Category Archives: More Than Books Podcast

Ep. 39: A Banned Books Week Postscript

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 39 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 39: A Banned Books Week Postscript

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin reflect on the history of how controversial texts have been received and how there should be more to Banned Books Week than talking about the latest young adult literature being challenged in public and school libraries. Examples discussed range from the 4th century BCE (the suppression of apocryphal religious texts) up through today (the current state of news media in Turkey).

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Ep. 38: Current Happenings in Libraries and Literature

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 38 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 38: Current Happenings in Libraries and Literature

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin decide to run a gauntlet of four different topics rather than leisurely explore the standard one. They begin by talking about the future of Barnes and Noble, move on to discussing publisher embargoes and what they mean for libraries (12:17), discuss nontraditional lending and how our Library is approaching it (20:29), and wrap up by using the recent passing of author Toni Morrison to briefly discuss what it means when a much-loved artist dies and how maybe we can make something positive of it (29:25).

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Ep. 37: Movie Night!

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 37 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 37: Movie Night!

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin discuss some great films they’ve watched recently, all of which are available via the Kanopy database, and many of which are available on other platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and The Criterion Channel. Note that, while not mentioned in the podcast, Green Room is also available on Netflix. Below is a complete list of the films mentioned in this podcast, not all of which are available for streaming.

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Ep. 36: Open Access

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 36 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 36: Open Access

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin discuss the rise of open access academic publishing and what it means for universities and traditional publishing companies. Approached primarily from a library perspective, they also discuss the pros and cons associated with this rapidly growing publishing trend.

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Ep. 35: Unique Digital Archives

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 35 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 35: Unique Digital Archives

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin scour the internet to bring you their favorite digital archives collections. Covering everything from playing cards and medieval manuscripts to war letters and video games, they also squeeze in time to talk about books bound in human skin and, on a lighter note, reminisce about Lego sets from the ’90s.

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Ep. 34: Tech Trends for 2019

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 34 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 34: Tech Trends for 2019

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin recap the good, the bad, and the ugly technology to come out of CES 2019. Tech discussed includes 5G, VR, over-the-air wireless charging, electric vehicles, ridiculous televisions, veggie burgers, robots, and smart-everything. What is their favorite thing to come out of the expo? Listen to find out!

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Ep. 33: Game Night: Board Games to Break up the Monopoly Monotony

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 33 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 33: Game Night – Board Games to Break up the Monopoly Monotony

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin discuss the new generation of board and party games that have been replacing tired-out classics like Monopoly at game nights and family gatherings the world over in recent years. Games discussed include CatanCarcassonneTicket to RidePandemicPandemic: Reign of CthulhuPandemic Legacy: Season 1MysteriumMonikers, the Jackbox Party Pack series, and Brass: Birmingham. Several role-playing games are also mentioned in quick succession, including Dungeons & DragonsFiasco (Coen brothers movie simulator), Apocalypse World (Mad Max simulator), Night Witches, and Tales from the Loop

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Ep. 32: Comicsgate, or: How I Learned to Stop Arguing Online and Love Constructive Criticism

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 31 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 32: Comicsgate, or: How I Learned to Stop Arguing Online and Love Constructive Criticism

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin gingerly approach the topic of the Comicsgate internet movement, the latest in a series of similar online cultural firestorms to do with diversity in entertainment and art. In an effort to not get too down at the prospect of having to discuss the sorry state that much online conversation exists in, they try to keep things positive by offering advice on how to be a reasonable, responsible, and respectful consumer of mass-market entertainment.

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Ep. 31: Summer Reading Club (Part 2)

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 31 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 31: Summer Reading Club (Part 2)

Description:  Joel and Colin continue talking about books they’ve read recently and what they might recommend others pick up, as well as some forthcoming publications that they are looking forward to. Included are discussions about the craziness of comic books, what makes the best horror so good, experimental literature and art, and unusual playing cards! 

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Ep. 30: Summer Reading Club

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 30 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 30: Summer Reading Club

Description:  Joel and Colin take a break from discussing more serious topics and instead talk about what they’ve been reading recently and what books they recommend others pick up. Despite reading fairly different material from one another, they nonetheless find common ground in their enjoyment of horror, parody, and science-fiction, and wind up with so much to talk about that they might have to record a Summer Reading Club Part 2 soon!

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