139: Nicole Cooke

Guest host Troy Swanson chats with Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and author of Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era.


Dr. Nicole A. Cooke is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is also the Program Director for the MS in Library and Information Science program. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior, critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship , and her latest book is Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era (ALA Editions, 2018).


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.

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138: Karen Green

Steve chats with Karen Green, Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and the creator of the graphic novels collection in Columbia’s Butler Library, about her (Eisner-winning!!) path to librarianship, defining comics, and how she teaches comics as literature. 


Karen Green is the Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and the creator of the graphic novels collection in Columbia’s Butler Library. She has been an Eisner Awards judge, a Pulitzer Prize juror, a co-producer of the documentary “She Makes Comics,” and has spoken about comics at universities and comic cons across the country and around the world.


A Life in Comics

137: School Librarian Panel

Steve chats with a panel of school librarians at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference: Heather Moorefield-Lang, Deb Logan, Heather Thore, Stacy Brown, Gina Seymour, and Sedley Abercrombie.


Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor with the Department of Library and Information Studies at The University of NC at Greensboro. Her research is focused in technology integration in libraries and education with a current focus on Makerspaces. Learn more about Heather at her website or follow her on Twitter, @actinginthelib.
After a thirty-year career in libraries (public and school), Deb Logan now splits her time as a district gifted coordinator with running a K-5 makerspace and genius hour program at Pleasant Local Schools. Logan is also the president of the Ohio Library Educational Media Association, an adjunct instructor for Ashland University, and a past Ohio School Librarian of the Year. Logan is also active in ALA and AASL.
After teaching in the elementary classroom for 4 years, Heather Thore decided it was time for something different and she moved into the media center. She has worked in elementary, primary, and middle school libraries. Heather just finished her 7th year as a school librarian and spent 3 of those years working with the schools on major transitions. This year, she is serving as the President of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians along with her position as a middle school librarian in a Title I school of 1,300 students.
Stacy Brown is the 21st Century Learning Coordinator at The Davis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, where manages two media centers in a kindergarten prep through 8th grade academic environment. Stacy manages two school media centers, leads Maker Monday and Tinkering Tuesday, teaches upper elementary technology exploratory courses, and facilitates teachers’ professional development in the area of technology integration and innovation. She currently serves on the board for Atlanta Area Technology Educators and Savvy Cyber Kids, Inc.
Award winning librarian and national speaker, Gina Seymour, is the author of Makers with a Cause: Creative Service Projects for Library Youth and a chapter on inclusive makerspaces in School Library Makerspaces in Action. Gina was awarded the SSLMA’s School Librarian of the Year and named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker (2017) as a “Change Agent”. She shares her work, musings and reflections on her blog and on Twitter @ginaseymour.
Sedley Abercrombie is the lead library media coordinator for 32 school libraries in Davidson County, NC.  She is also a past president of NCSLMA, an adjunct instructor at East Carolina University and a contributing blogger for Knowledge Quest.

136: Jennie Rothschild

Steve chats with Jennie Rothschild, a Collection Development Librarian for Arlington Public Library, about her book club podcast, serving on awards committees, and her experience at the ALA Annual Conference.


Jennie Rothschild is a Collection Development Librarian for Arlington Public Library in Arlington, VA. She has also been a branch manager and youth services librarian. She has been on several award committees, most recently YALSA’S Margaret A. Edwards Award and is the CYBILS, where she serves as YA Nonficiton Category Chair. She reviews for School Library Journal, Library Journal, and Booklist. When she’s not reading, she likes to knit while watching TV or listening to podcasts. This summer you can listen to all of her thoughts and feelings on War and Peace through the Arlington Public Library’s Big Book Club, #OhBoyTolstoy edition.

135: Ryan Dowd

At the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, Steve chats with Ryan Dowd, author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, about how to use empathy-driven enforcement with individuals experiencing homelessness and working with Emilio Estevez to promote the new film The Public.

2. Ryan on Bed

Ryan Dowd began volunteering at his local homeless shelter when he was 13 years old.  He joined the staff in college and became Executive Director immediately after law school.  In the last few years he has shared his experiences with libraries through the ALA book, “The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness” and by providing trainings for libraries across the country.  Ryan is ecstatically married with two children.  His favorite book is Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac.

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.


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.


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.

Comic Me!

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.


Graphic Medicine Book List
Graphic Medicine Database