70: Gwyn Stupar and Barbara Alvarez

Guest host Leah White chats with Gwyn Stupar and Barbara Alvarez, co-creators of the Library OnConference.


Gwyneth Stupar is an Adult Services Librarian at the Barrington Area Library. Gwyneth received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2006, and  currently serves on the board of the LACONI (Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois)technology section. Gwyneth’s favorite quote? “No matter how successful you become, someone always helps you.” Check out her website at http://www.gwynethstupar.com or @gwynonite on Twitter.

Barbara Alvarez has been working libraries for 4 years. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in May 2012. Currently she is the Resource Guide Coordinator for iREAD Committee through ILA, is completing Synergy, a grant-funded leadership opportunity through the Illinois State Library and ILMS, and writes regularly for Public Libraries Online. Stay in touch at barbaralvarez.com and @the_barbrarian.

Leah White is the Head of Popular Materials at the Ela Area Public Library in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and the author of The Library Innovation Toolkit. She graduated from Dominican University with her MLIS in 2008 and won the Library Journal Movers & Shakers Award in 2012 for her work on building community engagement. You can find her on Twitter: @leahlibrarian or check out her website: www.leahlwhite.com.



43: Naomi House

Guest host Leah White chats with Naomi House, founder, editor and publisher at INALJ.com.

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Naomi House

Naomi House is the founder, editor and publisher at INALJ.com and a former reference, marketing and acquisitions librarian for a federal library.  She and her 180+ volunteers work to add over 7,000 jobs a month and tons of great articles to the website.  She believes well sourced quantity is quality and ‘squees’ each and every time someone shares that they found a job.  Along with her husband, Sana, she flips houses in New Orleans.  Naomi is a well known international presenter (over 60 presentations in the past 3 years) and most recently presented at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa, at the National Press Club in Washington DC and in Dubai at the American University in the Emirates.

Guest host Leah White is the Head of Popular Materials at the Ela Area Public Library and a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee. Leah graduated from Dominican University with her MLIS in 2008 and won the Library Journal Movers & Shakers Award in 2012. Her forthcoming book on innovation in libraries will be out this Fall. She enjoys reading comic books, Instagramming pictures of her pets, and spending too much time reading the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. You can find her on Twitter @leahlibrarian or check out her website.

31: Steve Thomas

Leah White interviews Steve Thomas, the regular host of the show, using your questions, as a thanks for supportingthe Kickstarter campaign.

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This episode wraps up the string of episodes promised as part of the Kickstarter campaign back in the Spring. One of the stretch goals was an opportunity to ask me (Steve, the regular host of the show) questions, and regular contributor Leah White conducted that interview at the ALA Annual Conference this summer (we neglected to get a photo together, sorry!).

Fresh Air
Young Librarian Series | “Intersection” (Steve’s essay)

21: Best Books of 2012 (Part Two)

Steve speaks with a group of librarians about their favorite books of 2012 (and some sneak peeks into 2013).

Stephanie Anderson:

Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Passage of Power by Robert Caro
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
Building Stories by Chris Ware
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
By Blood by Ellen Ullman
The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka
I Am An Executioner by Rajesh Parameswaran
Zona by Geoff Dyer
The Lifespan of a Fact by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal
The Red Book by Carl Jung
Coming in 2013:
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Darien Library Staff Top 10:
Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Burn Down the Ground by Kambri Crews
Elsewhere by Richard Russo
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
Quiet by Susan Cain
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Thomas Maluck:

Message To Adolf by Osamu Tezuka
Daredevil by Mark Waid & various artists
The Graphic Canon by Various
A Wrinkle In Time adapted by Hope Larson
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Coming in 2013:
Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura 

Julie Jurgens:
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Four Mile by Watt Key
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
Long Lankin by Lindsay Barrclough
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle & ills. by Jeremy Tankard
A Boy, a Bear and a Boat by Dave Shelton
Marching To The Mountaintop : How Poverty, Labor Fights, And Civil Rights Set The Stage For Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Hours by Ann Bausum
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
Coming in 2013:
The Beatles Were Fab (And They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer
Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles by Erica Farber

Leah White:

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Store of the Worlds by Robert Sheckley

Library Innovation Submissions

Steve speaks with Leah White about submissions for the new book on library innovation that she is editing with Anthony Molaro.

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Call for chapter contributions.

Recent conferences have highlighted the importance of innovation in libraries, and it is a term often heard in library circles. But what is innovation? Innovation is an incremental process. It is the creation of effective, efficient, and better products, services, technologies, programs or structures to help libraries meet the needs of 21st century library patrons. How does your library engage in an innovation process? What innovations can your library adopt today? Who can suggest, plan, implement and assess ideas?

The Library Innovation Cookbook: Bite-Sized Ideas to Fuel Growth in Your Library is designed to answer those questions with quick morsels that your library can apply immediately. 


Dr. Anthony Molaro is an imaginarian and information activist and is the Associate Dean of Library and Instructional Technology at Prairie State College.

Leah L. White is a Reader Services Librarian and creator of Books on Tap, Northbrook Public Library’s first book club in a pub.

11: LJ Movers and Shakers 2012, Part One

Steve speaks with a selection of the 2012 Library Journal Movers & Shakers.

Renee Grassi
Youth Services Librarian
Deerfield Public Library, Deerfield, IL

Jennifer LaGarde
Myrtle Grove Middle School, Wilmington, NC

Stephen X. Flynn
Emerging Technologies Librarian
College of Wooster Libraries, OH

Jordana Vincent
Collection Development Librarian
Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO

Leah White
Reader Services Librarian
Northbrook Public Library, IL