Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 37: Strategic Planning

Posted: January 18, 2022

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Stephanie Chase, Founding Principal of Constructive Disruption (https://www.constructivedisruption.info/), about the importance of strategic planning. Stephanie gives some good tips for what to do if you have little money or little time.

Intro/Outro music by Julie Jurgens (https://juliejurgens.bandcamp.com/)

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Deirdre Brennan and Stephanie Chase.
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Sparks Podcast Episode 36: CARLI Open Educational Resources

Posted: November 16, 2021

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In our latest Sparks podcast, RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) staff members Anne Craig (Senior Director) and Michele Leigh (Senior Coordinator, Open Illinois) about CARLI's $1.08 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Open Textbooks Pilot Program. The grant will fund a program that will provide access to open textbooks and personalized learning tools for entry-level courses in high-demand health care and human development career paths.

Please note: We had some technical issues with Deirdre's microphone, the others sound great though, and the content is worth listening to.

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

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Deirdre Brennan, Michele Leigh, and Anne Craig
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Sparks Podcast Episode 35: "My Library Is ..." School Grants

Posted: September 15, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Heather Perhach (CUSD #5 in Streator), Andrea Perrin (CCSD #50 in Gurnee), and Emily Porter (CCSD #299 in Chicago), who have all received My Library Is… grants for their school libraries. Each is working on projects that focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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

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Deirdre Brennan, Andrea Perrin, Emily Porter, and Heather Perhach.
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Sparks Podcast Episode 34: Highwood Public Library

Posted: July 30, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Carmen Patlan, Executive Director of Highwood Public Library, about winning the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This podcast provides an excellent example of what a small library with very limited resources can do to make a real difference in the community through grants, partnerships, and volunteers.

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

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Deirdre Brennan and Carmen Patlan
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Sparks Podcast Episode 33: Durand CUSD #322

Posted: June 1, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Durand CUSD #322 school librarian Audra Hill and Kelly Giovanine, Executive Director of Durand Charm, a local non-profit, about their My Library Is… grant project to promote the combined school and public library. Many in the community are not even aware that they have a library.

Durand Charm: https://durandcharm.com
Durand CUSD Grant Application Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOJ3ycziilo

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

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Deirdre Brennan, Audra Hill, Kelly Giovanine
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