What follows is a transcription assignment for my Media Technology Boot Camp course at the University of Colorado Boulder. The salient lesson, here, is that I'm hopelessly awkward and I say "yeah" waaaay too much.
June 29, 2015 - This was an interview for a little local article about free and low-cost adult learning opportunities in and around Longmont. There was some conversation before the recording starts, they’d handed me some info-sheets on a summer learning series, ‘Dewey-It-Yourself,’ to glance at.
Teresa Meyer – Marketing Communications Manager – Longmont Public Library
Bob Nyboer – Head of Adult Services – Longmont Public Library
Me: Uh, so yeah, like I said, this was kind of for – how I first started looking into it because, well, at least in part because we recently had a pipe burst in our house,
Bob Nyboer: Oh no
Me: so when I saw the, like, “basic home repair,” I was like…
Teresa Meyer: ‘Maybe I should kinda take that…’
Me: That actually seems really useful.
Me: So, yeah, I mean, you know, and – and you said that there was a lot else going on
Me: Even besides this, so, I mean, is this just part of the umbrella of adult ed stuff?
Teresa: I think that what you find is… is, um, adult services are kind of turning this into something of a cornerstone. SO, just as the summer reading program really brings the kids in.
Teresa: Uh, we’d like to see this help leverage more adult participation in the library. Cause a lot of times we lose them after a certain age, and then we get them back when they’re seniors, but there’s so many things, here, in the modern library that are useful to adults in those ages in between children and seniors.
Me: Yeah, yeah.
Teresa: And so this program is a really good building block for that idea.
Teresa: And, you know, they do so many programs, um, such a wide variety of interests that there really is something for everybody. It’s just kind of getting the word out has been our problem, is making sure people know and know that they’re free. Because we, we live in a great environment for a lot of culture and a lot of, um, available kind of intellectual learning, but most of it’s pretty expensive.
Bob: Yeah, the public libraries, our whole mission has always been free public access to library services, and of course that is expanded from the Carnegie days to where you’re just checking out free books to access to computers and programs of different types, databases, uh online learning resources. So, you know, uh… For people that can’t afford these services we’re – we’re it.
Bob: And even those who can, you know it’s still a great place to come and participate.
Me: Oh, yeah.
Teresa: Yeah, cause you’re sitting there thinking, “Why pay for it?”
Teresa: When, you know, so I don’t know how familiar you are with the website; but Bob has done a great job of pulling in just so many e-resources.
Teresa: Now, as a graduate student, you know there are tons of things in there that you can access for free from your home.
Teresa: You know, but then there are also things for entertainment.
Teresa: Like, um, you know, we have freego music, and we have indieflix and freego movies.
Teresa: And they operate, you know, much the same as Netflix just without the fee.
Teresa: So those are all kind of adult-angled materials
Teresa: that an awful lot of adults don’t know we have,
Teresa: and aren’t using. So, that’s going to be one of the big pushes that we’re going to do. But, um, but, you know, this, the idea here, I think, too, is like you had happen with the burst pipe
Teresa: You know when have – you have adults who still want to keep learning
Teresa: An awful lot of us are still naturally curious in our lifetime and, but do we have time to pay for, like, a 4-week course
Teresa: Or a, you know, or a 6-week course, and you know, do our schedules really work to where we can commit to being there every Thursday at, you know, 2? No!
Me: Yeah, yeah.
Teresa: Right? So, what I think is great about this is Josie and Bob and – and the folks in adult services were kind of really trying to identify a problem. OK, so you’re an adult, and you kind of wish you knew how to do ‘X.’ OK, let’s solve it with this summer program
Teresa: where it’s a one-off here, one-off there, and you aren’t committing to, um, you know, a whole long schedule of things. And the – the fair at the end is just going to be so much fun with the way you all have envisioned it with different tables and you can just go from one to the other and learn all these, you know, and some of them are kind of funny
Teresa: like “How to fold a fitted sheet.”
Me: Oh, OH! That is the bane of my existence!
Me: I finally, after, like, looking at enough YouTube videos
Me: eventually figured it out
Teresa: Exactly! You know, how to change a – a bike tire. I mean most of us, if we’re not serious cyclists, have no idea, you know, um, but it’s useful to know. So, I think it’s going to be a great program and we’re really excited about it.
4:31 (interview continues, but this was a clean stopping place)
I would like to note that, despite all my verbalization, here, I have done interviews for video, so I do know how to shut the hell up. That said, I’m definitely awkward in the very beginning, and that’s pretty universally true any time I meet new people. I can hope that one day I’ll become a bit more suave and self-possessed, but it’ll take some serious work. I’ve spent 30 years being an irredeemable dork, and that doesn’t just go away.
On one hand, perhaps that helps put others at ease when they might otherwise be uncomfortable being interviewed. On the other hand, there will undoubtedly be times in the future where I have to interview people who are very familiar with being interviewed and who maybe are a little too confident and too good at running the interview and I’ll need to, at the very least, learn to fake some confidence/arrogance.
On the upside, I think I do a fair job relating to the subjects in this interview, both in explaining my POV as far as which direction I’m coming from for the interview and in responding to the “silly” how-to of learning to fold a fitted sheet.
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