Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Hi, I'm New Here

Hi! I’m Karen Corday and I can’t quite believe I’m here. I’ve been a huge fan of Pop Goes the Library since the day it began, and an enormous fan of Sophie’s since we met back in, oh, 1999 on the bust.com lounge. (Erm, “hellsbelle” here, for any fellow ex-Busties!) In 1999, I had just begun my short-lived career in publishing and was already dreaming of escaping to the library, which has been a common theme throughout my life. I went back to school on a part time basis in 2002. Over the next three years, I completed my MSLIS at Simmons College while working on various projects at Harvard’s Weisman Preservation Center, including the Women Working, 1800-1930 collection. This piqued my interest in online library collections as well as multidisciplinary and multi-format collection building and development, which is one of my very favorite uses of technology. [Well, besides VH1’s VSpot—gotta have those Rock of Love behind the scenes extras!] I graduated from Simmons in 2005 and almost immediately started working at the Sloan Work and Family Research Network of Boston College. Here, as the Information Services Specialist, I am responsible for aggregating and updating all of the site’s content, which, as you might have guessed, is focused on research in the area of work-family studies. We've also just begun a massive redesign effort, and I'm currently developing some usability studies with a co-worker. It’s challenging, as it’s a multidisciplinary, ever-changing, occasionally controversial field, but that’s what keeps me coming back every day.

I live in Somerville, MA with my husband, Brendan Murray, and our two cats, Joey and Dee Dee. [Named for the dead Ramones; Johnny was still alive when we got them!] My interests beyond Bret Michaels’s love life include old music, old movies, old books, old home and garden decor, old arts and crafts, and old clothes—like many of us, I was a big user and fan of the Long Tail before I even knew what it was. I’m also pretty obsessed with diaries and journals, found objects, found sound, thrift stores, flea markets, and so forth. I’m really happy to be here and look forward to having to write down and discuss my thoughts on libraries and/or pop culture rather than just blathering on to anyone who will listen!


  • At 11:45 AM, Blogger Sophie Brookover said…

    Welcome, welcome! I'm so glad you agreed to be part of Team Pop.

  • At 8:32 AM, Blogger Carlie said…

    YAY! I thought I was the only person in the world who watched Rock of Love!

  • At 10:37 AM, Blogger Karen said…

    Oh, Carlie. I am just about resident of the Rock of Love fan club. Go Jes!

  • At 10:38 AM, Blogger Karen said…

    Ahem, PRESIDENT. Although not of the Spell Check Squad, apparently.

  • At 5:41 PM, Blogger Liz B said…


    and I kind of like the idea that you are a resident of Rock of Love.


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