Thursday, February 28, 2013

ALA Election 2013: ALA Presidential Candidates

Steve speaks with the two candidates for president of the American Library Association for 2013.


Courtney is currently Head Librarian and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Penn State Greater Allegheny. She is an active leader in the American Library Association (ALA), serving on the ALA Executive Board (2009-2012) and as a past President of the New Members Round Table (2009-2010). In 2011, Courtney was named a Library Journal "Mover& Shaker", recognized as a Change Agent for her ability to successfully make connections among a diversity of duties in her library, on campus, and in the profession. She graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio with a B.A. in English and minors in Black Studies and Women's Studies. She received her M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College.

Before coming to Penn State Greater Allegheny, Courtney worked at The Ohio State University, Michigan State University, where she received a Staff Achievement Award as the assistant instruction librarian, and Penn State's University Park and Beaver campuses. Courtney frequently presents and publishes on issues related to academic librarianship, diversity, virtual reference, and professional development.
Twitter / Google+ @librarycourtney


Barbara has worked as a free-lance indexer, an instructor for the State Library of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh, an assistant in the Brown University Library, a librarian for the University of Denver Library, a children's librarian at Carnegie Library, and a high school librarian in Pittsburgh. Her research interests center on children's services, children̢۪s health and children's literature. She is the author of Texas in Children's Books and co-author of Teaching Texas History: An All-Level Resource Guide. She edited, with Viki Ash-Geisler as co-editor, Achieving School Readiness: Public Libraries and National Education Goal No. 1; and Library Service for Youth of Hispanic Heritage with Kathleen de la Pena McCook. Her most recent books, written with Bill Lukenbill, are Health Information for Youth: The Public Library and School Library Media Center Role and Health Information in a Changing World: Practical Approaches for Teachers, Schools and School Librarians. She is a past President of the Association for Library Service to Children, a former Trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation, a past President of the Texas Library Association and a past national President of the Beta Phi Mu LIS honorary society. She is the P.I. for two grants that received IMLS funding: "Youth, Community, Libraries: Empowerment for Success" for Ph.D. student recruitment and "Promoting Information Literacy & Teacher Collaboration through Social Marketing Strategies" for a study of librarian-teacher collaboration. She was the first woman in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, now School of Information, at The University of Texas to direct a dissertation.

Please note that these election episodes are done to be informational, not necessarily as an endorsement of one or more candidates.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Library Marketing Toolkit: Ned Potter

Steve speaks with Ned Potter, author of the Library Marketing Toolkit, and a librarian at the University of York Library.

Ned Potter works for the University of York Library, as an Academic Liaison Librarian in the Arts and Humanities; previous roles at the University of Leeds Library centered around Digitisation, including the JISC funded LIFE-SHARE Project.

He has a BA in Philosophy / English and an MA in Music, both from York, and an MSc in Information & Library Management, from Northumbria. In 2010 Ned founded LISNPN, a network for New Professionals in Librarianship which now has over 1600 members from 60 countries around the world. With Laura Woods he helped instigate the Echo Chamber movement to try and get library voices better heard beyond the profession, and set up the Library Routes Project to document the paths through librarianship of over 150 information professionals.

In 2011 he collaborated with 3 other librarians to set up the Buy India a Library project, which in just 2 weeks crowd-sourced funds enough to build a permanent library in one of the poorest parts of India, as well as four mobile libraries to travel around Africa. In one heady 24hr period later that year he was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a winner of a Special Libraries Association Early Career Conference Award.

Across 2011 Ned authored the Library Marketing Toolkit, published by Facet Publishing / Neal Schuman in 2012. It has been number 1 in Amazon’s Library charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The website to accompany the book, which also features a marketing blog, is at

In 2012 Ned became a trainer for the British Library and the UK Electronic Information Group, and has provided marketing expertise for diverse clients such as the Bodleian Libaries and the Latvian Ministry of Culture.

Ned enjoys drumming, and writing about himself in the third-person. His main website can be found at

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Episode Twenty-Two: Jan Holmquist

Jan Holmquist describes himself as a Global librarian - because libraries are more important than ever and because the best way libraries can act locally for their communities is to be inspired globally. Jan works as head of library development at Guldborgsund-bibliotekerne - a public library in the south eastern part of Denmark, Europe.

The library as a learning hub in the community is one of Jan's core beliefs, as is the globally inspired local library where citizens participate to build new knowledge. 

He is part of the German and international library development network - Zukunftentwicklers and the international reading project “Read watch & play”. He is also a speaker, a Dad, crowd funder, music listener and drinker of good coffee. Jan is a member of the international library crowdfunding teams Buy India a Library and Help This Week in Libraries and is working with an international learning project in the spirit of 23 Things about apps on iPad mini.

Jan blogs at and tweets at @janholmquist - You can also find him on other social networks via