We’re all stuck at home, but we still need books, entertainment, and other information. How can we find what we need now that we’re online so much? Our panel of librarians answers these questions and many more you may not have realized you could even ask! Come get a glimpse of how many kinds of librarians there are and how they apply their informational talents to a broad range of challenges.
This event is at 6 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 16th on Foolscap’s own Discord server. Visit https://discord.com/app (or just https://discord.com and click “Open Discord in your browser”) for signup instructions, then click this invite link to join our persistent server:
Our presenters are three professional librarians from across the country — or at least from both coasts:
Beck Keller is an Enterprise Search & Corporate Librarian in Seattle, where she helps make information more visible by tweaking search engine indexing tools, hooking up data sources to ontologies, and doing occasional sleuthing on the internal network. She is a member of the University of Washington iSchool's Alumni Advisory Board, and marched as the iSchool's 2019 and 2020 Guardian of the Gonfalon. Prior to receiving her MLIS in 2016, she was a Trinity College Library Research Associate, con-runner, and Hero of Worldcon. Find her on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/beck-keller.
Misha Stone is a Readers' Advisory librarian in Seattle. She periodically teaches Readers' Advisory for the University of Washington's iSchool program. She also serves on the Clarion West Writers Workshop board and loves reading and celebrating the work of science fiction, fantasy, horror and speculative fiction authors. Misha has hosted drag shows, film series, pop culture mini-cons, library karaoke and oh so many author events. Find her on Twitter as @ahsimlibrarian.
Lee Morey has a library science degree from the University of Maryland, but her background was in technical services, specifically cataloging, databases, thesauri, etc. Metadata may not be her middle name, but it's close. She worked in UMd's academic libraries for six years while going to grad school. She then took a civil service job with the U.S. Government Printing Office as part of their Government Depository Library Program as a Cataloging Librarian where she eventually contributed to the efforts digitizing their "Monthly Catalog" (first on CD, then online) in the mid-90s. From there (you know, computers, the Internet), she shifted over into contracting where she's been most heavily involved in user experience (making sites easier to use) and most recently data analytics (observing and potentially predicting user behavior through data). She currently works for Booz Allen Hamilton as a User Experience Strategist and Digital Analyst, and this "post-library" career has included work with search engines (finding stuff) and a whole lot of information architecture (organizing stuff so it can be found) — an ongoing example of how incredibly useful and varied a library degree can be in the Information Age!