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

Naomi House is the founder, editor and publisher at 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 When not reading, she likes doing crafty things while binge-watching House of Cards.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Episode 40: Angie Manfredi

Steve chats with Angie Manfredi, head of Youth Services for the Los Alamos County Library System.

Angie Manfredi is the Head of Youth Services for the Los Alamos County Library System in Los Alamos, New Mexico, a position she has held for the past 6.5 years. She graduated with her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007. She has been an active member of ALA and served on various selection and process committees for both ALSC and YALSA. She loves presenting about library services, particularly library services for children and teens, and has done so at nationwide conferences and in several states. She can't imagine a more exquisite, fun, amazing, and challenging job than being a youth services librarian. In her spare time, she watches far too many movies. You can read more of her writing at and follow her every, incessant thought on Twitter @misskubelik (yes, a movie reference).

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Episode 39: Laura Bang

Laura Bang is the Digital & Special Collections Curatorial Assistant at Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library. Laura received her MLS from the University of Maryland in 2009. She began working at Villanova in 2010, where she is responsible for designing exhibits, overseeing the Digital Library's scanning operations, and assisting with Special Collections duties. Laura also has a propensity for dreaming up exciting new projects that she doesn't have time for. You can find Laura on Twitter @laurabang and occasionally on Tumblr when she remembers to post. She sometimes wishes she were a better blogger, but she is too often distracted by shiny things.


Dime Novel & Popular Literature Collection
Dime Novel bibliography
Dime Novel podcast
"The History of the Ordinary" (The Public Domain Review)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Episode 38: Sophie Brookover

Sophie Brookover is a Program Coordinator and the Social Media Manager for LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative. Her passions within librarianship include youth services and school librarianship, popular culture, technology, reader’s advisory and community engagement. (And talking about herself in the third person.)

Sophie on Twitter
"What's New About New Adult?" (Horn Book)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Episode 37: Clive Thompson

Steve speaks with Clive Thompson, journalist and author of "Smarter Than You Think".

Clive Thompson is an award-winning journalist who writes about the impact of technology and science on everyday life. He is the author of “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better” (Penguin), and is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and Wired. He blogs at and can be found on Twitter as @pomeranian99.

Smarter Than You Think | Buy the book
You Are Not So Smart 013: Clive Thompson and How Technology Affects Our Minds
Collision Detection

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Episode 36: Michael Stephens and Michael Casey

photo by Cindi Trainor
Dr. Michael Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. His research focuses on use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs. He currently writes the monthly column “Office Hours” in Library Journal exploring issues, ideas and emerging trends in library and information science education. Stephens has spoken about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries to national and international audiences. He is fascinated by library buildings and virtual spaces that center around users, participation, creating content, and encouraging the heart. Michael’s Tame the Web blog is here:

Michael Casey is currently the Information Technology Director for the
Gwinnett County Public Library in metropolitan Atlanta. Named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in March 2007, he co-authored (with Laura Savastinuk) Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Service and is a contributor to Library 2.0 and Beyond. He and Michael Stephens co-authored a monthly column in Library Journal titled “The Transparent Library“. He has written and spoken extensively on the subject of modern library services. Michael holds an MLS from Southern Connecticut State, an MA in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from Duquesne University. His family, friends, travel and hobbies can all be seen in his photos on Flickr.