Dewey Decibel Episode Ten

Dewey Decibel Podcast: Librarians, Use the Force

February 14, 2017

Anne Neumann, general manager of Rancho Obi-Wan, a nonprofit organization in Sonoma County, California, that collects, conserves, and exhibits Star Wars toys, memorabilia, and artifacts. Allen Callaci, literacy librarian at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Library and organizer of the library’s annual Star Wars Day event, which draws thousands of attendees each year. Saul Drake, project director of Rebel, Jedi, Princess, … Continue reading Dewey Decibel Podcast: Librarians, Use the Force


Dewey Decibel Podcast: The 2017 Youth Media Awards

January 31, 2017

In this bonus episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast, American Libraries reports from the Youth Media Awards (YMAs), held January 23 at the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta. The YMAs have a devoted fan base, many of whom queue in the predawn hours to get a prime seat for the morning ceremony. Dewey Decibel host … Continue reading Dewey Decibel Podcast: The 2017 Youth Media Awards


Dewey Decibel Podcast: Looking Back

January 4, 2017

You’ll hear clips from Khaled Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner); Alexander McCall Smith (creator of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series); game designer and writer Jane McGonigal; public speaker Jennifer Kahnweiler; Lois Lowry (author of The Giver); Nick Offerman (from TV’s Parks and Recreation); author, curator, and university professor Sarah Lewis; writer and This American Life regular … Continue reading Dewey Decibel Podcast: Looking Back


Dewey Decibel podcast Episode Eight: Hail to the Chief's Library

Dewey Decibel Podcast: Presidential Libraries

December 1, 2016

Meredith Evans, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta. American Libraries managing editor Sanhita SinhaRoy talks with Meredith about managing a presidential library, her work with President Carter, and more. Jodi Kanter, associate professor of theater at George Washington University and author of the book Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American … Continue reading Dewey Decibel Podcast: Presidential Libraries




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Dewey Decibel Podcast: Library Design

August 30, 2016

Brian Lee from Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, the chief architect behind Chicago Public Library’s award-winning Chinatown branch. Lee and Morehart discuss the new Chinatown library and why it’s important for a library to integrate itself into and reflect the community it serves. Kimberly Bolan, the library consultant behind Kimberly Bolan and Associates and author of … Continue reading Dewey Decibel Podcast: Library Design


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Dewey Decibel Podcast: Annual Recap

July 25, 2016

To fulfill such an ambition, Morehart brought more hands on deck—“It’s a whole ALA family affair.” In this very special installment of Dewey Decibel (well, they’re all pretty special to us!) we bring you a variety of reporting from a variety of staffers. – The Pulse nightclub shooting, which happened two weeks before Annual, was … Continue reading Dewey Decibel Podcast: Annual Recap


Dewey Decibel Podcast Episode Three Celebrating the Carnegie Medals

Dewey Decibel Podcast: Celebrating the Carnegie Medals

June 24, 2016

Episode Three features interviews with Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Carnegie Medal– and Pulitizer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer, and Nancy Pearl, renowned librarian, literary critic, and Carnegie Medals committee chair. The awards, cosponsored by Booklist and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Reference and User Services Association, were announced in January. Carnegie Medal winners Nguyen … Continue reading Dewey Decibel Podcast: Celebrating the Carnegie Medals



American Libraries Dewey Decibel Podcast: Episode One

Experience the Dewey Decibel Podcast

April 25, 2016

You can hear it in Dewey Decibel host and AL associate editor Phil Morehart’s voice—just how darn excited we are to be sharing our conversations with librarians, authors, thinkers, scholars, and others, about topics from the library world and beyond, in this new monthly offering. In the first podcast episode, “Preservation: If You Don’t Have … Continue reading Experience the Dewey Decibel Podcast