170: Julie Fishman

Steve chats with Julie Fishman, Chief of the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about the mission and strategic vision of the CDC Library Branch.

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Julie Fishman, MPH, is the Chief, the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She joined the Library Science Branch at in 2016. Julie has 25 years of experience at CDC working in chronic disease, environmental health, and global health programs.  She has worked at CDC since 1993; she began her CDC career as a Presidential Management Intern in the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and later became the Associate Director for Policy in OSH. She served in a one-year detail at the CDC Office of the Director in 2001 immediately following the 9/11 and anthrax attacks.  She has worked on strategic planning and organizational development, program development, policy analysis, and partner coordination in multiple CDC programs across NCCDPHP, NCEH/ATSDR, and CGH, as well as serving as a deputy branch chief within the environmental health laboratory.

Julie received a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley in Health Policy and Administration. Prior to joining CDC, she held several positions including as a health policy analyst in the University of California’s Office of Health Affairs, an education assistant at the NYC Commission on Human Rights AIDS Discrimination Division, and a project associate at the AIDS Treatment Registry. 


Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library

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

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93: Dolly Knight

Steve chats with his #withdrawn co-host (and Director of the Ventura County Law Library) Dolly Knight about the death of libraries (?).

dolly and henry

Dolly Knight is the director of the Ventura County Law Library in Ventura, California. A 2012 Eureka! Leadership fellow, she received her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2012, and worked primarily in public libraries before moving to the law library. She blogs at dollymegan.com, podcasts at #withdrawn, and tweets @loather.

73: Pat Herndon

Steve chats with Pat Herndon, Director of GLASS: Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services.

Pat Herndon

Pat has worked in libraries in Georgia since 1983. She spent much of her career in libraries working in hospitals, establishing the Noble Learning Resource Center, the patient education and professional library at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. It is there that Pat became interested in library services to people with special needs. Following her eight years at Shepherd Center, Pat worked for nine years as a Branch Manager with Gwinnett County Public Library. Her experience working in special libraries, serving persons with physical impairments and her experience in public libraries provide a background and a passion for her new role as Director of GLASS: Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services- Georgia’s talking book and braille library. One of Pat’s goals is to make sure that every librarian in Georgia knows about the talking book library and how to refer eligible customers for enrollment.


Apple – Accessibility

26: Gender Issues in Libraries

Kate Kosturski is JSTOR’s Institutional Participation Coordinator for the UK and Northern Europe, where, in her words, “I tell people in Europe how awesome JSTOR is and then hopefully they buy some.” A 2011 ALA Emerging Leader, Kate received her MLS from Pratt Institute in 2010 and is the co-founder of ALA CraftCon, a relaxing crafting hour at the Midwinter and Annual Meetings. In her spare time, she enjoys crafts, cooking, baseball, running, photography, politics, and technology. View her work online at katekosturski.info and follow her on Twitter as librarian_kate. 

Coral Sheldon-Hess is an engineer-turned-librarian living in Anchorage, Alaska. She has worked at the University of Alaska Anchorage as a Web Services Librarian since 2009, when she drove across the continent with three birds, some house plants, and a trunk full of homebrewing gear. In her spare time she teaches computer programming to women, crochets, does geeky tech things, reads, bicycles (poorly), and evangelizes on behalf of the Oxford comma. You can find her blog at http://sheldon-hess.org/coral, or follow her on Twitter at @web_librarian.

Marge Loch-Wouters received her MLIS in 1976 at UW-Madison SLIS and had worked as a children’s librarian and children’s library manager ever since. She is a long time active member of ALA (she currently sits on Council), Wisconsin Library Association and WI Women Library Workers, a feminist library organization. She blogs at Tiny Tips for Library Fun and also presents workshops, webinars and teaches as an adjunct on innovative youth services. Loch-Wouters was named WI Librarian on the Year in 2010. When not working she can be found hanging out in social media or in nature.

12: LJ Movers and Shakers 2012, Part Two

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

Sam Chada
Emerging Technology Librarian
Sandusky Library, OH

Brett Bonfield
Collingswood Public Library, NJ

Michelle Chronister
Program Analyst
U.S. General Services Administration
Washington, DC

Joshua Finnell
Humanities Librarian
William Howard Doane Library, Denison University, Granville, OH
Visiting Lecturer, School and Media Library Certification Program, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

Kristin Fontichiaro
Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor