Episode 74: Equinox

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

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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.

SHOW NOTES

Equinox Software
PINES
Dan Scott
schema.org

Episode 73: Pat Herndon

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

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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.

SHOW NOTES

GLASS
Apple – Accessibility

Episode 72: Sari Feldman

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

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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).

SHOW NOTES:

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.

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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.

Episode 70: Gwyn Stupar and Barbara Alvarez

Guest host Leah White chats with Gwyn Stupar and Barbara Alvarez, co-creators of the Library OnConference.

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Gwyneth Stupar is an Adult Services Librarian at the Barrington Area Library. Gwyneth received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2006, and  currently serves on the board of the LACONI (Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois)technology section. Gwyneth’s favorite quote? “No matter how successful you become, someone always helps you.” Check out her website at http://www.gwynethstupar.com or @gwynonite on Twitter.

Barbara Alvarez has been working libraries for 4 years. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in May 2012. Currently she is the Resource Guide Coordinator for iREAD Committee through ILA, is completing Synergy, a grant-funded leadership opportunity through the Illinois State Library and ILMS, and writes regularly for Public Libraries Online. Stay in touch at barbaralvarez.com and @the_barbrarian.

Leah White is the Head of Popular Materials at the Ela Area Public Library in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and the author of The Library Innovation Toolkit. She graduated from Dominican University with her MLIS in 2008 and won the Library Journal Movers & Shakers Award in 2012 for her work on building community engagement. You can find her on Twitter: @leahlibrarian or check out her website: www.leahlwhite.com.

SHOW NOTES

LibOnCon

Episode 69: Jennie Rothschild at 2015 MLA/DLA Conference

Guest host Jennie Rothschild speaks with attendees of the 2015 Maryland / Delaware Library Associations joint conference.

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Jennie Rothschild is a branch manager with Arlington Public Library in Arlington VA. She sometimes blogs about books at www.jenrothschild.com and she tweets a lot at @kidsilkhaze. She likes to do crafty things and binge-watch TV.

 

Episode 68: Madigan McGillicuddy

Guest host Elizabeth Ferguson Keathley chats with Madigan McGillicuddy, youth services librarian and blogger at Madigan Reads.

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Madigan McGillicuddy is a youth services librarian at Atlanta-Fulton Public Library. She completed her graduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 and her undergraduate degree in Theatre at California State University at Northridge in 2001. Prior to landing in Atlanta, she worked with children and teens in large urban public libraries in Los Angeles and Austin. She reviews at School Library Journal and blogs at madiganreads.com. You can follow her on twitter @madiganreads.

Elizabeth Ferguson Keathley is an information scientist with over a decade of experience in digital asset management. Currently she serves as chair of the education committee for the DAM Foundation, where she also oversees the online certification program for digital asset managers. She earned her MS in Archives Management from Simmons College in 2002, and in addition to contributing to CMS Wire and Circulating Ideas, Elizabeth helps organize and podcast the Atlanta DAM meetup group and is the author of Digital Asset Management: Content Architectures, Project Management, and Creating Order Out of Media Chaos published by Apress books.

SHOW NOTES:

Atlanta Metadata Authority
Madigan Reads (more…)