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

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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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Episode 13: Jenny Benevento, Etsy.com Taxonomist

Headshot of Jenny BeneventoWelcome to Season 4 of Beyond the Stacks! On this month’s episode, we hear from Jenny Benevento. Jenny has created taxonomies for the Associated Press, Sears and Kmart, Etsy and other smaller businesses and organizations. Join us as we talk about taxonomies (hierarchical lists) and her journey from academic libraries, to non-profit work, and e-commerce business. Jenny also offers some wonderful advice for any budding taxonomists out there or those are looking to switch into this line of work. Plus, find out what Jenny chooses as her spirit animal!

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Length – 47:55

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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.

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