Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 12: Keith Michael Fiels

Posted: October 3, 2017

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Keith Michael Fiels, recently retired Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA), about his 15 years of service at ALA, including accomplishments, favorite moments, challenges, and other stories from the road.

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

Deirdre Brennan and Keith Michael Fiels
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Sparks Podcast Episode 11: Larisa Good and Michelle Simmons

Posted: August 23, 2017

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.

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

Deirdre Brennan, Larisa Good, Michelle Simmons
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Sparks Podcast Episode 10: Liz Aviles

Posted: July 10, 2017

RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan talks with Liz Aviles, Vice President of Market Intelligence at Upshot, about the marketing agency's report on seven retail trends to watch in 2017 and how libraries can capitalize on these trends to better serve their customers.

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

Dee Brennan and Liz Aviles
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Sparks Podcast Episode 9: Rebecca Teasdale

Posted: 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

Dee Brennan and Rebecca Teasdale
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Sparks Podcast Episode 8: Margaret Peebles

Posted: April 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

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