Libraries Lead!

Libraries Lead!

Libraries Lead! is a provocative podcast about all things information & library hosted by Beth Patin (Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse U), Dave Lankes (Professor, iSchool, U of Texas), and Mike Eisenberg (Dean/Professor Emeritus, iSchool, U of Washington). Information age opportunities and challenges affect every aspect of human existence. We wrestle with such topics as social justice, political unrest, mis- and dis-information, kids, family and adult living; education and learning; work, employment, training and jobs; recreation, entertainment, and play; disasters & emergency preparedness with a focus on libraries & information science, services, and systems. 3 segments in approx. 1 hour: WAZZUP, MAIN TOPIC, and AWESOME LIBRARY THINGY.For Resources & References for All Episodes please go to: https://tinyurl.com/libleadresources

Episodes

January 11, 2023 63 min

The three of us are proud academics. While we come from very different backgrounds, we are all examples of the power of higher education to change lives. Furthermore, each of us has dedicated our lives to “paying it forward” through teaching, mentoring, research, and professional practice.

 However, things seem different now on campuses. The promise and fulfillment of learning, growth, and opportunity for students seems to be pushed...

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Meltdown at Twitter? Advertisers leaving, Apple may delist the Twitter app, many have canceled their Twitter accounts.  What does this mean? Is there something more meaningful, valuable, and humane to replace it -perhaps a trustworthy, digital platform for the exchange of information and ideas moderated for credibility and trust? Should librarians seek to shape or support a Twitter replacement?  What's a reasonable stance for l...

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Episode 19: WHAT?????
February 21st. 2022
Beth Patin, Dave Lankes, & Mike Eisenberg

What is going on in this world? Librarians in the crosshairs! Book censorship and actual book burnings! Heavy-handed government control of schools, curriculum, higher education, libraries! Handmaid’s Tale-like nightmare in terms of women’s rights! Climate catastrophes! War in Ukraine. Strife - hatred - violence! WTF?????

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Episode 18: The Censors are Coming! The Censors are Coming!
May 2022
Beth Patin, Dave Lankes, & Mike Eisenberg

It is happening here. Again. There’s a huge increase in efforts to censor what is taught or even discussed in school along with banning, and in some cases even burning books in schools and libraries. In this episode, we delve into the nature of these threats along with ways to counteract them.

 The same people who profess ...

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Episode 17: Video Sharing & So Much More
April 2022

Beth Patin, Dave Lankes, & Mike Eisenberg

YouTube has more than 2 billion active users collectively viewing over 5 billion videos totaling a combined 1 billion hours of video viewing every day!! Tik Tok is the new kid on the block, just 4 years old worldwide, and already with over 1 billion active users watching 167 million videos every minute! These two entities wield tremen...

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Episode 16: FACEBOOK: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly
March 2022
Beth Patin, Dave Lankes, & Mike Eisenberg

This episode continues our conversation about social media. We zero in on the 800 lb gorilla – make that the 1.6 BILLION pound gorilla that dominates social media,  FACEBOOK. That’s 1.6 billion because over 1.6 BILLION people (on average) visit Facebook every day. Listen in as we unravel this information age phenomenon.

For Refere...

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Episode 15: Life, the Universe and Everything Social Media.
February 2022
Beth Patin, Dave Lankes, & Mike Eisenberg

This is the first of a series of episodes about the phenomenon of social media. Social media dominates and affects almost all aspect of life and society, sometimes purposefully and often not. In the series, we hope to inform as well as identify some recommended good practices, and to discuss how libraries can and ar...

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Episode 14: Info Literacy - Now More Than Ever!
January 2022
Beth Patin, Dave Lankes, & Mike Eisenberg

Information literacy relates to every aspect of human existence – individually or in communities. Almost all human activities and endeavors are information-based, especially in our turbocharged, networked, overloaded info world. In this episode, we explore a range of info literacy issues including information skills, relevance, c...

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December 16, 2021 58 min

Episode 13: Politics R Us?
December, 2021
Beth Patin, Dave Lankes, & Mike Eisenberg

Aughhh! The po·lit·i·ci·za·tion of everything! We don’t seem to be able to escape increasing polarization and the division into rival groups identified by politics and worldviews as well as the demonization of the other side.  Is this the new normal? Even for libraries and public service? Is everything to be defined or viewed through a political le...

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Episode 12: Truth or Dare: A New Normal in Education and Human Services?
Nov 2021
Beth Patin, Dave Lankes, & Mike Eisenberg

Starting this, our second season, we have a huge change to the Libraries Lead podcast. In the last episode (#11) of the first season, Beth Patin, assistant professor at the Syracuse University iSchool joined us. She was fantastic, mind blowing, amazing. The conversation was electric; It sizzled. Beth added so...

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Episode 11: Emergency! Being Prepared in the New Normal.
October 1, 2021
Beth Patin, Dave Lankes & Mike Eisenberg

Unfortunately, the dire future predictions of crises due to environment and climate change, disease, poverty, and social justice are today’s realities. This new normal requires communities, individuals, and governments to cope right now while also looking ahead to plan for and create the necessary infrastructure and p...

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October 11, 2021 52 min

Episode 10: Data to the Rescue?
Sept 2021
 Dave Lankes & Mike Eisenberg

We agree on something “data to protect you" is an oxymoron. Data can be dangerous–particularly in the hands of corporations, governments, hackers, scammers, & even well-intentioned non-profits, public service providers, and even libraries and librarians. Public libraries monitor patrons on social media to market services to better “meet needs.” Scho...

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October 1, 2021 53 min

June 2, 2021
Dave Lankes & Mike Eisenberg

Are we going back to offices and city living or will a new normal emerge? Judging from the articles and posts, it’s not clear at all. That means it’s likely to be a combination of both depending on contexts of nature of activity (e.g., business), geography, and the economics (jobs, commerce, supply chain). With uncertainty prevailing, what should libraries be thinking about and planning f...

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August 9, 2021 45 min

May 26, 2021 
Dave Lankes & Mike Eisenberg 

In the last episode, Mike ranted about his frustrations and hours spent in trying to reach a human being for assistance with airline reservations, prescriptions, and insurance. In this episode, we dive deeper into the topic of help and information services of all kinds– human, mediated (telephone, digital), online. What’s going on with consumer help and what’s the status of Q&A, Ask...

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May 12, 2021?
Dave Lankes & Mike Eisenberg?
74 minutes?

Mike and Dave are joined by a very special guest – the talented and enthusiastic Angela Craig, Executive Director, Charleston County Public Library. Charleston County is a cutting-edge regional library system. In addition to offering all that we expect from public libraries, Charleston has been particularly responsive to the challenges of helping people and communities due to...

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April 19, 2021
Dave Lankes & Mike Eisenberg
44 minutes

As we start to see some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, what does it mean for the locus and nature of work? Will everyone simply return to their offices, businesses, and schools as if nothing has changed? Or has the lockdown been a catalyst for reconsidering location, work-home balance, and the trade-offs of physical vs. virtual work. And, what about the accompanying ...

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June 3, 2021 38 min

March 17, 2021 
45 Minutes 
Dave Lankes & Mike Eisenberg 

In this episode, Mike and Dave start with a brief exchange on the changing nature of work and the need to help low-wage earners find out about high demand jobs, requirements, and opportunities for getting access to quality training. 

Mike & Dave then pick up the conversation about education in the evolving new normal from episode 3’s insights from Colet Bartow, Teaching ...

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March 17, 2021 
45 Minutes 
Dave Lankes & Mike Eisenberg 

In this episode, Mike and Dave start with a brief exchange on the changing nature of work and the need to help low-wage earners find out about high demand jobs, requirements, and opportunities for getting access to quality training. 

Mike & Dave then pick up the conversation about education in the evolving new normal from episode 3’s insights from Colet Bartow, Teaching ...

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May 7, 2021 74 min

March 3, 2021 
75 Minutes 
Dave Lankes & Mike Eisenberg 

It pretty much happened overnight: schools are closed, kids are home, teaching and learning are online, parents are responsible for coordinating it all. While every aspect of life has been affected by the pandemic, no sector has been more quickly and more significantly by the pandemic than education – on all levels. The most direct impact is on students, parents, and teacher...

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April 26, 2021 57 min

February 3, 2021 
57 minutes
Dave Lankes & Mike Eisenberg

In this second episode (and our last simultaneous broadcast as part of the Publishers Weekly Skillset Podcast), Mike is all upset about how difficult it was to get an appointment for a Covid vaccine. “This should be a very manageable information problem! Why can’t we set up an easy system for everyone and anyone – using people, databases, systems, and the telephone?”  Dave ...

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