Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 20: Harassment in Libraries

Posted: February 5, 2019

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Amanda Civitello and Katie McLain from Waukegan Public Library about sexual and other kinds of harassment in libraries, how library staff can handle harassment, and how administration can create a safe environment for employees. Slides and handouts for their American Library Association conference talk "It's Not 'Just Part of the Job'" are also available for those interested in learning more.

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

Deirdre Brenna, Amanda Civitello, and Katie McLain
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Sparks Podcast Episode 19: Justin Williams

Posted: December 10, 2018

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Justin Williams, Adult Services Librarian at Westmont Public Library, about the library's Makery (Library of Things) and how other libraries can start a similar collection.

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

Relevant Links

https://westmontlibrary.org/makery

Deirdre Brennan and Justin Williams
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Sparks Podcast Special Episode: Veronda Pitchford

Posted: November 6, 2018

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Veronda Pitchford, former director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing at RAILS. They discuss projects Veronda had been part of during her five years at RAILS, including her challenges, successes, and wishes, with special attention to the growth of e-resources.

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

Deirdre Brennan and Veronda Pitchford
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Sparks Podcast Episode 18: Rockford Public Library

Posted: October 1, 2018

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Lynn Stainbrook, Executive Director at Rockford Public Library, about the library's building project, including its unusual origins; envisioning sessions held with different community groups, including teenagers; and her advice for others going through a building project.

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

Deirdre Brennan and Lynn Stainbrook
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Sparks Podcast Episode 17: Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project

Posted: July 3, 2018

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with 2018 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project (STBF) winner, Heather Bentley, and STBF committee member and Marketing/PR Director at Mount Prospect Public Library, Carol Morency, about writing, self-publishing, what they are reading now, and exciting news for STBF. Bentley's book, Sweetest Heartbreak, is available to read on BiblioBoard.

Relevant Links

Books Mentioned

  • Sweetest Heartbreak by Heather Bentley
  • The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner
  • The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

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

Deirdre Brennan, Heather Bentley, and Carol Morency
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