In episode 2 of the podcast I interview Jo Alcock, Consultant. Jo has worked in both public and academic libraries and is now a freelance consultant, working on projects and leading training courses in and around the information sector. We had a very honest discussion about a very wide range of subjects: professional triumphs and failures and what can be learned from them, having a life beyond work, stepping into leadership roles, the importance of taking action and getting things done even if the solution is imperfect, and Ryan Reynolds.
You’ll hear a lot more of my voice in this episode. Jo and I have known each other for a few years and we’re both very chatty people so it was more of a conversation than an interview in places, particularly as the episode progresses.
We I get particularly ranty about two-thirds of the way through the podcast so I need to apologise for that in advance! This episode was recorded during the setup phase of the podcast project, when I didn’t know whether the concept would work or even if I could get it off the ground. The podcast has developed since so the doubts that I express during the podcast are no longer valid, but reflect how I felt at the time of recording.
The interview was recorded over Skype audio so there are instances where we talk over each other or miss what the other person has said, forcing them to repeat the statement or question. I’m sure Jo won’t mind me saying that both she and I talk very quickly, so hopefully you can follow everything we say. It’s also worth saying that I don’t necessarily agree with everything Jo said and I’m debating how I tackle this in future podcasts. I said last week that I’m not seeking to start an argument or shut someone down, but equally I don’t want the podcast to sound like I’m mindlessly agreeing with whoever I’m speaking to that week. It’s something I’ll be mindful of in future interviews.
Jo can be found on Twitter. She and I are both happy to answer any questions you have as a result of the podcast. Jo gave up a couple of hours of her time for me in the middle of August so I’m grateful to her for that, and for being the first person to be subjected to my ‘three methods’ style of recording interviews remotely.
Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the podcast so that you don’t miss an episode. Although I now have enough interviewees lined up to see the podcast through to mid-November, I’m always looking for people to interview so if you want to be featured, do get in contact with me via the blog or on Twitter. I’m particularly looking for interviewees working in the following sectors: schools, museums, third sector, and government. The podcast is also very white at the moment, which I’m not happy about and would like to change so help me do that!
The next episode will be released on Wednesday 20th September.
p.s. Jo has sent over a ton of links that to relate to things we discussed:
Blog posts about my career
Joeyanne Librarian: https://joalcock.co.uk/2008/10/01/joeyanne-librarian/
Librarian without a library: https://joalcock.co.uk/2010/09/24/librarian-without-a-library/
What do I do? https://joalcock.co.uk/2012/01/06/what-do-i-do/
Career and life planning: https://joalcock.co.uk/2012/10/01/career-and-life-planning/
A new chapter: https://joalcock.co.uk/2016/06/23/a-new-chapter/
Librarian without an organisation: https://joalcock.co.uk/2016/08/01/librarian-without-an-organisation/
Freelancing – six months in: https://joalcock.co.uk/2017/02/01/freelancing-six-months-in/
Lessons from my first year of self employment: https://joalcock.co.uk/2017/08/01/lessons-from-my-first-year-of-self-employment/
Conference planning experience
SLA 2017 Conference Vlog and Reflections: https://joalcock.co.uk/2017/08/22/sla-2017/
10 Tips for Conference and Event Planning: https://joalcock.co.uk/2017/08/23/event-planning-tips/
Mindful Leadership for Women
Mindful Leadership for Women Programme: https://joalcock.co.uk/workshops/mindful-leadership/
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Online Course: http://www.sarahdurrant.co.uk/overcoming-imposter-syndrome
The L Word
What makes a librarian a librarian? https://joalcock.co.uk/2008/04/05/what-makes-a-librarian-a-librarian/
Am I a librarian? https://joalcock.co.uk/2012/03/19/am-i-a-librarian/