Library Life

Library Life

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The podcast where we talk about all things library and some things not.


Jenna Wrote a Novel and It’s About a Library! (S2 E13)
Sep 23 • 33 min
This is a bit of a departure from our usual content, but Jenna wanted to share some big news: she finished writing her book! Shaena interviews her, and Jenna shares the story of why she wrote a novel that’s set in a library. The conversation gets into…
Summer Reading Round Up: Best and Worst Books of the Summer (S2 E12)
Sep 9 • 18 min
In this “micro” episode Shaena and Jenna talk about the books they’ve read this summer. They each share a highlight and a lowlight. The books that they talk about are The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart, Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz,…
I Survived the Library Reopening!! (S2 E11)
Aug 20 • 46 min
Shaena talks about her anxieties surrounding the reopening of her library during the pandemic and what happened when the customers finally returned for browsing. She also shares some of the mechanics of reopening a library and offers some words of advice.…
A Journey Into Urban Fantasy (S2 E10)
Jul 12 • 44 min
In this episode, Shaena introduces Jenna to the world of Urban Fantasy through book recommendations. We also talk about the books that we are currently reading and just finished in our Reading Break. The books mentioned in this episode are: Darkfever by…
What is it like to Work in a Library During Coronavirus? (S2 E9)
Jun 28 • 42 min
Jenna’s gone back to work at the library! Shaena interviews her to see what it’s like to work at a library during a pandemic. She talks about safety measures, having no customers in the building and curbside pick-up. In the second half of the episode, we…
5 Ways Libraries Can Support the Black Lives Matter Movement (S2 E8)
Jun 7 • 43 min
In this episode, we talk about how libraries can engage with the Black Lives Matter movement. We have a frank discussion about our own shortcomings in this area and discuss practical ways that libraries can to support people of colour. As always we have…
You, Me and Quarantine: a Chatty Episode (S2 E7)
May 24 • 40 min
Join us for a casual chat on the podcast. We talk about what we’ve been up to during quarantine, the effect it has on our reading routines, what the future might look like and the state of our mental health. During Reading Break, Shaena talks about Alone…
Books That Help You Escape Everyday Life (S2 E6)
Mar 29 • 40 min
In times like these, books can be a great source of comfort. In this episode we talk about books that let you escape into another world. There is no official Reading Break, but we talk about a number of books in this episode and our current reads towards…
Reviewing Reviews of Libraries (S2 E5)
Mar 15 • 45 min
This episode we read Google Reviews of libraries! We share a few laughs, and get serious about some of the issues brought up. The conversation touches on “risky play,” paying for parking, being too noisy, homelessness and more. In the Reading Break,…
Vacations, Hemingway and Do “Classics” Really Matter? (S2 E4)
Mar 2 • 48 min
In this episode, we begin with a little bookclub for The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, and then we talk a bit about visiting the Hemingway House in the Key West. After the Reading Break, we get into a discussion about classic books—love ‘em or…
Ten Thoughts on Audiobooks (S2 E3)
Feb 16 • 45 min
In this episode we chat all about audiobooks! We talk what makes a good narrator, discuss if listening is “real” reading, our favourite/least favourite audiobook performances, the crazy people who listen to an audiobook sped up and more. On the Reading…
So You Want to Start A Book Club? (S2 E2)
Feb 2 • 45 min
In this episode of Library Life, we talk about book clubs! We discuss our feelings and experiences with book clubs, how to start your own and some does and don’ts. On our Reading Break Jenna talks about Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas and Sheets by Brenna…
Goodbye 2010s, Hello 2020s: Trends in Public Libraries (S2 E1)
Jan 19 • 47 min
Welcome to the first episode of Season 2! In this episode we talk about some trends that occurred in the last decade of libraries, and the trends that we hope to see in the new decade. Some of the topics we get into are maker-spaces, library layouts,…
Season 1 Finale: The Good, the Bad and the In-Progress (Episode 18)
Dec 9, 2019 • 45 min
In the season finale of Library Life, Season 1, we reflect on the first seventeen episodes of this podcast. We discuss our favourite and least favourite episodes, our challenges and the process of making a podcast when you know nothing about making a…
Understanding the Macmillan Ebook Embargo (Episode 17)
Nov 23, 2019 • 43 min
The purchasing of library eBooks has always been complicated, and it just got worse. In this episode we learn about library ebooks by examining the Macmillan ebook embargo. The Macmillan embargo went into effect on November 1, 2019, limiting the amount of…
Shaena’s Journey From Part Time to Full Time (Episode 16)
Nov 10, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode Shaena talks about her career journey from the highs to the lows. Shaena also discusses the full time grind and how she handles working full time. As always we have our Reading Break where we talk about the books we are currently reading.…
Nancy Drew in Film and TV: Featuring the CW’s Nancy Drew (2019) (Episode 15)
Oct 26, 2019 • 59 min
In this episode of the podcast we look at the beloved girl detective, Nancy Drew, and her appearances in television and film. This episode was prompted by the latest 2019 adaption simply called, Nancy Drew, that airs on the CW. The other versions that we…
We Answered Your Questions (Episode 14)
Oct 12, 2019 • 46 min
On this episode we answered your burning questions about the library. You guys asked, and we answered. We also talked about the books we are currently reading on our Reading Break. We hope you enjoy the episode; we had a lot of fun making it! As always we…
Does Library Rebranding Work? (Episode 13)
Sep 29, 2019 • 43 min
On this episode of Library Life we talk about the Toronto Public Library’s new logo and the Seattle Public Library’s controversy. We also discuss the pros and cons around library rebranding. As always, on Reading Break we talk about the books we are…
Bridging the Gap Between Fiction and Non-Fiction (Episode 12)
Sep 14, 2019 • 43 min
On this episode we discuss why readers tend to choose between fiction and non-fiction. Jenna introduces Shaena to different types of non-fiction books to get her started on her journey into the non-fiction stacks. And of course, we talk about the books…
Who Gets To Be Called a “Librarian” (Episode 11)
Sep 1, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode we discuss the issue of who gets to be called a librarian. We learn about the history of the librarian profession, the education needed, and the role of librarians and library assistants. We debate the idea that everyone who works in a…
Interview with a Returning Reader (Episode 10)
Aug 17, 2019 • 44 min
This episode we are joined by our good friend, Nathan, who has recently come back to reading by listening to audiobooks. We discuss his reading journey, the value of audiobooks, and what we are currently listening to. As always we want to hear from you!…
Looking At Librarians in Film and TV (Episode 9)
Jun 21, 2019 • 56 min
We watched 10 films and TV shows, all featuring librarians and libraries, and talked about how realistic the librarian was, their presence in the film/TV show, and how much we enjoyed the film/TV show overall. Due to the length of the episode we decided…
Our Lives In Books (Episode 8)
Jun 8, 2019 • 47 min
This is the podcast where we talk about the books that shaped us into the readers that we are today. It’s basically one big Reading Break! Oh, and don’t mind the thumps and bumps; it’s just the sound of our books hitting the desk. Our bad. We would love…
The Curious Case of Impostor Syndrome (Episode 7)
May 25, 2019 • 44 min
Impostor Syndrome what is it? Listen as Jenna discusses her experiences with it at the beginning of her career. Find out what we are currently reading in the Reading Break. As always we want to hear from you. Find us at: Twitter: @librarylifepod…
2019 Mother’s Day Special (Episode 6)
May 12, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode we have a very special guest on the podcast—our mom! We talk about child literacy, reminiscence about childhood and some of our favourite books that we read while growing up. Happy Mother’s Day! If you have any suggestions on what we…
Readers’ Advisory: Where We Came From and What We’re Doing (Episode 5)
May 5, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode we look at some of the history behind Reader’s Advisory, with a special focus on Joyce Saricks and the Downers Grove Public Library. After the Reading Break, where we discuss what we’re reading, we share some of our own experiences with…
Our Top 3 Library Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Episode 4)
Apr 12, 2019 • 44 min
Find out what mistakes we made in our library careers and what we learned from them. Also find out what books we’re currently reading in Reading Break. If you have any suggestions on what we should talk about or if you just want to say hi, you can find us…
Library Fines: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Episode 3)
Mar 29, 2019 • 52 min
This is episode three of Library Life, and in this episode we talk about the possibility of abolishing library fines. We also share some of our own stories about fines and look at some libraries who have already made the leap to eliminate the dreaded…
Night Libraries (Episode 2)
Mar 15, 2019 • 45 min
Welcome to our second episode, where we talk about the concept of a public library being open 24 hours—good idea or not? Prompted by a recent twitter discussion, Jenna decides to do some research to figure out if a night library would work and if any…
Introduction and Why Libraries Matter (Episode 1)
Mar 8, 2019 • 32 min
Welcome to our first episode of our brand new podcast where we talk about how we got started in the public library system, the books we are currently reading and why libraries matter. We plan on releasing an episode on a bi-weekly schedule. Bare with us…