Two Librarians and a Microphone

A LIBRARY PODCAST

#OnTheRoadULC: Leading Forward & Why Libraries Are Important

Ep. 01

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Brooklyn Public Library

We are hitting the road and taking our listeners to the 2018 Urban Library Council Annual Forum in Baltimore, Maryland. Join us as our hosts interview the Top Library Innovators, starting with Brooklyn Public Library's Teacher Lab. Learn how this program was developed over time and most importantly, how your library can create this type of teacher education in your own community.

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Ep. 02

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Los Angeles Public Library

Live from the ULC’s Annual Forum, we’re interviewing Susan Broman from LA Public about innovative additions to the area of Civic & Community Engagement through the New Americans Initiative. Focusing on community members who are navigating paths to citizenship and resident integration, this program connects people to the necessary 1-on-1 assistance they may normally have difficulty obtaining.

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Ep. 03

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring San Francisco Public Library

When San Francisco Public Library recognized approximately 50% of 3rd and 4th graders in their community were not reading at grade level they decided to step up immediately. Tune in to hear how they have not only assisted students in increasing their grade-level reading competencies, but how the library has also engaged millennials in their volunteer programming to meet an urgent need in their community.

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Ep. 04

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Hartford Public Library

Hartford Public Library, building upon a strong framework of immigrant community programming, designed a program to address educational and training gaps within their community. By developing programming centered around procuring sustainable employment, soft skills, and knowledge of workplace rights, they are leading their community on the path of upward economic growth.

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Ep. 05

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Lexington Public Library

Lexington Public Library in Kentucky doesn’t let a snow day stop them from getting the job done. Listen in as they give details on how to banish snow day boredom with fun, indoor activities that can be replicated by parents and library peers with ultimate ease.

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Ep. 06

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring DC Public Library

In an effort to help their community preserve personal memories in our increasingly hi-tech world, DC Public Library developed the Memory Lab Network to help patrons digitize their records. Listen in to gather details on their implementation process and reception not only in their community, but across the country.

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Ep. 07

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Austin Public Library

As a public awareness tool, social media can be used to assist libraries with awareness, visibility, and exposure. Tune in to hear how Austin Public Library’s citizens proactively raised awareness of the public library through their Social Media Ambassadors program. #APLambassador

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Ep. 08

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Pima County Public Library

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ABOUT #OnTheRoadULC

This season, inspired by the Urban Library Council's Annual Forum theme,Leading Forward, focuses on how libraries are positioning themselves as key influencers and essential partners in their communities and appointed leaders. Tune in to hear firsthand how libraries are staying relevant, serving the underserved, and, generally, filling virtually every social services gap in their communities.

Season 5: Leading Forward & Why Libraries Are Important

Ep. 01

#LibrariesMatter: The Importance of Libraries Today

Join us for the launch of Season 5 as we tackle the viral discussion of libraries vs amazon and why "leading forward" matters.

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Ep. 02

#LibrariesRespond: Stepping Up In Times of Crisis

Libraries today are so much more than a place to find a new book. These public safe spaces are stepping up in their communities in a big way. From fighting homelessness to saving lives, libraries stand on the frontlines of public good.

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Ep. 03

#LibrariesTransform: When Libraries & Democracy Collide

Join us as we discuss how libraries successfully promote democracy. Our democratic process has always been served by the existence of public libraries. By offering free and open access to information, libraries offer assistance to everyone, everywhere.

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Ep. 04

#LibrariesRock: Serving the Needs of Your Local Community

Gone are the days when libraries could take a "cookie-cutter" approach to their community programming and outreach. Tune-in as we discuss the hyper-local drive towards engagement being embraced by libraries all over the country.

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ABOUT SEASON 5

This season, inspired by the Urban Library Council's Annual Forum theme,Leading Forward, focuses on how libraries are positioning themselves as key influencers and essential partners in their communities and appointed leaders. Tune in to hear firsthand how libraries are staying relevant, serving the underserved, and, generally, filling virtually every social services gap in their communities.

Season 4: What I Didn’t Learn in Library School

Ep. 01

The Unusual and Interesting

Your library community represents a colorful patchwork of personality types, which can often result in some pretty remarkable occasions never covered in the class syllabus.

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Ep. 02

The Awe-Inspiring and Motivational

The antithesis of Episode 1, as a gathering place of knowledge and information, inside the hallowed walls of our libraries we often see humanity at its best.

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Ep. 03

The Things That Make It Worthwhile

In-between the unusual and inspirational, every so often we come across those real gems, the patron interactions, community events, or lessons from #TheLibraryLife that remind us all why we love it so.

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Ep. 04

The 1 Thing I’d Tell Future Librarians

While there’s plenty to share with the next generation of librarians, we’ve heard some sage advice from a few of you, more than enough to power the final episode this insightful season.

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ABOUT SEASON 4

Pretty sure 70s rockers, The Faces, had librarians in mind when they wrote, “Ooh La La”. In this season, we joined our experiences with those of our fellow librarians to discuss some of the things we never learned in library school. Time to share with the whole class.

Season 3: How Libraries Relate in a Politicized World

BONUS EPISODE

Seattle Public Library at PLA 2018

Hear the inside scoop on how Seattle Public Library created community-based partnerships to support families concerned about the loss of their culture and language.

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Ep. 01

Library Neutrality: Tangible Goal or Unattainable Pipedream

In today’s modern world the neutral librarian might just as easily find themselves in Sir Thomas Moore’s Utopia. Is neutrality something to be strived for? Is it possible? Or should libraries embrace their opinions?

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Ep. 02

Fake News, Infoliteracy, and the Librarian

When news comes with two sides it can be a slippery slope. Add in community-built “reference materials” like Wikipedia, and the need for trustworthy and critical resource evaluators is vital to ensuring infoliteracy.

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Ep. 03

The Golden Rule of Librarianship

The 2016 election turned up the heat on an already simmering political climate. What can libraries do to promote civil discourse—in the home, at schools, and in the workplace—when at high levels those lessons are lacking?

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Ep. 04

How Politics Shape Everything

So much of what we think we know is perceived through a political lens—education, women’s rights, even public library funding. How can libraries respond to this social shift without losing the integrity of their missions?

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ABOUT SEASON 3

Life in the information age—preceded by the 24-hour news cycle and the internet—has made the job, gatekeeper of information, more difficult than ever. While improved access has its merits, it has also fragmented our communities. These episodes discuss the role of librarian in an often politicized world.


Season 2: Positively Impacting Your Adult Community

Ep. 01

The Gig Economy: Supporting Patrons Seeking Nontraditional Work

Bloggers, vloggers, ridesharing drivers—a host of nontraditional career opportunities now occupy the space of independent and temporary work. What resources can libraries provide those involved or interested in picking up a gig?

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Ep. 02

Escapism: Reading to Relax and Recharge

For many of the busy adults in your community, escapist fiction offers a healthy distraction from their daily stresses. A good book is a welcome break that puts a little distance between patrons and their problems.

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Ep. 03

Innovative Library Programs & Collections

From catching on to crazes such as Pokémon Go to partnerships with AARP, creating innovative programming for your community is a great way to build relationships, offer much needed services, and find amazing success.

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Ep. 04

Libraries Supporting Communities

Inspiring communities. Aiding patrons after disasters. Providing overlooked resources. As true assets to the community, librarians are a guiding light and can do so much more than refer patrons to great literature.

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ABOUT SEASON 2

While the world is changing faster than ever, many librarians may find themselves asking how they best serve their adult patrons in a seismic information landscape. By infusing collections with resources covering contemporary topics supported by relevant programming, we can give adult patrons the resources they need to positively affect their communities in turbulent times.
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Season 1: Developing Sweet and Savvy Kids

Ep. 01

Media and Information Literacy for Young People

Information overload is an all too real problem. With so many avenues at their disposal, getting the right information to kids actively forming perspectives and opinions about the world is crucial to our future.

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Ep. 02

Empowered Kids: Young Activist Authors

Today’s kids are out to change the world and the power to do so is in the palms of their hands. With just a smartphone they become content creators, information managers and distributors. You can help them succeed.

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Ep. 03

Windows & Mirrors

Why is diversity in kid’s publishing important? Several programs can help you build diversity and inclusion into your children’s collections, to shine a brighter spotlight on underrepresented ethnicities and cultures.

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Ep. 04

Social & Emotional Learning

Developing constructive social and emotional behaviors in kids is an essential part of the library mission. The guidance to do so most effectively can be found through specialists, working with organizations, and books.

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ABOUT SEASON 1

From fake news to youth activism, we explore some of the important issues facing young people today and how youth librarians and media specialists can help them navigate their way through it all. This library podcast also touches on social and emotional learning as well as diversity in publishing. More than ever before, today’s kids have the power to change the world. As proud supporters of their endeavors, we hope this series will help add dialogue in their cause.

DID YOU HEAR?

Ingram Library Services has a library podcast! Join our team of librarians, along with some special guests, as we explore trending topics, discuss library industry news, and share expertise on how to build the perfect collections for your community. Plus, as a special bonus, each podcast for librarians will include supplemental library resources like suggested ordering lists, links to helpful articles, and full transcriptions.


Donna George


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