The Yarn, A New Bookish Podcast!

The Yarn, A New Bookish Podcast!

ICYMI, Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp recently launched a new podcast closely examining one book from many different angles. In a nod to the hugely popular podcast Serial, each episode looks at an upcoming book from Jennifer Holm called Sunny Side Up from the perspective of the different individuals that worked on the book. They have released the episodes in quick succession, Netflix-style.

Schedule for Season 1 of “The Yarn”:

Aug. 17: Introduction/”This Season on The Yarn”

Aug. 18: Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel expert)

Aug. 19: David Levithan (editor/author)

Aug. 20: Phil Falco (cover designer)

Aug. 21: David Saylor (founder/publisher of the Graphix imprint)

Aug. 22: Lark Pien (cartoonist/colorist)

Aug. 23: Matthew Holm (illustrator)

Aug. 24: Jennifer Holm (author)

It is amazing how many people put so much work into one book. This podcast offers a really great look into the creative process and the publishing industry. Check it out… if you haven’t already!

Podcasts, a New Frontier, are All Over the (Dewey) Map

Podcasts, a New Frontier, are All Over the (Dewey) Map

I love listening to podcasts and wish I had more time for them. I started following @Podcastlib on Twitter a few months ago and love her ideas on how librarians can connect patrons to information through podcasts. This is an article she wrote recently that I wanted to share.

Do you do anything with podcasts in your library? Please share!


by Sheryl Ramer Gesoff, MLS Director, Health Sciences Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Elmhurst Hospital Center
Listening to podcasts should be promoted in the same way that reading books is promoted. Podcasts, like books, have useful content that cannot be found anywhere else and are delivered in a unique way.

By leading events and workshops on podcasts as a new frontier for librarians, I’m eager to start a dialogue among librarians and others about sharing their favorite podcasts with patrons, family, and friends, as well as how to make the medium more accessible.

To that end, this article includes a bibliography of podcast episodes organized in the same way that books and journal articles are organized. I hope this list sparks ideas for my colleagues to show patrons that podcasts are diverse and useful.
Sharing podcasts with library users

Podcasts are free audio shows available on-demand. (Some podcasts are fee-based, including EM:RAP and EmedHome, two emergency medicine podcasts. Other podcasts operate on a freemium model, meaning that some episodes are free or paid for by advertising, but archived episodes or other features cost money. WTF with Marc Maron is an example of the Freemium model.) A more in-depth definition and the basics of podcasts can be found here.
Podcasts, books, and journals

Podcasts are a new medium that is on par with books and journals. A guide to the Modern Language Association rules refer to podcasts as such, describing possible sources as “web, print or podcasts.” Podcasts contain content that cannot be found anywhere else, including the radio. Serial, a popular show that investigated the true story of a murder over the course of several weeks, is described as “a weekly podcast, not a radio show at all.” Only the first episode aired on the radio.

Other podcast shows with content that cannot be found anywhere else includeNews in Slow Latin Spanish, Freakonomics, American Psychological Association’s Speaking of Psychology, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes, and Circulating Ideas (a library podcast). Figure 1 illustrates the relationship between the content of podcasts and radio. Most content on the radio is available as podcasts, including shows on NPR, WNBC, and PRI, and some content on podcasts are not available on the radio.

Podcasts also offer a unique delivery system: on-demand audio that is available through websites and applications like iTunes. Audio allows people to listen when their hands are busy but their minds are free. People can listen while they do chores, wait in line, walk the dog, or knit – times when it is inconvenient or impossible to watch television or read a book.

On-demand audio can be compared with Netflix because it gives people the freedom to listen to shows of their choosing whenever or wherever they want. And even with whom they want — NPR is even hosting listening parties across the country.
A new frontier for librarians

The most exciting thing about podcasts, for me, is that they are a reconizable format in some ways, but a new frontier in others. They have existed for 10 years and many people listen to them. This participation proves podcasts’ worth, but many people still do not know they exist. They are easy to access after an initial set-up but most people require directions for accessing them. Even after the initial set-up, people have difficulty discovering shows.

Librarians help people to locate journals, books, and websites. We can apply the same methods and research we developed for the promotion, teaching, and organization of these mediums to podcasts. We can form podcast clubs, teach classes, design posters, recommend shows with listeners’ advisories, organize with cataloging, and save through archiving. There are a few entities trying to organize podcasts, including and IPDB, but in a world where “everything can be found on Google,” no company or vendor has succeeded in making podcasts easy to search, or even discovered easily. Podcasts are a relatively blank slate, and librarians can “claim” them.
Works Cited

The bibliography below shows both the breadth of subjects available as podcasts and that episodes can be organized in the same way that journal articles or books are organized — as Works Cited or the Dewey Decimal System.

000 Generalities

Thomas, Steve, prod. “2015 American Library Association Presidential Candidates.” Episode #63. Circulating Ideas. N.p., 23 Mar. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;.

Steve chats with the four candidates for ALA President (2016-2017): Joe Janes, James LaRue, JP Porcaro, and Julie Todaro. (60 minutes)

100s Philosophy and Psychology

Kazdin, Alan E., and Audrey Hamilton, prod. “Disciplining children effectively.” Speaking of Psychology. American Psychological Association, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;.

Psychologist Alan Kazdin, PhD, discusses corporal punishment and the most effective ways for parents to get their children to behave. (15 minutes)
300s Social Sciences

Dubner, Stephen J., and Christopher Werth, prod. “Diamonds Are a Marriage Counselor’s Best Friend: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast.” Freakonomics. N.p., 16 Apr. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;. (Download not available)

Winning a valuable diamond should cause happiness, but this is the true story of a husband and wife who won a diamond and gained marital problems. Plus, it’s not even clear that a diamonds are valuable. (40 minutes)

Gross, Terry, and NPR Staff, prod. “Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview.” Fresh Air. NPR, 12 June 2014. Web. 1 May 2015. <;. Terry Gross conducts an interview with Hillary Clinton. (45 minutes)
400s Language

Weekly News in Slow Spanish.” Episode #99. News in Slow Latin Spanish. N.p., 28 Apr. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;.

Hear news read slowly in Spanish to increase comprehension. (2 minutes)

500s Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Graber, Cynthia, prod. “A Few Hundred Smartphones Could Catch Earthquakes Early.” Scientific American’s 60 Second Science. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;

Scientists may be able to use the GPS on smartphones to pick up movements of an earthquake and provide extra seconds of early warning. (90 seconds)
600s Technology and Applied Sciences

Bauchner, Howard, prod. “JAMA Issue April 28, 2015.” JAMA Network. Journal of the American Medical Association, 28 Apr. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;.

Editor’s Audio Summary by Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the April 28, 2015 issue (7 minutes)
700s The Arts

Black, Michael Ian, prod. “How to be Amazing with Lin-Manuel Miranda.” Episode #4. How to be Amazing. N.p., 18 Apr. 2015. Web. 1 May 2015. <;. (Download not available).

Michael Ian Black (The State, Inside Amy Schumer, Maron) interviews Lin-Manuel Miranda (writer and star of In the Heights and Hamilton). It is truly amazing. (4 minutes)

Mars, Roman, prod. “Edge of Your Seat.” Episode #139. 99% Invisible. Radiotopia, 4 Nov. 2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;.

The designing of chairs can be more difficult than the designing of skyscrapers. Hear why, and how the movement to spend less time sitting has made chair design more varied than ever. (18 minutes)

Simmons, Bill, prod. “Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, and Zach Lowe countdown the 25 most intriguing people of the NBA playoffs.” B.S. Report. ESPN, 18 Apr. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;. (47 minutes)

Hirway, Hrishi, prod. “The National.” Episode #25. Song Exploder. Maximum Fun, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. < >.

The music of Grammy award winning The National has been on Game of Thrones and Barak Obama’s presidential campaign. They discuss the origin of their songs and their collaborative work style. (18 minutes)
800s Literature and Rhetoric

Ann Patchett | Elizabeth Gilbert.” LIVE from the NYPL. New York Public Library, 11 Dec. 2013. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. < ann-patchett-elizabeth-gilbert>.

Ann Patchett (author of Taft, Bel canto, State of Wonder) and aElizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray Love and The Signature of All Things: A Novel), interview each other about being an author, owning a bookstore, religion and science, facing fears, and achieving goals. (72 minutes)
900s History

Alan Cumming | Not My Father’s Son.” Author Events. Free Library of Philadelphia, 17 Nov. 2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;.

Alan Cumming, (The Good Wife and Cabaret on Broadway) is both funny and heartbreaking as he discusses his life, work, and family tree. (1 hour)

Gross, Terry, and NPR Staff, prod. “After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories.” Fresh Air. NPR, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;.

Steve Osborne, a former police officer, tells tales from his book, True tales from the life of a New York City cop. (37 minutes)

Johnsen, Greta, and Tricia Bobeda, prod. “Scott McCloud on comics, Elizabeth Blackwell’s backstory and librarian nerd confessions.” Nerdette. Chicago Public Media, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.<;.

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female doctor, and she spent her life helping women to become physicians and improving the care of women and children. Librarians confess how they are nerdy. (15 minutes; begins at minute 19:40.)

NPR Staff, prod. “Anniversary Of Oklahoma City Bombing Reopens Wounds For Survivors.” Storycorps. NPR, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;.

Survivors of the bombing talk about the lasting effects of the bomb on their lives. They were toddlers at the time. It is very emotional. (5 minutes)

Gross, Terry, and NPR Staff, prod. “After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories.” Fresh Air. NPR, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <;.

Steve Osborne, a former police officer, tells tales from his book, True tales from the life of a New York City cop. (37 minutes)

Sheryl will host, along with Madalyn Baron, an in-person discussion about podcasts atMETRO’s Social Media SIG meeting on June 22, 2015. We look forward to a fun and educational discussion on ways to organize and promote podcasts with (for example) book clubs, cataloging, and classes.

Contact Sheryl via email or follower her on Twitter at @podcastlib. She tweets her favorite episodes and shows, scholarly shows, and suggestions for how to promote podcasts.

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