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TPL on CFRC 101.9fm today!

17 May

Hi all!

We just found out that CFRC 101.9fm, the campus radio station at Queen’s University, is going to be airing one of our episodes today at 4pm! Be sure to listen in on the radio waves or on đŸ™‚


Whispers in Museum London

25 Feb

Happy Thursday, all!

Lola and I met up today for the first time in a bit – what a crazy month February is! Between Research Week and heading to the OLA Superconference tomorrow… gosh.

Today we spent an hour in the top level of Museum London, overlooking the “ice fountain” and the Thames, recording what will be our main introductions and signoffs for the podcast, as well as a few of our “bumpers”… trying to add some local flavour to our audio, as always!

We are expecting to release our first episode within the next few weeks – so get excited, folks! Until the next update (for me, post-OLA),


Off on Adventures

11 Feb

Hello TPL followers!

I am heading off for research week to Kingston, Ottawa, and Hamilton, and taking my recorder with me and hoping to pick up on some great material! On the agenda is a visit to the Central Branch of the KFPL for Freedom to Read Week. I’ll check in with further details later on! Happy travels!


Adventures in the UCC

5 Feb

Greetings, all!

Yesterday, Lola and I went on a magical and nervewracking trip to the UWO UCC – the student centre in the epicentre of concrete beach – to record our first “Librarians on the Street” segment. We met with a pretty healthy variety of current UWO undergraduates, workers, and campaigners – and we were pleasantly surprised with the answers they gave to our questions! I’m going to leave the details of this experience for you to hear in the podcast itself, but trust me – it will be worth the wait.

Also, note to self: when the red light is flashing, that means pause, not record.


My first recorded segment – alone!

2 Feb

Hi folks!

Well, I went at it alone yesterday. I took the plunge, and recorded my first-ever media and pop culture segment, all by myself. I had to lay out my papers so they didn’t rustle, and hold the recorder at a level distance, and try not to trip all over my words… it was fun! After importing and grappling through a few Garage Band technical difficulties, I managed to do a dry edit and send them along to Lola for refining – after all, she’s the expert. I’m thinking next week she’ll show me how to add music to my own edits.


Quote of the Day

31 Jan

Lola: Holy – good editing EB!

Emily: My self esteem is purring.

Reflection on the first three weeks.

31 Jan

Reflection on the first three weeks.

Hello world! (Ha, just kidding – we are NOT just another wordpress blog.)

Lola and I have been working on this project, as some of you know, since before the winter break, and it has quickly become our baby. Brainstorming for the title was perhaps the hardest, and so far, most time-consuming part. Note the so far. This project, though we have narrowed it down to approximately two to three podcasts, total, is way larger than either of us ever thought it would be, I think.

So, what have we been doing for the past three weeks? Well, we have met in a variety of different spots – including wonderfully kitchy cafes, the Department of Journalism at FIMS (with the wonderful Wendie, to whom we already owe so much) and the Westmount library here in London – and brainstormed, investigated, examined, honed, and drafted. We have way more ideas than we will ever be able to produce (or, at least, within the term.)

It has been a crazy road so far. But a pleasant one.

Today, we did our first skype interview! It was really fun, but was definitely an adventure. The blooper files are already stacking up as high as the smooth audio we will be broadcasting!

Also, I completed a part of our conversation editing! It took forever. But once you figure out Garage Band… super fun. I never realized how woefully inadequate my techie skills were, but as I’m improving, I’m realizing that I will be leaving this ‘course’ with – thanks to Lola – many more ‘hard skills’ than I ever expected to learn. Which is fantastic.

Reading my leadership article for Tuesday’s class and came across a quotation I thought adequately described what we are trying to do here. “The most important work in the knowledge economy is conversation.”  Later on in the article, the author says that “the quality of our learning process depends on the quality of the questions we ask” (Juanita Brown & David Isaacs, The System Thinker: Conversation as Core Business Process). We hope that we are asking the right questions, and having conversations that you will eventually be able to enjoy. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

Until the next!