UC Speaker Series Podcast (Ep03): Rich Howard

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On episode 3 of the Uncomfortable Conversations Speaker Series Podcast, we speak with library project manager Rich Howard about the past, present, and future of the Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls and why libraries are still important community centers—especially in the age of digital information.  We also take on the uncomfortable conversation of asking the public to support the library in return for its 116 years of dedicated service to the community and its ongoing mission to serve future generations of citizens.

This episode was recorded July 21, 2018 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Guest Host: Kevin Farkas.  Guest: Rich Howard.  Audiography: Kevin Farkas. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Jet Fly (“Atmospheric Organ”), Free music from Siberia (“Violet Dreams”). Music (available on Bensound.com): ”The Elevator Bossanova,” “Energy.” ©Uncomfortable Conversations Speaker Series Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.




The Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls hosts the Uncomfortable Conversations Speaker Series.  The series is called uncomfortable conversations because these are not easy topics that have simple solutions.  The series creates forums to help initiate conversations about topics that can affect our children, our families, our friends, and our communities.  Each of the programs is designed to provide the opportunity to become aware of community issues, begin a discussion and sharing of information, and empower participants to take appropriate action.

Host Jean Barsotti has been director of the Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls for more than seventeen years.  A native of Ellwood City, Pa, Jean holds BA and MSLS degrees from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  Active with the American Library Association and Pennsylvania Library Association, Jean has also been leader within the Beaver County Library System.  Jean has been forward thinking about libraries’ roles in hosting communities as a knowledge exchange centers and sites of social engagement.  Her Uncomfortable Conversations Speaker Series at the Beaver Falls library is evidence of her vision for how libraries should and can serve their communities in the 21st century.






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