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Sparks Podcast Episode 4: Every Student Succeeds Act

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan (left) talks with Sylvia Norton (center), Executive Director of the American Association of School Librarians, and Megan Cusick (right), Grassroots Specialist at the Office for Library Advocacy, about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Topics include the...
From left: Dee Brennan, Sylvia Norton, Megan Cusick