Episode 9: Caryn Baird on News Librarianship

Welcome to Season 3 of Beyond the Stacks! We’re now back to our regular schedule, with a new episode on the first day of each month.


CHERIE DIEZ | Times Tampa Bay Times News Researcher Caryn Baird Thursday January 9, 2014. CHERIE DIEZ | TimesOn this month’s episode, we hear from Caryn Baird, Senior News Researcher at the Tampa Bay Times.

She has research credit on five Pulitzers. Working alongside reporters and editors, she has helped to nail down facts, found experts to quote, provided historical context and located cell phone numbers of sources. Before her current role as a Researcher for the Times, Caryn set up microcomputers at Simmons College and built the very first webpage for Loyola University libraries.

Join us as we discuss journalism in the age of the Internet and staying curious.

Length – 25:19

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Episode 8: Jason Griffey on Inventing Open Hardware

Headshot 2015This month, we hear from Jason Griffey, creator and director of the LibraryBox project and founder and team leader of the Measure the Future project.

Griffey is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He has written and spoken internationally on topics such as the future of technology in libraries, personal electronics in the library, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property.

Join us as we discuss open hardware, librarian entrepreneurship, new ways for libraries to gather data,  and the science fiction of William Gibson.

Length – 65:32

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This episode marks the end of Season 2 of Beyond the Stacks. After a few months off for planning and preparation, we will be returning on September 1st to kick off Season 3 with a new episode! We have some very interesting people in mind for the new season, so stay tuned.

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Episode 7: Eben English on Developing Digital Repositories

EbenEnglish_head-shot_2016-03-29On this month’s episode, we hear from Eben English, librarian and web developer at the Boston Public Library, where he focuses on front-end development for Digital Commonwealth, a digital library featuring collections from libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies across Massachusetts.

Join us as we discuss work-life balance, preservation of audio recorded on metal wire spools, how and when to develop tech skills, and the state of the art in digital repositories.

Length – 43:55

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We hope to see you again on May 1st, when we’ll be featuring a new interview with a librarian, technologist, and inventor!

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Episode 6: Henry Lowood on Software History & Preservation

Henry AppleIIOn this month’s episode, we hear from Henry Lowood, curator for history of science & technology collections and for film & media collections at Stanford University and lecturer at Stanford University, San Jose State University, and UC Santa Cruz.

Join us as we discuss the history of Silicon Valley, historical  game studies, emulation, and video game and software preservation.

Length – 47:38

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We hope to see you again on April 1st, when we’ll be featuring a new interview with a software developer at a major digital repository!

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Episode 5: Alex Wade on Tech Sector Librarians

Welcome to Season 2 of Beyond the Stacks! We’re now back to our regular schedule, with a new episode on the first day of each month.


Alex WadeOn this month’s episode, we hear from Alex Wade, the director of Scholarly Communications at Microsoft Research, where he’s currently focused on Microsoft Academic, involving aspects of knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, intentionality, dialogue systems, semantic search, and intelligent agents.

Join us as we discuss search algorithms, software development, anthropomorphic dogs, and the roles librarians are fulfilling at major technology companies.

Length – 30:42

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The first 30 seconds of this episode are a little fuzzy due to technical difficulties, but the rest of the podcast’s audio is normal.

We hope to see you again on March 1st, when we’ll be featuring a new interview with an expert in video game and software preservation.

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