128: ALA Presidential Candidates (2018)

Steve chats with Peter Hepburn and Wanda Brown, 2018 candidates for American Library Association President, about why they want to be president, how to increase diversity in the profession, and what the degree requirements should be for the ALA Executive Director.

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Canadian-born and raised, Peter Hepburn earned his BA (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Victoria (1992) and his MLIS from McGill University (2000).  On earning his masters degree, he started as a resident librarian in the Reference Department of the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He eventually earned tenure and became head of the Digital Programs department before moving to California in 2013 where he took on the head librarianship of the College of the Canyons, a community college in Santa Clarita. In his spare time, Peter enjoys swimming, running, and food and cooking. He lives in Pasadena with his husband, Conrad.

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Wanda Kay Brown is the Director of Library Services for the C. G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University. A 1977 graduate, she returned home after nearly three decades of comprehensive library experience. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Associate Dean of Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Wanda Brown has been an ALA member for 30 years and is an active member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Libraries Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). She has held multiple leadership positions within each division.  Brown holds a BA in English, with a minor in psychology from Winston-Salem State University, and an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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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!

126: Alex Halpern

Steve chats with Alex Halpern, a library school student in Oregon whose “Angriest Librarian” tweets defending libraries went viral. Steve and Alex chat about Library Twitter, how libraries need to embed themselves in their communities, and how to improve library school.

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Alex Halpern is an MLS student in the Portland, Oregon Cohort of Emporia State University and the Research Director of networkofcare.org. He previously served on the board of National Novel Writing Month. He lives in the Portland suburbs with his wife and two-year old son.

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.

124: Bonnie Tijerina

Steve chats with Bonnie Tijerina about patron and data privacy, her passion for librarianship, creating conferences, and her work with the Data & Society Institute, Library Consulting Network, SXSW, and the Awesome Foundation.

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Bonnie Tijerina is currently a researcher at the Data & Society Institute and a Lecturer at University of Wisconsin, Madison’s iSchool. She is founder of ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries) conference and organization, created to facilitate communication and foster collaboration among information management and e-resources professionals in libraries. Bonnie has worked in academic libraries for over ten years, most recently at Harvard University. She annually hosts the Designing for Digital Conference in Austin, TX and coordinates the Library Consulting Network.  Bonnie gives microgrants for awesome library projects through the Awesome Foundation Chapter for Libraries and she tweets @bonlth.
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123: Nathan Carpenter

Guest host Troy Swanson chats with Dr. Nathan Carpenter about social media literacy and fake news.

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Dr. Nathan Carpenter is the Director of Convergent Media for the School of Communication at Illinois State University. He is the principal architect and coordinator of the Social Media Analytics Command Center, manages instructional computing resources, and teaches courses in communication and technology. He recently completed his PhD in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture at Michigan Technological University where he studied the cultural and social consequences of social media command centers in academic settings.

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Troy A. Swanson is Teaching & Learning Librarian and Library Department Chair at Moraine Valley Community College. Troy is the author or editor of several books and articles including co-editor of Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information which received the Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award from ARCL’s Instruction Section.

SHOW NOTES:

Fake News Lib guide from the Milner Library at Illinois State University
SMACC Tour Page
Accessible (and Mostly Free) Social Media Analytics Tools

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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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