Library Land LovesMar 22, 2022
Finding Joy, Feeling Better and Dreaming (with Michael Stephens)
Dr. Michael Stephens joins us to chat about empathy - why it's important and tools to help us develop our empathy muscles. Adjacent to the important topic of empathy is compassion fatigue and how the work that we do requires us to take care of ourselves, to step out our work roles, take time for dreaming and find joy in our lives and our work.
Join us at the upcoming "Empathetic Public Libraries" workshop. More information on the OLA website or email us at email@example.com
Referenced in today's episode:
"A Wholehearted Approach to Service...and Burnout or Soft Skills are Heart Skills" by Michael Stephens
Purchase Michael's book "Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration and Balance" at The Library Marketplace.
Lessons Learned from the Rogers Outage
On July 8, 2022 Canada experienced one of the largest telecomm outages in recent memory when Rogers Communications experienced a massive network failure. Millions of people were unable to access wifi, or process debit transactions, and even getting a cup of coffee proved difficult. Today three library systems are sharing their stories of how they handled the challenges of that day. They'll tell us what it looked like in their branches, how library staff coped, and what lessons we should all be taking away from this.
Thanks to Margie Singleton from Vaughan Public Libraries, Michael Ciccone from London Public Library and Laura Warner from Brantford Public Library for sharing their stories.
Indigenous Awesomeness (with Nancy Cooper)
Nancy Cooper, First Nation Communities READ coordinator is here to tell us all about the program, this year's 2022/2023 selected titles and how you can learn more and get involved.
Links from the episode:
Follow Michelle @citybrarian
Banned Book Banter (with Traci Thomas)
This week we're talking about banned books with host and creator of The Stacks podcast, Traci Thomas. Earlier this year Traci hosted a five part series on banned books where she had some really interesting conversations with librarians, authors, students, teachers, performers, politicians, and bookstore owners. The series explored all the nuances around the implications of banning books and she joins Michelle to chat about what she learned over the course of that week.
Here are some links to things that we chatted about in this conversation:
- The Stacks - Day 1 - Banned Books in the Stacks with Katrina Stokes and Thursday Williams
- The Stacks - Day 2 - Banned Books in the Stacks with Alison Bechdel and Kelsey Reynolds
- The Stacks - Day 3 - Banned Books in the Stacks with Ghazala Hashmi and Hannah Oliver Depp
- The Stacks - Day 4 - Banned Books in The Stacks with Timya Wright and Azar Nafisi
- The Stacks - Day 5 - Banned Books in The Stacks with Kiese Laymon
- NPR It's Been a Minute - What People Miss When Talking About Banned Books
- ALA's Top 10 Most Challenged Books List
- Freedom to Read Week
- CFLA-FCAB Intellectual Freedom Challenges Survey
Library Land Loves Pop Culture (with NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour)
This keynote conversation was recorded at the 2022 OLA Super Conference.
Get obsessed with us. OLA is thrilled to bring the hosts of National Public Radio’s Pop Culture Happy Hour to chat about how pop culture will save us all. From lowbrow to highbrow, what culture are we consuming during our pandemic journey? And more importantly, what culture is making us happy this week?
Join arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson in conversation with Michelle Arbuckle about all the culture that’s fit to talk about.
Five days a week, Pop Culture Happy Hour serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, videogames and more. Hosted by Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris - plus a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. The Happy Hour team leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe.
Listen to NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour
Connect with Michelle on Twitter @citybrarian
Follow OLA @onlibraryassoc
Podcasters Panel: A Glimpse Behind the Microphone (recorded at the 2022 OLA Super Conference)
Many libraries now make their own podcasts, but there are also people who make library and book-related podcasts outside of their jobs. Panelists will discuss why they make podcasts, how they engage with their audiences, what makes a successful podcast, balancing work vs podcasting, and where they’d like to see podcasting go in the future.
Thank you to Matthew Murray, Brenna Clarke Gray, Alanna King and Maurice Coleman.
- Read Into This: https://www.canadianschoollibraries.ca/read-into-this/
- Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr: https://hazelkatnissharrystarr.simplecast.com/
- You Got This!: https://yougotthis.trubox.ca/
- T is for Training: https://tisfortraining.wordpress.com/
- Book Club for Masochists: A Readers' Advisory Podcast: https://bookclub4m.libsyn.com/
A full transcript of this episode can be found here.
The Good, the Bad, and the Distracted: ADHD and the Workplace (with Aries Casteel)
What does it mean to be neurodivergent or neuro-atypical in library land? Today’s conversation is about what it's like to be an adult with ADHD, and how we can better support workers with this condition.
ADHD is a condition that affects 1.5 million Canadians but is still often confused or dismissed as something that only affects children. Aries Casteel, from the Dartmouth Heritage Museum recently spoke in a presentation about her own personal experiences with ADHD and made suggestions on how workplaces could make spaces and work life more inclusive to those with ADHD.
A little program note here, I was super stressed about the editing of this podcast because it was recorded while I was dog sitting for my mother-in-law and of course the dog chose this exact time to tap dance her way across my office. So you may hear some little clicks and growls throughout, I apologize, life interrupts!
Resources mentioned in this conversation:
"What We Do and Don't Talk About When It Comes to ADHD" by Sulagna Misra in the Harvard Business Review (Sept 30, 2021)
Library TikTok: Understanding the Assignment (with a panel of TikTokers)
Does getting your library on TikTok live in your mind rent-free? Already there and wondering how to land on everyone’s #FYP? The creators and faces of four booming #librarytok accounts join us for a panel discussion breaking down how they got started on the app, the time and resources it requires, how they measure success and why sometimes TikTok just hits different. A representative from TikTok also joins the panel to offer some tips and tricks, advice on posting cadence and content creation best practices.
This conversation was recorded at the OLA Marketing Libraries Think Tank on Monday October 25, 2021.
Jessica Bellows, Reference Assistant, Whitby Public Library, tiktok.com/@whitbylibrary
Bailey Randolph, Teen Services Librarian, Grand Prairie Public Library tiktok.com/@gppubliclibrary
Erin Wilson, Children's and Adult Fiction Assistant, Whitby Public Library, tiktok.com/@whitbylibrary
Laura Nicolucci, Media Partnerships Lead - Entertainment, TikTok
Panel hosted by Melanie Boatswain-Watson, Toronto Public Library
Run Away With Me (with Ken Haigh)
Dreaming of faraway adventures and landscapes beyond your local park? This week's list has got you covered with the top five travel books from library land's own Ken Haigh. Ken was formerly the CEO of Collingwood Public Library and has authored two books, most recently "On Foot to Canterbury, a son's pilgrimage". Escape with us through his favourite travel books and as we head out on walking, cycling and culinary adventures!
Ken's Top Five Travel Books
1. Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes by Robert Louis Stevenson
2. The Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris
3. Behind the Wall: a Journey through China by Colin Thubron
4. The Old Way by Robert Macfarlane
5. A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Creating Virtual Events That Aren't the Worst (with Steven Kraus)
This week Steven Kraus from Ontario Library Service chats about the key ingredients for making a successful virtual event. It's a great conversation with some excellent tips on how to set your organizers up for success and create the right atmosphere for your attendees. So whether you're working on an upcoming virtual conference, story time, trivia night or book talk - this one is for you!
References from this episode:
Connect with Michelle on Twitter @citybrarian
Follow OLA @onlibraryassoc
Spooktacular Programming Ideas (with Cameron Ray and Brooke Windsor)
Looking for some spooky, scary program ideas for the teens in your library? Teen Librarians, Brooke Windsor and Cameron Ray join us this week to talk about all of the amazing work they're doing with the teens at their libraries and their top five Halloween programs.
Their list includes:
- Fear in the Stacks
- Zombie Survival Night
- Classic Haunted House
- Ghost Story Concert
- Special Effects Makeup
- Witching Crafting Hour
We hope that you'll join us November 1-2 for the OLA Child & Youth Services EXPO. For more information click here.
'Tis the Season of Library Love (with Lanrick Bennett Jr.)
October is Canadian Library Month and this week we're recognizing Ontario Public Library Week. In an ode to public libraries we're thrilled to speak with "power library user" Lanrick Bennett Jr. Five years ago, Lanrick spearheaded #jackslibrarytour, a project that took him and his son Jack to all 100 branches of the Toronto Public Library system using public transit. This episode is a love letter from a library user to libraries, and a reflection on the place libraries fill in our world right now. Big shout-outs to the Jones Branch of TPL!
References from this episode:
You can follow Lanrick Bennett Jr. @LanrickBennett
99% Invisible Podcast - Episode "Palaces for the People"
Find out more about the work of 8 80 Cities
Library Beer! And Other Marketing Experiments (with Andrew Colgoni)
For years Andrew Colgoni has been the beauty and brains behind Ad/Lib, a website and social handle dedicated to documenting and analyzing the marketing and branding efforts of libraries around the world. We chat with Andrew about some interesting examples of libraries attempting to branch out in new directions (with varying levels of success), and some fun and surprising ways that libraries are engaging with their communities.
References from today's conversation:
Join us at the Marketing Libraries Think Tank on October 25, more info here.
Things Are Not Fine (with Bessie Sullivan)
This week we chat with Bessie Sullivan, CEO of Orillia Public Library and get her top five reasons why libraries should go fine free, and why we should be challenging the power structure in libraries and start examining the principals of our profession. We close our conversation with a brand new (and as yet unnamed) segment where we pebble our guest with a series of rapid-fire questions that help us get to know the person outside of the library.
References from this week's conversation:
Fines & Fees, Customer Experience Update from Hamilton Public Library
Bessie recommends the read Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Live from the OLS Conference! (with Joanna Aegard)
It's season four and we're back with some practical, inspiring and wisdom-chocked life tips about how to survive in library land as both someone who is managed and also does the managing. Joanna Aegard from Bruce County Public Library gives us her top five professional life tips and talks about losing that loving feeling at work and getting over her bad attitude towards management.
This week's episode was captured as part of the Ontario Library Service conference, on Tuesday September 21, 2021.
If you have a topic you'd like to discuss with Michelle reach out @citybrarian or email marbuckle at accessola dot com
References from this week's conversation:
Find out more about OLA's MentorMatch program
Nominations are open (Sept 15-Nov 15) for the OLA Board and Divisional Councils. Nomination form can be found here.
Library Land Loves A New Season!
Library Land Loves is back for season four! Every Monday, host Michelle Arbuckle will be joined by someone from library land to discuss their work, their library and their loves. We'll be back next week, coming straight to your ears on September 27.
Have ideas for a show? Pop Michelle a note @citybrarian or marbuckle at accessola dot com
Women of the Pandemic (with author, Lauren McKeon)
This week we are thrilled to welcome Lauren McKeon, the author of "Women of the Pandemic: Stories from the Front Lines of COVID-19", a LoanStar Adult Top Pick last month. Many of the themes she writes about relate very poignantly to the work we do in library land - the toll of emotional labour, the importance of self care and mental health first aid. We also speak about what she learned from the incredible women in her book and how she prepared herself to write about a global pandemic while also living through it.
Find out more about the LoanStars program here.
Top Five Reasons to Take Leadership Training
If you are interested in a library leadership role then it's important to be realistic about the fact that library school couldn't teach you what you need to know in order to be a successful leader, and you're going to need to get some experience and training that exposes you to big picturing thinking and planning. This week we sat down with the most recent graduates of the Public Library Leaders program, a partnership between CULC and the University of Toronto's iSchool. They told us about their experiences with leadership training and their top takeaways from the program.
Thank you to Lisa Radha Weaver from Hamilton Public Library; Amanda Fullerton from Halifax Public Library; Jorge Cardenas from Burnaby Public Library and Marcus Logan from Oakville Public Library.
You can learn more about PLL and apply to be part of the next cohort here: http://plleaders.ca/
Follow OLA at @onlibraryassoc and find Michelle at @citybrarian.
These are a few of my favourite things (with Kevin Sylvester)
This week Kevin Sylvester, one of our favourite authors and head of the Forest of Reading cheer squad joins us. Because it's Forest of Reading week! Kevin tells us all about the virtual Forest of Reading events that will be taking place over the week and some of his favourite memories as a 15 time nominated author.
He'll also take us through his list of the top five things that are making life more bearable these days. And he hits the big five - tv, books, baking, games and comedy. Let us know if you also think Ted Lasso is one of the most heart warming tv series of all time @onlibraryassoc And don't forget to share your heartiest sourdough recipes!
You can find Kevin @kevinarts
And Michelle @citybrarian
We Need to Talk About Discord (with Brady Williamson and Matt Wagner)
Have you heard about Discord yet? And more importantly do you know how it could revolutionize your library programming!? If not, Brady and Matt from Pickering Public Library are here and they have your back. This week they are taking us through the top five reasons to use Discord in your library.
We discuss how they got approvals from library management; the types of connections to the community they're able to make; the audio visual quality of the platform and of course the quality of the user experience.
I'd be remiss if I didn't add that Discord might be responsible for bringing karaoke back into your life. You're welcome.
Follow the work of Brady and Matt at @pickeringlibs
Follow Michelle @citybrarian
The Accessibility Challenge, You Can Do It! (with Jessamyn West)
This week Michelle is lucky enough to be chatting with one of the best people on the Internet (and real life, too) - Jessamyn West. Jessamyn is a library person in Vermont who speaks a lot about how to better serve rural communities. She's bringing to the Library Land Loves table her top five tips on how to be more accessible to your communities. Her tips are quick and easy and likely don't even require help from your IT department!
Follow Michelle Arbuckle @citybrarian
Follow Jessamyn West @jessamyn
Find details on OLITA's Digital Odyssey conference on accessibility here: https://accessola.com/events/digital-odyssey/
More information from today's discussion:
Showing Twitter's Alt Text requires two things
1. Greasemonkey or Tampermonkey (depending on your browser) add-on
2. the script to Show Twitter Image Alt Text
Live captions on Zoom
Live Captions on Google Meet
YouTube Creator Academy on captioning
Accessibility options for phones
Speech to text/dictation on phones
Speech to text/dictation for computers
How to Talk With Authors (with Carol Ann Tack)
If your library is hosting author chats or book talks then Carol Ann Tack from Merrick Library NY is here to give you a few tips! Carol Ann hosts authors on her wildly successful podcast "Top Shelf at the Merrick Library" and has some great stories and advice on how she prepares for and approaches conversations with both authors and her book discussion groups.
Follow Carol Ann @topshelfmerrick
Find her YouTube channel here Merrick Library NY
Follow Michelle @citybrarian and please let her know if you'd like to bring something to the Library Land Loves table!
Download it Today! Our Favourite Games (with Michelle Goodridge)
The children of Library Land have spoken and they have told us their favourite games! Join us as they tell us in their own delightful words which games they love and why. Michelle Goodridge from Wilfrid Laurier University is also here to talk about her favourite games of the moment and to give us a few things to think about when it comes to gaming safely.
Follow Michelle @migoodridge
We also discussed the work of Dr. Sara Grimes. You can find her @smgrimes
And find us at @onlibraryasso. Come and tell us what games SHOULD have been on our list this week!
Hosted and produced by Michelle Arbuckle @citybrarian.
The Audiobook Academy Awards (with Reagan Kapasi)
Awards season is our most favourite time of the year and this has been a banner year for incredible audiobook performances. Join Michelle and Reagan Kapasi from OLA's Reader's Advisory Committee as they present their choices for the best audiobooks they've read this year.
- Music to My Ears (Best Performance);
- A Perfect Marriage of Storytelling & Performance (fiction);
- Be Careful, You'll LOL;
- Cast Chemistry;
- People Worth eMeeting.
Message us at @onlibassoc to tell us which audiobook you'd nominate this year!
Audiobook clips presented from:
Irby, Samantha. Wow, No Thank You: essays. Narrated by Samantha Irby. Overdrive, 2020. Audiobook.
Miranda, Lin Manuel. Gmorning, gnight!: little pep talks for you and me. Narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda. Overdrive, 2018. Audiobook.
Moran, Caitlin. How To Be A Woman. Narrated by Caitlin Moran. Overdrive, 2011. Audiobook.
Patchett, Ann. The Dutch House: a novel. Narrated by Tom Hanks. Overdrive, 2019. Audiobook.
Going Back to School (with Reece Steinberg)
It's not a stretch to say that library land is full of lifelong learners, and many of us have taken courses, certificates and degrees in order to build our credentials or just out of curiosity and interest. But have you ever considered how going back to school as an adult might help you approach your day job a little differently?
Reece Steinberg, a business librarian from Ryerson University joins us this week to talk about his journey towards an MBA and how it's impacted the way he interacts with students, other faculty and given greater context to his work.
Follow Reece @pinkghosttowns
Contact Michelle at marbuckle at accessola.com or @citybrarian
Top Five Tips for Managing a Virtual Team (with Zack Osborne)
This week Zack Osborne joins me to talk about lessons he's learned from managing his virtual team over the past year. We chat about modelling good behaviour, being authentic, recognizing burnout and impaired wellness, and most importantly when to CTDM (cancel the damn meeting).
Warning: the poop swear word is used at least twice in this episode.
Follow Zack @zackosborne
Zack makes mention of this Medical Education podcast.
Contact Michelle at marbuckle at accessola.com or @citybrarian
Asking Good Questions to Hire the Best People (with Rochelle Mazar)
Rochelle Mazar joins me this week to chat about one of my favourite topics - hiring! If you're looking to improve the questions that you ask your candidates or just want to think differently about your hiring process, then this episode is for you. We go through Rochelle's list of five-ish things to think about when drafting your interview questions. We also chat about some questionable practices and some of the not so productive questions we've encountered in the past.
Tell us, if you were a tree what kind of tree would you be?
Follow Rochelle @rmazar
Contact Michelle at marbuckle at accessola dot com or @citybrarian
Building Relationships During a Pandemic (with Avery Swartz)
This week, Michelle chats with Avery Swartz about how libraries can continue building relationships with their communities, even when they aren’t able to physically visit the library.
A list of things you should check out:
“Good job, Bruce. The guy behind North America’s top public health Twitter account” by Shannon Proudfood, Maclean’s.
Making Oprah, WBEZChicago podcast
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker
Follow Avery @averyswartz
Message Michelle at marbuckle at accessola.com or @citybrarian
Responding to Library Collection Challenges (with Laura Carter)
Freedom to Read Week is just wrapping up so we've invited Laura Carter, CEO of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library to join us and chat about the ways that her library has responded to challenges in their collection.
Career Freaky Friday! (with Emily Burns and Michelle Arbuckle)
Last year Emily and Michelle each took a leave of absence from their jobs to try out new roles in new organizations. Emily came to OLA and Michelle took a spin at Ryerson Library. Join us as we chat about trying out new jobs, learning the unwritten rules in new workplace cultures and the brain elasticity it requires to shift gears and leave the safety of a longtime role.
Thank you to Emily for joining us! You can find her @emilymelissabee
Follow OLA @onlibraryassoc
Cozy British Mysteries (with Natasha Dean)
Have you been feeling the need to sink into your couch and escape to a world where the only vice is a well-brewed cuppa tea? We're here for you. Author Natasha Dean joins us today to bring us her top five cozy British mysteries!
Natasha is also an organizer of I Read Canadian Day - which is today! Learn more about I Read Canadian Day and how you can participate simply by reading a Canadian title for 15 minutes. #IReadCanadianDay
How To Succeed at eLearning Without Really Trying (with Matt Rohweder)
Just kidding! We're all actually trying very hard to make eLearning successful right now and Matt Rohweder joins Michelle to discuss his tips and talk about the issues. Matt was an organizer for the recent eLearning Symposium and is sharing his top five ways to improve your approach to eLearning. Learn more about the collective here.
How To Get S**t Done While the Kids Are Home (with Lindsay Zier-Vogel)
Are your kids home right now? Are you finding it difficult to get anything done? Yah, us too. So this week, we asked writer Lindsay Zier-Vogel to give us her top five tips on how to get things done while there are little (and not so little) ones underfoot. She has some fantastic tips on how to structure your time, improve your focus and most importantly how to prepare in advance for the inevitable question "where are the snacks!?"
You can follow Lindsay and learn more about her work at @lindsayzv. Thanks for joining us! Stay home, stay safe, stay sane.
Creating Engaging Virtual Presentations (with Brooke Windsor)
How To Have Difficult Conversations (with Susan Cleyle)
Susan will be presenting a more in depth session on this topic at the 2021 OLA Virtual Super Conference. Find more information and register at olasuperconference.ca
Top 5 Ways to Start Your New Year (with Randy Oldham)
Top Holiday Reads (with Maria Martella)
We're back! And we're screaming our stress away!
Célébrons la journée des franco-ontariens
Le 25 septembre est la journée des franco-ontariens – une journée où les francophones et francophiles de l’Ontario peuvent fièrement célébrer leur identité, leur culture, leur histoire et leurs batailles.
Ariane Bercier, membre du conseil de l’ABO-Franco et bibliothécaire à la bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa, partage ses recommandations pour la célébration de la journée des franco-ontariens dans vos bibliothèques.
Lessons From A New CEO (with Tara Wong)
Emily and Tara discuss the importance of using your network, asking for help, and how to adjust to the added pressures and responsibilities that come with leadership. And how even when you've made it to the top, you may still have to fight for your parking space.
LOST EPISODE: Top Five Office Dog Moments with Mary-Rose O'Connor
Originally recorded in, by Michael Rogowski (https://twitter.com/mrogows) and Mary Rose O'Connor (https://ca.linkedin.com/in/maryroselib). Big thank you to them!
Top Five Tips for Negotiating Your Job Offer
Emily, Paula, and Emma discuss the importance of slowing down, being prepared, watching your self-talk, and knowing your worth when heading into a negotiation.
UofL Librarian Job Offer Negotiation Resources: libguides.uleth.ca/c.php?g=707287
Onboarding (and Farewell, Michelle!)
Join us for a passing of the torch... and also a chat about onboarding and the best ways to go about it. How do you bring someone new into an organization? What's it like to be the new person? We have both perspectives represented here, and we hope you'll join the conversation too.
UnCommon Women (and splash of bourbon, too)
Maria's Favourite Books for Kids
204 - Top 5 Amazing Things About the New Calgary Public Library
Sarah worked with her colleagues to develop an amazing building that features public art, spaces for quiet and spaces for play, spaces for prayer and yes, even spaces for books. Take a look at the OLA Facebook page for photos taken during our tour.
203: Top Change Management Tips with Rebecca Raven
202: Special Election Season Edition
0201: Top 5 Back To School Tips for Your Library!
September is here, which means it's back to school season. Diana Maliszewski, teacher librarian extraordinaire gives us five tips on energizing your school library and keeping that energy through the whole school year.
You can find Diana online at @MsMollyTL!
0117 Library Land Loves Twitter
Gillian and Michelle chat about The Top 5 Ways to Use Twitter - what's good, what's bad, and what's a garbage fire. They do not talk about female wrestlers or cats (much).