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Listeners' Advisory: The San Diego Public Library Podcast

Listeners’ Advisory is the San Diego Public Library podcast and audio access point that connects users with SDPL services, facilities, and staff. Patrons can learn about upcoming programs and periodically enjoy stand-alone episodes that feature unique content tailored for the audio experience. Enjoy a mixture of narrative-driven segments, in-depth interviews, and roundtable discussions about timely services, community-centric matters, along with professional recommendations.
This podcast is made possible through a partnership with the San Diego Public Library Foundation.
Listeners’ Advisory is the San Diego Public Library podcast

Episode Six: SD Access 4 All

In this episode, Bob hangs out with Curtis Williams, SDPL’s Technology Resources Manager and Sam Cerrato, the Circulation Supervisor at the Central Library. They discuss the new city-wide initiative, SD Access for All and the City of San Diego’s efforts to address digital equity by getting the community connected via computer labs, devices, and various Wi-Fi hotspots.
Internet Services @SDPL

Previous Episodes

Episode One

In this premier episode, host Bob Surratt speaks with Library Assistant III, Destiny Rivera about the Ocean Beach and Scripps Ranch Miramar Seed Libraries; co-host Scott Ehrig-Burgess, SDPL director Misty Jones and San Diego Public Library Foundation CEO, Patrick Stewart discuss the Library Master Plan; and Bob, Scott, and Supervising Librarian, Jennifer Jenkins recommend their favorite podcasts.
Seed Libraries
Library Master Plan
Listener’s Advisory Recommendations

Bonus Episode: Book Coven

In this bonus episode, we meet members of the Book Coven, an off-the-books book club for librarians that love young adult literature. The Book Coven consists of various members of SDPL staff including Sciences Manager, Monnee Tong, Pauline Foster Teen Center Manager, Vanessa Gempis, and Collection Development Librarian, Angie Stava. They discuss their origin story, book recommendations, the value of rating systems, and what they love about being in a book club.
Books Mentioned and Recommended
For more information on upcoming young adult book clubs for teens and adults contact: Vanessa Gempis.

Episode Two

Odi’s Library Day's writer Hunter Hackett and illustrator Anisi BaigudeListen to Episode Two.

For our second official episode, the theme is books! Host Bob speaks with Steven Torres-Roman, one of the librarians behind the new digital readers’ advisory service, Matchbook; co-host Scott catches up with writer Hunter Hackett, illustrator Anisi Baigude, and program coordinator, Emily Derry, the team behind SDPL’s first children’s book, Odi’s Library Day; and Bob talks books with College Rolando branch manager and host of the web series Read More! (with Trevor), Trevor Jones.


*Correction, Steve states the National Endowment for the Arts’ study, To Read or Not to Read was published in 2000. It was as actually published in 2007.

Odi’s Library Day/El Día de la Biblioteca de Odi

Read More! (with Trevor)

Bonus Episode: The How-To Festival

How-To Festival 2021 graphicListen to Bonus Episode: The How-To Festival.

In this second bonus episode, host Bob sits down with Adrianne Peterson, Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Manager and head organizer behind one of SDPL’s annual signature events, the How-To Festival. They discuss the festival’s origins, how it responded to the pandemic of 2020, and how those lessons are shaping this year’s How-To Festival and beyond.

Contact: Adrianne Peterson

Additional Music: Go to the Picnic by Loyalty Freak

Episode Three

Listen to Episode Three.

For our third episode, Scott catches up with Supervising Librarian of Youth and Family Services, Ady Huertas about SDPL’s long-running Summer Reading Program. Scott also does some digging into the origins of SRP with the help of some tenacious Central librarians. Finally, Bob speaks with North Clairemont Librarian, Maureen Meadows about her new web series, Let’s Talk Audiobooks and why audiobooks may be for you.

Summer Reading Program

Let's Talk Audiobooks with Maureen 

*Not all titles mentioned are available in audiobook format from SDPL.

Episode Four: Joseph Murphy Baseball Autograph Collection

In this episode, host Bob Surratt speaks with some of the folks involved in bringing the newly acquired Joseph Murphy Baseball Autograph Collection to the San Diego Public Library’s Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center. Interviews include Steve Murphy, son of Joseph; Tom Larwin, President of the Society for American Baseball Research Ted Williams’ Chapter; and Pete Miesner, Manager of the Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center.

View the Joseph Murphy Baseball Autograph Collection

Episode Five: The Rainbow Label Dilemma and Comic Con Recommendations

Shelf of Pride Books
In this episode, Scott speaks with LGBTQIA+ Services Committee members Erin Wilson and Francesca de Vera about the dilemma of rainbow labels on library books and how "othering" can be an unintended consequence, despite good intentions. Also, Bob hangs with San Carlos Branch Manager, Dave Ege to talk comics and graphic novel recommendations as well as the GOAT, Alan Moore.