Circulating Ideas

By Steve Thomas

Circulating Ideas facilitates conversations with the innovative people and ideas inspiring libraries to grow and thrive in the 21st century.

Circulating Ideas facilitates conversations with the innovative people and ideas inspiring libraries to grow and thrive in the 21st century.

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#28・

Circulating Ideas - Library Services and Incarceration

Please let me know if you have suggestions for upcoming guests or for additions or changes to this newsletter. I’d love your feedback!

 
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Circulating Ideas - The War Librarian by Addison Armstrong

Having authors on the podcast is always fun, especially when their books are related to libraries (like this episode's guest, Addison Armstrong). I'm normally talking with librarians about pushing the profession forward, but I never want to get away from book…

 
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Circulating Ideas - Area Studies Librarianship with Liladhar Pendse

Guest hosts are not only a great way for me to get ahead of schedule or allow me to take a break, but they bring in voices I may not normally have encountered, so I'm pleased that Natalia Estrada came to me with the idea of interviewing her friend and former …

 
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Circulating Ideas - Allison Waukau

You can help support the production of the podcast (and my Coke Zero... uh, habit) with a tip via Venmo or PayPal.Please let me know if you have suggestions for upcoming guests or for additions or changes to this newsletter. I’d love your feedback!Keep circul…

 
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Circulating Ideas - Brain Science

We know what we think, but most of the time, we do not know how we think. Our consciousness does not have access to most of the workings of our brain. The unconscious mind processes information and the results of these processes enter consciousness as a feeli…

 
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Circulating Ideas - Library Systems Report

Please let me know if you have suggestions for upcoming guests or for additions or changes to this newsletter. I’d love your feedback!Keep circulating your ideas!

 
#22・

Circulating Ideas - Censorship Attacks

Support the work of EveryLibrary Institute to build support for library funding across the United States and beyond, including conducting research like Dr. Magnusson's Book Censorship Database!

 
#21・

Circulating Ideas - The Passive Programming Playbook

Paula Willey and Andria Amaral are good friends and respected librarian professionals. However, all that breaks down when it comes to candy corn.Find out more - and how passive programming may be the best thing to happen to your library and its budget - in Ci…

 
#20・

Circulating Ideas - ALA Presidential Candidates 2022

I've had the opportunity to speak with the American Library Association Presidential candidates almost every year for the past decade, and there are many similarities across candidates and across the years. But what's it like from the inside to run for ALA of…

 
#19・

Circulating Ideas - Dion Graham, Audiobook Narrator

Please let me know if you have suggestions for upcoming guests or for additions or changes to this newsletter. I’d love your feedback!Keep circulating your ideas!

 
#18・

Circulating Ideas - Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Why do we even have a brain? What is it good for? We may assume that the answer to these questions should be straightforward. We have a brain to allow us to think. From the ancient Greek philosophers to our present-day ideas the brain, we have assumed that ra…

 
#17・

Circulating Ideas - Librarian Problems!

"I love Librarian Problems and we’re often on the same page about what’s happening in libraryland! 😉" - Fake Library Stats

 
#16・

Circulating Ideas - Engaging Families in Learning

I hope everyone has a happy holiday season! See you in 2022 for more interviews with great librarians!Steve

 
#15・

Circulating Ideas - Slow Librarianship

Slow down.That's a lesson I have trouble learning myself, but partly due to my conversation with Meredith in the new episode of the show, I have been giving some thought on how to slow things down professionally, particularly around the podcast.Starting in 20…

 
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Circulating Ideas - The Privatization of Everything

Ben Franklin's Library Company, which charged subscriptions to borrowers, is generally regarded as the foundation for the public library as we know it. This evolved into the open stacks and public library systems we know today, but lurking in the corners is t…

 
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Circulating Ideas - 3 November 2021

Being a pragmatic optimist means understanding that while we don't live in a perfect world, good work can still be accomplished and hope can triumph over despair. It’s recognizing that “two steps forward, one step back” is still forward movement. Sometimes co…

 
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Circulating Ideas - 19 October 2021

Coffee and dessert.When I think of getting to know Paul Signorelli, I think about the numerous times we met for coffee and dessert at conferences. Our conversations would begin as we were in route – and perhaps lost – and continue while we ate and reviewed th…

 
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Circulating Ideas - 6 October 2021

Back in 2015, I ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund transcripts of the show's archive, up to that point. It was successful, and I had hours and hours of audio transcribed. The only issue was that my transcriber was a non-librarian from New Zealand, which means…

 
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Circulating Ideas - 21 September 2021

Virtual conferences are great for accessibility issues and all conferences should contain a virtual element, but I do miss in-person conferences because they were the only time I get to see some of my favorite people in the profession (you know who you are). …

 
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Circulating Ideas - 9 September 2021

Guest hosts have been a lifeline for me many times, and I appreciate all of my librarian friends and colleagues who have pitched in over the years. Since 2017, Troy Swanson has been guest hosting with a focus on misinformation, disinformation, and “fake news.…