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Circulating Ideas – Gender Issues in Libraries


As promised, here is the link to the Circulating Ideas podcast that Kate Kosturski, Marge Loch-Wouters, and I recorded on Mother’s Day. Many thanks to Steve Thomas for handing over his podcast for an episode! :)

Over all, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, though I continue to hate my recorded voice. I think you can tell, when listening, that Marge and I didn’t know what the questions were going to be ahead of time; while that made it fun, in a seat-of-the-pants kind of way, I might ask to peek at the questions beforehand, if I’m ever lucky enough to be in a similar situation. I’m working on getting better at extemporizing, but I prefer to practice the skill when it’s not recorded for posterity. ;)

Along those lines, I admit, one of the questions threw me a little bit off balance—and then I proceeded to throw myself more off balance, in answering it. (Steve has audio editing equipment. If I hadn’t been so thrown, I might have asked if we could edit that out, and I could try again. But it didn’t even occur to me at the time. In thinking back, I think I know of somewhere he did edit, because he’s awesome.) Still, in the scheme of things, I guess it just, um, made it all more interesting.

Anyway, I don’t want to focus this post on beating myself up. I don’t feel that bad about it, really. I think it’s a good podcast, overall! We touched on a lot of issues that are important to me, and I could tell that many of the same issues (and a few different ones) were important to Marge and Kate, as well. I’m glad the discussion ended up being as far-ranging as it was. I learned some things, definitely!

There are many more podcasts, with all kinds of library folks, on the Circulating Ideas podcast. You can get them at Circulating Ideas or via the iTunes store, podcast section.

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