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Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library

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If you want book reviews, don't listen here. The mission of the James L. Hamner Public Library is to facilitate connections that provide free learning opportunities. That means almost anything is relevant to the library. In Connections, library workers take advantage of this and talk about whatever interests them. Sometimes, they even talk about the library. Dance, religion, why the library thinks you're a terrible person (spoiler... it doesn't... usually), almost anything is up for grabs.

If you want book reviews, don't listen here. The mission of the James L. Hamner Public Library is to facilitate connections that provide free learning opportunities. That means almost anything is relevant to the library. In Connections, library workers take advantage of this and talk about whatever interests them. Sometimes, they even talk about the library. Dance, religion, why the library thinks you're a terrible person (spoiler... it doesn't... usually), almost anything is up for grabs.

Location:

United States

Description:

If you want book reviews, don't listen here. The mission of the James L. Hamner Public Library is to facilitate connections that provide free learning opportunities. That means almost anything is relevant to the library. In Connections, library workers take advantage of this and talk about whatever interests them. Sometimes, they even talk about the library. Dance, religion, why the library thinks you're a terrible person (spoiler... it doesn't... usually), almost anything is up for grabs.

Language:

English

Contact:

8045614559


Episodes

COVID Thoughts and Podfest Comparison

3/25/2020
*The opinions expressed in this episode may not be the library's official position. Products mentioned and linked to are for educational purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. Jill compares her experience at Podfest 2020 with her experiences at Virginia Library Association conferences. Bookending this comparison, she shares her thoughts on maintaining sanity during COVID-19. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Libby (This is the website connected to the...

Duration:00:27:27

Arabica and Robusta

3/18/2020
In this episode, Josh talks to Jill about coffee. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: JLHPL Board of Trustees Other Resources: Coffee and Cocoa InternationalKentucky CoffeetreeNational Coffee Association

Duration:00:28:55

Assam, Ceylon, Kenya, and More

3/11/2020
Last week, Jill and Josh talked about hot beverages. This week, Jill tells Josh about tea from the camellia sinensis plant. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Britannica Library Other Resources: The Republic of TeaTwiningsWorld Book Online

Duration:00:35:48

Drink It How You Like It

3/4/2020
Jill, a tea drinker, and Josh, a coffee drinker, talk about hot beverages. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: A to Z World Food

Duration:00:38:18

Log Out and Use Headphones

2/26/2020
Josh and Jill talk about privacy when using public computers. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Book-A-Librarian

Duration:00:22:38

It Needs Support and Ventilation

2/19/2020
In this episode, Josh tells Jill about 3D printing, including explaining the difference between resin and filament printers. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Pronunciator Other Resources: ThingiverseYeggi

Duration:00:22:29

If It's Comfortable, Wear It

2/12/2020
Are running shoes just a way for manufacturers to get people to buy expensive shoes? In this episode, Jeff Van Horn, owner of Lucky Road Run Shop, talks with Jill, answering this question and more. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Great Courses Library Collection Other Resources: Lucky Road

Duration:00:37:54

Be Flexible

2/5/2020
People tend to start working at the library's front-desk positions with a misconception of what the job will be. No matter how much we try to explain the reality and common misconceptions in the interview process, people tend to start their jobs with the same incomplete ideas. In this episode, Josh describes his first year working as a circulation assistant, including what he thought he would be doing and what he actually does. He also gives advice to others who are considering applying for...

Duration:00:19:15

Do I Fit In?

1/29/2020
The way people act in libraries and the way people think others should act in libraries is not always the same. In this episode, Jill and Josh talk about library etiquette. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Green Screen

Duration:00:33:20

What's That Word Mean?

1/22/2020
Libraries use words to mean specific things and often do things for a specific reason. People who don't work in libraries sometimes don't understand what these words mean or why certain things happen. In this episode, Jill and Josh try to explain some commonly misunderstood library words and answer questions they often hear. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Pronunciator Other Resources: Connections Episode #4: "Why Does That Chair Keep Moving?"

Duration:00:29:25

What Was My Resolution?

1/15/2020
January is the month of making and forgetting resolutions. In this episode, Josh reads a Top 10 list of resolutions to Jill and they talk about ways the library can help people to succeed with their resolutions. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: RB Digital Magazines Other Resources: Be Less Disciplined in the New YearMaking Your New Year's Resolution StickPsychology Explains New Year Resolutions, Hits and MissesThe Virtuous Life: Resolution

Duration:00:22:43

Hoogah Coffee with Luke Griles

1/8/2020
Amelia Courthouse, VA has a locally-owned coffee shop, Hoogah Coffee. In this episode, owner Luke Griles talks about the process of starting a small food-service business in Amelia County, as well as the role he hopes Hoogah will fill in the community. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: A to Z Food America Other Resources: Hoogah CoffeeVirginia Small Business Development Center

Duration:00:24:19

A Title Murder

1/1/2020
Jill tells a story created from adult fiction books published in 2019. Due to a limited character allowance, authors and call numbers are not included in the title list. Links also count for the character limit, so we are unable to include those, either. Our apologies for any confusion between books with the same title, but different authors; the publication year should help to distinguish them. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Library Catalog Titles Used:

Duration:00:07:39

Carols and Yule Lads

12/25/2019
In honor of the Christmas tradition of telling stories, Jill tells a story of carols and Josh teaches Jill about the Islandic Yule Lads. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Acorn TV

Duration:00:25:02

I Need More Lists

12/18/2019
Some people really like checking items off of lists. When it comes to reading or viewing options, there is a plethora of lists to choose from. In this episode, Jill and Josh talk about ideas for lists based on the library's inventory. Due to space limits, not all titles mentioned are listed below. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: SOVALUe e-Book Collection Other Resources: List ChallengesBooks Mentioned: Alice in WonderlandThe BFGCoralineThe First Rule of...

Duration:00:33:12

We Listen to Podcasts, Too!

12/11/2019
Do you have hours of holiday cleaning coming up? Long drives? Just looking to listen to something new? In this episode, Jill and Josh talk about the podcasts they are listening to, plus a few more. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Connections Podcast (See if your public library has a podcast or YouTube channel.) Podcasts Mentioned: The Art of ManlinessGood Christian FunMyths and LegendsSewing Out LoudTil Death Due Us BlartThe Worst Idea of All TimeRole...

Duration:00:29:33

I've Got a Tradition and the Library Can Help

12/4/2019
Holidays typically come with family traditions. In this episode, Jill and Josh talk about some of their traditions and how the library can help them. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Pimsleur Language Program CDs Other Resources: A to Z Food AmericaA to Z World FoodConnections Episode 32: "Holiday Remembrances"eBooks and More

Duration:00:22:34

Live the Story or Scream

11/27/2019
Josh likes to visit theme parks, both the kind where the objective is to ride anything that will make you scream and those where the objective is to be immersed in another world. In this episode, Josh tells Jill about parks he has visited, which leads the discussion to human-eating pigs, racing woolly worms, and vengeful animatronics. Suggest a Topic: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: Great Courses Library Collection e-Videos Other Resources: Defunctland YouTube...

Duration:00:30:48

Are You Sure I Can Have That?

11/20/2019
Library workers work in a place of tension between valuing allowing anyone to access any idea they want and being responsible adults who care about children's welfare. The American Library Association has a Code of Ethics that helps guide libraries as they make policies and procedures to help library workers navigate these values. In this episode, Jill and Josh look at some of the ethical and philosophical ideas behind their day-to-day decisions. Contact Us:...

Duration:00:24:40

Why Did You Pick That One?

11/13/2019
Josh starts this episode by asking Jill, "How do we decide which items to buy for the library?" Jill begins to answer and the conversation goes from there, including a tangent on classics and boring books that win awards. Contact Us: circulation@hamnerlibrary.org Featured Resource: JLH Library Policy Webpage

Duration:00:33:00