Circulating Ideas - 1 June 2021





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Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas
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Ten years ago, I started the Circulating Ideas podcast because I was looking to find the best way I could contribute to the library profession’s discourse. I liked podcasts, particularly interview podcasts, and thought a show like Fresh Air, but focused on the library profession, would be neat, and since no one else was doing it…
(Read a longer version of this story here).
Now here we are with Episode 200! Everyone who has been on the show has been inspiring to me, and they have been so gracious to lend their time and knowledge, which helped me continue to learn and grow professionally (and some have become friends!).
I have spoken with hundreds of library workers doing the innovative work to keep libraries thriving, in addition to library supporters, people I never would’ve had the opportunity to speak with otherwise, like thought leaders (David Weinberger, Howard Feingold), writers (Cory Doctorow, Gwenda Bond, Imbolo Mbue, Susan Elia McNeal, Clive Thompson), people in the tech world (Glenn Fleishman, Andy Ihnatko, Merlin Mann), and all the candidates for ALA President 8 of the 10 years the show has been going.
I would also like to thank all the people who have guest-hosted for me over the years when I was getting behind, or just because they enjoyed doing it! A big round of applause for Troy Swanson (award for Most Episodes Guest Hosted), Thomas Maluck, David Lankes, Leah White, Charlie Bennett, Heather Moorefield-Lang, Sarah Clark, Amanda L. Goodman, Michael Schofield, Elizabeth Ferguson Keathley, Jenny Rothschild, Lisa Rabey, Brett Bonfield, Kate Sheehan, Kate Kosturski, and Matthew Murray (and special thanks to Allison Tran for being a podcast partner on our “Librarians Are Rockstars!” series early on).
And, finally, thanks to you, the podcast listeners and the readers of this newsletter, for listening into and reading these things and supporting the show! I hope you all have learned as much as I have over the past decade.
Please let me know if you have suggestions for upcoming guests or for additions or changes to this newsletter. I’d love your feedback! Drop me a line at
Keep circulating your ideas!

Episode 200
200: Tracie D. Hall – Circulating Ideas
100: Keith Michael Fiels – Circulating Ideas
Spectrum Scholarship Program
The Joyce Foundation
Public Libraries and the Pandemic
PW Talks with ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall
Tracie D. Hall Archives | American Libraries Magazine
Toward an Anti-Racist Art Ecosystem Conference Series | School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Some Inspirational Figures for Tracie
E. J. Josey - Wikipedia
Carla Hayden | Librarian of Congress
Betty J. Turock - Wikipedia
Kathleen de la Peña McCook - Wikipedia
Vartan Gregorian, Savior of the New York Public Library, Dies at 87 - The New York Times
Learn More About Tracie D. Hall
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