Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

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.

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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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Sparks Podcast Episode 16: Veronda Pitchford and Mitchell Davis

Posted: May 22, 2018

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with RAILS Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing Veronda Pitchford and Mitchell Davis, Founder & CEO of BiblioBoard, about the e-book industry. Specifically, they discuss what RAILS and BiblioBoard have done in partnership to advance the cause of e-books in libraries.

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

Deirdre Brennan, Veronda Pitchford, and Mitchell Davis
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Deirdre Brennan and Karen Kleckner Keefe
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