Introducing… The Loud Librarians Podcast
By Hannah Herrlich, Emerging Technologies Librarian
Come for the laughs, but stay for the facts– This is the mantra of Fordham University Libraries debut podcast, Loud Librarians. Yes, you read that correctly: The library now has a podcast. And this is no ordinary podcast; Loud Librarians is a whirlwind of knowledge and fun, complete with a dash of copyright chaos.
Meet the Loud Librarians
Hosts Hannah (Emerging Technologies Librarian) and Amber (Digital Asset Metadata Librarian) take listeners on a journey as they talk about, ponder, and discuss in great detail all the library things, with this first season diving into the bewildering and magical world of copyright. This dynamic duo will surely have you laughing and learning in no time.
After so much buzz surrounding Loud Librarians, we decided to reach out to the elusive hosts of the podcast for any commentary about their methodology and artistic direction when it comes to conceptualizing and crafting their celebrated show.
After waiting to hear back from Hannah or Amber for more than three weeks, they finally replied.
Amber: Who are you? I’m a famous podcaster now. I don’t have time for this.
Hannah: Oh good, the dogwalker is here.
Phew. It’s easy to see how these two charmed their way through the headphones and into the hearts of their listeners.
What’s in Store for Season One- The Copyright Chronicles?
But in all seriousness, the debut season of Loud Librarians is dedicated to unraveling the complexities of copyright in a manner that is lighthearted and digestible. In this season, there will be SIX episodes dedicated to learning about topics such as fair use and the public domain, with half of the episodes featuring exclusive interviews with some key members of the Fordham Library community.
To break it down episode-by-episode, here is what you can expect to look forward to each Thursday at 3pm EST:
Episode 1: Is the Moon Made of Cheese?
Hannah and Amber welcome you to Loud Librarians, with this season taking you into the bewildering and magical world of copyright. Come along for the laughs and cheese moons, but stay a while for the facts.
Air Date: October 12th, 2023
Episode 2: Living in a Fair Use Paradise
All’s fair in love and war… And in copyright! We get into the nitty gritty of understanding FAIR USE and its first defining factor- The purpose of the use.
Air Date: October 19th, 2023
Episode 3: Talking About Old Things with Dr. Jennifer Udell
We have our first guest joining us at Loud Librarians with Dr. Jennifer Udell taking us into the world of copyright in the classroom and lamenting on how words can hurt the brain.
Air Date: October 26th, 2023
Episode 4: Fair Use #2 Is Kind of Perfect
Time to dig up those phone books and encyclopedias, and kiss the ring of the second element of fair use- the nature of the copyrighted work.
Air Date: November 2nd, 2023
Episode 5: The Archive Deep Dive with Gabriella DiMeglio
Our very own Archives and Special Collections librarian, Gabriella DiMeglio, gives us the scoop on all things archives and how cool cassette tapes truly are.
Air Date: November 9th, 2023
Episode 6: And Now for Something Completely Different with Chris ONeill
Jinkies! This episode has absolutely nothing to do with copyright, but boy do we get to the bottom of uncovering some super-top-secret mysteries and tales of our home-away-from-home, the Walsh Library.
Air Date: November 16th, 2023 (Who would’ve thought there’d be not one, but two, Monty Python references in this blog post.)
Why a Podcast?
You might be wondering- Why a podcast? And, why now? Well, it’s no secret that copyright instruction sessions and consultations are a crucial part of Fordham Libraries’ services. In the past, Fordham librarians have hosted workshops and presentations on copyright best practices for faculty members; written blog posts about copyright and fair use; and curated a detailed copyright research guide, accessible to all faculty, students and staff.
Undoubtedly, these copyright resources and services have represented a solid and practical strategy for expanding copyright knowledge to our user community. However, as we trudge through the post-pandemic “new normal” of the early 21st-century, we deemed it wise to branch out and find a new format for copyright instruction. Hosting a podcast with copyright as the first season’s focus has the potential to make this information more accessible to, and potentially more entertaining for, our users, while also broadening the scope of its audience… Loud Librarians is available to everyone, not just members of the Fordham community.
So, regardless if you are a present, past, or future Ram (or none of the above), you can listen to Loud Librarians anytime and anywhere- Or, on most platforms, such as…
And as always, if you have any library related questions, thoughts, queries, etc., you can use our 24/7 chat service, Ask a Librarian.