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Dewey Decibel 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.

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    • 4.7, 27 Ratings

Dewey Decibel 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 50: Privacy Concerns

    Episode 50: Privacy Concerns

    In Episode 50, Dewey Decibel looks at privacy issues in libraries, including how COVID-19 is affecting privacy for both patrons and librarians alike.

    First, Dewey Decibel host and American Libraries Senior Editor Phil Morehart speaks with Becky Yoose, a library data privacy consultant with LDH Consulting Services, about Zoombombing—what it is, who it targets, and how to stop it. Next, Morehart talks with Peter McCracken, electronic resources librarian at Cornell University, about a privacy-services program instituted by the library to protect patron data and how the pandemic is affecting those services.

    • 30 min
    Bonus Episode: Freddie Gray and Baltimore: A Conversation with Wes Moore

    Bonus Episode: Freddie Gray and Baltimore: A Conversation with Wes Moore

    Five years ago this week, the city of Baltimore was upended by protests and riots following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old unarmed black man who died while in Baltimore Police Department custody. Wes Moore, a Baltimore native and author of The Other Wes Moore and The Work: Searching for a Life that Matters, looks at Gray’s death and its aftereffects in his upcoming book, Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City, cowritten with former Baltimore Sun reporter Erica L. Green and available August 18 (One World/Penguin Random House).

    In this special bonus episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast, American Libraries Senior Editor and Dewey Decibel host Phil Morehart talks with Moore about his book, socioeconomic conditions in Baltimore, and how Enoch Pratt Free Library was the bedrock of the city during the riots.

    • 11 min
    Episode 49: Libraries Respond to COVID-19

    Episode 49: Libraries Respond to COVID-19

    In Episode 49, Dewey Decibel looks at the library world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    First, American Libraries Senior Editor and Dewey Decibel host Phil Morehart speaks with Felton Thomas, Jr., CEO of Cleveland Public Library, about the library’s use of 3D printers to make personal protective equipment for emergency workers. Then Morehart talks with Evan Knight, preservation specialist at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, about how to safely sanitize and clean collections to prevent spread of the virus.

    • 29 min
    Bonus Episode: Exploring Gale's Women's Studies Archive

    Bonus Episode: Exploring Gale's Women's Studies Archive

    It’s Women’s History Month, and librarians looking to supplement lesson plans and readings for students can find a wealth of resources in Gale’s Women’s Studies Archive, an online repository of primary sources and other materials that examine the social, political, and professional aspects of women’s lives and the experiences and achievements of women throughout history.

    In this special bonus episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast, sponsored by Gale, a Cengage Company, American Libraries Associate Editor Sallyann Price speaks with a librarian doing just that. Kimberly M. Gay, head of reference and information services and academic reference and instruction librarian at Prairie View (Tex.) A&M University, shares how she uses the Women’s Studies Archive to shape programming and enhance students’ understanding of women’s roles, particularly in the areas of of agriculture, architecture, engineering, and more.

    • 13 min
    Episode 48: Telling Women's Stories

    Episode 48: Telling Women's Stories

    In Episode 48, Dewey Decibel celebrates women's history with conversations about feminism, the importance of oral histories in social justice movements and in telling women’s stories, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with authors Mikki Kendall (Hood Feminism), Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, Hunger), and Marilyn Harhai, professor of library science at Clarion University.

    • 29 min
    Bonus Episode: One-on-One with New ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall

    Bonus Episode: One-on-One with New ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall

    On February 24, Tracie D. Hall took the reins at the American Library Association as the new executive director. In this special bonus episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast, Hall sits down with American Libraries Editor and Publisher Sanhita SinhaRoy to discuss the changing face of the Association, the future of librarianship, library work with social justice issues, her favorite music, and more.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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This podcast is a must listen for anyone who works in any type of library, at any level! This podcast has a wide variety of content in each episode. Something for everyone! Thank you, American Libraries and ALA!

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Essential listening for librarians

Insightful interviews on a range of topics related to the world of libraries. Smart and fun!

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