Episode 63: 2015 ALA Presidential Candidates

Steve chats with the four candidates for ALA President (2016-2017): Joe Janes, James LaRue, JP Porcaro, and Julie Todaro.

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Joe Janes’s site

James LaRue’s site

JP Porcaro’s site

Julie Todaro’s site

2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting – Presidential Candidates’ Forum

Carson Block interviews the candidates

Reminder: Recirculated Kickstarter

Very special (short) episode with Steve chatting about the Kickstarter.

Circulating Ideas began as a podcast to share the innovative ideas and projects that librarians are creating to keep libraries vibrant and relevant in the 21st century. The show has spanned more than 60 hours of content with more than 100 librarians and library supporters and now I’d love to do more to make the show’s content more accessible and searchable. This Kickstarter campaign will allow for the transcription of the show’s content which will be made available for free on the website and as a DRM-free ebook.

Recirculated: Circulating Ideas transcripts

Episode 62: Michael Perry

Steve chats with Michael Perry, Collection Services Project Manager at Northwestern University Library and creator of LibraryProject.info.


Michael Perry is the Collection Services Project Manager at Northwestern University Library. In this role he manages a variety of projects such as an ILS migration, implementing a cloud based discovery system, and changes in classification systems. He graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government and from Dominican University with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science with a focus on knowledge management as well as organizational analysis and design. After graduating from DePaul, Michael worked at Res Publica Group, LLC, a Chicago public affairs firm, as the Research and Administrative Coordinator and at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, as the conflicts of interest department supervisor.






Recirculated Kickstarter

Steve talks about his new Kickstarter to fund transcripts of the podcast.

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When I started the Circulating Ideas podcast four years ago, I wanted to provide a platform for librarians to share the great work that they’re doing to keep libraries vibrant in the 21st century. I’ve talked to more than 100 librarians and library supporters over the course of the show and generated more than 60 hours of fantastic content, but I’ve found that there are a lot of people that podcasts just don’t reach for a variety of reasons: accessibility issues, different learning styles, or just personal preference, so that’s why I want to do transcripts.

However, accurate transcription is a time-consuming and skilled task, not to mention expensive, so that’s where you can help by supporting my new Kickstarter campaign. There are some pretty cool rewards like stickers, exclusive content, the chance to control the show’s content for an episode and best of all, an DRM-free ebook edition of the transcripts called Recirculated.

Stretch goals include video episodes, additional content added to the ebook, a bank for future transcriptions, and much more.

Even if you can’t donate financially, you can help by spreading the word about the campaign to your colleagues and friends.

Thanks, and let’s keep circulating the ideas!


Circulating Ideas FIRST Kickstarter!

Circulating Ideas SECOND Kickstarter!

Episode 61: Jessica Olin

Steve chats with Jessica Olin, director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College and creator of the Letters to a Young Librarian blog.

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Jessica Olin is the Director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College. Her professional interests include incorporating popular reading materials into traditional academic library collections, building communities at liberal arts college libraries, and bridging the gap between library science graduate programs and professional practice. In her limited spare time, she likes to cross-stitch, watch Doctor Who, spend time with her geriatric cat, and read lots of comic books.


Letters to a Young Librarian

Episode 60: Dolly Moehrle

Steve chats with Dolly Moehrle, director of Ventura County Law Library.


Dolly Moehrle is the director of the Ventura County Law Library in Ventura, California. A 2012 Eureka! Leadership fellow, she received her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2012, and worked primarily in public libraries before moving to the law library. She blogs at dollymegan.com and tweets @loather.

Episode 59: Valerie Gross

Steve chats with Valerie Gross, President & CEO of Howard County Library System and author of Transforming Our Image, Building Our Brand: The Education Advantage.

Valerie Gross

Valerie J. Gross has served as President & CEO of Howard County Library System (HCLS) since 2001.

An educator and attorney for 30 years, Gross holds a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a Master of Library Science from San Jose State University, and a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. She is a member of the ALA, PLA, MLA, and the California Bar Association.

Developing a new vision for libraries, Gross worked with the HCLS Board, staff, funders, elected officials, and the community to implement the “Libraries = Education” approach. She led the transformation of HCLS to its current prominence as a renowned educational institution, alongside the region’s schools, colleges, and universities.

As the philosophy evolved, HCLS became well known in the U.S. and overseas. Gross was invited to speak and write about the strategy.

Gross has delivered 60+ keynotes, workshops, seminars, and webinars on “Libraries = Education,” drawing the participation and input of thousands of library professionals from 45 states and more than a dozen countries around the world. Combining these experiences, she authored Transforming Our Image, Building Our Brand: The Education Advantage published by ABC-CLIO.

For living this game-changing vision, HCLS was recognized in 2013 as Library of the Year by Gale and Library Journal. The most prestigious award a library can attain, this placed HCLS among the top of the continent’s 21,000 public and academic libraries.

As part of the award, Library Journal hailed the “Libraries = Education” equation “a 21st-century model worthy of study and consideration by every library in America, if not the world.”

The growing movement is ushering in a new era for libraries everywhere.


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