Episode 51: Elizabeth Keathley

Steve chats with Elizabeth Keathley, author of Digital Asset Management: Content Architectures, Project Management, and Creating Order out of Media Chaos.

E Keathley

Elizabeth Ferguson Keathley is the author of the recently published Digital Asset Management: Content Architectures, Project Management, and Creating Order out of Media Chaos. As a board member of the DAM Foundation, she has chaired both the Human Resources and Education committees. One of the original UPS DAM team members for seven years, Elizabeth worked with her team to win the 2010 DAMMY award for best preservation, storage, or archives solution. Previous to her work at UPS, Elizabeth worked as a Preservation Field Services officer for the Southeastern Library Network, helping libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions meet preservation and access challenges by writing and teaching. She has written, taught, and been generally loud at conferences related to the arrangement, description, preservation and access of information for twelve years. Elizabeth has a MS in Archives Management from Simmons College, Boston, and has published in such periodicals as Journal of Digital Media Management. Her ongoing exploration of digital asset management and its relationship to user needs can be followed at her homepage for Atlanta Metadata Authority, where she provides services related to the staffing, training, metadata modeling, and asset migrations for corporations acclimating to the labor intensive and detail-oriented nature of digital asset management.

Episode 49: John Chrastka

Guest host David Lankes chats with John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary.

John Chrastka

John Chrastka is executive director of EveryLibrary, the first nationwide political action committee for libraries.  A long-time library trustee, supporter and advocate, Mr. Chrastka is a member and former president of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – present) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) multi-type library system. Prior to his work on EveryLibrary, he was a partner in AssociaDirect, a Chicago-based consultancy focused on supporting associations in membership recruitment, conference, and governance activities, and was Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA).  He is a current member of ALA, the Illinois Library Association (ILA), and the American Political Sciences Association (APSA). He was named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal for his work with EveryLibrary.  He tweets at @mrchrastka.

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John Chrastka’s previous appearance on Circulating Ideas

David Lankes’s previous appearances on Circulating Ideas: Episode 7 | Expect More | State of the MLS (part one) | State of the MLS (part two)

Episode 48: Kristin LaLonde

Steve speaks with Kristin LaLonde, Access Services Librarian and Circulating Department Manager at the Chippewa River District Library, about Free Comic Book Day, outreach to farmer’s markets, and Aquaman.


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.

Episode 47: Kelly Jensen

Steve chats with Kelly Jensen, blogger at Stacked and Book Riot and the author of the new book about YA lit, It Happens.

It Happens- A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader Cover

Kelly is a former librarian and a blogger at STACKED and BOOK RIOT. She loves black licorice and debating genre. Her book, It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader, will be released in August 2014. Follow her on Twitter @catagator.

Episode 46: Awful Library Books

Steve speaks with Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner from the Awful Library Books blog.

Holly & Mary

Mary Kelly received an MBA and an MLIS from Wayne State University, after which she has spent years irritating co-workers with grand plans for collection development and/or world domination. She is currently working as a Youth Services Librarian at the Lyon Township Public Library, molding young minds through Toddler Disco. Mary’s OCD tendencies have turned into a crusade for collection quality and a clean shelf list (which she carries in her purse).

Holly Hibner also received an MLIS degree from Wayne State University. She can be found heading up the Adult Services Department at the Plymouth District Library. Hibner struts her stuff around the library looking super cool while bending technology to her will. She is still riding high and pulling every ounce of glory out of her 2007 Loleta Fyan Award from the Michigan Library Association.

Holly and Mary managed to publish a charming little tome called “Making a Collection Count: A Holistic Approach to Collection Management.” (The second edition is available now!) Reading it will surely change your life, along with their popular web site “Awful Library Books.”

Episode 45: James LaRue

Steve chats with James LaRue, independent library consultant and former longtime director of Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries.

James LaRue

James LaRue has appeared on NPR, been quoted and highlighted in Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Denver Post, and has hosted a local author interview TV program. A newspaper columnist for over two decades, he also wrote “The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges” (Libraries Unlimited, 2007). A frequent presenter for library associations, regional workshops, and library staff days, Jamie has also served as a facilitator, last-minute panelist, moderator, and master of ceremonies for everything from debates to awards dinners. From 1990 to 2014, he was director of the Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries, widely known as one of the most successful and innovative public libraries in the nation. He was the Colorado Librarian of the Year in 1998, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce’s 2003 Business Person of the Year, in 2007 won the Julie J. Boucher (boo-SHAY) Award for Intellectual Freedom, and in 2013 won the Colorado Association of Libraries’ Career Achievement Award. At the end of 2013, the Board of Trustees named a library after him in Highlands Ranch, CO – the James H. LaRue Library. In 2014, he embarked on a career of writing, speaking, teaching, and consulting.