109: Renee Grassi

Steve chats with Renee Grassi, Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library System in Dakota County, Minnesota, about her path to librarianship, library services to people with disabilities, and learning to lead.

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Renee Grassi is an award-winning librarian and nationally recognized leader in library services for children with disabilities, and was named a 2012 Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work in this area. Renee has been a member of the ALSC Committee for Library Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers and one of the founding Board Members of Illinois’s Targeting Autism Forum. She was also one of the founding members of SNAILS—an Illinois networking group dedicated to developing more accessible libraries to children and teens with disabilities. She considers herself an advocate for social justice and works to make libraries inclusive for all. Renee is currently the Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library System in Dakota County, Minnesota.

SHOW NOTES

Renee’s site
Renee’s first appearance on Circulating Ideas (Episode 11)
ALA Leadership Institute
PLA Leadership Academy

Circulating Ideas is produced with support from the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science and listeners like you. Find out how you can help here.

108: Jeremy Shermak

Guest host Troy Swanson chats with Jeremy Shermak about differentiating journalism from “the media,”  professional ethics, and both recognizing and accepting our biases.

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Jeremy Shermak is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Moody College of Communication Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has nearly 20 years of professional experience as a college professor, media analyst, and journalist. He earned a B.S. in Informatics from Indiana University, an M.A. in Writing Pedagogy from DePaul University, and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Shermak’s research interests include the use of social media during live coverage, including sports and weather events. For his thesis, he examined the use of Twitter by newspaper sports beat reporters during live-game events. His theoretical interests include spiral of silence, deliberative democracy, and uses and gratifications.

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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.

Circulating Ideas is produced with support from the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science and listeners like you. Find out how you can help here.

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.

SHOW NOTES:

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

Circulating Ideas is produced with support from the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science and listeners like you. Find out how you can help here.

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.

SHOW NOTES

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]

Circulating Ideas is produced with support from the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science and listeners like you. Find out how you can help here.

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: