8 Great LIS Podcasts

Want to add a little entertainment and enlightenment to household chores? We’ve gathered 8 library and information science-related podcasts that are worthy of a listen. Grab your earbuds/AirPods and give them a try while washing dishes or walking around the neighborhood. Have other recommendations? Please share them in the comments below.

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  • Call Number
    American Libraries Senior Editor Phil Morehart interviews librarians, authors, thinkers, and scholars about topics from the library world and beyond. Recent episodes have explored everything from library architecture to zombies.
  • Book Riot Podcasts
    Book Riot offers nine podcasts about books, including Adaptation Nation (page-to-screen adaptations); Hey Ya (young adult literature);  SFF Yeah! (science fiction and fantasy); and Read or Dead (mystery and thrillers). 
  • Circulating Ideas
    In the Circulating Ideas podcast, Steve Thomas interviews innovative people and ideas inspiring libraries to grow and thrive in the 21st century. Notable guests have included David Lankes and Nancy Pearl.

  • The Librarian is In
    Every other week, New York Public Library’s Crystal Chen and Frank Collerius discuss what they’re reading, pop culture and the world of libraries. Crystal is the Young Adult Librarian at the Woodstock branch in the Bronx, and Frank is the manager of the Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village.
  • Book Club for Masochists
    This readers’ advisory podcast invites library staff to read every genre, whether they like it or not. Each month, they read and discuss a different, randomly selected genre. This month, they’re reading Amish romance.

  • School Librarians United
    Amy Hermon’s podcast is dedicated to the nuts and bolts of running a successful school library.

  • Library Leadership Podcast
    The Library Leadership Podcast features library leaders discussing important issues. It’s hosted by Adriane Herrick Juarez, Executive Director of the Park City Library in Utah. Recent topics include morale and trauma-informed service.

  • Professional Book Nerds
    Join Overdrive staff for book recommendations, author interviews and all things books. The PBN team invites you to try its 2022 book challenge, which includes prompts like “Read a classic book that you weren’t assigned in high school” and “Read a 2021 debut that you didn’t read in 2021.”