5 Thought-Provoking Podcasts Every Librarian Should Listen To

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Late to the podcast game? Here are some of our quick recommendations for where to start! From librarians, for librarians. 

1) Cyberpunk Librarian

Cyberpunk LibrarianHosted by Daniel Messer, the Web Content Manager for the Maricopa Country Library District — that’s in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, by the way — the Cyberpunk Librarian podcast explores ideas, trends, and other relevant topics for technologically minded librarians who are high tech but have a low budget.

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2) T is for Training

T is for TrainingIn their own words, T is for Training is “an informal podcast dedicated but not obsessed with training in libraries”. Their podcasts are usually recorded live, so quality isn’t super excellent, but the content more than makes up for it.

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  • Timing-wise it might be complicated since they’re in the US, but you can call into the show! Details can be found on their sidebar.
  • Follow T is for Training on Twitter.

3) LibUX

LibUXLibUX is a podcast hosted by front-end/user experience librarians Michael Schofield and Amanda L. Goodman that discusses design, development and user experience in libraries and the higher-ed web.

They answer difficult questions as “Why are library websites so hard to get right?” and ““What research techniques and tools are actually used in library UX work?”. They also provide design and development consultancy for user experience departments and library web teams.

  • They have a new weekly segment called W3R, where you can get your news weekly about the world wide web in under 10 minutes.
  • For more information, you can visit the LibUX website.

4) Open paren

Open ParenOpen Paren is a podcast about libraries, librarians and code.

Hosted by Andromeda Yelton, the episodes are usually in the format of an interview between her and a library professional, in which they discuss things like learning communities, user interfaces, metadata, programming, and other library-related themes.

  • Visit the Open Paren website to watch previous episodes.
  • Most recent guests include Becky Yoose, the Library Applications And Systems Manager at The Seattle Public Library; Ian Collins, A Digital Service Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Margaret Heller, a Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago.

5) Adventures in Library Instruction

Adventures in Library InstructionAdventures in Library Instruction is a monthly podcast by and for library information literacy instructors and teaching librarians which focuses on teaching in libraries,

While the podcast is sadly no longer updated (the last episode was in 2012), there are 20 episodes still available on iTunes that are super fun to listen to.

  • Check out Episode 25: Class Reunion, where the three hosts are joined by Erin Mooney from Emory University Library to talk about first-year student orientation, library videos, merging the reference and circulation desk, and pizza parties.

Are you subscribed to any of these podcasts? Have more recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

8 thoughts on “5 Thought-Provoking Podcasts Every Librarian Should Listen To

    1. Regina @ Digitales

      No worries! I’ve only listened to a couple of episodes so far but it’s very interesting, so thanks for what you do. :)

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  1. Maurice Coleman

    Thank for the kind words recommending the show to folks down under. I hope that you and your customers all enjoy our content on the show.
    Yes, we do encourage participation but I know that live show timing is only good for Australian night owls.
    However, feel free to suggest topics for us to discuss on futures shows by sending a tweet to @tisfortraining
    Also, the host loves to travel and would one day love to speak in Australia and New Zealand.
    Be well and hope to hear from you on the internet.
    @baldgeekinmd

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