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FYI 024 Guest: Nicholas Higgins -- Library Service to Jails and Prisons

16:48 | Nov 17th, 2017

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 incarc...Show More
FYI 040 Library Marketing With Cordelia Anderson

22:34 | Jul 5th

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.
FYI 039 REFORMA's Children in Crisis Task Force

17:59 | Jun 14th

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 a...Show More
FYI 041 Hennepin County Library Social Services

16:05 | Jun 14th

We talk with Kate Coleman, Outreach Coordinator at the Hennepin County (MN) Library about the library's social services offerings, outreach, and more.
Fyi 38 Libraries Connecting You to Coverage

12:35 | May 3rd

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 du...Show More
FYI 037 Embedded Librarianship

12:50 | Apr 30th

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 ex...Show More
FYI 035 - Whole Person Librarianship

21:02 | Feb 1st

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 l...Show More
FYI 36 - Social Workers DC Public Library

20:57 | Jan 22nd

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 deve...Show More
FYI 34 - Brendan Dowling hosts Library LoveFest and Author Juliet Grames

29:00 | Jan 11th

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 ...Show More
FYI 033 Teaching Early Literacy to Teen Parents

15:12 | Dec 20th, 2018

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 m...Show More
032 - The Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center

16:43 | Aug 8th, 2018

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 LItera...Show More
FYI 031 - Social Workers in Public Libraries

22:51 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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,...Show More
FYI 030 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

35:22 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 Learni...Show More
FYI 027 Evaluating Health News

18:08 | Mar 29th, 2018

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 (...Show More
FYI 029 Serving Persons Experiencing Homelessness

20:21 | Mar 16th, 2018

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 i...Show More
FYI 028 Graphic Medicine

18:44 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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...Show More
FYI 025 Public Service Loan Forgiveness with Kyra Hahn

12:44 | Nov 7th, 2017

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.
FYI 026 Guest: Eric Motley Author of Madison Park: A Place of Hope

20:11 | Nov 2nd, 2017

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...Show More
FYI 023 Serving All Families in a Queer and Genderqueer Way

14:33 | Jul 24th, 2017

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 ...Show More
FYI 022 Serving Children of Incarcerated Parents

13:28 | Jul 6th, 2017

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 a...Show More
FYI 021– A New Model for Library Service to Business

14:58 | Jun 16th, 2017

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, entrep...Show More
FYI - 020- Brendan Dowling Talks with Author Michael Callahan

12:28 | May 4th, 2017

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...Show More
FYI 019 A Conversation with Author Yoojin Grace Wuertz

14:44 | Apr 25th, 2017

PL's Brendan Dowling talks with author Yoojin Grace Wuertz about her recently released novel "Everything Belongs to Us."
FYI 018 PLA's Project Outcome

15:47 | Mar 9th, 2017

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 Pla...Show More
FYI 017 - Libraries Ready to Code

15:20 | Feb 27th, 2017

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 initi...Show More
FYI 016 Teen Social Justice Symposium - Erin Hoppes

11:09 | Dec 30th, 2016

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.
FYI 015 - Building a Digital Media Lab with Jeffrey Fisher

13:12 | Oct 24th, 2016

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; wr...Show More
FYI 014 - Pew Research Center - Digital Divide/Digital Readiness

15:29 | Oct 10th, 2016

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 ...Show More
FYI 013 - Weeding Library Collections

18:08 | Aug 18th, 2016

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 “W...Show More
FYI 012 -PLA Podcast - A Social Ignition

17:58 | Jun 6th, 2016

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. Sh...Show More
FYI -011- San Diego Public Library -- Out Of The Shadows Program

13:07 | May 18th, 2016

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...Show More
FYI-010 - Engaged and Inclusive: Institutional Approaches to Racial Equity and Social Justice

19:37 | Apr 18th, 2016

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 cre...Show More
FYI-009 -- Where the Black and Brown Boys Aren't (and Why) Nichole Shabazz and Phyllis C. Hunter

15:24 | Apr 18th, 2016

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."...Show More
FYI-008 - Disasters Bring Out the Best In Us - Providing Community Support

10:44 | Apr 18th, 2016

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 Brin...Show More
FYI-007 - The BOOMbox at Skokie Illinois Public Library with Amy Holcomb and Mikael Jacobson

13:40 | Apr 13th, 2016

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...Show More
FYI-006 -- Erica Jesonis --- How To Keep Your Library's Facebook Page from Getting Hacked

13:58 | Apr 10th, 2016

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 Facebo...Show More
FYI-005- Kari Chapin - Live from PLA 2016!

17:35 | Apr 7th, 2016

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” ...Show More
FYI-004 Amy Koester on Unprogramming

18:40 | Mar 14th, 2016

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 ...Show More
FYI-003 Sarah Kittrell On Managing Bed Bug Situations At The Library

19:29 | Feb 12th, 2016

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 h...Show More
FYI - 002 - Valerie Gross -- Libraries = Education

19:13 | Dec 28th, 2015

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.