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.

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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.

SHOW NOTES

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.

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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.

SHOW NOTES:

Graphic Medicine Book List
Graphic Medicine Database

131: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Steve chats with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York and author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World.

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Author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World and Resilience, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich has been a public library development consultant since 1998. Rebekkah currently holds the position of Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York where she assists 66 public libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities. Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (cSBA),  Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. A founding member of the American Library Association’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT), Rebekkah spearheaded the passage of the American Library Association’s Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries. Active in the New York Library Association (NYLA), Rebekkah is co-founder, and co-chair, of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative Committee. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010, Rebekkah is Library Journal’s sustainability columnist and a frequent presenter at libraries and conferences around the US.

SHOW NOTES:

Sustainable Libraries
ALA Sustainability Roundtable

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126: Alex Halpern

Steve chats with Alex Halpern, a library school student in Oregon whose “Angriest Librarian” tweets defending libraries went viral. Steve and Alex chat about Library Twitter, how libraries need to embed themselves in their communities, and how to improve library school.

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Alex Halpern is an MLS student in the Portland, Oregon Cohort of Emporia State University and the Research Director of networkofcare.org. He previously served on the board of National Novel Writing Month. He lives in the Portland suburbs with his wife and two-year old son.

124: Bonnie Tijerina

Steve chats with Bonnie Tijerina about patron and data privacy, her passion for librarianship, creating conferences, and her work with the Data & Society Institute, Library Consulting Network, SXSW, and the Awesome Foundation.

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Bonnie Tijerina is currently a researcher at the Data & Society Institute and a Lecturer at University of Wisconsin, Madison’s iSchool. She is founder of ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries) conference and organization, created to facilitate communication and foster collaboration among information management and e-resources professionals in libraries. Bonnie has worked in academic libraries for over ten years, most recently at Harvard University. She annually hosts the Designing for Digital Conference in Austin, TX and coordinates the Library Consulting Network.  Bonnie gives microgrants for awesome library projects through the Awesome Foundation Chapter for Libraries and she tweets @bonlth.
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122: The Healing Library

Steve chats with Megan Emery, Kirsten Cappy, and Bonnie Thomas about the Healing Library, a project to assist families with healing in a healthy way while teaching parents the skills of looking critically at picture books and utilizing them to communicate with children.

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Megan Emery, MLIS, is an Experience Designer & Coordinator for the Chattanooga Public Library. She has worked at library innovation for 3 public libraries in 3 different states for over 10 years. She is the author of Cooking Up Program Teens and Tweens Will Love: Recipes for Success, and she believes in the power of respecting the old while enthusiastically attempting the new, committing to user based design, and in petting puppies whenever you see them.

Kirsten Cappy is the owner of Curious City, a small company dedicated to creating discovery for children’s literature.  Curious City creates story hour kits, book scavenger games, discussion and book club guides, videos, book giveaways, and other tools to engage young readers in the written word through play, conversation, and social action.  These tools, created in partnership with authors, illustrators and publishers, are available free to librarians, educators, and literacy organizations at CuriousCityDPW.com.

Bonnie Thomas is the author of Creative Coping Skills for Children:  Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities (2009); Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft, and Journaling (2010); How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors and Connected to Nature: 200+ Activities to Encourage Self Esteem, Mindfulness, and Wellbeing (2014); More Creative Coping Skills for Children: Activities, Games, Stories, and Handouts to Help Children Self Regulate (2016); and Toxins and Antidotes : A Therapeutic Card Deck (2017).  Bonnie counsels youth ages 3-17 at her private practice business Indigo North Counseling, LLC in Southern Maine.

SHOW NOTES:

The Healing Library
The Healing Library: Lending Healing Experiences to Families [Infopeople webinar]
What a Beautiful Morning by Arthur Levine

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118: John Chrastka

Steve chats with John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary, about their One Million Americans for Libraries project and more.

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John Chrastka is founder and executive director of EveryLibrary, the first Super PAC for libraries. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has provided pro-bono support to 63 library communities with ballot measures and tax referendum, helping win well over $220 million in stable tax funding. He is a former Board president of the Berwyn (IL) Public Library and RAILS, the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System. Prior to EveryLibrary, he was a partner in AssociaDirect, an association consultancy, and was Director for Membership Development at ALA.  He is a 2014 LJ Mover & Shaker. He tweets at @everylibrary.

SHOW NOTES:

EveryLibrary
One Million Americans for Libraries 
Save School Librarians
EveryLibrary [Medium]

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