BibliObservatory - Episode 1 (English)

March 20, 2019

In this first episode of BibliObservatory, Caroline Smith, Inclusive Services Consultant, interviews co-host of this series, Ivette Villarreal, who searches the connection between people’s favorite books or stories heard in childhood and how those stories define their lives.

Her earliest memories take her to the stories of Uncle Tiger & Uncle Rabbit retold by her father. These traditional tales from her homeland Venezuela amused her as an infant and also played an important role later when she came across the legacy of Rafael Rivero Oramas, a Venezuelan storyteller and filmmaker, who dedicated his life to children’s literacy efforts in his country.

Encouraged by those joyful remembrances, she created BibliObservatory, a multimedia platform to promote children’s and teens literacy through storytelling by engaging them in active listening and mindful conversations; In BibliObservatory the magnificence of the universe seen from a child’s eye converge with a poem by Rubén Darío (Nicaragua) in which the book is a telescope to explore oral stories that creates awareness of each individual´s uniqueness. 


BibliObservatory Episode 1: English Transcript


Archive: South Carolina Poetry since 2005 - Episode 78

March 14, 2019

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses Archive: South Carolina Poetry since 2005 and more with Dr. Ed Madden, Dr. Ray McManus, and Dr. Jeffrey Makala. Author of four books of poetry, Dr. Madden is a professor of English and director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at the University of South Carolina. In 2015 he was named the poet laureate for the City of Columbia. Dr. McManus is an award-winning poet and Professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter. He is Writer in Residence at the Columbia Museum of Art and Chair of the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Dr. Makala is Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist at Furman University and is coeditor of Archive: SC Poetry Since 2005, published by the Ninety-Six Press, which is part of the South Carolina Poetry Archives in Furman University's Special Collections and Archives department.

Medical Librarianship with Ruth Riley - Episode 64

October 2, 2018

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses medical librarianship, the USC School of Medicine Library, and more with Ruth Riley. Ruth has served as Director of Library Services at the USC School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina since 2000.  She has worked in three other academic health sciences libraries including the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, the Alfred Taubman Medical Library at the University of Michigan, and the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri. Since 2012, Ruth has also served as the Assistant Dean for Executive Affairs at the USC School of Medicine. She is presently serving as Past-President of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and has served as Chair of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association and Chair of the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries.



R2i2 with Jacqui Lee - Episode 63

September 24, 2018

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the Richland Two Institute of Innovation literary events and more with Jacqui Lee. Jacqui has been in the event planning business for 30 years now and has worked with several big name celebrities ranging from T.I. to Paula Deen. She is currently the Director of the Conference Center at the Richland School District Two Institute of Innovation also known as R2i2. 


A Conversation with Tim Conroy - Episode 62

August 28, 2018

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses poetry and more with poet Tim Conroy. Tim is a former special education teacher, school administrator, and vice president of the South Carolina Autism Society. His poetry and short fiction have been published in literary journals, magazines, and compilations, including Fall Lines, Auntie Bellum, and Marked by the Water. A founding board member of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, established in his brother’s honor, Tim lives and writes in Columbia, South Carolina and is the author of Theologies of Terrain.