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61 minutes | a month ago
Episode 84 – Kate Chambers Distributing Books in Zimbabwe with WhatsApp
Chris and Bob were fortunate enough to speak with Kate Chambers, a journalist and book lover who helps to receive and distribute books throughout the nation of Zimbabwe in November of 2020. Kate talks about growing up in the UK, how her career as a journalist took her to Africa, where she now lives. As a journalist she initially wrote many articles on book donations the book network in and has been an organizer, gatherer and distributor of books through the country. The movement is truly grass roots and she shares not only distribution information via WhatsApp but also information and news. Take a listen to this inspiring episode and if you would like to donate books that your organization may be discarding, reach out to Kate Chambers via her Twitter on on Instagram!
70 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 83 – Jane Cowell – Reaching People During Covid a Model that Continues
This episode finds us speaking with Jane Cowell, Chief Executive Officer of the Yarra Plenty Library in Melbourne, Victoria State, Australia. We speak to Jane about her long career in the library world and during the time when Victoria was the hardest affected state in the nation, how the staff at Yarra Plenty reached out to those people who needed it the most (seniors and other vulnerable populations). They were even featured in an article in The Guardian! Jane also discussed curating activity guides using e-resources, a “Stay @ Home” film festival, a Covid-19 storytelling event and planning a risk guide. This interview was recorded in September of 2020 (sorry for the delay) and Victoria and most all of Australia have since beaten down community spread, but this interview is about lessons learned and how we can all put this in our librarian “toolbox” moving forward! Yarra Plenty Library’s webpage Jane Cowell, Executive Director of the Yarra Plenty Library Jane’s Twitter
70 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 82 Ian Anstice – Public Library News UK
Joining the podcast from across “The Pond” in Wales, UK is Ian Anstice, who publishes Public Libraries News, an online publication sharing what libraries are doing in the UK. Ian was so much fun to speak with. We talked about the origins of PLN as a blog and how it developed over time. We also talk about the forced evolution of digital programming because of the pandemic and whether it is sustainable or part of the “new normal” and how we quantify attendance and satisfaction. We even speculate about a virtual beer tasting (nod to Rob Thomson, ALIA Manager NSW) and we speak about publicity in libraries and we even learn about a series of children’s books entitled Astrix and The Terry Pratchet series of books. So join us and laugh a little with our new friend Ian Anstice! Twitter Linkedin
68 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 81 Susan Banks Director, Pennsylvania Bureau of Library Development
Susan Banks, Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Library Development joined the podcast to talk about the evolution of library service, transition to a digital collection, especially during the times of a pandemic, a librarians’ “Library Core”. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she covers a range to areas that are invaluable for any library professional to hear!! Contact Susan Here
87 minutes | 5 months ago
Special Episode: Long Island Library Resources Council Conference 2020
Chris and Bob were asked back to the Long Island Library Resources Council’s conference on Libraries and the Future (this year held virtually). This is the 4th year the podcast was asked to podcast from the event, and the guest speakers this year were amazing. First we spoke to Nancy Kranich, Special Projects Research Librarian at Rutger’s University. She spoke with the boys about libraries listening instead of constantly promoting when out in the community and how the profession needs to actively recruit more people of color into our ranks. Next was V. Elaine Gross President of Erase Racism, a Long Island based organization that is committed to building a diverse coalition advancing the goal of racial equity on Long Island and beyond. Elaine spoke about implicit bias, institutional racism, micro aggressions and how we can all work together to recognize and combat these ways of thinking. Chris and Bob also spoke with Ryan Dowd from www.homelesslibrary.com. Ryan has a series of trainings and programs to assist organizations including libraries on effective and kind ways of working with the homeless. Ryan discusses empathy, understanding the perspective of the homeless person, discusses brain chemistry and how that effects how we all respond to both pleasurable experiences and stressful situations.
80 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 80 – Martin Brathen & Elise Conradi Biblioteksentralen Norway
This is a first for the podcast, our first interview with library professionals from a non-english speaking nation. Today we virtually journey to Norway and speak to Martin Kristoffer Brathen and Elise Conradi from Biblioteksentralin (Bibsent) a unique collaborative organization that provides library services to the libraries of Norway. Chris speaks to the pair about Bibsent and what they do there with Martin being the “front end” and Elise being the “back end”. There are so many great discussions about what library service is, how libraries are adapting to COVID-19 struggles with providing digital services and so much more!! There is even at connection between Elise and the West Islip Public Library here on Long Island! We hope you enjoy this episode as much at Chris did (and apologies to the people of Norway for Chris’ attempt to say names with a Norwegian accent!!) To learn more about Biblioteksentralin, visit their site or their wiki page (Don’t worry, the page has built in translation to english!) Martin Kristoffer Brathen Elise Conradi
61 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 79 James Nicholson Academia, Philosophy and ALIA
Chris and Bob were joined via Zoom by James Nicholson who is the Program and Engagement Leader at Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Queensland, Australia. He is also the State Manager for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). James sat and chatted with the guys about transitioning from an academic library setting to a public library, skill mapping, a day in the life of being an ALIA State Manager, utilizing his degree in philosophy to advance the cause of libraries and what it is like to transplant your life from the UK to the other side of the planet! We had lots of laughs with James and we hope you will too!! James on Twitter
108 minutes | 10 months ago
SPECIAL EPISODE: COVID III How We Reopen after the Pandemic
Chris sat down with our previous panel to talk about how we open after libraries after the COVID-19 pandemic (assuming we are finding light at the end of the tunnel. Today joining us is Carol Ann Tack, Head of Readers Advisory at the Merrick Library in Merrick NY James Hutter, Technology Librarian, Technology Librarian, Head of Computer Services Agency Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington NY, Scott p Jarzombeck, Executive Director at the Albany Public Library, Albany NY, Jessikah Chautin, Community Engagement Specialist, Syosset Public Library, Syosset NY, Mike Buono, Head of Reference Services, Brentwood Public Library, Brentwood NY, Nick Tanzi, Assistant Director at the South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY, Rob Thomson, Australian Library and Information Association, State Manager New South Wales, Sally Stieglitz, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Long Island Library Resources Council, Bellport NY, Sally Turbitt, Makerspace Coordinator University Library, University of New Castle, Central Coast Campus NSW Australia and Justin Hoenke, Team Leader of Libraries and Community Centers at the Wellington City Library, Wellington New Zealand. We talk about what plans should include, what we are doing for curbside, with helpful tips about keeping it simple, and what the “NEW NORMAL” will look like including what digital services we keep post pandemic and how library service transforms.
43 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 77 Maria Dismondy – Cardinal Rule Press
The podcast is working from home and Chris was able to speak with Maria Dismondy, children’s book author and founder of Cardinal Rule Press. Maria started her career as a teacher, and started writing children’s picture books that focus on a child’s self esteem, something she was not seeing in picture books. This concept became a passion and she turned that passion into a publishing house. Learn how Maria started, her philosophies on not just publishing but also on marketing and the use of social media, because much of what she does with Cardinal Rule Press translates nicely to Libraryland. Follow Cardinal Rule Press on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
81 minutes | a year ago
SPECIAL EPISODE Scott Jarzombek – Executive Director Albany Public Library – How Libraries Open During COVID-19
Chris and Bob are working remotely during the COVID-19 Pandemic and were fortunate enough to speak to Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director of the Albany Public Library about his plan to re-open his large multi-branch library as the Corona Virus statistics continue to decline. Scott penned an article in the NYLA Voice about reopening. He also has shared his plans for the phases or re-opening on Albany Public Library’s website. If you are in the process of re-opening, have reopened or are still talking about it, the Albany plan is a detailed framework for how libraries can approach re-opening their facilities!! Follow Scott on Twitter and also Albany Public Library on Twitter for more exciting ideas and programs!!
53 minutes | a year ago
Episode 76 – The Longwood Public Library Equipment & Gadgets Lending
Chris and Bob visited the place where Chris got his start in Libraryland, The Longwood Public Library in Middle Island, New York. The boys spoke with Assistant Director Ann Hofbauer, Digital Literacy Coordinator Alison Mirabella, Children’s STEAM Specialist, Danielle Bliss and Head of Technical Services, Roseann Mammina. They have a very deep and diverse lending library called “Equipment and Gadgets”. They talk about the selection of items for the collection, the processing of these non traditional items, the flow of circulating them, policy and “The Hair Story”. So join the guys and learn about this amazing collection. As a side note, this podcast was recorded before COVID-19.
47 minutes | a year ago
Episode 75 – Middle Country Library Podcast
We were very happy to have our neighbors to the north of the Sachem Library District, Middle Country Public Library’s podcasters Sal DeVincenzo, Sarah Fade and Nicole Rambo drop by to talk podcasting in libraries. Sal brings his own style of podcasting to libraryland and with Sarah and Nicole co-hosting, they produce a light hearted show that talks about the latest and greatest at the Middle Country Public Library.
70 minutes | a year ago
Episode 74 – Nadine & Debbie Oceanside Video Book Club!
On a nice quiet Saturday at The Sachem Public Library, Nadine Spano and Debbie Keehner from the Oceanside New York Library journeyed from the far south west corner of Nassau County to Holbrook to talk about their innovative book club. Nadine and Debbie do a video book club with the help of Go To Meeting. This episode was recorded before the Covid-19 Pandemic that the nation is now in the grips of, and how timely is it that they do their book club this way? These two innovators talk about why they started an online book club, how they started and evolved, why they chose Go To Meeting and have a million laughs along the way. Oceanside Library’s Webpage Oceanside Library’s book club webpage Oceanside Library’s Facebook page Oceanside Library’s All About Books Facebook page
82 minutes | a year ago
SPECIAL EPISODE – Corona II
If you listened to our first SPECIAL EPISODE, you heard librarians reacting to the effects of the global Pandemic of Novel Corona (Covid-19) on the library world. We circle back to what has happened, what we have learned, what we are still attempting to figure out and how we get our libraries back on their feet. We even brainstorm using outdoor libraries! So join Chris and Bob, along with Nick Tanzi from South Huntington Library, James Hutter from Port Washington Library, Jessikah Chautin from Syosset Library, Carol Ann Tack from Merrick Library, Mike Buono from Brentwood (NY) Library, Chris Kretz from Stony Brook University, Sally Stieglitz from LILRC and Rob Thomson from ALIA New South Wales!!!
47 minutes | a year ago
Episode 73 William Salas Patent & Trademark Resource Center
William Salas, Librarian at The Smithtown Library, came to The Booth at Sachem to chat with the guys about the Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Will manages the Center and has a wealth of knowledge about patent and trademark searching. His passion for the subject really comes through and I think we all can agree that is expertise is without parallel. If you have any questions about patent or trademark, anyone can reach out to Will as the Patent and Trademark Resource Center is a federally funded center. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at 631-360-2480 extension 128.
93 minutes | a year ago
SPECIAL EPISODE – Corona
This is a special episode in light of the the Corona Virus crisis, we assembled a collection of librarians to talk about the crisis and how our libraries and organizations have responded, are functioning and how we bring the building back online. This episode voices all of our thoughts, fears and hopes for our “new normal”.
57 minutes | a year ago
Episode 72 – Connie Ross – Rosebank College & Unconferences
In this episode, we talk with Connie Vassilopoulos. At the time of the recording she was a Library Technician, but has since transitioned to a librarian. She was a Library Tech at Rosebank College. We talked about the life of a Library Tech in a school setting, and all the things she has accomplished there. She also talks about her experiences working along side Rob Thomson, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) State Manager for New South Wales and his nationally famous Unconferences. We covered so much ground! Connie’s Twitter
78 minutes | a year ago
Episode 71, NYLA 2019 Part 3 – Sally Stieglitz and Tim Spindler of LILRC & Jill Hurst Wahl from Syracuse University
In this 3rd and final installment of episode 71, Chris sat down with “Awesome Sally” Sally Stieglitz and Tim Spindler from the Long Island Library Resources Council and Jill Hurst Wahl of Syracuse University and the podcast T is for Training. We talk about NYLA, the conference, what LILRC does and all kinds of issues facing Libraryland. Jill also brings up an interesting discussion based upon our episodes with Librarians of Color
49 minutes | a year ago
Episode 71 NYLA 2019, Part 2 – Dr. David Jank, Dean of Long Island University Post Campus Palmer School of Library and Information Science
In Part 2 of this episode, an old friend of Chris’, Dr. David Jank, Dean of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science chat about a number of things, including the state of library science brick and mortar schools vs online learning, the profession and our journey in Libraryland.
24 minutes | a year ago
Episode 71 Part 1 – NYLA 2019 Barron Angell, Melissa & Camron Tidd from Goshen NY
Welcome to our New York Library Association Conference Episode. This is our second year podcasting from the conference and because we had so many great guests, we are posting 3 parts to this episode. In episode 1, our old friends Barron Angell from the Florida Public Library, Melissa Tidd, now academic librarian at the SUNY Orange Campus and Goshen Library and her husband Camron Tidd software engineer and Goshen Library IT volunteer visit and give us an update.
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