Saturday, April 27, 2019

A Podcast For Future Ready Librarians...Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover!

When my friend and Director of Library Services for Metro Nashville Public Schools, Stephanie Ham, reached out to me about their wonderful podcast series, I had to ask more about it so I could share it with all of you!  

This is what Stephanie shared, 

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover: A podcast for FutureReady Librarians launched October 17 by the Library Services department in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

The idea of the podcast was simple; MNPS needed a new form of PD to reach their librarians and all of us spend a lot of time in the car (traffic in the metro-Nashville area has gotten horrible!). Most librarians are commuting approximately 25 minutes a day, so our podcast was born. The podcast is approximately 25-30 minutes long and we produce 2 episodes a month. The topics and guests range all across the education from budgets, publishing, collaboration and essentially great library talk.

Producing the podcast is actually very simple, it just takes time when editing. All we use is a computer, Yeti microphone and the recording software; Audacity. We are fortunate to have a recording studio (hello we are Music City!), so we have a sound proof space to record. Conversations are recorded in the studio or virtually using Zencaster. We are fortunate that we have a very musical librarian that recorded our jingle. It is all self-produced! The podcast is averaging 1000 listeners an episode. We couldn’t be more surprised and excited to share with this amazing community.
You will find Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover here in iTunes.  
There are 10 episodes so far and every one of the podcast are awesome!  I learn so much listening to them and love sharing every one of them. 

They are perfect for all of us as Future Ready Librarians and for those who work with and support librarians too.  I hope you listen and subscribe to their podcast too. 

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