3 Great Podcasts for Library News

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ Vermont

3 Great Podcasts for Library News

marymichelle1As much as we love our blogs and social media, sometimes it’s better to have something to listen to on the commute or at the gym to help meet our “I learned something today” requirement.  Here’s a list of three great podcasts to listen to when you want to stay abreast of library news.  I’ve provided the links to each show’s webpage or they are available for download in the iTunes store.

circulating ideas logo

Circulating Ideas is an interview podcast hosted by Steve Thomas.  He regularly interviews interesting people in the library world, including people running for ALA positions, the annual list of Movers & Shakers and authors.  In addition to his wonderful podcast, the show notes provided at www.circulatingideas.com provide summaries of the show and details on where to find out about the interviewees on social media.


nerdylibrarians logoNerdy Librarians is a husband and wife team that covers different aspects of librarianship.   The Perrys cover everything from comic books (their most recent podcast) to social media in the library, to gaming in the library.  This lighthearted podcast usually runs on the shorter side (30-45 minutes) and is a good introduction to library podcasts if you aren’t sure where to start.  Their show notes and shows can be downloaded at: http://www.nerdylibrarians.com/wordpress1/


tisfortraining logoT is for Training is a podcast “about but not obsessed with” library training.  They cover anything and everything dealing with training and learning in libraries.  The format is usually a call/chat set up and there is always a plethora of great advice.  Their shows can also be found at: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=24719&cmd=tc

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource INALJ.com (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ.com. INALJ has had over 20 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.