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Episode 20: Derek Murphy, Usability Researcher at Harvard IQSS

Image of Derek Murphy standing in front of mountains and a body of water.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.

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Length – 01:02:34

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Episode 19: Sylvie Rollason-Cass, Web Archivist at Archive-It

Image of Sylvie Rollason-CassNovember’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.

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Length – 39:50

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Episode 17: Caroline Gardner, New Balance Digital Asset Coordinator

carolinegardnerWelcome to Season 5 of Beyond the Stacks! We hope you enjoyed your summer and are as excited as we are for more episodes! Kicking off this season is an interview conducted in May 2017 with Carolina Gardner who works for New Balance as Digital Asset Coordinator.

Caroline Gardner earned her BFA in Fiber & Material Studies from the Tyler School of Art and her MLIS in Library and Information Studies from Simmons College. She has worked in a wide variety of library-related institutions, from the Arnold Arboretum Archives to NPR’s RAD team. She has extensive experience with metadata, DAM administration, and user-training. When she is not maximizing digital asset organization potential at New Balance, she is a cat-mom of two, scotch drinker, knitter, and feminist fiber arts enthusiast.

Tune in to learn about what it’s like to work in a corporate library, life as a recent MLIS graduate, and why so many art majors end up in the LIS field. Thank you so much for listening and your continued support of this project!

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Length – 56:12

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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 9: Caryn Baird on News Librarianship

Welcome to Season 3 of Beyond the Stacks! We’re now back to our regular schedule, with a new episode on the first day of each month.


CHERIE DIEZ | Times Tampa Bay Times News Researcher Caryn Baird Thursday January 9, 2014. CHERIE DIEZ | TimesOn this month’s episode, we hear from Caryn Baird, Senior News Researcher at the Tampa Bay Times.

She has research credit on five Pulitzers. Working alongside reporters and editors, she has helped to nail down facts, found experts to quote, provided historical context and located cell phone numbers of sources. Before her current role as a Researcher for the Times, Caryn set up microcomputers at Simmons College and built the very first webpage for Loyola University libraries.

Join us as we discuss journalism in the age of the Internet and staying curious.

Length – 25:19

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