Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 26: Census 2020

Posted: February 5, 2020

In the latest episode of Sparks, RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Amy de la Fuente, RAILS Census 2020 Program Manager, about the significant role libraries will play in ensuring a complete census count throughout the state, and how RAILS and its subgrantees will use grant funds from the Illinois Department of Human Services for the 2020 Census.

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

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https://www.railslibraries.info/issues/170330

Deirdre Brennan and Amy de la Fuente.
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Sparks Podcast Episode 25: E-Content

Posted: December 19, 2019

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with RAILS' own Leila Heath and Anna Behm about e-resources, including RAILS' e-content and self-publishing resource, inkie.org, the robust amount of material (or rabbit-hole if you prefer) on the BiblioBoard Library, current publisher restrictions on library e-content, and more.

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

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Deirdre Brennan, Leila Heath, and Anna Behm.
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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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Deirdre Brennan and Brian Shepard
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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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Deirdre Brennan and Magan Szwarek
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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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Deirdre Brennan and Annie Bostrom
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