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Charleston Library Conference 

Mar 19, 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.

Link to the Up & Comer Profiles from v 29 #6, the Dec 2017/Jan 2018 issue of 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


I’m excited to be speaking with Heather Howard, Business Information Specialist at Purdue University. Welcome, Heather, and thanks for chatting with us today!

In your profile that was published in Against the Grain, you mentioned that you co-founded the Indianapolis Literary Pub Crawl, a charity event to raise money for adult literacy in central Indiana. You also mentioned working to start Escape Velocity Brewing. I’d love to hear more about both of those initiatives!

Links for show notes:

Indianapolis Literary Pub Crawl

Escape Velocity Brewing


Up next, we’re chatting with Sarah Hare, Scholarly Communication Librarian at

Indiana University. Thanks for being with us today!

In your profile that was published in Against the Grain, you mentioned that you had the opportunity to teach a Library Juice Academy course on Open Educational Resources. Could you tell us more about that?


OER Course:

Interview with Sarah on Library Juice Academy site:


I’m excited to welcome Maoria J. Kirker, Instruction and Assessment Coordinator at George Mason University. Thanks very much for talking with us!

In your profile that was published in Against the Grain, you mentioned being a lover of live music and concerts. Can you tell us about the last concert you attended, or your top 3 you’ve been to in the past?


Educate Podcast from APM Reports:

And here is a blog I read regularly: