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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 30 – Libraries and learning in the Digital Age

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 30 – Libraries and learning in the Digital Age
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Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight; and in the control room, Jimmy Reynolds, a musician, teacher, and lead audio engineer at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

Leslie Worrell Christianson, MLIS, assistant professor and user services librarian at Marywood University, and Jeremy McGinniss, MLIS, library director at Summit University, bring their vast knowledge of libraries and this institution’s continued importance in the Digital Age in Episode 30. We discuss librarian stereotypes, building personal relationships with patrons, how the Internet and libraries can work together, creative copyright laws, digital literacy, research and open access, makerspace and hands-on learning, the expense of information, developing a library’s collection, crazy library stories involving squirrels and naked guys, patrons versus customers, and promoting lifelong learning.

In The Last Word segment, we talk about all the positive feedback we’ve received about a recent profile story we posted and our new weekly column on local LGBT issues. Northeastern Pennsylvania is often characterized as close-minded, but the column, Living Your Truth, was quickly embraced by readers who want to hear about these issues from the perspective of a transgender woman. This also leads to a general conversation about Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal.

See the hosts of the NEPA Scene Podcast emcee and introduce the performers live at the NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase tonight, June 23 at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, starting at 7 p.m.! Get the details here.

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