Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 15: Megan Millen and Denise Zielinski

Posted: April 9, 2018

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Megan Millen, Executive Director and Denise Zielinski, Community Engagement Officer at Joliet Public Library, about how the library is working with others in the community to serve the unsheltered (homeless) and how other libraries can get started serving unsheltered populations.

Relevant Links

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

Deirdre Brennan, Megan Millen, and Denise Zielinski
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Sparks Podcast Episode 14: Diane Foote

Posted: January 31, 2018

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Diane Foote, the new Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association (ILA), about the path to her new role, the benefits and challenges of taking over from a well-respected director, legislative meet-ups, and her goals for ILA. Deirdre and Diane also discuss the role and power of the ILA when communicating with legislators.

Relevant links:

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

Deirdre Brennan and Diane Foote
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Sparks Podcast Episode 13: Karen Keefe

Posted: December 5, 2017

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Karen Keefe, Executive Director of Hinsdale Public Library, about trends libraries should be paying attention to, what library staff can do to start identifying relevant trends, and the Library Forecasting Interest Group.

Relevant Links:

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

Deirdre Brennan and Karen Kleckner Keefe
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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.

Relevant links:

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.

Relevant links:

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

Deirdre Brennan, Larisa Good, Michelle Simmons
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