163: Rebecca Vnuk

Steve chats with Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director of LibraryReads, about her current favorite reads, what LibraryReads is, and how library staff can get involved.

Rebecca Vnuk is the Executive Director of LibraryReads. She has an MLIS from Dominican University and worked as a public librarian before becoming the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist magazine. Rebecca is the author of three reference books on the topic of Women’s Fiction, as well as a best-selling book on weeding library collections. She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2010 and was the 2010 PLA Allie Beth Martin Award Winner for distinguished Readers Advisory Service. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two tween sons (both of whom still love to read, whew!).

This episode of Circulating Ideas is brought to you with support from Becky Spratford and RA for All. Readers’ advisory is a core concept for libraries and you want your staff trained by the best. Back in 2007, librarian Becky Spratford was working at a public library and teaching the readers advisory class at Dominican University but wanted to do more to compile her best ideas and save the very best of her students work, so she started a blog, RA for All as a way to showcase and catalog it all. The blog is now one of the most trusted and respected RA tools available. After 15 years of public service, Becky transitioned into being a full time consultant in 2015 and provides RA training to library workers all over the world. If you are interested in hiring Becky to present at your library’s staff day, your state library conference, or wherever library workers are learning (either in person or virtually), go to raforall.blogspot.com to preview sample past programs, see her current schedule of events, listen to Becky talk about RA service, and obtain basic pricing. Click the RA for All logo at the top of the blog to find her contact information and if you mention Circulating Ideas, you will get 10% off if you book by the end of 2019.

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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156: Deborah Takahashi

Steve chats with Deb Takahashi, branch librarian for Pasadena Public Library and author of Serving Teens with Mental Illness in the Library, about why she wrote the book, how to work with teens with mental illnesses in your library, and why self-care is important.

Deborah K. Takahashi is a branch librarian for Pasadena Public Library who specializes in Youth Services. She holds an MLS degree and is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. She is a 2009 ALA Spectrum and 2010 CLA Edna Yelland scholar. She served as the 2015–2017 Social Media Co-Chair for the CLA Youth Services Interest Group and was a member of the Mental Health Advisory Committee for the 2016-2017 California State Library (CSL) Mental Health Initiative. She writes for ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) blog.

This episode of Circulating Ideas is brought to you with support from Mometrix. Through their eLibrary portal, Mometrix offers study guides and practice questions for over 1800 different exams covering college entrance, graduate school, nursing, medical, teacher certification, civil service, and many other careers or fields of study, all fully customizable and at a fraction of the cost of printed books. It’s like having an entire library of test prep materials…. all at your fingertips. So, save space, save paper, and save money; with Mometrix eLibrary. To learn more, visit GOeLibrary.com and use promo code PODCAST to get a free demo and save 10% on your first purchase.

152: ALA Presidential Candidates (2019)

Steve chats with Julius Jefferson and Lance Werner, the two 2019 candidates for President of the American Library Association, about why they want to be President, how to promote and advocate for more diversity and inclusion in the profession, how the association can be more open to virtual participation, and why libraries are still important in the 21st century.

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Julius Jefferson (l.), Lance Werner (r.)

An active member of ALA for 15 years, Julius Jefferson currently serves on and has been a member of the ALA Council since 2011, and most recently completed a 3-year term on the ALA Executive Board (2015-18). He has also served on a number of critical committees, including the Finance and Audit Committee (2017-18), the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (2014-18), the Intellectual Freedom Committee (2010-14) serving as the 2010-11 chair, and is currently chair of the Chapter Relations Committee, as well as on numerous other committees and task forces of the association. He is co- editor of The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges and is often sought as a speaker on library-related issues such as diversity, leadership and professional development. Jefferson holds a BA in History from Howard  University and an MLS from the University of Maryland.

Julius Jefferson campaign site

Lance Werner has served as Executive Director for Kent District Library since 2011. He received a juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University’s College of Law and his master’s degree in Library Science from Wayne State University (WSU). In 2018, he was chosen as Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, and in years past, he was the recipient of the Joey Rodger Leadership Award from the Urban Libraries Council, Librarian of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association (MLA), the WSU Distinguished Alumni award, and Library Journal’s Mover and Shaker Award. Lance is currently involved in the ALA Policy Corps, WSU’s Capital Campaign, MLA’s Legislative Committee, and has just graduated from Michigan Political Leadership Course.

Lance Werner campaign site

This episode of Circulating Ideas is brought to you with support from Mometrix. Through their eLibrary portal, Mometrix offers study guides and practice questions for over 1800 different exams covering college entrance, graduate school, nursing, medical, teacher certification, civil service, and many other careers or fields of study, all fully customizable and at a fraction of the cost of printed books. It’s like having an entire library of test prep materials…. all at your fingertips. So, save space, save paper, and save money; with Mometrix eLibrary. To learn more, visit GOeLibrary.com and use promo code PODCAST to get a free demo and save 10% on your first purchase.

149: Library Planet

Steve chats with Christian Lauersen and Marie Engberg Eiriksson, founders of Library Planet, a library-focused crowd-sourced travel blog, about library collaboration, why they started Library Planet, how you can contribute, and the making of a bossa nova library song.

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Christian Lauersen is director of Libraries and Citizen Services in Roskilde Municipality. He believe libraries are crucial institutions in every community, public as academic to create and open, more diverse, inclusive and equal world. Also: Music listener, LEGO Aficionado, Ukulele jammer, Colorful Sock Lover, Football player. Based in Copenhagen. Christian is a frequently used presenter at conferences and blogs about library development at The Library Lab: https://christianlauersen.net/

Marie Engberg Eiriksson works as a consultant and communications team lead at Gladsaxe public Libraries. She loves libraries and anything related to it. She nerds IFLA habitually as a standing committee member of the IFLA section library services to people with special needs and is on the board of a special needs publishing house. Marie also does many things realted to yarn, thread and fabric and she will travel pretty far for Cool libraries and WWII museums.She presents at conferences and workshops on matters related to library services to people with special needs.

SHOW NOTES:

Library Planet
The Library Lab
“The making of a bossa nova library song: 7 inches of library user appreciation”

This episode of Circulating Ideas is brought to you with support from Mometrix. Through their eLibrary portal, Mometrix offers study guides and practice questions for over 1800 different exams covering college entrance, graduate school, nursing, medical, teacher certification, civil service, and many other careers or fields of study, all fully customizable and at a fraction of the cost of printed books. It’s like having an entire library of test prep materials…. all at your fingertips. So, save space, save paper, and save money; with Mometrix eLibrary. To learn more, visit GOeLibrary.com and use promo code PODCAST to get a free demo and save 10% on your first purchase.

145: Purpose-Based Library, Part 2

Steve chats with John Huber and Steven V. Potter, co-authors of The Purpose-Based Library. In Part 2 of their discussion, they chat about dashboard metrics, marketing libraries (and why libraries have traditionally been bad at it), and sustainability.

Purpose Based Library

John Huber is an author, Lean Library Consultant and international speaker. After assisting over 100 manufacturing, distribution retail organizations dramatically improve their service and cost performance, Mr. Huber turned his attention to the Library world. This partnership has been impactful. Due to Mr. Huber’s leadership, libraries have established and met heretofore-unexpected new levels of service and cost performance.  Sample library clients include the Pubic Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, The New York Public Library, Austin Public library, Houston Public Library, Texas A & M University, Multnomah County Library, Gwinnett County Public Library, and many, many more. Sample manufacturing clients include Thomas & Betts, Midas, American Airlines, Safelite Glass, Rheem/Ruud, Zebco, Home International Products, and B. E. Aerospace.

Mr. Huber is the author of these popularly received books, Lean Library Management, Eleven Strategies for Reducing Costs and Improving Services and The Purpose Based Library, Finding Your Path to Survival, Success and Growth by visiting J. Huber & Associates website: http://www.jhaconsults.com.

Mr. Huber has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University and holds three U.S. patents. He can be reached at jhaconsults@gmail.com.

Steven V. Potter is the CEO and Library Director of Mid-Continent Public Library. He has been with the Library system since 1988, where he started as a typist after finishing his undergraduate work in history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In the years since, Potter has held multiple positions at the MCPL. He was responsible for the system’s first website and the project to bring public Internet computers to the Library as well as developing the largest public genealogy library in the U.S. (The Midwest Genealogy Center). Potter is now overseeing the MCPL’s shift to providing library access in a digital age. The innovative Woodneath Library Center gathers many of these innovative efforts in one place. For these reasons, and many more, MCPL was recognized as a recipient of the 2014 National Medal from the Institute for Museum and Library Service.

Potter coauthored The Purposed Based Library and was named Public Administrator of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration in 2015. Under his leadership, MCPL placed a question before the voters asking for the first increase in funding since 1983.  The voters soundly endorsed the library’s vision in November 2016 setting the library’s course for the next decade and beyond. He has become a leader in the field of local economic development and its impact on public entities.

He serves on multiple boards of directors and is an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri. He holds an MLS from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MPA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

This episode of Circulating Ideas is brought to you with support from Mometrix. Through their eLibrary portal, Mometrix offers study guides and practice questions for over 1800 different exams covering college entrance, graduate school, nursing, medical, teacher certification, civil service, and many other careers or fields of study, all fully customizable and at a fraction of the cost of printed books. It’s like having an entire library of test prep materials…. all at your fingertips. So, save space, save paper, and save money; with Mometrix eLibrary. To learn more, visit GOeLibrary.com and use promo code PODCAST to get a free demo and save 10% on your first purchase.

144: Purpose-Based Library, Part 1

Steve chats with John Huber and Steven V. Potter, co-authors of The Purpose-Based Library. In Part 1 of their discussion, they chat about Lean Library Management, the purpose of libraries, and managing change through tough economic times.

Purpose Based Library

John Huber is an author, Lean Library Consultant and international speaker. After assisting over 100 manufacturing, distribution retail organizations dramatically improve their service and cost performance, Mr. Huber turned his attention to the Library world. This partnership has been impactful. Due to Mr. Huber’s leadership, libraries have established and met heretofore-unexpected new levels of service and cost performance.  Sample library clients include the Pubic Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, The New York Public Library, Austin Public library, Houston Public Library, Texas A & M University, Multnomah County Library, Gwinnett County Public Library, and many, many more. Sample manufacturing clients include Thomas & Betts, Midas, American Airlines, Safelite Glass, Rheem/Ruud, Zebco, Home International Products, and B. E. Aerospace.

Mr. Huber is the author of these popularly received books, Lean Library Management, Eleven Strategies for Reducing Costs and Improving Services and The Purpose Based Library, Finding Your Path to Survival, Success and Growth by visiting J. Huber & Associates website: http://www.jhaconsults.com.

Mr. Huber has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Oklahoma State University and holds three U.S. patents. He can be reached at jhaconsults@gmail.com.

Steven V. Potter is the CEO and Library Director of Mid-Continent Public Library. He has been with the Library system since 1988, where he started as a typist after finishing his undergraduate work in history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In the years since, Potter has held multiple positions at the MCPL. He was responsible for the system’s first website and the project to bring public Internet computers to the Library as well as developing the largest public genealogy library in the U.S. (The Midwest Genealogy Center). Potter is now overseeing the MCPL’s shift to providing library access in a digital age. The innovative Woodneath Library Center gathers many of these innovative efforts in one place. For these reasons, and many more, MCPL was recognized as a recipient of the 2014 National Medal from the Institute for Museum and Library Service.

Potter coauthored The Purposed Based Library and was named Public Administrator of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration in 2015. Under his leadership, MCPL placed a question before the voters asking for the first increase in funding since 1983.  The voters soundly endorsed the library’s vision in November 2016 setting the library’s course for the next decade and beyond. He has become a leader in the field of local economic development and its impact on public entities.

He serves on multiple boards of directors and is an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri. He holds an MLS from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MPA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

This episode of Circulating Ideas is brought to you with support from Mometrix. Through their eLibrary portal, Mometrix offers study guides and practice questions for over 1800 different exams covering college entrance, graduate school, nursing, medical, teacher certification, civil service, and many other careers or fields of study, all fully customizable and at a fraction of the cost of printed books. It’s like having an entire library of test prep materials…. all at your fingertips. So, save space, save paper, and save money; with Mometrix eLibrary. To learn more, visit GOeLibrary.com and use promo code PODCAST to get a free demo and save 10% on your first purchase.

140: Maurice Coleman

Steve chats with Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer at the Harford County Public Library in Maryland and longtime host of the T is for Training podcast, about the origins of his podcast, how he got involved with libraries and training, and why makerspaces are within scope for libraries.

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#alaac18 Podcasting Panel (l. – r.) Maurice Coleman, Angela Ocana, Sara Benson, Steve Thomas

Maurice Coleman is currently the Technical Trainer at the Harford County Public Library in Maryland. For 25 years he has facilitated live and virtual workshops and learning opportunities across the country.

Areas of expertise include technology planning, implementation and geek/non-geek translation, successful staff development and training, not for profit organizational and management development and fundraising, presentation and public speaking skills, community organizing, and leveraging social media for organizational growth.  

In addition to his work with libraries across the country, he hosts the longest  running library training and presentation podcast T is for Training and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2010.  

This episode of Circulating Ideas is brought to you with support from Mometrix. Through their eLibrary portal, Mometrix offers study guides and practice questions for over 1800 different exams covering college entrance, graduate school, nursing, medical, teacher certification, civil service, and many other careers or fields of study, all fully customizable and at a fraction of the cost of printed books. It’s like having an entire library of test prep materials…. all at your fingertips. So, save space, save paper, and save money; with Mometrix eLibrary. To learn more, visit GOeLibrary.com

136: Jennie Rothschild

Steve chats with Jennie Rothschild, a Collection Development Librarian for Arlington Public Library, about her book club podcast, serving on awards committees, and her experience at the ALA Annual Conference.

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Jennie Rothschild is a Collection Development Librarian for Arlington Public Library in Arlington, VA. She has also been a branch manager and youth services librarian. She has been on several award committees, most recently YALSA’S Margaret A. Edwards Award and is the CYBILS, where she serves as YA Nonficiton Category Chair. She reviews for School Library Journal, Library Journal, and Booklist. When she’s not reading, she likes to knit while watching TV or listening to podcasts. This summer you can listen to all of her thoughts and feelings on War and Peace through the Arlington Public Library’s Big Book Club, #OhBoyTolstoy edition.

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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