Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Episode 49: John Chrastka

John Chrastka
John Chrastka is executive director of EveryLibrary, the first nationwide political action committee for libraries.  A long-time library trustee, supporter and advocate, Mr. Chrastka is a member and former president of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – present) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) multi-type library system. Prior to his work on EveryLibrary, he was a partner in AssociaDirect, a Chicago-based consultancy focused on supporting associations in membership recruitment, conference, and governance activities, and was Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA).  He is a current member of ALA, the Illinois Library Association (ILA), and the American Political Sciences Association (APSA). He was named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal for his work with EveryLibrary.  He tweets at @mrchrastka.

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David Lankes's previous appearances on Circulating Ideas: Episode 7 | Expect More | State of the MLS (part one) | State of the MLS (part two)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Episode 48: Kristin LaLonde

Steve speaks with Kristin LaLonde, Access Services Librarian and Circulating Department Manager at the Chippewa River District Library, about Free Comic Book Day, outreach to farmer's markets, and Aquaman.

Kristin LaLonde is an Access Services Librarian and Circulation Department Manager at the Chippewa River District Library in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Kristin received her MLIS from Wayne State University in 2011. She began her library career as a Special Librarian at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI and has worked in multiple kinds of libraries throughout her life. Most librarians from the Internet probably know her as @shinyinfo on Twitter. Her hobbies include watching Murder, She Wrote, giving people a hard time and bro-ing out.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Episode 47: Kelly Jensen

Steve chats with Kelly Jensen, blogger at Book Riot and Stacked and the author of the new book about YA lit, It Happens.

Kelly is a former librarian and a blogger at STACKED and BOOK RIOT. She loves black licorice and debating genre. Her book, It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader, will be released in August 2014. Follow her on Twitter @catagator.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Episode 46: Awful Library Books

Steve speaks with Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner from the Awful Library Books blog.

Mary Kelly received an MBA and an MLIS from Wayne State University, after which she has spent years irritating co-workers with grand plans for collection development and/or world domination. She is currently working as a Youth Services Librarian at the Lyon Township Public Library, molding young minds through Toddler Disco. Mary's OCD tendencies have turned into a crusade for collection quality and a clean shelf list (which she carries in her purse).

Holly Hibner also received an MLIS degree from Wayne State University. She can be found heading up the Adult Services Department at the Plymouth District Library. Hibner struts her stuff around the library looking super cool while bending technology to her will. She is still riding high and pulling every ounce of glory out of her 2007 Loleta Fyan Award from the Michigan Library Association.

Holly and Mary managed to publish a charming little tome called “Making a Collection Count: A Holistic Approach to Collection Management.” (The second edition is available now!) Reading it will surely change your life, along with their popular web site “Awful Library Books.”

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Episode 45: James LaRue

Steve chats with James LaRue, independent library consultant and former longtime director of Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries. 

James LaRue has appeared on NPR, been quoted and highlighted in Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Denver Post, and has hosted a local author interview TV program. A newspaper columnist for over two decades, he also wrote "The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges" (Libraries Unlimited, 2007). A frequent presenter for library associations, regional workshops, and library staff days, Jamie has also served as a facilitator, last-minute panelist, moderator, and master of ceremonies for everything from debates to awards dinners. From 1990 to 2014, he was director of the Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries, widely known as one of the most successful and innovative public libraries in the nation. He was the Colorado Librarian of the Year in 1998, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce's 2003 Business Person of the Year, in 2007 won the Julie J. Boucher (boo-SHAY) Award for Intellectual Freedom, and in 2013 won the Colorado Association of Libraries' Career Achievement Award. At the end of 2013, the Board of Trustees named a library after him in Highlands Ranch, CO - the James H. LaRue Library. In 2014, he embarked on a career of writing, speaking, teaching, and consulting.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Episode 44: Dan Cohen

Steve speaks with Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America.

Dan Cohen is the Founding Executive Director of the DPLA, where he works to further the DPLA’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. Prior to his tenure, Dan was a Professor of History and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. At the Center, Dan oversaw projects ranging from new publishing ventures (PressForward) to online collections (September 11 Digital Archive) to software for scholarship (the popular Zotero research tool). His books include Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (with Roy Rosenzweig) and Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith. Dan was an inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship. In 2011 he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award from the American Library Association for his work in digital humanities, and in 2012 he was named one of the top “tech innovators”  in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, his master’s degree from Harvard, and his PhD from Yale.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Circulation Status

This year, as part of the reflective self-denial of Lent, I gave up social media (I'm hardly unique), which for me came down to Facebook and Twitter.¹ Some people said I was crazy before I started, but I felt like I could take the time and put it to better use. I deleted the apps from my iPhone and iPad so that I wouldn't be tempted or open one by habit, and just resisted the urge to visit the sites when I was on a computer.

So how did the break go?

Overall, I guess my professional life wasn't fundamentally changed by the experience, but let's talk about the negatives first. I felt fairly disconnected from my professional learning. Although I kept up with my regular blogs through Feedly, it was clear that a big part of my personal learning network was the back-and-forth conversations and interaction with my online friends and colleagues. When I read about library stories like this or this, I had comments I wanted to make and nowhere to post them. Also, I missed out on the random discovery that comes from people linking to oddball stories outside the library bubble.

Positives? Well, I got a lot of work done on various projects: a work partnership with Buffy Hamilton, a new website for the show that's almost ready to go, recorded a few interviews for upcoming episodes, and fine-tuned a new secret project that I think listeners of the show will be excited about. I took a supervision webinar from PLA that has energized my thinking on things and changed the way I viewed some issues related to my management style. I also played a lot of Candy Crush, Threes, and Words with Friends (oh, wait, I'm sorry, that belongs in the negatives category).

Thanks to everyone who follows and supports the show. Without you, it's just me throwing conversations into the wind.

Let's keep circulating the ideas together.

¹ I made two exceptions: 1) I would continue to update the Facebook and Twitter accounts for the podcast, because I need to keep the publicity machine running, though I would do as much as I could through scheduled posts on Hootsuite so I wouldn't have to log on to the sites. 2) I would log on to Facebook on Sundays just to clear out the Notifications queue, but not post, read, or respond to anything (technically, Sundays are not part of the 40 days of Lent).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Episode 43: Naomi House

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

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.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Episode 42: Emily Lloyd

Steve speaks with Emily Lloyd, public librarian and creator of Shelf Check.

Emily Lloyd lives in South Minneapolis and works as an Associate Librarian for Hennepin County Library. In addition to most things librar*, she's interested in participatory public art and other ways to build connection and community in public spaces (sample project: 6 Words Minneapolis). You can find Emily on Twitter @poesygalore.



Shelf Check
Being Visibly Queer-Friendly: Please Consider It
Creative People Must Be Stopped
"Why Did You Come to the Library Today?" participatory display
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Librarianship
Be Proud @ Your Library pin
Emily's Slideshare

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Episode 41: Jennie Rothschild

Steve chats with Jennie Rothschild, a youth services librarian turned branch manager in Arlington, VA.

Jennie Rothschild is a youth services librarian turned branch manger in Arlington VA, just outside of Washington, DC. She sometimes reviews books at Biblio File and made 365 booklists last year at www.yareadinglist.com. When not reading, she likes doing crafty things while binge-watching House of Cards.