126: Alex Halpern

Steve chats with Alex Halpern, a library school student in Oregon whose “Angriest Librarian” tweets defending libraries went viral. Steve and Alex chat about Library Twitter, how libraries need to embed themselves in their communities, and how to improve library school.

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Alex Halpern is an MLS student in the Portland, Oregon Cohort of Emporia State University and the Research Director of networkofcare.org. He previously served on the board of National Novel Writing Month. He lives in the Portland suburbs with his wife and two-year old son.

125: Frank Skornia

Guest host Amanda L. Goodman chats with Frank Skornia, Digital Librarian for Adult & Information Services at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut, about virtual reality in libraries.

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Frank Skornia is a geek, a reader, and a librarian – not necessarily in that order. He has been the Digital Librarian for Adult & Information Services at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut for about the past 3 years. Before that he was a digital archivist working with 9/11 families and a media archivist for The History Channel. He has an extremely wide range of interests in the world of information and libraries including library instruction, emerging technologies, collection development, and of course archives and preservation.

His other interests include fantasy and science fiction novels, films, and video, board, and roleplaying games.

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Amanda L. Goodman is the publicity manager at Darien Library in Connecticut. She has published The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide and Digital Media Labs in Libraries. From 2014 to 2017, she was a co-founder of LibUX. She is currently a LITA Director-at-Large.

124: Bonnie Tijerina

Steve chats with Bonnie Tijerina about patron and data privacy, her passion for librarianship, creating conferences, and her work with the Data & Society Institute, Library Consulting Network, SXSW, and the Awesome Foundation.

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Bonnie Tijerina is currently a researcher at the Data & Society Institute and a Lecturer at University of Wisconsin, Madison’s iSchool. She is founder of ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries) conference and organization, created to facilitate communication and foster collaboration among information management and e-resources professionals in libraries. Bonnie has worked in academic libraries for over ten years, most recently at Harvard University. She annually hosts the Designing for Digital Conference in Austin, TX and coordinates the Library Consulting Network.  Bonnie gives microgrants for awesome library projects through the Awesome Foundation Chapter for Libraries and she tweets @bonlth.
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123: Nathan Carpenter

Guest host Troy Swanson chats with Dr. Nathan Carpenter about social media literacy and fake news.

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Dr. Nathan Carpenter is the Director of Convergent Media for the School of Communication at Illinois State University. He is the principal architect and coordinator of the Social Media Analytics Command Center, manages instructional computing resources, and teaches courses in communication and technology. He recently completed his PhD in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture at Michigan Technological University where he studied the cultural and social consequences of social media command centers in academic settings.

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Troy A. Swanson is Teaching & Learning Librarian and Library Department Chair at Moraine Valley Community College. Troy is the author or editor of several books and articles including co-editor of Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information which received the Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award from ARCL’s Instruction Section.

SHOW NOTES:

Fake News Lib guide from the Milner Library at Illinois State University
SMACC Tour Page
Accessible (and Mostly Free) Social Media Analytics Tools

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122: The Healing Library

Steve chats with Megan Emery, Kirsten Cappy, and Bonnie Thomas about the Healing Library, a project to assist families with healing in a healthy way while teaching parents the skills of looking critically at picture books and utilizing them to communicate with children.

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Megan Emery, MLIS, is an Experience Designer & Coordinator for the Chattanooga Public Library. She has worked at library innovation for 3 public libraries in 3 different states for over 10 years. She is the author of Cooking Up Program Teens and Tweens Will Love: Recipes for Success, and she believes in the power of respecting the old while enthusiastically attempting the new, committing to user based design, and in petting puppies whenever you see them.

Kirsten Cappy is the owner of Curious City, a small company dedicated to creating discovery for children’s literature.  Curious City creates story hour kits, book scavenger games, discussion and book club guides, videos, book giveaways, and other tools to engage young readers in the written word through play, conversation, and social action.  These tools, created in partnership with authors, illustrators and publishers, are available free to librarians, educators, and literacy organizations at CuriousCityDPW.com.

Bonnie Thomas is the author of Creative Coping Skills for Children:  Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities (2009); Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft, and Journaling (2010); How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors and Connected to Nature: 200+ Activities to Encourage Self Esteem, Mindfulness, and Wellbeing (2014); More Creative Coping Skills for Children: Activities, Games, Stories, and Handouts to Help Children Self Regulate (2016); and Toxins and Antidotes : A Therapeutic Card Deck (2017).  Bonnie counsels youth ages 3-17 at her private practice business Indigo North Counseling, LLC in Southern Maine.

SHOW NOTES:

The Healing Library
The Healing Library: Lending Healing Experiences to Families [Infopeople webinar]
What a Beautiful Morning by Arthur Levine

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121: Rebecca Vnuk

Steve chats with Rebecca Vnuk, editor of IndiePicks, the book review publication dedicated to independent publishers and authors.

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Rebecca Vnuk comes to IndiePicks after holding the position of Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach with Booklist Publications. She has an MLIS from Dominican University and worked for a decade as a public librarian, in a variety of positions from Readers’ Advisor to adult services management. Rebecca is the author of three reference books on the topic of Women’s Fiction, as well as a best-selling book on weeding library collections. Rebecca was a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, the 2010 PLA Allie Beth Martin Award Winner for distinguished Readers Advisory Service, and the 2008 Library Journal Fiction Reviewer of the Year. She’s an expert on chick lit, but she also likes to read about serial killers and zombies (after all, it’s not all about the shoes!). If she’s not tucked away filling her head with terrifying tales or women’s weepers, she’s probably running after her two young sons.

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120: Becky Spratford

Steve chats with Becky Spratford, creator of RA for All and RA for All: Horror, about getting respect for reviews of genre titles, her upcoming work in IndiePicks magazine, and how to do readers’ advisory in genres you don’t personally enjoy or understand (also, Carrie vs. Pennywise??).

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Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up.  She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the popular and critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All and it’s evil twin RA for All: Horror and is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist and IndiePicks Magazine. Becky is also known for her work with horror readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition [ALA Editions, 2012] and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association who honored her as a special guest of honor at StokerCon 2017 for her contribution to the genre. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

SHOW NOTES:

The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror
IndiePicks

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