Episode 6: Henry Lowood on Software History & Preservation

Henry AppleIIOn this month’s episode, we hear from Henry Lowood, curator for history of science & technology collections and for film & media collections at Stanford University and lecturer at Stanford University, San Jose State University, and UC Santa Cruz.

Join us as we discuss the history of Silicon Valley, historical  game studies, emulation, and video game and software preservation.

Length – 47:38

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We hope to see you again on April 1st, when we’ll be featuring a new interview with a software developer at a major digital repository!

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Episode 5: Alex Wade on Tech Sector Librarians

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.


Alex WadeOn 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.

Length – 30:42

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The first 30 seconds of this episode are a little fuzzy due to technical difficulties, but the rest of the podcast’s audio is normal.

We hope to see you again on March 1st, when we’ll be featuring a new interview with an expert in video game and software preservation.

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Episode 4: Erin O’Meara on Archiving Electronic Records

OMearaOn 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.

Length – 31:45

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This episode marks the end of Season 1 of Beyond the Stacks. We will be returning in a few months with the start of Season 2, an interview with a librarian at a major technology company!

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Episode 3: Miguel Figueroa and the Future of Libraries

FigueroaOn 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.

Length – 31:27

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Episode 4, on digital forensics and non-profits’ archives, will be released on December 1st!

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