107: Susan Hildreth

Steve chats with Susan Hildreth about her path to librarianship, her work as former director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, her current role as Professor Practice at the University of Washington’s iSchool, and her work as ALA Treasurer and at the Aspen Institute.

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Susan Hildreth is the inaugural Gates-funded Professor of Practice at the Information School at the University of Washington. She also serves as the fellow for the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Public Libraries in the Communications and Society Program. She served as the Executive Director of the Peninsula Library System, the Pacific Library Partnership and the Califa Group from Mach 2015 through June 2016. Previously, she served as the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed position, from January 2011 through January 2015. Susan is the former Seattle Public Library city librarian and the state librarian of California, appointed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. She also served as the city librarian of the San Francisco Public Library and in other leadership positions in California public libraries.


Institute of Museum and Library Services
Aspen Institute | Dialogue on Public Libraries | Report | Action Guide

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.

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