Welcome to Season 2 of Beyond the Stacks! We’re now back to our regular schedule, with a new episode on the first day of each month.
On this month’s episode, we hear from Alex Wade, the director of Scholarly Communications at Microsoft Research, where he’s currently focused on Microsoft Academic, involving aspects of knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, intentionality, dialogue systems, semantic search, and intelligent agents.
Join us as we discuss search algorithms, software development, anthropomorphic dogs, and the roles librarians are fulfilling at major technology companies.
On episode four of Beyond the Stacks, we hear from Erin O’Meara, an Archivist at the Gates Archive, which focuses on the preservation of the Gates family’s personal and philanthropic endeavors including records of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Join us as we discuss the preservation of born-digital records, Digital Forensics, Diplomatics, and what it’s like to come on board a state archives during a series of major political scandals.
On episode three of Beyond the Stacks, we hear from Miguel Figueroa, the director of the Center for the Future of Libraries at the American Library Association. Join us as we discuss Foresight Studies, fandom, collective impact, the Cone of Plausibility, and the influence of fast-casual dining on the future of libraries.
On episode two of Beyond the Stacks, we hear from Kimberly Silk, the special projects officer for the Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem Project at the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. Join us as we discuss data librarianship, integrating librarians into research teams, and hosting group conversations with the Mars rover.
On this debut episode of Beyond the Stacks, we hear from Gemma Petrie, a user experience researcher at Mozilla. Join us as we discuss the pathway from librarianship education to UX research, what it’s like to work in the field, and the feeling you get when you travel to another country for a research visit in a stranger’s household.