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Charleston Library Conference 

Mar 5, 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. A link to the press release is available in the show notes. 

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. Congratulations to all of the award winners, and thanks to each of you for participating in the podcast.

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 Shaun Bennett, University Library Technician at North Carolina State University Libraries. 

In his profile published in Against the Grain, he mentioned working with Dr. Julie Mell at NC State on several intriguing digital projects.

·         The show Earth 2050 did a segment on our work with the Bayeux Tapestry and the Maeshowe Tomb.

·         Dr. Mell and I presented at the World-Tree Conference on the Maeshowe Tomb and the 3D printed artifacts.

·         I've also got a 360-camera view of the inside of the Visualization Studio (where we held the projects), showing the Bayeux Tapestry (  and the Maeshowe Tomb (


Next up we welcome Hailley Fargo, Student Engagement Librarian at Penn State University, to the podcast. 

In her profile published in Against the Grain, Hailey mentioned a couple of projects that we hear about. One of them was receiving a Penn State Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Teaching Grant to explore the use of Bird technology in one-shot instruction sessions. What is Bird technology? She tells us more about this.

Also, she recently became part of a team that launched The Librarian Parlor (aka LibParlor), a blog for new and experienced LIS researchers.


We then hear from Kiyomi Deards. Kyiomi is Associate Professor / Science Librarian at University of Nebraska-Lincoln University Libraries. 

In the interview, she talks about working on a project called SciPop.