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Charleston Library Conference 

Apr 16, 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, Leah Hinds welcomes Tom Gilson, Associate Editor for Against the Grain, and Charlie Bennett, Public Engagement Librarian at Georgia Tech Library, to the podcast. Thanks very much to both of you for joining us today! Tom is going to conduct the interview so I’ll hand things over to him now.

Being a Public Engagement Librarian sounds like a fun job. What does the job entail? What are your key responsibilities? You mentioned in your Against the Grain profile that a couple of years ago you were selected to deliver a TEDx talk on libraries at TEDx Telfair Street. Can you tell us more about that?

Links for show notes: -- The Georgia Tech Library renewal project -- The feed for the podcast of the radio show, Lost in the Stacks -- The Library is Not a Collection of Books (TEDx talk) -- Reimagine Libraries (TEDx talk) -- TEDx Augusta -- Augusta's Innovation Hub


Next up we welcome Erin Gallagher and Michael Rodriguez to the show. Erin is Director of Collection Services at Reed College, and she’ll be interviewing Michael, who is Licensing/Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Connecticut. 

Michael mentions that in his spare time he enjoys hiking and biking, and has seen a lot of the U.S. this way.  He tells us about his favorite experiences seeing America “from the saddle of the twelve-speed”.

Michael's interview starts at 20:45 in the audio file.


Finally, Leah Hinds speaks with Wendy Hagenmaier, Digital Collections Archivist at Georgia Institute of Technology.

We get to hear from Wendy on what it takes to be a Digital Collections Archivist?

Wendy's interview starts at 38:00 in the audio file.

Links for show notes:

RetroTECH exhibit


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