Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 39: Data Analysis

Posted: April 26, 2022

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with RAILS Data Analysis Manager Grant Halter about how he defines data, demonstrating the library's value through data, the difference between useful and interesting data, using your strategic plan to develop a survey and gather data, and much more!

Relevant link: https://www.railslibraries.info/issues/240560

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

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Deirdre Brennan and Grant Halter.
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Sparks Podcast Episode 38: More Strategic Planning

Posted: March 1, 2022

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with RAILS Associate Executive Director Monica Harris about our recent strategic planning process: choosing a consultant, virtual tools, member feedback, and much more. They also give advice on how libraries can create their own strategic plans.

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

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Monica Harris and Deirdre Brennan.
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Sparks Podcast Episode 37: Strategic Planning

Posted: January 18, 2022

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Stephanie Chase, Founding Principal of Constructive Disruption (https://www.constructivedisruption.info/), about the importance of strategic planning. Stephanie gives some good tips for what to do if you have little money or little time.

Check out Stephanie's new book Strategic Planning for Public Libraries, published by the Public Library Association! This book is now available to purchase as an e-book or as a print/e-book bundle from the ALA Store.

Intro/Outro music by Julie Jurgens (https://juliejurgens.bandcamp.com/)

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Deirdre Brennan and Stephanie Chase.
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Sparks Podcast Episode 36: CARLI Open Educational Resources

Posted: November 16, 2021

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In our latest Sparks podcast, RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) staff members Anne Craig (Senior Director) and Michele Leigh (Senior Coordinator, Open Illinois) about CARLI's $1.08 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Open Textbooks Pilot Program. The grant will fund a program that will provide access to open textbooks and personalized learning tools for entry-level courses in high-demand health care and human development career paths.

Please note: We had some technical issues with Deirdre's microphone, the others sound great though, and the content is worth listening to.

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

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Deirdre Brennan, Michele Leigh, and Anne Craig
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Sparks Podcast Episode 35: "My Library Is ..." School Grants

Posted: September 15, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Heather Perhach (CUSD #5 in Streator), Andrea Perrin (CCSD #50 in Gurnee), and Emily Porter (CCSD #299 in Chicago), who have all received My Library Is… grants for their school libraries. Each is working on projects that focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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

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Deirdre Brennan, Andrea Perrin, Emily Porter, and Heather Perhach.
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