166: Stephanie Chase and Hillary Ostlund

Steve chats with Stephanie Chase and Hillary Ostlund from Hillsboro (OR) Public Library, about their paths to librarianship, working with a diverse community, going deskless, and blowing up their organizational structure.

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Stephanie Chase (l.), Hillary Ostlund (r.)

Stephanie Chase is the Director of Libraries for the City of Hillsboro, Oregon. 

With more than twenty years of experience in local and municipal government, serving communities ranging from the small and rural in New England, resort communities, and some of our largest urban centers on both the east and west coasts, Stephanie is an accomplished innovator and change leader, with significant experience leading organizational design and effectiveness and community engagement initiatives.

Prior to Hillsboro, Stephanie coordinated service strategies to libraries for BiblioCommons, was the Director of Library Programs and Services for The Seattle Public Library, a founding member and inaugural chair of national advocacy organization LibraryReads, and founded the Green Mountain (VT) Library Consortium, a statewide consortium serving 150 member libraries. In addition, Stephanie  currently serves on the Public Library Association’ Board of Directors and the American Library Association’s governing Council.

Hillary Ostlund is a Manager for the City of Hillsboro’s Library department. She currently leads the library’s Cultivate team, focused on staff development, training, and employee engagement. A continuous learner with a background in design thinking, Hillary is always looking for ways to bring inspiration and ideas into the workplace while matching people’s strengths to their work. 

Hillary is extremely passionate about public services – especially the role libraries play in communities – with notable training in leadership and development. She is excited to hold a leadership position at the City of Hillsboro’s Library and loves being part of an innovative and inspiring municipal government.

SHOW NOTES:

Hillsboro Public Library
“Going Deskless” [PDF]
“No More Silos” [PDF]
“Hillsboro unveils tiny library kiosks across city parks”

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161: Grady Hendrix and Becky Spratford

Steve chats with bestselling horror author Grady Hendrix and Readers’ Advisory Specialist Becky Spratford about how Grady grew up with libraries, the legitimacy of genre fiction, lessons learned from Stephen King, and the Summer Scares program.

Grady Hendrix is a best selling author whose novels include Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism – which he describes as “basically Beaches meets The Exorcist” — and most recently, We Sold Our Souls. He’s also the author of the Bram Stoker Award winning, Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the horror paperback boom of the ’70s and ’80s, and Mohawk, a horror movie about the War of 1812.

Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisory Specialist in northern, IL. She trains library workers all over the world on how to help leisure readers in the public library. Becky runs the popular and critically acclaimed RA training site RA for All and its evil twin, RA for All: Horror. She is a regular contributor to Booklist, EBSCO’s NoveList database, and Library Journal. Becky is the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2nd edition [ALA Editions, 2012] and is currently at work on the 3rd Edition. She is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association, whose membership recently elected her Secretary. You can connect with Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

SHOW NOTES:

Summer Scares FAQ / Resource List
Ladies of the Fright

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160: Roy Tennant

Steve chats with Roy Tennant, digital librarian (now retired), about how he first saw the link between libraries and technology, his work at the University of California, creating one of the longest-running web publications in Current Cites, and what technological challenges still face libraries today.

Roy Tennant is an internationally recognized digital librarian, now 
retired. His last position was as a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research, 
where he managed projects relating to technology, infrastructure, and standards. Previous employers included the California Digital Library and the 
University of California, Berkeley.
  
Roy is the creator and owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic 
discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current 
awareness newsletter published every month since 1990. 

His books include "Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne 
Grodzins Lipow" (2008), "Managing the Digital Library" (2004), "XML 
in Libraries" (2002), "Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial" (1996), 
and "Crossing the Internet Threshold: An Instructional Handbook" (1993). 
Roy wrote a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal 
for a decade, and a blog for years after that, and has written numerous 
articles in other professional journals. In 2003, he received the American 
Library Association's LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence 
in Communication for Continuing Education.

Roy is also a commercial whitewater river guide, treehouse builder, 
(the fourth in his backyard in the Sonoma Valley), husband, and the
father of grown twin daughters now in college.

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159: Becky Yoose

Steve chats with Becky Yoose, founder and Library Data Privacy Consultant for LDH Consulting Services, about how libraries do (and don’t) keep data private and secure and why they should.

Becky Yoose is the founder and Library Data Privacy Consultant for LDH Consulting Services, a consultancy that guides libraries and their vendors in protecting patron data without sacrificing operational data needs. For over a decade, Becky has wrangled library data in its various forms in academic and public libraries. Becky received her MA-LIS from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2008, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals. You can find her online at yobj.net and @yo_bj on Twitter.

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158: Molly Schwartz

Steve chats with Molly Schwartz, host and producer of Preserve This Podcast and archivist and audio producer at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), about how she started working with libraries and archives, the importance and challenges of preserving born-digital media, and the details of the Preserve This Podcast project.

Molly Schwartz is a trained archivist and audio producer at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). She is the host and producer of Preserve This Podcast. She is also a freelance tech journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Public Radio International’s America Abroad.

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157: Tim Smyth

Guest host Thomas Maluck chats with Tim Smyth, MS Reading Specialist, about how comics can be a powerful tool in education.

Tim Smyth, MS Reading Specialist, has been teaching social studies at Wissahickon High School in Pennsylvania since 2001 and travels the United States giving professional development on the use of comics in education. His presentations and workshops have been given at numerous comic book conventions (including San Diego Comic Con), museums, universities, schools, and educational conferences on both state and national levels. His teacher guides and articles, which focus on the integration of comics and the classroom, have been published by many notable organizations including MacMillan and PBS. Smyth maintains a comprehensive website at historycomics.net that shares many resources for educators around the world.

Thomas Maluck is a teen services librarian at Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina with an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. He served on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels For Teens committee for its 2014 and 2015 lists and has presented about teen programming and collections at various library and pop culture conventions. When he’s not reading as a juror for book awards, he reviews and promotes for No Flying, No Tights, reviews and edits for Do You Even Comic Book, and co-hosts a podcast about comics and libraries, The Secret Stacks. A member of the library’s anime club gave him a Star Build Strike Gundam, the most prestigious award in teen librarianship.

SHOW NOTES:

Tim Smyth’s website

Tim’s PBS columns:

How I Use Comic Books As A Learning Tool In My Social Studies Classroom

How Bringing Comics Into The Classroom Made Me Love Teaching Again

“Comics” vs “Graphic Novels”

Comics, education, and literacy

Padlet: online collaboration tool

Cross-curriculum applications of comics

ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table

Issues vs Collected Editions vs Digital

Comics Discussed In This Episode

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154: Jim Lynch

Steve chats with Jim Lynch, editor of TechSoup for Libraries, about TechSoup’s background and mission, how its programs and services work, and how your library can get involved.

Jim Lynch is the editor of TechSoup for Libraries and also a senior writer on nonprofit technology at TechSoup. Over his long career at TechSoup, Jim has seen all the fads and also the solid aspects of tech-for-good. He’s also written on nonprofit and library tech trends over the last 10 years. Jim has been interviewed extensively over the years on library tech and related issues by the Wall St. Journal, National Public Radio, PC World Magazine, and many other news outlets.

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153: MK Czerwiec

Steve chats with MK Czerwiec about her career as the Comic Nurse, what graphic medicine is, and why libraries should have it in their collections.

MK Czerwiec is a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement (Washington, DC) and the Artist-in- Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago, IL). Her clinical nursing experience is in HIV/AIDS care and hospice care. MK has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. She has an MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University, where she teaches a course she designed called “Drawing Medicine” to first and second year medical students. She also co-teaches a cross-curriculum course on Graphic Medicine at the University of Chicago. She has a BSN from Rush University in Chicago and a BA in English from Loyola University Chicago. 

She is the creator of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 (Penn State University Press, 2017) which was chosen as one of JAMA’s “Best of Graphic Medicine 2017″ and nominated for a 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature award. MK is a co-author of the Eisner-nominated Graphic Medicine Manifesto (PSU Press, 2014). She is a co-manager of GraphicMedicine.org and host of the Graphic Medicine podcast. MK travels widely to teaching about about Graphic Medicine, with specific focus on comics and end of life. Her next book will be an edited anthology of comics about menopause. She is also contemplating her next graphic memoir, which will be about medical decision making, the history of medicine, and her mother. 

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151: Melissa Powell

Steve chats with Melissa Powell, editor of Becoming an Independent Information Professional, about her path to librarianship, her book, and how to find out if being an independent informational professional is for you, and if so, how to do it!

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Melissa Powell has been working in libraries since 1980, starting out as a shelver at her local public library as a teen.  Since then she has worked in Public, Academic, Special, and School libraries in public, technical, and administrative services.  In 2006 Melissa created her own company and began working as a consultant for libraries, with a majority of her work being in cataloging and customer service. In 2017 she joined TLC as an Outside Sales Representative for the Northeast.  Melissa earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science in 1989 from Northern Illinois University. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two cats.

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148: Loida Garcia-Febo

Steve chats with Loida Garcia-Febo, President of the American Library Association (2018-2019), about her path to librarianship, visiting Puerto Rice post-Hurricane Maria, highlights of her ALA Presidency so far, and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession.

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Loida Garcia-Febo is an international library consultant, researcher and expert on topics such as human rights, advocacy and services to multicultural populations. She has served communities as academic, public, school, and special librarian in Puerto Rico and Queens. She has taught in 21 countries and has advocated on behalf of libraries at the United Nations, US Congress, NYC City Hall, NY State Senate and on streets and sidewalks of New York. She completed two terms on the IFLA Governing Board where she Chaired the Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) and is currently a member of CPDWL. Loida is the President of the American Library Association (2018-2019).

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