Episode 77: Alison Macrina

Steve chats with Alison Macrina, the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project.

Alison Macrina

Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy rights activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s reading.


Library Freedom Project
Digital Rights in Libraries conference

Library Digital Privacy Pledge
Tor Exit Relays in Libraries
Kilton Library’s Tor node is back online [BoingBoing]

Episode 76: Merlin Mann

Steve chats with Merlin Mann about his history with libraries, the importance of the library as a community space, why libraries aren’t dead, and checking in with the Library Elf.

photo by Graham Ballantyne

photo by Graham Ballantyne

Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster based in San Francisco.

Merlin created 43 Folders, co-hosts Back to Work, Roderick on the Line, and Reconcilable Differences (and appears on many other podcasts), and speaks and consults about things like emailtime & attention, and creative work.

Sure, Merlin also makes and does other stuff, including kinda-famous things like Inbox Zero, the Hipster PDA, the Procrastination Dash5ivesThat Phone Guy, and, of course, his personal favorite, “Cranking.” Merlin strongly discourages you from following him on Twitter.


43 Folders
Library Elf
Library Extension

Episode 75: #nextLoC

Steve chats with Jessamyn West about hopes and expectations regarding the next Librarian of Congress.


Jessamyn West is a librarian and community technologist. She helps run the Internet Archive’s Open Library project and writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine. She works with small libraries and businesses in Central Vermont to help them use technology to solve problems.


Circulating Ideas, Episode 13: Jessamyn West
Librarian of PROgress
“Selecting The Next Librarian of Congress” (Medium)
“The Day I Spoke to the White House”
#nextLoC on Twitter

Episode 74: Equinox

Steve chats with the team at Equinox Software, which provides open source solutions to libraries around the world.


Equinox was founded in 2007 by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. They are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system.

Equinox is proud to be the only open source support company that can boast to employ both Evergreen and Koha core software developers. They wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization.

Mike Rylander was born in San Diego, but has lived in Georgia for over almost thirty years. Mike has held a wide variety of technical positions, but he started his career in the 90’s repairing SCO and AIX-based servers. From there he progressed into Linux support, to systems engineer, and finally to software development and DBA duties. In 2004, Mike was hired by the Georgia Public Library Service to help develop Evergreen.

Mike’s role has always been one of designer and architect. In fact, the innovative OpenSRF infrastructure that lies underneath Evergreen was his brainchild. At Equinox, he leads all technical-leaning efforts including software development, systems engineering, and technical support. Mike loves explaining technical things to the non-technical, and solving problems.

When not at work, Mike enjoys insanely hoppy beers, early 90’s indie rock, and Tae Kwon Do. Mike is married to his high school sweetheart and together they have two daughters.

Jason Etheridge received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina and later joined the United States Army, ostensibly for military intelligence.   He self-identifies as a software developer, though he wears many hats, and he is an open source and pro-commons advocate.  He was instrumental in the development of Evergreen while working for PINES, and for its release under an open source license.  Jason leans “paleo” and enjoys gaming of all sorts, but has a special fondness for pen & paper roleplaying games and juggling sticks.  His favorite books include The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.  His favorite authors include Fred Saberhagen and David Brin.

Galen Charlton is a library hacker who has been working in library automation and data-slinging for the past 15 years, helping migrate hundreds of libraries to new ILSs and digital library systems.  In the process, he has worked with the full gamut of library types and sizes, including small church libraries, public and academic libraries of all sizes, library consortia, and national libraries.

In recent years, Galen joined the world of library open source software, contributing to both Koha and Evergreen as well as other F/LOSS projects.  He was elected release manager for versions 3.2 and 3.14 of Koha.

Galen was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2013.

When not staring firmly at code and data to scare the bugs and inconsistencies away, he, along with his wife Marlene, is a loyal servant to three cats.


Equinox Software
Dan Scott

Episode 73: Pat Herndon

Steve chats with Pat Herndon, Director of GLASS: Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services.

Pat Herndon

Pat has worked in libraries in Georgia since 1983. She spent much of her career in libraries working in hospitals, establishing the Noble Learning Resource Center, the patient education and professional library at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. It is there that Pat became interested in library services to people with special needs. Following her eight years at Shepherd Center, Pat worked for nine years as a Branch Manager with Gwinnett County Public Library. Her experience working in special libraries, serving persons with physical impairments and her experience in public libraries provide a background and a passion for her new role as Director of GLASS: Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services- Georgia’s talking book and braille library. One of Pat’s goals is to make sure that every librarian in Georgia knows about the talking book library and how to refer eligible customers for enrollment.


Apple – Accessibility

Episode 72: Sari Feldman

Steve chats with Sari Feldman, 2015-2016 ALA President and Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Sari Headshot 2015

Sari Feldman is Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL), a position she has held since 2003. Under her leadership, CCPL has become one of the nation’s best and busiest public library systems, earning the Library Journal 5-Star recognition for five consecutive years (2010-2014).

Prior to joining CCPL, Sari was Deputy Director of Cleveland Public Library, the nation’s third largest public research library. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master’s in Library Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She previously served as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, teaching graduate courses in library management, reference services, policy and grant writing for more than 20 years. She was honored in 1995 with the Vice President’s Award for Teacher of the Year.

In May 2014, Sari was elected president of the American Library Association for the 2015-2016 term. She is a past president of the Public Library Association (2009-2010).


Libraries Transform
Cuyahoga County Public Library

Episode 71: Marissa Lieberman

Guest hosts Kristin LaLonde and Thomas Maluck chat with Marissa Lieberman, children’s librarian in New Jersey and anime fangirl.


KristinThomas Maluck

Marissa Lieberman is a children’s librarian at the East Orange Public Library, NJ. She has worked at multiple libraries in the Nassau County, NY library system before relocating to New Jersey. She reviews books for School Library Journal, VOYA, and No Flying, No Tights. She is a contributor at Cosplay, Comics and Geek Culture in Libraries and has presented at New York Comic Con and other professional development events.

Kristin LaLonde is an Access Services Librarian and Circulation Department Manager at the Chippewa River District Library in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Kristin received her MLIS from Wayne State University in 2011. She began her library career as a Special Librarian at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI and has worked in multiple kinds of libraries throughout her life. Most librarians from the Internet probably know her as @shinyinfo on Twitter. Her hobbies include watching Murder, She Wrote, giving people a hard time and bro-ing out.

Thomas Maluck is a teen services librarian at Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina. He has presented at various fan-culture and professional conventions about graphic novels, manga, and teen services, including the American Library Association’s Annual and Midwinter conferences, DragonCon, NashiCon, and New York Comic Con. He served on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels For Teens committee for its 2014 and 2015 lists, and has published articles in Library Trends, Public Libraries, Strategic Library, and The Hub. He currently reviews for No Flying, No Tights, writes about comics for Comics, Cosplay, and Geek Culture in Libraries, and regularly blogs graphic novel recommendations on Richland Library’s website.

Together, Kristin and Thomas host Secret Stacks, a podcast about comics and libraries.