Episode 18: Brendan Thompson, Knowledge Manager at Uber Technologies

Headshot of Brendan ThompsonHappy Fall! October’s episode features Brendan Thompson, the Knowledge Manager at Uber Technologies in San Francisco, CA. Tune in to learn about what it’s like to work in the tech sector, life as a solo librarian, and knowledge management. Thank you so much for listening and your continued support of this project!

Brendan has worked as a professional librarian for the past eight years, and in libraries for close to twenty years. He started as a student worker in his undergraduate library, North Carolina State’s DH Hill Library and matriculated through the university library system. He then went on to pursue his MSLS at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. As knowledge manager at Uber, Brendan focuses on capturing institutional knowledge from around the globe by using a content management tool and old-school librarian organization.

He has written on using digital tools to connect and communicate to unique user groups in chapters of 21st Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges. He has also presented at many conferences including 2012 & 2017 SLA Annual Conferences and the Joint Conference of Librarians of color. 

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Episode 17: Caroline Gardner, New Balance Digital Asset Coordinator

carolinegardnerWelcome to Season 5 of Beyond the Stacks! We hope you enjoyed your summer and are as excited as we are for more episodes! Kicking off this season is an interview conducted in May 2017 with Carolina Gardner who works for New Balance as Digital Asset Coordinator.

Caroline Gardner earned her BFA in Fiber & Material Studies from the Tyler School of Art and her MLIS in Library and Information Studies from Simmons College. She has worked in a wide variety of library-related institutions, from the Arnold Arboretum Archives to NPR’s RAD team. She has extensive experience with metadata, DAM administration, and user-training. When she is not maximizing digital asset organization potential at New Balance, she is a cat-mom of two, scotch drinker, knitter, and feminist fiber arts enthusiast.

Tune in to learn about what it’s like to work in a corporate library, life as a recent MLIS graduate, and why so many art majors end up in the LIS field. Thank you so much for listening and your continued support of this project!

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Length – 56:12

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Episode 16: Sarah Spira, Cheesemonger Turned Librarian

Image of Sarah Spira and a white goat. This month’s episode features Sarah Spira who is the Content Manager for the American Cheese Society and it also marks the final episode of Season 4 of Beyond the Stacks. We hope you have enjoyed listening to the interviews as much as we have enjoyed conducting them.

Sarah Spira joined the American Cheese Society (ACS) as Content Manager in July 2016. It was through her volunteer work with ACS on its Body of Knowledge project that Sarah began to think about how her background as an information professional could be merged with her cheese experience. Sarah is originally from Oak Park, Illinois and holds a BA in Sociology & Anthropology from Earlham College, and an MSLIS from Simmons College.

Tune in to learn about the many connections between cultural heritage and cheese and a discussion on what it’s like working outside of the “traditional” library & information science field. Thank you so much for listening and continued support of this project! We’ll be back on September 1, 2017.

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Length – 56:50

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Episode 15, Cooking in the Library: Culinary Literacy Center

Image of Liz Fitzgerald in the Culinary Literacy Center
Liz Fitzgerald, in the Culinary Literacy Center.

This month, we hear from two librarians, Liz Fitzgerald and Suzanna Urminska, who helped establish and now work at the Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Liz Fitzgerald is the Administrator of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center, the first of its kind in a library in the United States. She has worked at the Free Library since 2008, working in the Catalog Department and as a Branch Manager and Children’s Librarian in West Philadelphia before opening the Culinary Literacy Center in 2014. In 2016, Liz was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal. She has her MLIS from Rutgers University and a BA from Loyola University in Maryland.

Suzanna Urminska reading to children.
Suzanna Urminska leads a story time at Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market.

Suzanna Urminska is the Library Coordinator of the Culinary Literacy Center. Suzanna joined the Culinary Literacy Center in 2015 and became the Library Coordinator in June 2016. As library coordinator, she develops, coordinates, and presents innovative programming, and builds and maintains key partnerships. Suzanna has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in American Studies from Yale University, and a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Please join us to listen and learn about food literacy, cooking in the library and the importance of sustainable community partnerships.

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Length – 50:09

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Episode 14: Titus Moolathara, Advocacy Librarian

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Titus Moolathara, Free Library of Philadelphia

March 2017 is an exciting month for Beyond the Stacks! We will be releasing two episodes this month and these episodes highlight three librarians from the Free Library of Philadelphia working on innovative community-building projects. We talked to Titus Moolathara, Liz Fitzgerald, and Suzanna Urminska. Fitzgerald and Urminska both work at the Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia. But today, you’ll hear from Titus Moolathara.

Titus Moolathara who came to the Free Library of Philadelphia from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, where he worked in the prison library. In 2013, he initiated the Free Library’s Prison Services program that reaches out to incarcerated patrons, their families and children. Titus was named as one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers in 2016. Titus holds a master of art and masters of philosophy in History both from Jamia Millia Islamia University in India and an MSLIS from Drexel University.

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Length – 30:40

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