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Charleston Library Conference 

Feb 22, 2018

ATG Media is pleased to recognize the first ever recipients for the Up and Comers award with a series of interviews on the ATG Podcast. Who exactly is an “Up and Comer,” you ask?  They are librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants, and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of the profession.  

Up and Comers are passionate about the future of libraries.  They innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks.  They are future library leaders and change makers, and we are excited to celebrate them with this award. There were 20 recipients of the award for 2017 that were announced just prior to the 2017 Charleston Conference. 

Each episode, we’ll feature 3 – 4 short interviews with different award recipients. We have a standard list of 5 questions for each one, and a custom question based on their activities or interests that were listed in the profiles in Against the Grain. 

Interview Questions for all UCs:

  1. Tell us a bit about how you arrived in your career?
  2. What is a change you hope to make in our profession?
  3. What do you think our industry will look like in 5-10 years? Significant changes?
  4. What are you reading at the moment?
  5. What advice would you give to students interested in careers in librarianship or information studies?
  6. Custom question

First up we welcome Anna Boutin-Cooper to the podcast. Anna is Librarian for the School of Architecture + Planning at MIT Libraries and she was one of the 2017 ATG Up & Comer award winners.

In her profile published in Against the Grain, she mentions that in her spare time she's an "avid knitter, beginning seamstress, budding ceramicist, and aspiring weaver." 

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More about the text:

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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Up next, we speak with Jennifer Thoegersen, Assistant Professor and Data Curation Librarian at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

In her profile that was published in Against the Grain she mentions helping a group of kids build an escape room at the Morton-James Public Library. 

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Finally in this episode we chat with Katy Webb, Head of Research and Instructional Services at Joyner Library, East Carolina University.  

Katy has recently published two OER's, and completed a final draft on a book as well.

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