Book and Library-related Podcasts
Screen fatigue – the exhaustion felt from so much time spent in front of computers and mobile devices – has many people turning to podcasts, allowing them to take a break from screen and to listen instead. In a post to the Library Think Tank group on Facebook, Jed Robbins asked, "What are your favorite library-related podcasts?" There was a great range of suggestions provided in the responses and we have compiled those for easy reference. The list includes podcasts hosted by both individuals and organizations including resources from state libraries who have collected tips and tricks for anyone interested in starting their own podcast! If you have a favorite book or library-related podcast you’d like us to add to this list, let us know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Club for Masochists “A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading books we hate!”
Book Riot Podcasts Check out Book Riot’s eight weekly and biweekly podcasts.
Cyberpunk Librarian “Join Daniel Messer, the Cyberpunk Librarian, as he talks about ideas, trends, and cool stuff for technologically minded librarians who are high tech and low budget!”
Circulating Ideas “Circulating Ideas facilitates conversations with the innovative people and ideas inspiring libraries to grow and thrive in the 21st century.”
D323 Library Podcast “A K-12 Librarian and her Friends chat about books, genres, and all things school library-related! What started as a simple passion podcast project became a larger platform to share knowledge. Come join in on our conversations, laugh and read with us!”
Dewey Decibel Podcast “Dewey Decibel is the popular podcast series from American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association. Each month, your host and American Libraries Senior Editor Phil Morehart will be your guide to conversations with librarians, authors, thinkers, and scholars about topics from the library world and beyond.”
Drunk Librarians Podcast “The Drunk Librarians are two library gals who love to drink, read, and talk, talk, talk. It seemed like the perfect combination to make a top-notch podcast. In each episode Librarian A and Librarian B (so named to preserve their anonymity and employment) get absolutely trashed and review the books they've been reading. Every episode is a new adventure in drunken rambling and occasionally astute observations, and a lot of laughs. We hope you enjoy the show, but remember...keep it on the DL.”
FYI: The Public Libraries Podcast Hosted by Public Libraries Online, the companion website to the bi-monthly print publication “Public Libraries,” the official magazine of the Public Library Association.
The Kitchen Sisters “The Kitchen Sisters Present… Stories from the b-side of history. Lost recordings, hidden worlds, people possessed by a sound, a vision, a mission. The episodes tell deeply layered stories, lush with interviews, field recordings and music.”
The Librarian's Guide to Teaching Podcast “The Librarian's Guide to Teaching podcast is hosted by two instruction librarians interested in sharing their experiences teaching information literacy, discussing current trends, and having meaningful conversations about librarianship!”
Librarians with Lives “I (Jo Wood) chat to information professionals (Librarians) from all sectors about their careers so far, CPD, frustrations, achievements, and what they would do if I put them in charge of the profession for a day.”
Library Leadership Podcast “The Library Leadership Podcast features real library leaders discussing the most important issues in libraries today. We hope it becomes a resource for everyone navigating the fast-paced world of information service provision. Adriane Herrick Juarez is the Executive Director of the Park City Library in Utah. She believes library leadership is an ever-evolving practice that is enhanced through thought-provoking conversations and the sharing of ideas.”
The Library Pros “A Librarian and Information Technology Pro talking libraries, library tech and everything in between!”
Lost in the Stacks “Broadcasting on WREK Atlanta, each show features an hour of music, interviews, and library talk united by a common theme. Ameet and Charlie from the Georgia Tech Library pick a theme and free-associate an hour of music, interviews, and library talk every Friday on WREK Atlanta. You’ll hear indie rock, pop rock, alt rock, New Wave, and the occasional oddity between interviews with students, faculty, and librarians.”
Podcasts for Kids, collected by Princeton Public Library. “Looking for more screen-free options that will engage kids with educational and fun content? Try listening to a podcast! While there are a ton to choose from out there, here are a selection of some kid-friendly choices the whole family will enjoy.”
School Librarians United “With Amy Hermon, School Librarians United, a podcast dedicated to the nuts and bolts of running a successful school library.”
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books “Each Friday, I talk with authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians, or combinations thereof, and share the fun and mayhem with you. Frequent topics include romance fiction, the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers, along with a hefty side order of silliness. Plus, we always recommend some books we’re reading and really enjoying.”
Well-Read “As librarians, books are kind of our thing. Listen in as we talk about what we’re reading, make book recommendations, and all sorts of book-related fun.”
The Worst Bestsellers Podcast “Worst Bestsellers is a podcast where Kait, Renata, and a guest talk about popular books of questionable quality.”
Hosted by Libraries
The Bookmark, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. “The Bookmark is your place to find your next great book. Each week, join regular readers Miranda Ericsson, Chris Blocker and Autumn Friedli along with other librarians as they discuss all the books you’ll want to add to your reading list.”
Book Talk Bakersfield “Join Kern County Library staff members, Fahra and Jasmin, as well as guests, to talk about what we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to. Get reading recommendations and more! Episodes release weekly on Mondays and can be watched on Facebook, or streamed as a podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and additional podcast directories.”
- Linking Our Libraries “In this podcast, we look at all sorts of different skills library staff members will need to be successful. We have a variety of Guest Hosts who come to share their experiences and ideas on these skills. You can use them across every job, in every library.”
- Reading With Libraries “Discussions about books and book clubs”
- Browsing Books “Celebrating libraries and state parks”
- Book Bites “Sometimes you just need a quickie podcast, to hear a short discussion on a book. We are here for you! Check us out each week for a five-minute episode with a quick discussion of a book.”
In the Good Books, Yarra Plenty Regional Library. “Come behind the scenes with YPRL Coordinators Lefa Singleton-Norton, Patrick Jovaras and Sarah Schmidt who have created a dynamic podcast just for you! The art of recommending the right book can be an interesting journey through the nearly and the not-quite-right on the path to the perfect pick.”
KPL (Kirkwood Public Library) Podcast “The Kirkwood Public Library Podcast with Ryan Drinkard and Jigisha Patel highlights programs and events that are happening at the library every month from meditation workshop, tech programs, to book clubs.”
The Librarian Is In Podcast, The New York Public Library. “The Librarian Is In is the New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next. Every other week, Rhonda Evans and Frank Collerius discuss the books they're reading, pop culture and the literary zeitgeist, and the world of libraries—and welcome special guests.”
MPL (McAllen Public Library) Kids Podcast “Join Amanda, Miss Heather, and Miss Erin, children's librarians from the McAllen Public Library in McAllen, TX for a podcast promoting early literacy, providing book recommendations, and sharing tips to help reluctant readers.”
Nonfiction Friends, Osceola Library System. “Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library.”
Semi Bookish, Adrian District Library “Adrian District Library professionals discussing books, movies, pop culture, and more. Our emphasis will be readers/viewers/services advisory, but this podcast will provide a connection to the inner workings and interests of staff members at ADL. We’re not just about books, we’re Semi Bookish.”
The Magnus Archives – horror podcast “The Magnus Archives is a weekly horror fiction anthology podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join new head archivist Jonathan Sims as he attempts to bring a seemingly neglected collection of supernatural statements up to date, converting them to audio and supplementing them with follow-up work from his small but dedicated team.”
Resources on How to Podcast
Maybe you’re ready to host your own podcast! Here are some resources created by state libraries to help you get started.
- Podcasting in Libraries, a guide from the South Carolina State Library, including an introduction to podcasting, the basics, making a podcast and transcription ideas.
- Podcasting 101, a two-part webinar series hosted by the Wyoming State Library
- Podcasting Basics, by Amanda Sweet, Nebraska Library Commission