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Nancy Pearl Interview  -  November 26, 2007 LiSRadio Webcast: LiS Limited Edition Series

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Guest:

[Dr. Nancy Pearl]

Dr. Nancy Pearl


Having worked as a librarian and bookseller in Detroit, Tulsa, and Seattle, Pearl's knowledge of and love for books is unmatched. In 1998, she developed the program "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book," which spread across the country. The former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program Book Lust with Nancy Pearl on the Seattle Channel. She is a regular commentator about books on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.

In 2004, Pearl became the 50th winner of the Women’s National Book Association Award for her extraordinary contribution to the world of books. In the moments when Pearl finds herself without a book, she is an avid bicyclist and happy grandmother of two. She lives in Seattle with her husband Joe.

Photo courtesy of Marco Prozzo.

Host:

[ Karen Robinson]

Karen Robinson
Clinical Instructor
University of Missouri- Columbia SISLT


Karen Robinson joined the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies in the winter of 2005 as Clinical Instructor. Her position is a blend of instructor for SISLT and practitioner in the Reference Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She received her M.L.S. at Emporia State University and M.A. in Communication from Regent University.

Robinson has professional experience in academic libraries and special collections. Prior to joining the SISLT faculty she served as Head of Reference at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and has served as head of special collections and archives in two academic libraries. She taught for The Catholic University of America's School of Library & Information Science. Her professional presentations have focused on marketing and public relations in academic libraries, and her current research is on library user instruction.

Summary:

Nancy Pearl, rock star librarian who the Librarian Action Figure was modeled after, is interviewed at the 2007 MLA Conference by Karen Robinson. Nancy's knowledge of and love for books is unmatched as is evidenced in her books, Book Lust, More Book Lust, Now Read This, and other titles that encourage reading. Nancy shares the hilarious story of how she was chosen to be the model for the Librarian Action Figure. What do you wear when you’re being "digitized" to become a 5-inch plastic action figure? Join us in listening to this interesting and entertaining program from our own librarian rock star, Nancy Pearl.

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