Today’s librarians are busier than ever before. How do they find time to educate themselves on current issues affecting libraries? Many have turned to podcasts as the answer.
What is a podcast? The Oxford Dictionary defines a podcast as:
“A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.”
From readers’ advisory podcasts to podcasts on careers in library‑related fields, it seems there is a library‑themed podcast for everyone.
One podcast that caught my attention is Episode 113 of the of the Circulating Ideas podcast in which guest host Troy Swanson speaks with William Badke, Associate Librarian at Trinity Western University. It has an informative description indicating that the topic discussed is fake news and contains information about the podcast’s participants:
- Guest host Troy Swanson is from Moraine Valley Community College where he fills the role of Teaching and Learning Librarian, as well as the role of Library Department Chair. He is co-editor of the book Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information.
- Interviewee William Badke works in an academic library in Canada and is the author of several articles and books, including a textbook entitled Research Strategies: Finding your Way through the Information Fog.
The podcast’s date of July 25, 2017, is also shown in the description and gives the perception that the information contained in the podcast is likely current.
While primarily geared towards academic library staff, university students, and professors, the podcast may also be of interest to adults in the general public.
The focus of the podcast is on how students seldom grasp the difference between knowledge and expertise. Students need to understand the breadth of study that must occur for expertise to be developed on a topic. Students must learn to develop and apply critical thinking skills, and they must learn the importance of vetting information sources to determine credibility. Professors must teach them these skills.
The podcast was enjoyable to listen to as it discussed a timely topic and suggested a practical solution. I liked that it encouraged listeners to ask questions and consider all sides of an issue before forming an opinion. The podcast also prompted me to check out William Badke’s website where I found links to a number of his articles.
What are your favourite library podcasts?