Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Circulating Ideas Podcast

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to chat with Steve Thomas, the master mind behind Circulating Ideas  - if not the only, then certainly the coolest, librarian podcast!

I've been listening to Steve's show since his very first episode, so it was a thrill to be included in his latest episode - a two parter featuring many of LJs Movers and Shakers.  Steve is a public librarian from Georgia, but one of the things I love about Circulating Ideas is that it includes voices from all corners of libraryland.

True story:

Once, when I first became a librarian, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop that was attended by both public and academic as well as school librarians.  The person leading the workshop actively refused to refer to either the academic or the school librarians as "librarians."  She would say things like "one thing that librarians, media specialists and people who work in the college setting have in common is...."  This is an extreme example, of course, but it's not the only time I've experienced this kind of separation between librarians, with each group believing its constituency to be the REAL librarians.  Perhaps if there's one tiny silver lining to the economic disaster that has disproportionally impacted libraries, it's that we no longer have time for ridiculous pursuits like this.  As Dr. King said, "we might have come here on different ships, but we're all in the same boat now."

But I digress.

My original point was that Steve's show is about all forms of librarianship and as someone who has benefited from listening to the questions he asks and the answers voiced by his crazy brilliant guests, it was a thrill to be on the other end of the mic.  What's more, it's my pleasure to point you in his direction.  So.. if you don't have Circulating Ideas in your google reader, it's time to add it. Now.  Really, scoot. :)

PS:   I can't bring myself to listen to my own interview, so... I can't promise I don't sound like a bumbling idiot.  However, I can tell you that I'm the second librarian in the queue and my blathering starts about 20 minutes in.  Enjoy!


  1. Jennifer. I must agree with Steve...you are inspiring! I started following you and a handful of other librarians this year and I feel energized!!! When I see a blog post by Library Girl in my feed reader, it makes my day. :)

  2. Wow... episode 11! Thanks for reminding me about this podcast. I listened to the first one with Buffy Hamilton which was really great and then I forgot to go back and check out the other episodes. Another library podcast that's really great is Adventures in library instruction.
    I look forward to a new episode every month and it's really fun to apply tips and tricks from 2 academic librarians and a public librarian to my lessons in the elementary school library.

  3. The podcast interview was interesting and inspiring, Jennifer. It was so nice to hear your thoughts on the value of Twitter in your PLN. I so agree with you!

  4. Jennifer you are such an important voice to the practice & profession of education & librarianship! I'm so proud to be your friend!

  5. Thanks to all of you for your kind words. I am one lucky girl.

    Gwyneth - you know the feeling goes both ways, girl. Your friendship and professional camaraderie enriches my life in so many ways. *hugs*