Welcome to The Library Radio Network

March 19, 2012

Welcome to a wonderful collection of podcast interviews that have been done with leading library managers throughout the United States. Many of these interviews were recorded for Library Management Today, the popular online journal that was published from the summer of 2010 to the spring of 2012. We invite you to listen to these fascinating interviews and to download them for your enjoyment.

A Conversation with Mary Bennett-Brown

March 19, 2012


Mary Bennett-Brown is the Human Resources Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. At the recent PLA Conference in Philadelphia, she presented a workshop on the value of establishing an internal leadership institute in your library or system. The concept is applicable to all types of libraries. In this conversation with LMT publisher Bob Kieserman, Mary explains the concept and discusses the importance of creating programs that nurture leaders within your library organization.


A Conversation with Barbara Macikas

March 15, 2012


On March 14th, LMT Publisher Bob Kieserman sat down with Barbara Macikas, Executive Director of the Public Library Association, just hours before the recent national conference began in Philadelphia. Listen to this fascinating interview with one of the country's most influential advocates for the future of public libraries.



An Interview with Wendy Scott

September 13, 2011


Wendy Scott is the Assistant Director for Organizational Design & Learning at North Carolina State University. She was interviewed in April at the ACRL Conference in Philadelphia. Listen to her insightful comments about staffing, technology, and learning spaces from one of the true innovators in academic library management today.


An Interview with Dame Lynn Brindley

July 20, 2011


Dame Lynn Brindley is the Director of The British Library. This is a vintage interview recorded in 2008 between Dame Lynn and noted librarian Steve Greechie.


Albert Municino and Denise Shorey at the 2011 LMI Summer Conference

July 19, 2011

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Albert Municino and Denise Shorey, two prominent academic library managers, were two of the over 25 workshop presenters at the recent 2011 Library Management Institute Summer Conference. Bob Kieserman captured their thoughts on the future of libraries in two separate interviews. This is a segment of those interviews.


An Interview with Joyce Ogburn

July 19, 2011


Joyce Ogburn, University Librarian and Director of the University of Utah Marriott Library, became president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on July 1st. In a special interview that was recorded in April at the ACRL National Conference in Philadelphia, Joyce talks about her plans and hopes for the future of academic libraries throughout the world.


An Interview with Lisa Hinchliffe

June 23, 2011


Lisa Hinchliffe is the outgoing president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). In a special interview that was recorded in April at the ACRL National Conference in Philadelphia, Lisa sat down with Senior Correspondent Nancy Ryle to talk about her accomplishments during her presidency and her hopes for the future of academic libraries.


Nurturing Relationships to Enhance Your Library Budget: An Inteview with Dr. Mott Linn

May 12, 2011


Dr. Mott Linn is well known for his informative articles in publications like The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances. Mott frequently writes about budget issues and how library managers can intensify their annual budget allocations through relationship building with the allocators. In this short interview, recorded at the recent ACRL Conference in Philadelphia, Mott offers some pointers and good advice on how to work on nurturing those relationships


An Interview with Pamela Snelson at 2011 ACRL Philadelphia

May 10, 2011


Dr. Pamela Snelson is College Librarian at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is a past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and was the Conference Chair for the 2011 ACRL Conference, which took place last month in Philadelphia. During the conference, Pamela sat down with LMT's Bob Kieserman to talk about all that went into planning such a successful event which attracted over 3,000 librarians from throughout the world, as well as her insights about future trends in academic librarianship.


The Challenges of Young Librarians Finding Employment - a commentary by Heather Tomar

April 11, 2011


Heather Tomar is a young librarian seeking a new position. In this candid commentary, Heather focuses on some of the challenges facing librarians trying to find their first or second career position. Heather offers the library community some important points to consider, and this commentary is certainly worth a listen for both current job seekers as well as for those in management positions seeking new talent.



February 16, 2011

This is the pilot episode of Library Perspectives, a monthly radio magazine for librarians. Hosted by Nancy Ryle, the show featured music, interviews, and information.  New shows are about to go into production, so look for announcements of the return of Library Perspectives this summer 2012.


An Interview with Karen Krasznavolgyi

February 7, 2011


Karen Krasznavolgyi is the Information Services Senior Librarian at the Scott Memorial Library, the medical library of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Karen has just finished her year as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), host of this year's Annual Conference (June 12-15). In this interview, Karen shares the behind the scenes story of how a host chapter is involved in the design and implementation of an annual conference. She also highlights and previews some of the exciting things to which librarians can look forward as they plan to gather in Philadelphia this spring.


A Conversation with Donald Root

January 3, 2011



Donald Root is the Chief of Central Public Services of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  After working as an academic librarian for many years earlier in his career, Donald made the transition to the world of public libraries in 1987 when he came to FLP, where he has served in several different administrative capacities. In this fascinating interview, Donald discusses his many successes as a leading player in the FLP management structure as well as the daily challenges faced by a central library administrator. Donald also discusses the strategies that FLP has used over the past two years to cope with the budget cuts that made international headlines when the City of Philadelphia threatened to close the libraries. 


An Interview with Anne M. Frank

December 7, 2010

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Anne M. Frank is the dynamic library director at the Wissahickon Valley Public Library in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. In this quaint suburban town of farms, shopping centers, and major corporate headquarters, she manages two branches and serves a diverse population. Most important of all, she is beloved by her staff. LMT's Bob Kieserman recently sat down and talked to Anne about her approach to staff development and how she fosters excellence in customer service in her libraries.


A Conversation with Marie Radford

December 7, 2010

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Dr. Marie Radford is one of the most influential authors and lecturers in the world on the topic of managing reference services. She is a professor of library management and reference services at Rutgers University in New Jersey and is a popular and entertaining speaker at conferences both here and internationally. Recently LMT publisher Bob Kieserman sat down with Marie for a candid conversation about her views on reference services and the the future of library management and administration. 


An Interview with Beth Lewis

December 7, 2010

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Beth Lewis is the Director of the Talbot Library of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. For over 20 years, she worked as a staff librarian for this world-renown medical library. When the director of the library decided to move on to a new position, Beth was asked to assume the role. This is an interesting account of what it is like to suddenly become the manager of a major research library after many years as a member of the staff. Beth discusses what it was like to make this challenging transition, and how she very successfully managed it.


An Interview with Barbie Keiser

December 7, 2010

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Barbie Keiser is an international library consultant based in the Washington, D.C. area. She is the recipient of many awards for excellence in librarianship including the 2009 SLA Dow Jones Leadership Award. Barbie is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the world, and for thirty years, she has worked to bring the availability of electronic information sources to corporations, communities and individuals around the globe. In this interview, she shares her thoughts about the future of libraries as well as stories about her many adventures traveling the world as a noted consultant.


An Interview with ALA President Roberta Stevens

December 7, 2010

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This interview was one of the first interviews that Roberta Stevens, current president of the American Library Association, gave and was recorded at the 2010 Annual Conference of ALA in Washington, D.C. in July, 2010.  Listen to this fascinating conversation between Roberta and Bob Kieserman as Roberta Stevens shared her visions for the library profession as she began her presidency as well as her thoughts on the future of librarianship both here in the United States and throughout the world.