Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 32: Gerber/Hart Library & Archives

Posted: April 27, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with representatives from Gerber/Hart Library & Archives about their journey to create an eight-episode podcast on the personal stories of LGBTQ life and history in Chicago.

https://gerberhart.org

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

Erin Bell, Ari Mejia, Jen Dentel, and Deirdre Brennan
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Sparks Podcast Episode 31: Fox River Grove Public Library

Posted: March 16, 2021

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Fox River Grove Public Library District Director Nicole Steeves about the videos her library made after being awarded a My Library Is... Grant. Nicole talks about how their videos came together and she provides great, specific tips for libraries that want to do something similar. Their videos can be found in the Sharing Showcase of the My Library Is... website.

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

Deirdre Brennan and Nicole Steeves
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Sparks Podcast Episode 30: Quincy Public Library

Posted: February 11, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Executive Director Kathleen Helsabeck and Assistant Director & Marketing Coordinator Burgundy Hill from Quincy Public Library, about how they worked with library users to tackle budget cuts to the library. Using simple, low-cost methods to make their case with the city council, Quincy Public Library came out victorious. This is a wonderful story about the importance of advocating for your library.

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

Deirdre Brennan, Burgundy Hill, and Kathleen Helsabeck
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Sparks Podcast Episode 29: Lauren Rosenthal

Posted: November 10, 2020

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Library Director Lauren Rosenthal, from Fox River Valley Public Library District, about the importance of data in library advocacy and telling a compelling library story. Lauren gives great, specific examples about how she used data to achieve library goals.

They discuss the library's creation of a Transparency Dashboard and Long Overdue Project/Survey, as well as how the library secured COVID-19 relief funds through the effective use of data.

Data comes to life in this podcast. We hope you enjoy it!

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

Deirdre Brennan and Lauren Rosenthal
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Sparks Podcast Episode 28: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Posted: August 18, 2020

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Assistant Library Director Teri Campbell from Evanston Public Library, Preschool Outreach Librarian Emily Conradt from St. Charles Public Library District, and Community Engagement Manager Nancy Kim Phillips from Skokie Public Library about their libraries' EDI initiatives and activities.

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

Deirdre Brennan, Teri Campbell, Emily Conradt, and Nancy Kim Phillips.
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