147: Matthew Winner

Steve chats with Matthew Winner, elementary school librarian and host of The Children’s Book Podcast, about his path to librarianship, diverse representation, professional learning networks, and being a White House Champion of Change.

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Matthew Winner is an elementary school librarian living in Howard County, Maryland. He is the host of The Children’s Book Podcast (formerly All The Wonders), a weekly podcast featuring insightful and sincere interviews with authors, illustrators, and everyone involved in taking a book from drawing board to bookshelf. In 2013 Matthew was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. Matthew currently teaches Library Media at Swansfield Elementary School in Columbia, Maryland. Contact Matthew on Twitter at @MatthewWinner or keep up with his book lists, library musings, and podcasts at http://www.matthewcwinner.com/blog.


Children’s Book Podcast
White House Champion of Change: We Could All Use a Level Up

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142: School Library Makerspaces

Steve chats with Heather Moorefield-Lang and Gina Seymour. Heather is the editor of School Library Makerspaces in Action, and Gina is the author of Makers with a Cause: Creative Service Projects for Library Youth.

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Heather Moorefield-Lang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She started as a theater teacher and school librarian in the NC school systems. She has long been interested in how technologies can enhance instruction in libraries and classrooms. Her current research focuses on makerspaces in libraries of all types. She had the honor of being nominated for the White House Champion of Change for Making in 2016 and was awarded an American Association of School Librarians Social Media Superstars in the area of Tech Troubadours in 2018. To learn more about Heather and her work, see her website www.techfifteen.com, check out her YouTube Channel Tech 15, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

Gina Seymour is the library media specialist at Islip High School Library on Long Island, NY. She has a Masters in Library Science from Queens College and a Masters in Education (Instructional Technology) from NYIT where she graduated with distinction and also received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Technology. She is the 2014 recipient of the SSLMA School Librarian of the Year award. Named Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers 2017, Change Agent; read story here.

Gina believes in active participation and giving back to our profession through service. Gina serves on the American Library Association’s Website Advisory Committee and is Chairperson for YALSA’s Website Advisory Committee.

Follow her on twitter at @ginaseymour (and @IslipHSLibrary) or on Facebook at IslipHighSchoolLibrary.

137: School Librarian Panel

Steve chats with a panel of school librarians at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference: Heather Moorefield-Lang, Deb Logan, Heather Thore, Stacy Brown, Gina Seymour, and Sedley Abercrombie.


Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor with the Department of Library and Information Studies at The University of NC at Greensboro. Her research is focused in technology integration in libraries and education with a current focus on Makerspaces. Learn more about Heather at her website or follow her on Twitter, @actinginthelib.
After a thirty-year career in libraries (public and school), Deb Logan now splits her time as a district gifted coordinator with running a K-5 makerspace and genius hour program at Pleasant Local Schools. Logan is also the president of the Ohio Library Educational Media Association, an adjunct instructor for Ashland University, and a past Ohio School Librarian of the Year. Logan is also active in ALA and AASL.
After teaching in the elementary classroom for 4 years, Heather Thore decided it was time for something different and she moved into the media center. She has worked in elementary, primary, and middle school libraries. Heather just finished her 7th year as a school librarian and spent 3 of those years working with the schools on major transitions. This year, she is serving as the President of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians along with her position as a middle school librarian in a Title I school of 1,300 students.
Stacy Brown is the 21st Century Learning Coordinator at The Davis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, where manages two media centers in a kindergarten prep through 8th grade academic environment. Stacy manages two school media centers, leads Maker Monday and Tinkering Tuesday, teaches upper elementary technology exploratory courses, and facilitates teachers’ professional development in the area of technology integration and innovation. She currently serves on the board for Atlanta Area Technology Educators and Savvy Cyber Kids, Inc.
Award winning librarian and national speaker, Gina Seymour, is the author of Makers with a Cause: Creative Service Projects for Library Youth and a chapter on inclusive makerspaces in School Library Makerspaces in Action. Gina was awarded the SSLMA’s School Librarian of the Year and named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker (2017) as a “Change Agent”. She shares her work, musings and reflections on her blog and on Twitter @ginaseymour.
Sedley Abercrombie is the lead library media coordinator for 32 school libraries in Davidson County, NC.  She is also a past president of NCSLMA, an adjunct instructor at East Carolina University and a contributing blogger for Knowledge Quest.

105: ALA Presidential Candidates (2017)

Steve chats with the three candidates for president of the American Library Association, 2018-2019: Loida Garcia-Febo, Terri Grief, and Scott Walter.


Loida Garcia-Febo’s campaign site
Terri Grief’s campaign site
Scott Walter’s campaign site

ALA Election Information

2017 ALA Midwinter – Presidential Candidates Forum

“ALA strongly protests rollback of protections for our nation’s transgender students” [ALA press release]

ALA Council Candidate Sorter 2017 [courtesy of Andromeda Yelton]

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Recirculated 1: Buffy Hamilton

In 2011, Steve chatted with Buffy Hamilton for the first episode of Circulating Ideas.

Take yourself back to the days in 2011 when Steve still had a crappy mic and didn’t know how to clean up the audio from a bad Skype connection! But that doesn’t stop Buffy’s wisdom and inspirational message from cutting through the poor audio quality to help create an engaging conversation that we can still learn from all these years later.

Recirculated 1 is a replay of Circulating Ideas, Episode 1. You can read the transcript of this episode here.

Episode Seventeen: Wendy Stephens

Steve speaks with Wendy Stephens, librarian at Cullman High School

Wendy Stephens is the librarian at Cullman High School and a doctoral candidate in Information at the University of North Texas, where she was funded by an IMLS grant to prepare school and public library faculty. Her research interests include reader response theory, selection, censorship and digital inclusion. She is an AASL representative to the Office of Information Technology Policy Digital Literacy Task force, the YALSA Website Advisory Board chair, and an ALA Councilor-at-Large. She blogs at Wendy on the Web and you can follow her on Twitter @wsstephens.

Episode Eleven: Movers & Shakers 2012, Part One

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

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Library Journal Movers & Shakers 2012

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