The Skillset Podcast

Hosted ByR. David Lankes & Nicole A. Cooke

A library issues podcast from the University of South Carolina School of Information Science, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair, and the South Carolina Center for Community Literacy, and in partnership with 'Publishers Weekly'.


All Episodes

The Skillset Podcast #9: Ilona Kisch on Public Library 2030

It’s largely accepted as a truism that libraries connect and work together—interlibrary loan, consortia, union catalogs. However, working together and connecting is not a simple task. Add in different histories, cultures, languages, political systems and…

The Skillset Podcast #8: Kelvin Watson on his Commitment to Service

Kelvin Watson became the Broward County, Florida library director on February 26th, 2017 after serving as the chief operating officer and senior vice president for the Queens Public Library in New York city, one of the nations most diverse library system…

The Skillset Podcast #7: Clayton Copeland on the Importance of Accessibility

In this episode we talk with Clayton Copeland who is on the faculty of the iSchool at the University of South Carolina, and the director of the Laboratory for Leadership in Equity and Diversity. Copeland is an scholar, an educator and tireless and advoca…

The Skillset Podcast #6: Melanie Townsend Diggs Reflects on the 2015 Uprising in Baltimore

On April 27, 2015, Melanie Townsend Diggs was heading up the Pennsylvania Branch of the Enoch Pratt libraries in Baltimore, at the epicenter of the uprising in Baltimore caused by the death of Freddy Gray in police custody. In this interview, she talks a…

The Skillset Podcast #5: Sue Kowalski, School Librarian at Pine Grove Middle School

Sue Kowalski knows a lot about connecting to her students. Years before the pandemic Sue’s library was closed for a building renovation, and her students scattered across her district—so she bought a used RV and drove from school to school keeping the st…

The Skillset Podcast #4: Academic Libraries in the Wake of Covid-19 with Clemson University’s Christopher Cox

Host David Lankes catches up with Christopher Cox, Dean of Libraries at Clemson University, to talk about the lessons Clemson—and academic libraries more broadly—are learning in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Skillset Podcast #3: Politics and Libraries with EveryLibrary’s John Chrastka

With the election days away, this is the perfect time to remember that public libraries exist in a political as well as civic space. In this episode, hosts David Lankes and Nicole Cooke talk to John Chrastka, head of EveryLibrary, the country’s only poli…

The Skillset Podcast #2: The library as a platform with library Angela Craig, Director of the Charleston County (SC) Public Library

In this episode a conversation with Angela Craig, director of the Charleston County Public Library in South Carolina. We talk about what it’s like to run a  library…one week at a time. She shares a lot of fantastic ideas and experiences but take special …

The Skillset Podcast #1: Rethinking Community Engagement, with Tamara King

Hosts Nicole Cooke & David Lankes talk with Tamara King, director of community relations at the Richland (SC) Public Library about the changing nature of community engagement in a time of pandemic, Black Lives Matter, & economic recession. Learn how the …

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