190: John Bracken

Steve chats with John Bracken, Executive Director at Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), about why he left the Knight Foundation to take on the challenge of the DPLA, how the DPLA works with its partners, and how DPLA is working to protect democracy and advance needed conversations about race.

John Bracken has served as executive director at Digital Public Library of America since December 2017. Previously John worked for nearly two decades as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy, and innovation. He most recently served as vice president for technology innovation at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where he oversaw the Knight News Challenge, Knight’s Prototype Fund, and other efforts to improve the creation, curation, and accessibility of information. He previously managed technology and civic innovation programs at the MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation. He has a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Pitzer College. He also serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council.

SHOW NOTES:

Digital Public Library of America
Circulating Ideas 44: Dan Cohen
Race, Power, and Curation: Launching the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection | Register

189: Esther Safran Foer

Steve chats with Esther Safran Foer, the author of I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, about releasing a book during a pandemic, her time at Sixth & I, the exploration of her past leading to the writing of her memoir, and whether she sought writing advice from her sons.

Photo by Laura Ashbrook Photography

Esther Safran Foer was the CEO of Sixth & I, a center for arts, ideas, and religion. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Bert. They are the parents of Franklin, Jonathan, and Joshua, and the grandparents of six.

SHOW NOTES:

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here
Interview with Jonathan Safran Foer
Interview with Franklin Foer
Yizkor Books at NYPL
Library of Congress digital map collection
Sixth & I

188: Shauntee Burns-Simpson

Steve chats with Shauntee Burns-Simpson, 2020-2022 President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), about BCALA’s 50 anniversary, how libraries can help facilitate hard conversations about race, and inspirational African American librarians.

Shauntee Burns-Simpson is currently the Manager, School Support and Outreach at the New York Public Library (NYPL) where she has held several positions. She was formerly an Outreach Librarian for MyLibraryNYC and Outreach Specialist for HomeworkNYC. She has been a NYPL employee since 1996.

As a Young Adult Librarian Mrs. Burns- Simpson had a great interest in children and their education. She implemented programs that NYPL adopted as programming for young adults. Outreaching to schools and other community agencies is very important to her. In her career path she visits schools and community based organizations to talk about library resources, the importance of having a library card, and provides professional development opportunities to educators on using the library.

She is currently the President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and is proud to hold the position during the organization’s 50th anniversary. She is the former Chair of ALA’s Committee on Diversity, member of the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) & the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Train the Trainer project. Past President of the Reference Adult Services Section of the New York Library Association (NYLA) 2012-2013 and New York Black Librarians Caucus 2013-2015.

Mrs. Burns-Simpson holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Long Island University and a Masters of Information & Library Science from Queens College.

185: Karen Keninger

Steve chats with Karen Keninger, Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress, about accommodations for the blind and print disabled community, what’s in the NLS’s collection, eligibility requirements, NLS network libraries, and how your library can help NLS’s mission.

Karen Keninger has served as the Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress since 2012. Prior to her appointment with the Library of Congress, Keninger served as Director of the Iowa Department for the Blind and as Regional Librarian at the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled. Her priorities for NLS focus on leveraging technology for a better reading experience and expanding content options for NLS patrons. Accomplishments to date include launching a braille eReader program; tripling the number of titles added to the collection annually; and implementing BARD Express and BARD Mobile apps.  Current initiatives include exploration of options for the next generation of talking books, including digital delivery and voice control; increasing access to visual content; expansion of the NLS patron base; relocation of NLS headquarters, and participation in the Marrakesh Treaty.

SHOW NOTES:

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
Marrakesh Treaty
Find your local network library

184: Matt Finch

Steve chats with strategy & foresight consultant Matt Finch about what scenario planning is and why libraries need to be doing it, some of the big ideas libraries need to be thinking about, working remotely during a pandemic, and exploring Library Island.

Matt Finch is a strategy & foresight consultant at mechanicaldolphin.com and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland. He’s currently advising on the IMAJINE project for the future of regional inequality in Europe, and regularly serves as a facilitator on the scenarios programme at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. From 2016-2017 he was the first ever Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland and a Creative/Researcher at British Library Labs.

SHOW NOTES:

Mechanical Dolphin
Arrows of Time activity
Gov Love: Leadership and Scenario Planning with Matt Finch
Circulating Ideas 1: Buffy Hamilton

180: David Jarmul

Steve chats with David Jarmul, author of Not Exactly Retired: A Life-Changing Journey on the Road and in the Peace Corps, about his life in and out of the Peace Corps, including his time working in a library in Moldova.

David Jarmul is the author of Not Exactly Retired: A Life-Changing Journey on the Road and in the Peace Corps. A writer and world traveler whose blog has been read in more than 100 countries, he was previously the head of news and communications at Duke University for many years. He also held senior communications positions at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Academy of Sciences. An honors graduate of Brown University and past president of the D.C. Science Writers Association, he has worked as an editor for an international development organization, a writer for the Voice of America and a reporter for a business newspaper. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, where he met his wife, Champa, and with her in Moldova, Eastern Europe, where he worked at a public library, helping it to modernize its operations with limited resources. He and Champa live in Durham, N.C.

SHOW NOTES:

Not Exactly Retired: A Life-Changing Journey on the Road and in the Peace Corps

179: HALO Fund

Steve chats with John Chrastka, President of the Board of Directors of EveryLibrary Institute and Executive Director at EveryLibrary, about the Help A Library worker Out (HALO) Fund, which helps librarians, library staff, and library workers who need help with housing expenses, child care, groceries, or other expenses during this crisis.

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Can you “Help a Library Worker Out“? The EveryLibrary Institute is fundraising to support library workers, librarians, and staff who are facing unexpected financial difficulties because of the Coronavirus economic slowdown. As a national library 501c3 non-profit organization, the EveryLibrary Institute is in a unique position to quickly bring together donors from across the country and make grants to library workers who are part of our library family. 

SHOW NOTES:

HALO Fund
EveryLibrary Institute

178: Tim Cherubini

Steve chats with Timothy Cherubini, Executive Director of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and coordinator of Measures That Matter, about his path to librarianship, the Public Library Data Alliance, and why collecting accurate data about public libraries is important.

Timothy Cherubini is the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) first Executive Director and leads that unique, highly motivated, collaborative organization in its goal to strengthen libraries and their contributions to a technology-driven society by leveraging state library agencies’ collective national reach, peer network, cross-state lens, recognized field leadership, and ability to partner. Prior to joining COSLA Tim held key positions with the SOLINET and LYRASIS library consortia where he served as a senior manager and frequent collaborator with members and partner organizations on initiatives aimed at extending the reach and effectiveness of libraries to serve their communities. He holds a Master of Library Science and has held positions as librarian, instructor and administrator at Duke University, Emory University, and the Ohio State University.

SHOW NOTES:

COSLA
Measures That Matter
Public Library Data Alliance

175: Gail Carriger

Guest host Heather Moorefield-Lang chats with author Gail Carriger, about how she uses libraries and books for research, writing the Parasol Protectorate series, dressing well for author signing lines, and her reading recommendations.

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Gail Carriger has multiple NYT bestsellers and over a million books in print in dozens of different languages. She writes comedies of manners mixed with urban fantasy (and sexy queer joy as G. L. Carriger). Her best known books include the Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School series. She was once an archaeologist and is fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor for the Department of Library and Information Science at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She has long been interested in how technologies can enhance instruction in libraries and classrooms. Her current research focuses on makerspaces in libraries and she had the honor of being nominated for the White House Champion of Change for Making in 2016.

SHOW NOTES:

Gail Carriger’s site
The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Pop Culture Dilettantes

Gail’s reading recommendations:
The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
The Afterward by E. K. Johnson
Jupiter Storm by Marti Dumas

174: Library Land

Steve chats with Adam Zand and Greg Peverill-Conti, the principals of SharpOrange PR agency and the creators of the Library Land project, about how libraries helped them build their business, why they decided to visit all of the libraries in Massachusetts, and how they’ve come to love libraries.

Greg (left) and Adam (right)

Greg Peverill-Conti and Adam Zand are the founders and patrons of the Library Land Project. They are also the founders of SharpOrange, a strategic PR and communications agency. Library Land is an unexpected offshoot of SharpOrange. When the duo needed a place to meet and work, they went to the library – and the rest, as they say, is history with over 300 libraries visited and always more to come. Adam and Greg visit, document, rate, review, photograph, and – most of all – love libraries.

Greg has spent his career helping all kinds of organizations imagine and tell their stories. From his days as a park ranger on Alcatraz, to more than 25 years in public relations, to the Library Land Project, Greg has brought curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm to his work. Since starting Library Land with Adam, Greg has become increasingly inspired by libraries and is planning to begin studying for his Master’s in Library Science in the fall of 2020.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gregpc

Adam is a connector and strategic communicator. His career path has spanned from service industries and non-profit management to public relations and marketing for agencies, companies and individuals. The common thread is energy and excitement for reaching positive outcomes. He tends to think about business opportunities as a collaborative process that can benefit from his analysis, insight, planning, and action.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/adamzand

SHOW NOTES:

Library Land

SharpOrange