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

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]

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: