June 22, 2011

Guide to Circulating Ideas' First Librarian Interview Podcast: Buffy Hamilton

Interview podcasts with librarian leaders -- what a fantastic idea, courtesy of Circulating Ideas aka Steve Thomas aka @stevelibrarian!

And who better to start off with than Buffy Hamilton?


(47 min.)

Yes, the interview is definitely worth taking the time to enjoy with a cup or two of coffee/tea, but if you want to break up listening into small chunks of time, here's a timelog of the podcast to guide you.

00:00 - Relaxing music.

01:00 - Steve introduces Buffy.

01:45 - Buffy talks about how the moniker "Unquiet Library" came to be, with reference to Library, An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles

04:20 - Buffy reacts to Seth Godin's May 16 blog post The Future of the Library.

11:30 - Buffy talks about influences on her thinking, including R. David Lankes, Henry Jenkins, Howard Rheingold, Digital Media and Learning Central, and Wendy Drexler with Michael Wesh. (See the Circulating Ideas original article for corresponding links).

19:15 - Buffy explains the role of Twitter in her professional development, including how she met Joseph McCaleb of the National Writing Project via Twitter. Buffy's advice? "Try It (Twitter) On and Roll With It." (@buffyjhamilton)

27:00 - Buffy describes her school's model Media 21 Project.

34:50 - Buffy explains how her experience as an English teacher influences her school librarianship.

38:05 - Buffy and Steve discuss the term "Digital Native". Buffy: "We have to be careful with labels."

41:35 - And the last item that everyone seems to want to know: When does Buffy find time to sleep? :D  (Her answers demonstrate the passion she has for her work.)

This first episode is a fantastic start! I'm really looking forward to the next interview, Steve!

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