Brought to you by Choice, the producer of The Authority File podcast, Patron Driven is a new series featuring a multi-episode narrative format. Each podcast series will showcase, through interviews and story-telling, the breakthrough programs, hard-won advocacy, community connections—and the personalities behind them—that librarians are achieving all across the academe.
Season One: The Heart of the Campus
Hurricane Harvey drowned the city of Houston under 51 inches of rain. Forty-two of those inches flowed down the San Jacinto river on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, flooding the Lone Star College – Kingwood library. The flooding impacted six of the campus’s nine buildings, but hit the library hardest, destroying everything on the first floor. This season tells the story of that flood and the library’s recovery through the experiences of four library workers. It follows them through the hurricane’s slow windup and stall over Houston, details the flooding, and informs listeners about what it takes to build something extraordinary out of the wreckage. Along the way, four library staff go from being colleagues to survivors to dreamers to family. It’s an epic journey covering more than two years, and it’s not over yet.