106: Jessica Anne Bratt

Steve chats with Jessica Anne Bratt, a branch manager at the Grand Rapids Public Library, about fandoms, library-school partnerships, working in youth services, and #Libraries4BlackLives.

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Jessica Anne Bratt is a Branch Manager at The Grand Rapids Public Library. She began a partnership (DigiBridge) between Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Grand Rapids Public Libraries, which received her a 2016 Library Journal Mover & Shaker Award. She has presented nationally on collaborations between schools and libraries, engaging teens in literacy through technology, and reader’s advisory gap for tweens and young adults. She is also serving on the 2018 Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury Committee. Her other whimsical adventures include playing piano, writing professional book reviews, and playing Fantasy War Tactics.


105: ALA Presidential Candidates (2017)

Steve chats with the three candidates for president of the American Library Association, 2018-2019: Loida Garcia-Febo, Terri Grief, and Scott Walter.


Loida Garcia-Febo’s campaign site
Terri Grief’s campaign site
Scott Walter’s campaign site

ALA Election Information

2017 ALA Midwinter – Presidential Candidates Forum

“ALA strongly protests rollback of protections for our nation’s transgender students” [ALA press release]

ALA Council Candidate Sorter 2017 [courtesy of Andromeda Yelton]

104: Lane Wilkinson

Guest host Troy Swanson chats with Lane Wilkinson, Director of Library Instruction at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Lane Wilkinson is the Director of Library Instruction at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He blogs at http://senseandreference.wordpress.com.


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.

103: Michael Stephens

Steve chats with Dr. Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University and author of The Heart of Librarianship. He also writes the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal.


Dr. Michael Stephens is Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University and teaches the online postgraduate course, The Hyperlinked Library, focused on the powerful emerging trends, tools and processes driving change in library and information communities. He was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar in Australia, consulted for US Embassies in Germany, Switzerland, and Turkey, and presented to both national and international audiences about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries. Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring the issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education. For more than ten years, his research has focused on the use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs, and he is inspired by library structures and virtual spaces that support  users, participation, creating content, and encouraging the heart. From 2005 to the present, Dr. Stephens has delivered keynotes, papers, and workshops throughout the US and internationally on topics related to creative and open uses of technology to support and drive library services and learning.


Tame the Web
The Heart of Librarianship
The Transparent Library
“Talk About Compassion” (Office Hours)
“Dream, Explore, Experiment” (Office Hours)
“Adopt or Adapt” (Office Hours)
“The Hygge State of Mind” (Office Hours)

101: David Lankes [Knowledge School]

David Lankes returns to the show to chat with Steve about his path to librarianship, how pragmatic optimism can lead to constructive action, and building the Knowledge School at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science.


R. David Lankes is the director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library & Information Science, the 2016-17 Follett Chair at Dominican’s Graduate School of Library & Information Science, and recipient of the American Library Association’s 2016 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. Lankes is a passionate advocate for librarians and their essential role in today’s society.

Circulating Ideas is produced with support from the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science and listeners like you. Find out how you can help here.

Knowledge School Partnership

University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science Teams with Circulating Ideas on the Knowledge School Initiative

January 10, 2017

Columbia, South Carolina

Today the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science announced a partnership with the Circulating Ideas podcast and creator Steve Thomas. Over the next year the School will sponsor the podcast as well provide content. The content will be related to the School of Library and Information Science “Knowledge School Initiative.”

The Knowledge School initiative seeks to advance the conversation around LIS education and the iSchool movement. The initiative focuses on the community impact obligations of LIS programs.

“At South Carolina we are interested in what comes after information – we are focused on how we as a school and a field use information and technology to improve communities. It’s not enough to do good research and teaching, as a field we must make life better for people in our schools, universities, towns, and institutions,” said R. David Lankes, director of the South Carolina school.

Lankes added, “It is all about making ideas real, and improving ideas by sharing them with the profession and our colleagues. Circulating Ideas makes the perfect forum to engage in these conversations. What Steve has done is create a very powerful place for conversation.”

“David has been an inspiration to me for the entire run of the podcast, so the opportunity to work with him to help promote and grow the Knowledge School was an easy decision to make. The ensuing conversations will fit in perfectly with the show’s existing mission to publicize and celebrate the great work librarians are doing to keep libraries relevant and vibrant.”

About the School of Library and Information Science

The mission of the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science is to provide and promote the highest levels of education and leadership in library and information science, services, and studies through outstanding teaching, research, and service. The school is ranked in the top 20 of ALA Accredited library programs and 5th in school libraries by U.S. News and World Report. More on the School at: http://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/cic/library_and_information_science/index.php#.WHTl6rGZMUE

About Circulating Ideas

 The Circulating Ideas podcast facilitates conversations about the innovative people & ideas allowing libraries to thrive in the 21st century.  More about Circulating Ideas: