Dr. Robin Naughton is an Assistant Professor and Web and Digital Services Librarian at Queens College in New York. She joins Mike Palmer (who happens to be her husband) in a conversation about diversity, digital inclusion, and the design of library spaces. We also share our experiences raising a young son in these challenging times.
Robin explains what it’s been like managing the library’s digital presence during the pandemic and how she’s thinking about the blending of digital and in-person experiences as library spaces evolve into something new. We’re joined briefly by Nancy, our Virtual Cohost, as Robin describes how libraries can serve as innovation spaces and as hubs that provide resources and services to a wide array of users cutting across all dimensions of diversity.
We talk about VR and the Metaverse before looking for insights into understanding diversity with the help of book recommendations including Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson and The End of Average: Unlocking Our Potential by Embracing What Makes Us Different by Todd Rose.
Robin also shares her takes on our 22 Trends for 2022 and the world of virtual assistants as we hope to seek out difference and lean into emerging challenges and opportunities as we head into the rest of 2022.