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 webzine and jobs list INALJ.com (formerly I Need a Library Job) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of T160K.org, a crowdfunding platform focused on African patrimony, heritage and cultural projects. INALJ was founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard. Its 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. INALJ has had over 21 Million page hits and helped many, many thousands of librarians 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 one month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro and many other publications in the past decade. She presents whenever she can, including serving on three panels at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas; as breakout presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa; as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting; at the National Press Club in Washington DC; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary and Western New York State. She spent years running her husband’s moving labor website, fixed and sold old houses and assisted her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food. She is preparing to re-enter the workforce and is job hunting. Her husband is now the co-editor of INALJ, a true support!  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.