Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 24: Brian Shepard

Posted: October 2, 2019

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Library Director Brian Shepard from Indian Trails Public Library District about being named Librarian of the Year, promoting the value of libraries, library remodels, getting into the library field, and more.

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

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Sparks Podcast Episode 23: Panorama Project

Posted: August 6, 2019

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Magan Szwarek, Director of Reference Services at Schaumburg Township District Library. They discuss the Panorama Project's data-driven insights on libraries and their impact on book discovery.

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

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Sparks Podcast Episode 22: Annie Bostrom, Booklist

Posted: June 15, 2019

RAILS Executive Director talks with Annie Bostrom, Associate Editor for Adult Books at Booklist, and chair of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals. They talk about the Carnegie awards celebration at ALA Annual, the process of choosing the winners, the wonders of meeting authors, and reading the best books.

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

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Sparks Podcast Episode 21: Content Marketing

Posted: March 13, 2019

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Kim Caviness, Chief Content Officer of Chicago marketing firm Imagination about content marketing and how it is relevant to libraries, that print still has a place in our digital world, and our collaboration on the Dreams Take Flight video.

For links to Spanish and English versions of the video in several lengths, see https://www.railslibraries.info/news/157657

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

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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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