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Episode 21: Taylor Kirch, Lead Librarian at Pandora Media

Taylor Kirch, Librarian at Pandora

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.

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Length – 01:05:19

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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 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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