Two years ago when I started doing Circulating Ideas, I had only my five year old iMac, GarageBand, and Skype, with my site set up on Google’s free Blogger platform. The earliest monetary investment I made was securing the domain name registration. You can hear the poor audio quality in those first few episodes until I upgraded to a Blue Snowball mic and added Audacity to my mix of sound tools. I continue to work on the same iMac (with a hard drive upgrade) and still use GarageBand as my primary editing tool. When I attended the Public Library Association conference in the Spring of 2012, I was able to use some equipment loaned from my place of work, like a portable digital recorder and a laptop, because I had been sent by them to cover the conference; this was nice because otherwise I had no options for recording on the go (I didn’t even have a smartphone at that point).

Now I can continue along like this for the foreseeable future and keep interviewing more great, innovative librarians but in order for the show to grow and flourish, I need to upgrade not only my mobile options but also my home office equipment. I do the show on my own time, outside of work, so all current costs and any prospective upgrades come out of my own pocket.

However, that’s where you can come in to help.

I’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to support the show and I would appreciate any help you can provide. If you don’t have money to give, just passing along this information about the campaign would be a great help. I’ve started off with some modest goals for improvements and have plans for stretch goals beyond the initial funding request to provide bigger and better services with more advanced equipment and software with additional fun rewards to go along with it.

Thanks for helping to circulate the ideas.


The Library Day in the Life Project is a semi-annual event coordinated by Bobbi Newman. Twice a year librarians, library staff and library students from all over the globe share a dat (or week) in their life through blog posts, photos, video and Twitter updates.

If all goes according to plan, Bobbi will be my guest on the show in January 2012, when Library Day in the Life 8 rolls around. For the seventh round, I’ve decided to document how I do the podcast.

Read the transcript.


Library Day in the Life
Librarian by Day
Call Recorder
Blue Snowball Microphone
Swiss Army Librarian
Sarah Houghton
Buffy Hamilton | CI: Episode 1

Episode Zero

I’ve always liked reading interviews.

My favorite magazine and newspaper articles are interviews. My favorite podcasts are interviews (Teri Gross’s Fresh Air and Dan Benjamin’s The Pipeline have been among my favs). My favorite blog posts are interviews.  Best of all is when the interview is presented Q&A style; I don’t like when it’s streamed together as a narrative because it seems like a cheat, like it’s falsely presenting the information. I want to know the questions that prompted the answers. I want transparency from my interviewer.
I also want transparency in my profession. Being a librarian means that I have an insatiable curiosity, and I’m especially curious as to how the profession is making its way into the future.  As the world moves into new digital territories, librarians will keep up (we’re organizing and filtering information same as we always have, just in a different format). I don’t think there are any people within the profession who genuinely believe that libraries are going the way of the dodo, or if there are, they’re a dying breed.  However, I do think there are people – too many people – outside the profession who believe that.
But maybe those people just don’t understand what we’re doing. Maybe they haven’t been in a library in years so don’t understand the innovative things we have going on, from public libraries to school libraries, academic libraries to special libraries.  Is that their fault or is it our fault for not marketing ourselves better?  I’d say there’s blame to be shared.
This show is my meager attempt to get the word out on what we’re doing as a profession to remain relevant and to push the boundaries of learning and collating information, getting our ideas out there in the world, circulating them like we circulate our collections.  I hope it will also be enlightening to my fellow librarians to learn more about what other librarians are doing to push the profession forward.  I’ll be interviewing librarians and other people relevant to the profession and getting their points of view out to you, the listeners, and I hope that they spark discussions, whether you agree with the interview subject’s views or not.
I hope you enjoy the show and that it inspires you to keep circulating your ideas.