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Congratulations to MLIS Class of 2010

13 Aug

It’s been a happy week for many of the MLIS-ers at FIMS this week. Many have completed their course work for the year, and have been celebrating with classmates before headed onto the next adventure.

This video has gotten around through FIMS at UWO, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to share it with you, gentle readers and listeners.

MLIS 2010 from pocketlibrarian on Vimeo.

*Music is “Hallelujah” by Vitamin String Quartet

Many thanks to everyone – Emily and I will be back on the mic once the dust settles. 😀


28 Feb

As we near our FIRST REAL EPISODE, I thought I’d jot down some additional thoughts to our process, and why I think it’s taken a full month to actually get to the point of release the audio.

We’ve spent a lot of time searching for podcast safe music (thanks to to and and the many independent Canadian artists that I’ve approached over the last few weeks) and also working on tweaking the blog.  I’ve personally discovered how much a production can benefit from a “brand” and how much easier it is to have all these materials set up before you actually release the “product.”  Perhaps that’s just my own need to have things in place, however, I will say it makes networking and connecting with potential interview subjects much easier!

On the tech side, a lot of my concern has to do with sound quality and making sure we don’t turn people off simply because it’s unbearable to listen to.  The focus should be, of course, on the the content and not the format.  But just like me desire to have a clear brand and recognizable identity for the show, the presentation of the show is just as important for me.

The best part of this, however, is that this is very much a learning experience.  Despite the techy side of things, what I’ve quickly discovered (and in particular what I LOVE about producing, interviewing and editing segments) is trying to find the nuggets that make an interesting and hopefully entertaining story.

I’ve edited segments for podcasts before but they’ve always been just me, or an interview that was no longer than 6-10 minutes long.  Putting together a WHOLE SHOW, I must say is a much larger endeavour.  Like writing a paper, there is a need to have your final product be CLEAR and still have FLOW.

So… the first episode.  It’s coming. 🙂

Lunch: sweet potato fries, bacon, and omelette (my Sunday brunch of choice)
Couch potato status: hermit

Setting up: the blog

5 Feb

A big part of the project is our chance to document, and also a place where we can house the podcast and show notes.

The goal is to get the audio and produce the show, but if you look at the whole picture, a podcast offers the opportunity to build a community. Part of that is giving that community, even if it’s just the three of us, a space to live and reflect.

Once we managed to come up with a name, the first thing we did was register the domain(s). Having a place to refer to when describing our project really gives us some legs. It also rolls off the tongue… don’t ya think? “The Pocket Librarian…”

I chose to use WordPress as our blogging system because I hadn’t actually used it before and always wanted to learn. I have been using Blogger for a long time, but was always impressed by the many different widgets other people were using and decided that it was time for me to branch out and learn another blogging interface.

It’s been WONDERFUL. I spent a good long while figuring out where all the little elements live on the wordpress system and I’m still flipping through a gazillion plugins to find the right utilities for the blog. I *love* that the world has pretty much developed a widget for anything and everything.

Bit by bit, you’ll see the blog getting tweaked here and there. But in the meantime, we’ve got a space to hang our sign and store our thoughts.

Lunch: homemade vegetable soup
Couch potato status: moderate

Reflections on January: Is this thing on?

1 Feb

It’s hard to believe we’re in the first week of February! The last few weeks have flown by, but we’ve managed to get all the start up stuff in place.

The great thing about doing a project like this is the amazing energy it seems to brew. We have had FANTASTIC support from wonderful supervisor Pam McKenzie and from Wendi Crouch on the Journalism side of the faculty. We’ve managed to acquire some excellent recording equipment (I’ll get into that later) we’ve managed to get some great material from the sessions we’ve recorded.

Em has been diligent at editing – I am so grateful for a podcasting partner who’s not afraid to jump in and try the technology. In the meantime I’ve been mulling on our branding stuff, and playing around with the blog behind the scenes.

The best part, however, is how organic things seem to be moving. Normally, I’d feel this pressure to schedule everything in a more regimented way, but somehow most of our sessions have been impromptu. Not that they were unorganized, but more “Why not just do it now?” moments. To be quite frank, it’s exhilarating to “jump in with both feet” as dear Emily would say.

This is not to say that producing and collaborating doesn’t need a structured framework. We definitely have our ideas at the ready and goals in mind. But I am starting to understand the need to stop burying one’s head in the minutiae of planning and just take action.

Lunch: taco pizza
Couch potato status: light

Quote of the Day

31 Jan

Lola: Holy – good editing EB!

Emily: My self esteem is purring.