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.
Welcome 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!
On 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.