Episode 20: Derek Murphy, Usability Researcher at Harvard IQSS

Image of Derek Murphy standing in front of mountains and a body of water.This semester seemed to fly by, I can’t believe it’s already December! For this month’s episode, I was delighted to welcome Derek Murphy, creator and first host of this podcast, back to the show! Tune in to learn more about the interdisciplinary field of usability and user experience research and what Derek has been up to the past year.

As always, thank you to all the listeners of the show and I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

Derek is a Usability Researcher at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University, where he works to make the open-source, data repository software, Dataverse, easier and more enjoyable to use. He recently attained his Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, where he also worked as the Fellow for Dean’s Initiatives.

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Length – 01:02:34

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Episode 19: Sylvie Rollason-Cass, Web Archivist at Archive-It

Image of Sylvie Rollason-CassNovember’s episode features Sylvie Rollason-Cass, a Web Archivist at Archive-It. Tune in to learn about what it’s like to archive the Internet and the difference between curating digital versus physical objects. Plus, how keeping an open mind can lead down exciting, unexpected career paths. Thank you so much for listening and your continued support of this project!

Sylvie got her first library job in the Special Collections and Archives department at the University of Illinois at Chicago while she was working toward her BA in Anthropology. Later, while working as a library assistant at the Newberry Library in Chicago, she decided to take the plunge and move to central Illinois to get her MSLIS with a certificate in special collections from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After 3 years of working with physical archives and rare books, she’s still not quite sure how she ended up on the front lines of web archiving, but she’s thrilled to be there.

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Length – 39:50

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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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Length – 1:01:59

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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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