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A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading every genre, whether we like them or not! Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

Apr 3, 2018

Our Fiftieth Episode Extravaganza is our longest episode ever! We answer your questions! We answer our questions! We talk about library fines, reading parties, stats, and much more.

You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system.

In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Jessi

Here are the Bingo cards you can download! (And yes, Matthew did choose the Halloween theme for these because of course he did.)

The Questions:

  • What are your actual library jobs?
  • Why did you start the podcast?
  • How are your genres selected?
  • What is the usual process for making the podcast? How do you do it from two different countries? How long does it take?
    • We could not find the “um ah” file. Sorry!
  • Matthew’s mom says through email: “Hi, I enjoy listening to your podcasts especially when you go off topic a little. I never realised that Librarians are professional READERS. I am amazed that you have to read so much and so widely. I also enjoy your individual tweets about the trials of being a librarian.”
  • Kifty ask on Twitter: “What would Vespidae's favourite book be? Follow-on question: Would it be scratch 'n' sniff?”
  • Caleb asks on Facebook: “What’s the one trope in reading a book/graphic novel/media consumption vehicle that completely turns you off?”
  • Vikki asks on Facebook: “Are there some approaches you have that are good at helping readers narrow down what they might like to try next?”
  • Walden100 asked in an iTunes review: “since you are all librarians maybe you could talk about the difference between Canada/US in a future episode?”
  • Who is the tallest/shortest podcaster?
  • Do you think the book club has worked to make you better at Readers Advisory? How do you hope it is helping others to become better at Readers’ Advisory?
  • What’s with that weird tone you use when editing in other content?
  • Does your utter lack of feedback on the podcast make you feel like you’re shouting out into the void?
  • What genre/type of book are irresistible to you?
  • Tell me more about these mythic reading parties? How do I throw one? Do I have to shush people if they talk?
  • What genres do you dread having show up?
  • What do you do when you’re not reading?
  • What was your favorite reading experience from bookclub so far?
  • Why are your email and website address so weird?
  • Have you appeared on any other podcasts?
    • S.S. Librarianship
      • Episode 22 ("You should keep writing things!"): Matthew talked about zines and why they should be in libraries.
      • Episode 44 ("A child was more likely to get Infinite Jest... or Lady Chatterley's Lover."): Matthew talked about Raspberry Pi computers and maker spaces.
      • Episode 66 ("It's this great love story - between a girl and her rocket ship."): Anna and Matthew talked about their experiences at the 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco, and conferences in general.
      • Episode 76 ("Open Source Toasters..."): Matthew talked about X-Men comics.
    • Circulating Ideas - Episode 127: Matthew talks about various library things
    • Meanwhile... Back at the Comic Book Shop: Blog vaguely connected to Matthew’s old radio show
  • How do you feel about your iTunes reviews?
  • Where are the samples in your intro from?
  • Why did you pick that song as your theme song?
  • Stats! 

Our special guests were (in order): Sam Mills, Jorge Cardenas, Inti Dewey, Jon Newell, and RJ Edwards.


  • Should we do a year or nothing but romance genres?



  • Anna and Matthew will be tabling at Grid Zine Fest, April 14, 2018 in Salt Lake City


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Join us again on Tuesday, April 17th when our genre will be Essay Collections!

Then come back on Tuesday, May 1st when we’ll talk about the idea of Separating the Art from the Artist.