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Charleston Library Conference 

Apr 3, 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 below.

First up, we hear from Kate Hill, Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kate was part of a fantastic group of presenters for a webinar that the Charleston Conference hosted last fall called “Tips and Tricks for Attending the Charleston Conference.” Kate also talks about the book she co-authored titled The ABCs of ERM, that was made available just last month.

Link: The ABCs of ERM:


Up next, we hear from Erin Gallagher, Director of Collection Services at Reed College, and Katelyn Angell, First Year Success Librarian/Assistant Professor at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.

Katelyn's position title is “First Year Success Librarian”. We hear how this kind of role is becoming more and more common in academic libraries and why is it so important for librarians to focus on first year students.

Erin is one of the Conference Directors for the Charleston Conference, and she brought the Up and Comer Award to life, so we really want to acknowledge the work she put into this and thank her for it. Thank you, Erin! And thank you, Katelyn, for joining us today for the interview. 

Katelyn's interview starts at 22:30 in the audio file. 


And finally, Tom Gilson talks with Amanda Lowe, Outreach and Marketing Librarian at University at Albany, SUNY.  

What is the key to be a successful outreach and marketing librarian? What special skills do you need to bring to the job?

Amanda also talks about starting a Stress Less campaign at her  library.

Amanda's interview starts at 33:42 in the audio file. 



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