Listen to this month’s episode to hear about one of the many paths one can take to enter the field of librarianship. We also discuss what it’s like to work for a small, special library like the NILL and explore the relationship between librarianship and environmental activism. Enjoy!
Welcome back to Season 5 of Beyond the Stacks! For this month’s episode, I had the pleasure to interview Taylor Kirch, the Lead Librarian at Pandora Media. Tune in to learn about curating and archiving “lean-back” radio experiences, digital collection management, and metadata. We also discuss the future of LIS, particularly the probable/eventual AI takeover, which we decided might be led by Microsoft Word’s Clippy. Enjoy!
Taylor Kirch is a librarian and information scientist from the iSchool at the University of Illinois. Currently, she is the Lead Librarian at Pandora Media on the Curation team. Her role involves a wide range of library and information science skills, like taxonomy design and large-scale collection management. She began her career in the stacks of a film archive, but eventually became a content manager and database designer for the company. Before working at Pandora, she started a digital archive solutions company with her husband, developing content management systems for film and tv studios. In her downtime, she runs after her rambunctious puppy and reads the latest weird fiction and fantasy novels.
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.
November’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.
Happy 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.