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The Library Pros - A Librarian and a Library Information Technologist discussing libraries, technology and anything else that makes us smile!






Episode 87 Carlos Galeana Digital Well-Being in Patron Trainings

While Bob was handling an IT emergency, Chris had a great conversation with Carlos Galeana. If you are a frequent listener to the podcast, then you may remember Carlos from his appearance in Episode 45 discussing his Mover and Shaker election and all things he is doing in his previous position at the Multnomah Library […]


Special Episode: “Diversify is Fly” NYLA Developing Leaders Program on the Diversification of the Library

In this very special episode, Chris and Bob are joined by a group of librarians from all around New York State. Emily Dowie, Teen Librarian at the Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford NY; Jo Ann Mulligan, Library Assistant at the Altamont Free Library in Altamont, New York; Danielle Newman, Pre-k to 12th Grade Public School […]


Episode 86 Matt Pascoe – Ipswich City Council

Matt Pascoe, Content and Customer Experience Manager at the Ipswich City Council Libraries joins the podcast. Ipswich City Libraries have multiple buildings and Matt talks about marketing libraries, Ipswich “Marketplace Library”, Library Pods, pop up makerspaces and how to hang a monstrous dinosaur from the ceiling. Matt is an amazing speaker and has a lot […]


Episode 85 – Dr. Eric Cole & Simple Cyber Security

Dr. Eric Cole, founder of Secure Anchor joins the podcast to talk about simple things libraries, library employees and patrons can do to better secure their online presence. Dr. Cole talks about 2 factor authentication, password strategies and most importantly, poking fun at Chris (Dr. Cole and Chris are old friends). Dr. Eric Cole is […]


Episode 84 – Kate Chambers Distributing Books in Zimbabwe with WhatsApp

Chris and Bob were fortunate enough to speak with Kate Chambers, a journalist and book lover who helps to receive and distribute books throughout the nation of Zimbabwe in November of 2020. Kate talks about growing up in the UK, how her career as a journalist took her to Africa, where she now lives. As […]


Episode 83 – Jane Cowell – Reaching People During Covid a Model that Continues

This episode finds us speaking with Jane Cowell, Chief Executive Officer of the Yarra Plenty Library in Melbourne, Victoria State, Australia. We speak to Jane about her long career in the library world and during the time when Victoria was the hardest affected state in the nation, how the staff at Yarra Plenty reached out […]


Episode 82 Ian Anstice – Public Library News UK

Joining the podcast from across “The Pond” in Wales, UK is Ian Anstice, who publishes Public Libraries News, an online publication sharing what libraries are doing in the UK. Ian was so much fun to speak with. We talked about the origins of PLN as a blog and how it developed over time. We also […]


Episode 81 Susan Banks Director, Pennsylvania Bureau of Library Development

Susan Banks, Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Library Development joined the podcast to talk about the evolution of library service, transition to a digital collection, especially during the times of a pandemic, a librarians’ “Library Core”. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she covers a range to areas that are invaluable for any library professional […]


Special Episode: Long Island Library Resources Council Conference 2020

Chris and Bob were asked back to the Long Island Library Resources Council’s conference on Libraries and the Future (this year held virtually). This is the 4th year the podcast was asked to podcast from the event, and the guest speakers this year were amazing. First we spoke to Nancy Kranich, Special Projects Research Librarian […]


Episode 80 – Martin Brathen & Elise Conradi Biblioteksentralen Norway

This is a first for the podcast, our first interview with library professionals from a non-english speaking nation. Today we virtually journey to Norway and speak to Martin Kristoffer Brathen and Elise Conradi from Biblioteksentralin (Bibsent) a unique collaborative organization that provides library services to the libraries of Norway. Chris speaks to the pair about […]


Episode 79 James Nicholson Academia, Philosophy and ALIA

Chris and Bob were joined via Zoom by James Nicholson who is the Program and Engagement Leader at Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Queensland, Australia. He is also the State Manager for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). James sat and chatted with the guys about transitioning from an academic library setting to a public […]


Episode 78 – Sari Feldman Opening Libraries After the Pandemic

Sari Feldman, former President of the Public Library Association (2009-2010), American Library Association President (2015-2016), frequent writer and contributor to Publisher’s Weekly and Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio joined Chris and Bob via Zoom to discuss her article in Publisher’s Weekly entitled Public Libraries After the Pandemic. We talk about […]


SPECIAL EPISODE: COVID III How We Reopen after the Pandemic

Chris sat down with our previous panel to talk about how we open after libraries after the COVID-19 pandemic (assuming we are finding light at the end of the tunnel. Today joining us is Carol Ann Tack, Head of Readers Advisory at the Merrick Library in Merrick NY James Hutter, Technology Librarian, Technology Librarian, Head […]

Episode 77 Maria Dismondy – Cardinal Rule Press

The podcast is working from home and Chris was able to speak with Maria Dismondy, children’s book author and founder of Cardinal Rule Press. Maria started her career as a teacher, and started writing children’s picture books that focus on a child’s self esteem, something she was not seeing in picture books. This concept became […]


SPECIAL EPISODE Scott Jarzombek – Executive Director Albany Public Library – How Libraries Open During COVID-19

Chris and Bob are working remotely during the COVID-19 Pandemic and were fortunate enough to speak to Scott Jarzombek, Executive Director of the Albany Public Library about his plan to re-open his large multi-branch library as the Corona Virus statistics continue to decline. Scott penned an article in the NYLA Voice about reopening. He also […]


Episode 76 – The Longwood Public Library Equipment & Gadgets Lending

Chris and Bob visited the place where Chris got his start in Libraryland, The Longwood Public Library in Middle Island, New York. The boys spoke with Assistant Director Ann Hofbauer, Digital Literacy Coordinator Alison Mirabella, Children’s STEAM Specialist, Danielle Bliss and Head of Technical Services, Roseann Mammina. They have a very deep and diverse lending […]


Episode 75 – Middle Country Library Podcast

We were very happy to have our neighbors to the north of the Sachem Library District, Middle Country Public Library’s podcasters Sal DeVincenzo, Sarah Fade and Nicole Rambo drop by to talk podcasting in libraries. Sal brings his own style of podcasting to libraryland and with Sarah and Nicole co-hosting, they produce a light hearted […]


Episode 74 – Nadine & Debbie Oceanside Video Book Club!

On a nice quiet Saturday at The Sachem Public Library, Nadine Spano and Debbie Keehner from the Oceanside New York Library journeyed from the far south west corner of Nassau County to Holbrook to talk about their innovative book club. Nadine and Debbie do a video book club with the help of Go To Meeting. […]


If you listened to our first SPECIAL EPISODE, you heard librarians reacting to the effects of the global Pandemic of Novel Corona (Covid-19) on the library world. We circle back to what has happened, what we have learned, what we are still attempting to figure out and how we get our libraries back on their […]

Episode 73 William Salas Patent & Trademark Resource Center

William Salas, Librarian at The Smithtown Library, came to The Booth at Sachem to chat with the guys about the Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Will manages the Center and has a wealth of knowledge about patent and trademark searching. His passion for the subject really comes through and I think we all can agree […]