Personally I am the biggest fan of YouTube and specifically podcasting. More often than not I am on the go and am always listening to various podcasts (BookRiot, Nerdist, Bizarre States, #Millenial). I use them to distract me from my boring work commutes, fill gaps in between jobs, and when I am running errands or doing household chores. Before I began graduate school, I was mostly listening to storybased podcasts like Welcome to Nightvale, or interview-based podcasts like Nerdist, and Harmontown, or informational podcasts like This American Life, and RadioLab. I used podcasts as a way to connect with my various interests, and learn at little bit about new and current trends. When I made the choice to apply to graduate school, and specifically an MLIS program, I began to seek out book and library based podcasts. I found the BookRiot podcasting network, and most importantly S.S. Librarianship, a podcast produced by two MLIS students in Canada. I listened to as many S.S. Librarianship as I could, I found that listening to two students discuss their successes and failures in their MLIS programs helped to somewhat prepare me for the program and field I was attempting to pursue. When I got accepted to this MLIS program, and began I was completely overwhelmed, and having never taken any classes online, I felt quite alone in my struggles, except when I was listening to S.S. Librarianship. I ended up reaching out to the lovely ladies who host and produce the show via social media, and through them found a support system that has helped me through my graduate school struggles.
That is why I believe that podcasting can further librarianship, and connect librarians, and library professionals. The S.S. Librarianship podcast discusses important topics effecting our profession be it: professional development workshops; MakerSpaces; the ALA Conferences; and more. They usually have guest on from different areas of the profession such as Digital Services librarians and archival specialists; they have even had a podcast live from the British Columbia Library Conference discussing the intersections between different library professionals. And this is just one podcast. I am sure there are more out there, connecting librarians, library students, and regular folks, to aspects of our profession, and professionals, which is a door that is just now beginning to open.
I believe that podcasting is a method that can increase and expand discourse in our profession, and among our professionals, which in the end can only be a good thing.