Welcome to a special edition of the MediaShift podcast, dedicated to library innovation. We’re joined by two special guests this week, Miguel Figueroa of the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries, and Laurie Putnam, instructor at the San Jose State University School of Information. We’ll discuss the good — and bad — news about library funding around the world. We’ll also be talking about the recent South-by-Southwest Education conference in Austin and its focus on libraries this year, as well as other important upcoming conferences. All on this special edition of the MediaShift podcast!
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Mark Glaser is executive editor and publisher of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He is an award-winning writer and accidental entrepreneur, who has taken MediaShift from a one-person blog to a growing media company with events such as Collab/Space workshops and weekend hackathons; the weekly MediaShift podcast; and digital training, DigitalEd, in partnership with top journalism schools. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.
Laurie Putnam is a communications consultant and a lecturer at the San Jose State University School of Information. By day she coaches students on communications and helps clients tell their stories; over the course of her career she has worked with nonprofits and neighborhood libraries, high-tech start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. By night, she continues her work as founder of the Library and Information Science Publications Wiki. You’ll find Laurie online @NextLibraries.
Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; New York University’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.
In Australia, the federal government is cutting funding for a variety of cultural institutions including the National Library. A leaked email from the Library’s director-general projected nearly two dozens employees would be let go. The cuts would also impact the Library’s ability to fund Trove, its popular online database. But Australian citizens have been vocal in their support for the institution and have even started a Twitter campaign to #fundTrove.
Back here in the U.S., the Knight Foundation is trying to fund libraries with its second News Challenge on Libraries. The challenge will award $3 million in grants for innovative ideas on how libraries can help serve the public’s need for information in the 21st century.
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Jefferson Yen is the producer for the Mediatwits Podcast. His work has been on KPCC Southern California Public Radio and KRTS Marfa Public Radio. You can follow him @jeffersontyen.