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.

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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