134: Andromeda Yelton

Steve chats with Andromeda Yelton, software engineer and librarian at MIT, about her winding path to and through librarianship, Django cats and ALA candidate sorters, LITA’s plans and programs at ALA Annual, and why machine learning is good but will probably kill us all.

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Andromeda Yelton (http://andromedayelton.com) is a software engineer and librarian. Currently she is at the MIT Libraries; in the past she has written code for the Wikimedia Foundation, bespoke knitting patterns (http://customfit.makewearlove.com) and library space usage analytics (http://measurethefuture.net/), among other things. Previously, she was a jack of all trades at the open-licensed-ebook startup Unglue.it; taught Latin to middle school boys; and was a member of the Ada Initiative advisory board. She has a BS in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College, an MA in Classics from Tufts, and an MLS from Simmons. She’s a 2010 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing awardee, a 2011 ALA Emerging Leader, and a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker; and a past listener contestant on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.  She is President of the Library & Information Technology Association.

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Andromeda on Circulating Ideas with Eric Hellman re: Unglue.it
Hamlet: How About Machine Learning Enhancing Theses?

133: Matthew Noe

Steve chats with Matthew Noe, Collection Outreach Librarian at Harvard Medical School, about what graphic medicine is, his “early” experiences with comics, why libraries should collect comics, upcoming conferences, and his work on an annotated bibliography of graphic medicine.

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Matthew Noe is a health sciences librarian specializing in graphic medicine and the medical humanities. He earned his BA in Philosophy (2012) and MS in Library Science (2016) from the University of Kentucky and is currently the Collection Outreach Librarian at Harvard Medical School, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky, School of Information. He maintains the “This Week in Graphic Medicine” blog series for Graphic Medicine and regularly provides aid in developing graphic medicine collections. When not working, Matthew spends time devouring all-manner of books, re-watching childhood cartoons, and goofing off with his fiance, Gabrielle, and their two dogs, Luna and Belle.

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Graphic Medicine Book List
Graphic Medicine Database

132: Laurie Allen

Steve chats with Laurie Allen, Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, about digital scholarship, digitizing Philadelphia neighborhood maps, and the Data Refuge project.

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Laurie Allen leads a team providing oversight, coordination, and support for services spanning digital publishing and open access, data services and management, digital humanities/digital scholarship, and Mapping & Geospatial Data. Before her appointment as Penn Libraries’ Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship, Laurie was Coordinator of Digital Scholarship and Services at Haverford College. Still earlier, she was the Penn Libraries’ Social Sciences Data Librarian. Laurie is actively engaged in regional and national organizations and collaborations around digital scholarship through presentations, panels and research projects. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Bard College, and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

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Data Refuge Stories

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131: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Steve chats with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York and author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World.

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Author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World and Resilience, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich has been a public library development consultant since 1998. Rebekkah currently holds the position of Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York where she assists 66 public libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities. Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (cSBA),  Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. A founding member of the American Library Association’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT), Rebekkah spearheaded the passage of the American Library Association’s Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries. Active in the New York Library Association (NYLA), Rebekkah is co-founder, and co-chair, of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative Committee. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010, Rebekkah is Library Journal’s sustainability columnist and a frequent presenter at libraries and conferences around the US.

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Sustainable Libraries
ALA Sustainability Roundtable

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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.

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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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OCLC: Wikipedia + Libraries

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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