Shelf Talks #7 – Susan

Shelf Talks is a series of interviews in which writer and librarian Oleg Kagan asks interesting people questions inspired by the contents of their bookshelves. Susan Montgomery is an artist, author, and musician in Bowling Green, OH.  OLEG: I notice that among the majority of your books, which are about creation (whether it’s music, art,… Continue reading Shelf Talks #7 – Susan

Shelf Talks #6 – Lee

Shelf Talks is a series of interviews in which writer and librarian Oleg Kagan asks interesting people questions inspired by the contents of their bookshelves. Lee Wochner is a playwright and also a partner in the marketing agency Counterintuity in Burbank, CA. OLEG: Let’s start at the top…Gore Vidal. He was a stalwart public intellectual… Continue reading Shelf Talks #6 – Lee

Shelf Talks #5 – Marilú

Shelf Talks is a series of interviews in which writer and librarian Oleg Kagan asks interesting people questions inspired by the contents of their bookshelves. Marilú is an aspiring librarian in New York, NY. OLEG: Thanks for agreeing to take part in Shelf Talks, Marilú. I’ve been a fan of your Instagram for some time… Continue reading Shelf Talks #5 – Marilú

Shelf Talks #4 – Dan

Shelf Talks is a series of interviews in which writer and librarian Oleg Kagan asks interesting people questions inspired by the contents of their bookshelves. Daniel Wolpert is a public theologian and a student of the spiritual life. He lives two blocks from where George Floyd was murdered. OLEG: To begin, I’ve been perusing your… Continue reading Shelf Talks #4 – Dan

Shelf Talks #3 – Leia

Shelf Talks is a series of interviews in which writer and librarian Oleg Kagan asks interesting people questions inspired by the contents of their bookshelves. Leia Smith is a Catholic Worker in Orange County, CA. OLEG: The first word that comes to mind when I look through your books is “contemplative,” almost like it belongs… Continue reading Shelf Talks #3 – Leia

Shelf Talks #2 – Faith

Shelf Talks is a series of interviews in which writer and librarian Oleg Kagan asks interesting people questions inspired by the contents of their bookshelves. Faith Currant is a writer in Monroe, ME.OLEG: Okay, first question: I see you have Dolly Parton sitting there with Jung. If they were to have lunch together, what do… Continue reading Shelf Talks #2 – Faith

The First Steps to Researching Anything for Students and Lifelong Learners

  (This article was originally posted on my old website, lifeinoleg.com, on March 18th, 2011. A slightly modified version appears here.) As a librarian working in an area surrounded by educational institutions of all levels, I am often approached by students looking for help in beginning their research. It is surprising to note just how… Continue reading The First Steps to Researching Anything for Students and Lifelong Learners

The Library That Burned: The Story of the 1986 Los Angeles Central Library Fire

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  (I delivered a slightly modified version of this essay as a speech to my Toastmasters Club on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009. I posted this transcript to my former website, lifeinoleg.com, the next day.) What took seven-and-a-half hours to extinguish with the aid of three-hundred fire fighters, eight rescue ambulances, and three helicopters? I am… Continue reading The Library That Burned: The Story of the 1986 Los Angeles Central Library Fire

Tips for Starting and Running a Fantastic Writers Group

(This article was originally published at my old website, lifeinoleg.com, on November 19, 2010. It was originally written for an audience of librarians — and subsequently re-published on my library’s internal staff blog — but upon rereading it, I realize that it could work for anyone interested in helping writers find a supportive community.) There… Continue reading Tips for Starting and Running a Fantastic Writers Group