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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130: Susan Barnum

Steve chats with Susan Barnum, librarian at the El Paso Public Library and 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, about her journey to librarianship, editing Wikipedia, and the library’s role in being inclusive to their diverse communities.

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Susan Barnum earned her MLIS at the University of North Texas in 2013. She grew up around libraries and has worked in the El Paso Public Library in El Paso, Texas since 2007. She loves dogs, gardening, her kids, editing Wikipedia and wishes she could eat more french fries. The last book she read was “Honor Among Thieves” by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. It was really good!

SHOW NOTES

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OCLC: Wikipedia + Libraries

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127: Matthew Murray

Guest host Thomas Maluck chats with Matthew Murray about zine libraries, diversity in comics, and podcasting in the library world.

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Matthew Murray is a Visiting Library Fellow at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries. When he’s not trying to read all of the comics ever Matthew spends his time recording and editing the Book Club for Masochists readers’ advisory podcast, editing for the graphic novel review site No Flying No Tights, helping to run the Zine Pavilion at ALA, making the fiction anthology zine Two-Fisted Library Stories, and playing with Raspberry Pi computers and maker/technology stuff in general. He’s also willing to talk about why libraries are bad at cataloguing graphic novels for basically forever (or until they get better at it).

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Thomas Maluck is a teen services librarian at Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina with an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. He served on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels For Teens committee for its 2014 and 2015 lists and has presented about teen programming and collections at various library and pop culture conventions. When he’s not reading as a juror for the Cybils and SEE-IT awards, he reviews for No Flying, No Tights and co-hosts a podcast about comics and libraries, The Secret Stacks. A member of the library’s anime club gave him a Star Build Strike Gundam, the most prestigious award in teen librarianship.

SHOW NOTES:

Zines!

Two-Fisted Library Stories!

Maker Stuff!

Work Stuff!

Comics!

Podcasting!

Other Links!

Matthew!

125: Frank Skornia

Guest host Amanda L. Goodman chats with Frank Skornia, Digital Librarian for Adult & Information Services at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut, about virtual reality in libraries.

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Frank Skornia is a geek, a reader, and a librarian – not necessarily in that order. He has been the Digital Librarian for Adult & Information Services at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut for about the past 3 years. Before that he was a digital archivist working with 9/11 families and a media archivist for The History Channel. He has an extremely wide range of interests in the world of information and libraries including library instruction, emerging technologies, collection development, and of course archives and preservation.

His other interests include fantasy and science fiction novels, films, and video, board, and roleplaying games.

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Amanda L. Goodman is the publicity manager at Darien Library in Connecticut. She has published The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide and Digital Media Labs in Libraries. From 2014 to 2017, she was a co-founder of LibUX. She is currently a LITA Director-at-Large.

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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121: Rebecca Vnuk

Steve chats with Rebecca Vnuk, editor of IndiePicks, the book review publication dedicated to independent publishers and authors.

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Rebecca Vnuk comes to IndiePicks after holding the position of Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach with Booklist Publications. She has an MLIS from Dominican University and worked for a decade as a public librarian, in a variety of positions from Readers’ Advisor to adult services management. 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. Rebecca was a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, the 2010 PLA Allie Beth Martin Award Winner for distinguished Readers Advisory Service, and the 2008 Library Journal Fiction Reviewer of the Year. She’s an expert on chick lit, but she also likes to read about serial killers and zombies (after all, it’s not all about the shoes!). If she’s not tucked away filling her head with terrifying tales or women’s weepers, she’s probably running after her two young sons.

SHOW NOTES:

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IndiePicks

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120: Becky Spratford

Steve chats with Becky Spratford, creator of RA for All and RA for All: Horror, about getting respect for reviews of genre titles, her upcoming work in IndiePicks magazine, and how to do readers’ advisory in genres you don’t personally enjoy or understand (also, Carrie vs. Pennywise??).

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Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up.  She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the popular and critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All and it’s evil twin RA for All: Horror and is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist and IndiePicks Magazine. Becky is also known for her work with horror readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition [ALA Editions, 2012] and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association who honored her as a special guest of honor at StokerCon 2017 for her contribution to the genre. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.

SHOW NOTES:

The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror
IndiePicks

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119: Jeffrey Davis

Steve chats with Jeffrey Davis about his new book, The Collection All Around: Sharing Our Cities, Towns, and Natural Places.

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Jeffrey T. Davis is a branch manager at San Diego Public Library. He has worked in branch and central libraries from the South Bronx to downtown San Diego and in collection development and online services. He enjoys talking about libraries, library experimentation, and the awesome things that librarians do. His library design shingle is at libraryfresh.com and he tweets miscellaneously @augmentedballot.

SHOW NOTES:

The Collection All Around: Sharing Our Cities, Towns, and Natural Places
Library Fresh

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