A library issues podcast from the University of South Carolina School of Information Science, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair, and the South Carolina Center for Community Literacy, and in partnership with 'Publishers Weekly'.
A Special Episode of The Skillset Podcast: Libraries Lead in the New Normal with Mike Eisenberg
This special episode of The Skillset Podcast features a wide-ranging discussion between R. David Lankes and Mike Eisenberg, Professor and Dean Emeritus and the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington. The discussion will give you a taste of a special periodic discussion that will take place in Season Two of the Skillset Podcast, dubbed Libraries Lead in the New Normal. The new season kicks off soon and will offer additional analysis and discussion of how libraries can take the lead as we begin to consider life after the pandemic. Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode!
The Skillset Podcast #11: Corinne Hill on the Secret to the Chattanooga Public Library's Success
In the last interview of the first season of The Skill Set Podcast Corinne Hill, Executive Director at The Chattanooga (TN) Public Library explains how moving the community to center of everything helped transform Chattanooga into into one of the best public libraries in the world. Hill talks about the need for bringing on good people—and even the value in seeing great employees move on.
The Skillset Podcast #10: Engaging the Unengaged with Jason Broughton
There aren’t too many librarians who get into the business in order to sue the federal government. And to be fair, Jason Broughton, the state librarian of Vermont, didn’t want to join this club. But as the head of the census for the state of Vermont, he wanted to make sure everyone in the state was counted. In this episode, Broughton discusses the importance of engaging all parts of the community, especially those who distrust government.
The Skillset Podcast #9: Ilona Kisch on Public Library 2030
It’s largely accepted as a truism that libraries connect and work together—interlibrary loan, consortia, union catalogs. However, working together and connecting is not a simple task. Add in different histories, cultures, languages, political systems and you begin to get a sense of what connecting libraries across Europe is like. This is the challenge this week’s guest, Ilona Kisch, has taken on with Public Libraries 2030, a nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of libraries to support “a democratic, socially engaged and digitally inclusive” Europe. We caught up with Ilona Kisch, who stressed the importance of building networks of people and ideas over institutions and agencies.
The Skillset Podcast #8: Kelvin Watson on his Commitment to Service
Kelvin Watson became the Broward County, Florida library director on February 26th, 2017 after serving as the chief operating officer and senior vice president for the Queens Public Library in New York city, one of the nations most diverse library systems, serving 2.3 million people. In this episode, he walks us through his journey from infantryman to vendor to librarian, often as the only black man in the room. Speaking with frankness and clarity, Watson shares how his experiences have shaped his commitment to service, including his strong dedication to serving veterans, and the often unsupportive members of a community.
The Skillset Podcast #7: Clayton Copeland on the Importance of Accessibility
In this episode we talk with Clayton Copeland who is on the faculty of the iSchool at the University of South Carolina, and the director of the Laboratory for Leadership in Equity and Diversity. Copeland is an scholar, an educator and tireless and advocate for inclusion of the differently abled. In the interview she talks about how the very idea of disability is a social construct, pointing out that we don’t see folks wearing glasses as disabled. She also points out that the pandemic has shown in the most authentic way the struggles people with disabilities face every day—no access to restaurants and businesses, struggling with technology interfaces that change or were never intended for the current use, and feeling disconnected from communities. For Copeland, it all starts with empathy.
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One episode and I’m hooked
I accidentally started listening to the podcast as I was going to bed. (I had meant to save it for later but pressed play instead). I thought I would listen as drifted to sleep and then re-listen later. However, it fully captured my attention and got me thinking about how to use the podcast with my students. Looking forward to future episodes.