Call Number is the popular podcast series from American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association. Each month, your host and American Libraries Senior Editor Phil Morehart will be your guide to conversations with librarians, authors, thinkers, and scholars about topics from the library world and beyond.
Episode 59: Talking About Race
In Episode 59, Call Number with American Libraries looks at efforts to move forward conversations about race and racism in the United States.
First, American Libraries managing editor Terra Dankowski speaks with Emmanuel Acho, former NFL linebacker and current sports analyst for Fox Sports, about his YouTube series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man and book of the same name.
Next, American Libraries senior editor and Call Number host Phil Morehart speaks with Jessica Bratt, youth services manager at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library, about the Let’s Talk About Race toolkit that she created for librarians.
Episode 58: COVID-19 Mitigation Measures
In Episode 58, Call Number with American Libraries looks at library efforts to prevent COVID-19 contamination.
First, American Libraries Editorial and Advertising Associate Carrie Smith speaks with OCLC's Sharon Streams, director of the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project. A collaboration between OCLC, IMLS, and science and technology development nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute, REALM is studying how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on materials common to libraries, archives, and museums.
Next, American Libraries Senior Editor and Call Number host Phil Morehart talks with Stephen Territo, head of library operations at Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire, Illinois, about how the library installed UV lights and enhanced HVAC filtration solutions in its air handling units to kill airborne pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2.
Episode 57: Year-End Author Talk
In Episode 57, Call Number looks back on author interviews conducted by American Libraries staffers throughout 2020.
Author, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez, writer and artist Chanel Miller, chef Jeff Henderson, ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani, and writers Echo Brown and Yaa Gyasi discuss their work and reveal the important role that libraries and books have played in their lives.
Episode 56: Let Them Lead: Teens Working for Change
This year has seen an increase in activism and community engagement from people across the country—especially teens. Whether working in-person or virtually because of the pandemic, the youth of today are energized to change the world. And librarians are helping.
On Episode 56, Call Number looks at library efforts to support and engage teen activism. First, American Libraries Associate Editor Sallyann Price speaks with Donnell Washington, senior library assistant at Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library, about the Better Hope for Tomorrow virtual summit for teens that he helped organize. Next, American Libraries Managing Editor Terra Dankowksi talks with Candice Wing-Yee Mack, senior librarian for young adult services at Los Angeles Public Library, about the library’s Teenagers Leading Change program.
Episode 55: Monster Mash
Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year here at the podcast, because we get to indulge our love of all things spooky and scary, particularly in the realm of literature and libraries.
On Episode 55 of Call Number with American Libraries, American Libraries Senior Editor and Call Number host Phil Morehart speaks with Matt Ruff, author of Lovecraft Country, the bestselling horror/fantasy novel that’s been adapted into a hit series on HBO. Next, American Libraries staffers reveal what frightens them the most, everything from existential concerns to those very fitting for the Halloween season. Finally, American Libraries Managing Editor Tera Dankowski talks with Elizabeth Campbell Denlinger, curator of the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and his Circle at New York Public Library, about the collection’s materials on Mary Shelley, author of the 1818 classic, Frankenstein, or a Modern Prometheus.
Episode 54: Small and Rural Libraries
This past summer, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson Jr. toured the US—virtually—to spotlight issues affecting libraries across the country, in particular small and rural libraries.
In Episode 54, Dewey Decibel speaks with Jefferson, as well as two librarians whose work was showcased on his tour. First, Dewey Decibel host and American Libraries Senior Editor Phil Morehart discusses small-library concerns with Corey Christians, director of Yavapai County (Ariz.) Free Library District. Next, Morehart talks with Stacey Russell, interim executive director of Muskingum County (Ohio) Library System, about her library’s efforts to bridge the digital divide in the rural county.