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OFF THE SHELF is a podcast highlighting radical library workers, knowledge activists, and information freedom fighters who are transforming, enriching, and empowering lives in the diverse communities they serve. Join host Bob Abbey and his guests for lively discussions of topics ranging from intellectual freedom, net neutrality, and services to incarcerated populations to gender nonconforming children's literature, racial bias in Google searches, and zine librarianship. 

BOB ABBEY has been a professional librarian for 20 years and has provided reference and research service to a wide array of communities in special, academic, and public settings.  

 

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Sarah LeMire - Academic Library Services to Veteran and Military Communities

Airs at: Thu, 12/27/2018 at 9:00am - 9:30am
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Since the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2009, colleges and universities have seen an increase in enrollment of veterans and service members from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In order to help meet the needs of this very distinct population, these institutions... Read more

Alessandra Seiter - The Myth of Library Neutrality (Part 2)

Airs at: Mon, 11/05/2018 at 5:30am - 6:00am
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In this episode, I conclude my conversation with Alessandra Seiter about the myth of library neutrality. We'll talk about her sociohistorically informed model of intellectual freedom and find out how individuals and institutions have challenged the idea of library neutralit... Read more

Alessandra Seiter - The Myth of Library Neutrality (Part 1)

Airs at: Thu, 10/25/2018 at 9:30am - 10:30am
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For years, libraries have presented themselves as neutral and apolitical spaces. But with the American Library Association's recent attempt to change the language in an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights to allow groups openly espousing hate speech equal access to... Read more

M. Louise Hunt - Dissent in an Age of Conformity

Airs at: Thu, 10/18/2018 at 8:15am - 9:30am
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In this episode, we'll learn about the librarian whose opposition to the war caused a scandal in Portland, Oregon, during the spring of 1918, resulting in a barrage of negative media coverage as well as intense public condemnation. My guest, Dr. Kimberly Jensen, professor o... Read more

Ken McDouall - Prison Librarian (Part 2)

Airs at: Wed, 07/25/2018 at 8:00pm - 9:00pm
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In this segment, I conclude my conversation with Ken McDouall, library associate at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, Washington. We talk about censorship of library materials, the qualities of a successful prison librarian, and how Ken feels... Read more

Ken McDouall - Prison Librarian (Part 1)

Airs at: Mon, 07/23/2018 at 4:45pm - 6:15pm
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In this episode, I'll share the first part of my conversation with Ken McDouall, library associate at the Washington Correction Center for Women (WCCW), a mixed-security facility with an incarcerated population of around 970, located on the Kitsap Peninsula about half an ho... Read more

Jameson Rohrer - Prison Librarian

Airs at: Mon, 06/11/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In this segment, we meet Jameson Rohrer, Senior Librarian at Centinela State Prison in Imperial, California. Jameson has been using Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to solicit donations of comics and graphic novels in order to build collections in the five prison libraries ... Read more

Librarian Stereotypes

Airs at: Wed, 02/28/2018 at 8:45am - 9:45am
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What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word "librarian"? If you're like most people, the images you conjure up come from a variety of sources, including movies, TV, and popular culture, but they typically don't reflect who librarians are or what kind of work ... Read more