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Coming Soon: The Beyond the Stacks Podcast

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Thursday, October 1st marks the launch of the new podcast Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information Science.

For many, the field of library and information science and the Master of Science in Library and Information Science continue to be misunderstood. In a time when the public still pictures graduates of MS-LIS programs to be solely bespectacled book jockeys, our graduates are working in new and fascinating roles, on cutting-edge projects.

Beyond the Stacks is an interview podcast in which librarians, archivists, and information science professionals talk about the coolest experiences of their careers, and the unexpected ways that one can use a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

The show will premiere with two first episodes — one focusing on user experience research, and one on data librarianship.

Beyond the Stacks will release a new episode on the first of each month. Episodes can be streamed or downloaded at beyondthestacks.info, or on iTunes.

Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information Science is an outcome of the project “Educate to Innovate: Re-visioning Library and Information Science Education.” It is part of a National Forum Planning Grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Focusing on the importance of leadership and cutting-edge skills in LIS education, this project represents an opportunity for “evaluating and implementing relevant curriculum focused on innovation, continuous learning, and critical engagement within a global context.”The grant is being led by Dr. Eileen G. Abels, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College along with partners Dr. Linda C. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Lynne C. Howarth, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

During the grant-supported forum titled “Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate for It,” forum participants agreed on the importance of promoting awareness of the “cool” careers one can pursue in this field in libraries, archives, museums, and beyond. This podcast is one way of supporting that endeavor.

The MS-LIS can lead graduates down a variety of exciting paths, paths that many would not have associated with the field of library and information science. Beyond the Stacks aims to make those paths more visible for established librarians and for those considering entering the field. You might think “I didn’t know that you could do that kind of work in library and information science!”