130: Susan Barnum

Steve chats with Susan Barnum, librarian at the El Paso Public Library and 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, about her journey to librarianship, editing Wikipedia, and the library’s role in being inclusive to their diverse communities.


Susan Barnum earned her MLIS at the University of North Texas in 2013. She grew up around libraries and has worked in the El Paso Public Library in El Paso, Texas since 2007. She loves dogs, gardening, her kids, editing Wikipedia and wishes she could eat more french fries. The last book she read was “Honor Among Thieves” by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. It was really good!


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129: Trevor Dawes

Guest host Charlie Bennett chats with Trevor Dawes, vice provost for libraries and museums and May Morris University Librarian at the University of Delaware, about making professional goals, being ACRL president, mentoring and leadership, and increasing diversity and inclusion in libraries.

Trevor A Dawes

Trevor A. Dawes is the vice provost for libraries and museums and May Morris University Librarian at the University of Delaware. In this role, he oversees the staff and operations of the UD Library, Museums and Press, which consists of Morris Library, three branch libraries, three museum galleries and the University of Delaware Press.

Prior to arriving at the University of Delaware in July 2016, Dawes was an associate university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was responsible for many of the libraries’ public services operations. Dawes earned his master of library science from Rutgers University and has two additional master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is an active member of several professional associations, including being past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and a current member of the Executive Board of the American Library Association.


Charlie Bennett was born in New York, raised in Virginia, and moved to Atlanta to study at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After earning degrees in Economics and Science, Technology, and Culture (STAC), he stayed with the school and became an academic librarian at the Georgia Tech Library. He co-hosts the “original research-library rock’n’roll radio show” called Lost in the Stacks on WREK Atlanta, and produces the media critique podcast Supercontext with Christian Sager.

128: ALA Presidential Candidates (2018)

Steve chats with Peter Hepburn and Wanda Brown, 2018 candidates for American Library Association President, about why they want to be president, how to increase diversity in the profession, and what the degree requirements should be for the ALA Executive Director.


Canadian-born and raised, Peter Hepburn earned his BA (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Victoria (1992) and his MLIS from McGill University (2000).  On earning his masters degree, he started as a resident librarian in the Reference Department of the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He eventually earned tenure and became head of the Digital Programs department before moving to California in 2013 where he took on the head librarianship of the College of the Canyons, a community college in Santa Clarita. In his spare time, Peter enjoys swimming, running, and food and cooking. He lives in Pasadena with his husband, Conrad.

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Wanda Kay Brown is the Director of Library Services for the C. G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University. A 1977 graduate, she returned home after nearly three decades of comprehensive library experience. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Associate Dean of Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Wanda Brown has been an ALA member for 30 years and is an active member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Libraries Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). She has held multiple leadership positions within each division.  Brown holds a BA in English, with a minor in psychology from Winston-Salem State University, and an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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127: Matthew Murray

Guest host Thomas Maluck chats with Matthew Murray about zine libraries, diversity in comics, and podcasting in the library world.


Matthew Murray is a Visiting Library Fellow at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries. When he’s not trying to read all of the comics ever Matthew spends his time recording and editing the Book Club for Masochists readers’ advisory podcast, editing for the graphic novel review site No Flying No Tights, helping to run the Zine Pavilion at ALA, making the fiction anthology zine Two-Fisted Library Stories, and playing with Raspberry Pi computers and maker/technology stuff in general. He’s also willing to talk about why libraries are bad at cataloguing graphic novels for basically forever (or until they get better at it).


Thomas Maluck is a teen services librarian at Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina with an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. He served on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels For Teens committee for its 2014 and 2015 lists and has presented about teen programming and collections at various library and pop culture conventions. When he’s not reading as a juror for the Cybils and SEE-IT awards, he reviews for No Flying, No Tights and co-hosts a podcast about comics and libraries, The Secret Stacks. A member of the library’s anime club gave him a Star Build Strike Gundam, the most prestigious award in teen librarianship.



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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.

Alex Halpern

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.


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.


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.


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.