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Episode 18: Brendan Thompson, Knowledge Manager at Uber Technologies

Headshot of Brendan ThompsonHappy 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.

He has written on using digital tools to connect and communicate to unique user groups in chapters of 21st Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges. He has also presented at many conferences including 2012 & 2017 SLA Annual Conferences and the Joint Conference of Librarians of color. 

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Length – 1:01:59

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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.

See below the fold for a full transcript of the interview.


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