Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 30: Quincy Public Library

Posted: February 11, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Executive Director Kathleen Helsabeck and Assistant Director & Marketing Coordinator Burgundy Hill from Quincy Public Library, about how they worked with library users to tackle budget cuts to the library. Using simple, low-cost methods to make their case with the city council, Quincy Public Library came out victorious. This is a wonderful story about the importance of advocating for your library.

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

Deirdre Brennan, Burgundy Hill, and Kathleen Helsabeck
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Sparks Podcast Episode 29: Lauren Rosenthal

Posted: November 10, 2020

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Library Director Lauren Rosenthal, from Fox River Valley Public Library District, about the importance of data in library advocacy and telling a compelling library story. Lauren gives great, specific examples about how she used data to achieve library goals.

They discuss the library's creation of a Transparency Dashboard and Long Overdue Project/Survey, as well as how the library secured COVID-19 relief funds through the effective use of data.

Data comes to life in this podcast. We hope you enjoy it!

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

Deirdre Brennan and Lauren Rosenthal
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Sparks Podcast Episode 28: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Posted: August 18, 2020

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Assistant Library Director Teri Campbell from Evanston Public Library, Preschool Outreach Librarian Emily Conradt from St. Charles Public Library District, and Community Engagement Manager Nancy Kim Phillips from Skokie Public Library about their libraries' EDI initiatives and activities.

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

Deirdre Brennan, Teri Campbell, Emily Conradt, and Nancy Kim Phillips.
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Sparks Podcast Episode 27: School Libraries

Posted: April 15, 2020

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Dawn Scuderi, Library Media Director at Lemont Township High SD #210, and Carolyn Kinsella, AISLE Interim Executive Secretary, about the important role that school libraries and school librarians play among all library types and in the life-long learning of an individual.

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

Deirdre Brennan, Dawn Scuderi, and Carolyn Kinsella
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Sparks Podcast Episode 26: Census 2020

Posted: February 5, 2020

In the latest episode of Sparks, RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Amy de la Fuente, RAILS Census 2020 Program Manager, about the significant role libraries will play in ensuring a complete census count throughout the state, and how RAILS and its subgrantees will use grant funds from the Illinois Department of Human Services for the 2020 Census.

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

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https://www.railslibraries.info/issues/170330

Deirdre Brennan and Amy de la Fuente.
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