FYI: The Public Libraries Podcast

FYI: The Public Libraries Podcast is the companion websit…

045 - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice with Jessica Bratt
Mar 29 • 24 min
In this episode our guest is Jessica Bratt, Youth Services Manager at the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Public Library. Jessica began the DigiBridge partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools, and received national recognition as a Library Journal Mover &…
Podcast 043 The 2020 Census and Public Libraries
Jan 21 • 19 min
In this episode, Larra Clark, PLA and ALA Washington Office Public Policy and Advocacy Deputy Director, and Michelle Perera, Director of the Pasadena (California) Public Library discuss the 2020 census. With billions in federal funding at stake over the…
041 Ebooks For All
Dec 18, 2019 • 22 min
PLA/ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Deputy Director Larra Clark and Emily Wagner, Public Policy and Advocacy Deputy Director discuss the publisher changes to library ebooks and the publisher embargo which led to ALA’s ‘eBooks for All Campaign.’ Clark and…
040 Library Marketing With Cordelia Anderson
Jul 5, 2019 • 22 min
Our guest is Cordelia Anderson, a marketing and communications consultant who works primarily with libraries and nonprofits. She is the former director of marketing and communications at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Library in North Carolina.
039 REFORMA’s Children in Crisis Task Force
Jun 14, 2019 • 17 min
We talk with Oralia Garza de Cortés, Coordinator for REFORMA’s Children in Crisis and Patrick Sullivan, Emeritus Librarian at San Diego State University, about the organization’s efforts to provide books and storytime materials to children detained at the…
041 Hennepin County Library Social Services
Jun 14, 2019 • 16 min
We talk with Kate Coleman, Outreach Coordinator at the Hennepin County (MN) Library about the library’s social services offerings, outreach, and more.
38 Libraries Connecting You to Coverage
May 3, 2019 • 12 min
We talk with Rachelle Brandel, Adult Services Librarian at the Ferguson (MO) Public Library about PLA’s ‘Libraries Connecting You to Coverage’ initiative and the Ferguson Library’s efforts to help their community members enroll in health insurance during…
037 Embedded Librarianship
Apr 30, 2019 • 12 min
Our guest is Sarah Garbis, Service Manager Community Embedded Library Service (CELS) at Hennepin County Library. This program pairs librarians with Community Liaisons to shape library practices and extend programs and services for communities that…
035 - Whole Person Librarianship
Feb 1, 2019 • 21 min
Our guest for this episode is Sara Zettervall. Sara is the founding consultant and trainer for Whole Person Librarianship, which applies social work concepts to library practice. She also works at Hennepin County Library as the community engagement…
36 - Social Workers DC Public Library
Jan 22, 2019 • 20 min
Our guest is social worker Jean Badalamenti, the Health and Human Services Assistant Manager at the Washington, D.C. Public Library. In her role with the library, she leads system-wide initiatives in a variety of areas. Since 2014, she has been developing…
34 - Brendan Dowling hosts Library LoveFest and Author Juliet Grames
Jan 11, 2019 • 29 min
PLA’s Brendan Dowling hosts a conversation with Lainey Mays and Christopher Connelley of the HarperCollins Library LoveFest team, and an interview with Juliet Grames, whose first novel, “The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna,” will be released in…
033 Teaching Early Literacy to Teen Parents
Dec 20, 2018 • 15 min
The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world and studies show that children of teen parents are less prepared for school, perform less well, and have a higher dropout rate than other children. As many…
032 - The Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center
Aug 8, 2018 • 16 min
Our guest is Elizabeth Fitzgerald, director of the Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Culinary Literacy Center is the first kitchen classroom in a public library in the United States. Here we discuss the Culinary LIteracy…
031 - Social Workers in Public Libraries
Aug 2, 2018 • 22 min
We talk with Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Community Resource Manager at the Denver Public Library, Elissa Hardy about the emerging trend of employing social workers in public libraries, serving persons experiencing homelessness at the library,…
030 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Jul 17, 2018 • 35 min
This episode focuses on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, EDI for short and features three guest who’ve been working tirelessly in this arena. Amita Lonial leads our conversation. Amita, (she/her/hers) is currently the Principal Librarian for Learning,…
027 Evaluating Health News
Mar 29, 2018 • 18 min
We talk with Carolyn Martin and Sally James about providing Health Information Services and in particular evaluating health news. Carolyn Martin is a librarian who is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)…
029 Serving Persons Experiencing Homelessness
Mar 16, 2018 • 20 min
We talk with John Spears, Director of the Pikes Peak (Colorado) Public Library about challenges and opportunities in serving patrons experiencing homelessness at the public library, educating the public, tensions in the community, efforts to expand…
028 Graphic Medicine
Mar 2, 2018 • 18 min
In this podcast, we discuss Graphic Medicine, which can be defined as the use of comics (graphic narratives) in health sciences education and patient care. Our guests are Susan Squier and Ellen Forney. Susan Squier is Professor Emerita of English and…
024 Guest: Nicholas Higgins — Library Service to Jails and Prisons
Nov 17, 2017 • 16 min
We talk with Nicholas Higgins, director of Outreach Services at the Brooklyn (NY) Public Library. Higgins, author of the latest book in the PLA Quick Reads series, shares wisdom gleaned from his years of experience providing library service to…
025 Public Service Loan Forgiveness with Kyra Hahn
Nov 7, 2017 • 12 min
Librarian Kyra Hahn shares her experiences navigating the intense bureaucracy of the Federal Public Service Student Loan (PSLF) program and provides tips, advice, and explanations that can make the process easier for applicants.
026 Guest: Eric Motley Author of Madison Park: A Place of Hope
Nov 1, 2017 • 20 min
PLA’s Brendan Dowling Talks with Eric Motley, Executive Vice President, The Aspen Institute about his new book, “Madison Park: A Place of Hope.” Motley shares stories from his childhood and about the place he was raised, an African-American community…
023 Serving All Families in a Queer and Genderqueer Way
Jul 24, 2017 • 14 min
In this episode we discuss providing the best library service for your LGBTQ community with our guest Joel A. Nichols. Joel is the author of the winner in this year’s “Public Libraries” magazine feature article contest, for the article “Serving All…
022 Serving Children of Incarcerated Parents
Jul 6, 2017 • 13 min
We talk to Megan Sullivan, writer and college professor (Boston University) about her book, “Clarissa’s Disappointment: And Resources for Families, Teachers and Counselors of Children of Incarcerated Parents” about how to best serve this group, the…
021– A New Model for Library Service to Business
Jun 16, 2017 • 14 min
We talk with Gillian Robbins and Caitlin Seifritz librarians in the Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC) at the Free Library of Philadelphia about the BRIC and new ideas for updating the library model of providing services to business,…
- 020- Brendan Dowling Talks with Author Michael Callahan
May 4, 2017 • 12 min
PL Online Assistant Editor Brendan Dowling talks with author Michael Callahan, author of 2015’s “Searching for Grace Kelly.” Michael is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former deputy editor at Town and Country and Marie Claire. His new…
019 A Conversation with Author Yoojin Grace Wuertz
Apr 25, 2017 • 14 min
PL’s Brendan Dowling talks with author Yoojin Grace Wuertz about her recently released novel “Everything Belongs to Us.”
018 PLA’s Project Outcome
Mar 9, 2017 • 15 min
PLA’s Project Outcome (PO) is a free online toolkit consisting of surveys, a survey portal, and an interactive data dashboard that helps librarians measure the outcomes of their programs and services. Join us as we discuss this project with Emily Plagman,…
017 - Libraries Ready to Code
Feb 27, 2017 • 15 min
Larra Clark Deputy Director for the Public Library Association and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), talks with Marijke Visser, Associate Director at OITP, about ‘Ready to Code” a new ALA initiative…
016 Teen Social Justice Symposium - Erin Hoppes
Dec 30, 2016 • 11 min
PLA’s Kathleen Hughes talks with Erin Hoopes. Erin is head of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Philadelphia City Institute Branch. We talk with her about an initiative she spearheaded at the Free Library, a Teen Social Justice Symposium.
015 - Building a Digital Media Lab with Jeffrey Fisher
Oct 24, 2016 • 13 min
We talk with Jeffrey Fisher, author of the latest book in PLA’s ‘Quick Reads’ Series “Building and Operating a Digital Media Lab.” Topics include creating the right space; arranging funding; hiring and training staff; buying the correct equipment; writing…
014 - Pew Research Center - Digital Divide/Digital Readiness
Oct 10, 2016 • 15 min
PLA Deputy Executive Director Larra Clark talks with John B. Horrigan of the Pew Research Center about his report, “Digital Readiness Gaps,” which finds that just over half of American adults have low levels of readiness to use digital tools as they…
013 - Weeding Library Collections
Aug 18, 2016 • 18 min
Kathleen Hughes, PLA Manager Publications, talks to Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly about weeding library collections, awful library books they’ve discovered, and more. Holly and Mary have recently released a book in PLA’s Quick Reads series, entitled…
012 -PLA Podcast - A Social Ignition
Jun 6, 2016 • 17 min
Kathleen Hughes, PLA Publications Manager talks to Sonja Skvarla, the founder of A Social Ignition. Founded in 2012, A Social Ignition was conceived while Sonja was helping various groups fulfill their missions in the field of post-prison reentry. She…
-011- San Diego Public Library — Out Of The Shadows Program
May 18, 2016 • 13 min
In this episode, Kathleen Hughes, PL Editor, talks to Ady Huertas, Branch Manager of the Logan Branch/San Diego Public Library about the library’s program, “Out of the Shadows.” The program is designed to raise public awareness about the problem of sex…
FYI-010 - Engaged and Inclusive: Institutional Approaches to Racial Equity and Social Justice
Apr 18, 2016 • 19 min
In Episode 10, we talk to Sarah Lawton, Neighborhood Library Supervisor, Madison (WI) Public Library and Tariq Saqqaf, Neighborhood Resource Coordinator, City of Madison, Office of the Mayor, about how libraries can address racial disparities and create…
FYI-009 — Where the Black and Brown Boys Aren’t (and Why) Nichole Shabazz and Phyllis C. Hunter
Apr 18, 2016 • 15 min
Nichole Shabazz, Youth Outreach and Programming Coordinator at the Cleveland Public Library and Phyllis Hunter, Reading and Literacy Expert, Phyllis C. Hunter Consulting, Inc., presented “Where the Black and Brown Boys Aren’t (and Why) at PLA 2016.” Here…
FYI-008 - Disasters Bring Out the Best In Us - Providing Community Support
Apr 18, 2016 • 10 min
Dan Wilson, Associate Director for Collections & Library Services at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia Health System, and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Librarian at the National Library of Medicine, presented “Disasters Bring Out…
FYI-007 - The BOOMbox at Skokie Illinois Public Library with Amy Holcomb and Mikael Jacobson
Apr 13, 2016 • 13 min
The BOOMbox is an experimental space designed to facilitate STEAM learning for all ages. Every few months the theme of the room changes. Programming includes events, classes, micro-workshops, movies, books, resources lists, and more. We talked to Amy…
FYI-006 — Erica Jesonis —- How To Keep Your Library’s Facebook Page from Getting Hacked
Apr 10, 2016 • 13 min
Live from the PLA 2016 conference, we talk to Erica Jesonis, Chief Librarian for Information Management, Cecil County (Md.) Public Library, about How To Keep Your Library’s Facebook Page from Getting Hacked. What would you do if your library’s Facebook…
FYI-005- Kari Chapin - Live from PLA 2016!
Apr 7, 2016 • 17 min
We talk to PLA 2016 conference “Make It Extraordinary” guest speaker Kari Chapin. Kari Chapin is a best-selling author, teacher, marketing mentor, and consultant. She is a guru in the handmade industry, with her bestseller “The Handmade Marketplace” and…
FYI-004 Amy Koester on Unprogramming
Mar 14, 2016 • 18 min
Kathleen Hughes (Manager, Publications, PLA)talks to Amy Koester, Youth and Family Coordinator at the Skokie (Illinois) Public Library about the concept of unprogramming (creating and offering programs that are at once highly engaging and collection…
FYI-003 Sarah Kittrell On Managing Bed Bug Situations At The Library
Feb 12, 2016 • 19 min
We talk to Sarah Kittrell, author of the new PLA book, “The Bed Bug Guide for Public Libraries” Kittrell, collection development division manager of the Wichita Public Library, has served as her library’s pest management coordinator since 2012 and has…
- 002 - Valerie Gross — Libraries = Education
Dec 27, 2015 • 19 min
Kathleen Hughes talks to Valerie Gross, President and CEO of the Howard County Library System (Maryland) about the principles of two library initiatives, Libraries = Education and Choose Civility in this PLOnline Podcast.
- 001 - Doug Crane - Advice for New Library Directors
Nov 18, 2015 • 20 min In Episode 1, PLA Manager of Publications Kathleen Hughes talks to new library director Douglas Crane (Palm Beach County, Florida,…