Episode 12: Tom Blake of the Boston Public Library

Headshot of Tom BlakeOn this month’s episode, we hear from Tom Blake, the Content Discovery Manager at the Boston Public Library. This episode concludes season 3 and marks Elizabeth’s first time as host!

Tom came to the BPL from the Massachusetts Historical Society, where he was involved in several digital projects including the online version of the diaries of John Quincy Adams. He also served as a photographer and imaging specialist for nine years at Boston Photo Imaging and as an archives assistant at the MIT Special Collections and Archives. Tom holds a BFA in Professional Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MS in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College. Join us as we discuss creating digital objects, the Digital Commonwealth Repository, and the future of librarianship.

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Length – 33:45

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Tom shows two visitors from Scotland how to use the new Digital Stacks.

Check out the above video which shows Elizabeth testing out the “Color” Digital Stack, which you’ll hear more about in the podcast!

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Episode 11: Jennie Rose Halperin of Creative Commons

Heashot of Jennie Rose Halperin laughing. She is wearing a dark colored shirt and is standing up against a brick wall.On this month’s episode, we hear from Jennie Rose Halperin, the Communications Manager at Creative Commons. It is also Derek’s last episode before he graduates at the end of this semester!

Before working at Creative Commons, Jennie worked at both Mozilla and O’Reilly Media. She is a graduate of Barnard College and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s MLIS program. Join us as we discuss her wide spread of library experiences, including work at a German Animal Anatomy Theater, and the  difficult, yet very important, topic of student loans.

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Length – 58:12

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Episode 10: Amanda Brennan on Internet Librarianship

Headshot of Amanda BrennanOn this month’s episode, we hear from Amanda Brennan, the Internet Librarian! Amanda is currently a Community and Content Associate at Tumblr.

Amanda Brennan specializes in researching the history of memes and other viral content throughout the web. She spent two years as the fandom and subculture expert at Know Your Meme. Currently, she is a member of the Content & Community team at Tumblr where she focuses on taxonomy building, identifying trends, and connecting communities. Her project, The Fandometrics, launched in January 2015 and continues to provide a weekly ranking of entertainment fandoms on Tumblr.

Join us as we discuss internet culture and communities, the race and class implications of viral memes and of course, My Chemical Romance.

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Length – 37:17

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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.


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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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