cardiShorts episode 14 – Sophie Shilling

In this episode Sophie Shilling, Digital Information Specialist at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), shares what it’s been like to start a new job during COVID lockdown in Melbourne, and has some thoughts and links she’d like to share in her blog below.

“I’m the Digital Information Specialist at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), and during the pandemic I’ve been living and working on Boonwurrung land. I started working for BoM in the middle of Stage 4 restrictions, so I’ve never actually worked in the office. I had to get creative to make this video, as the restrictions of being new in the role and of COVID-19 meant that I couldn’t give a tour or even a virtual tour, so instead I’m answering 73 Questions á la Vogue about the job, starting in lockdown, working from home, and how I got to where I am.

For the first half of 2020 I was managing the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s digital collections and answering the curliest of questions at Museums Victoria. You’ll see in the video that it is clearly Christmastime – as of filming I had been working at BoM for less than six months. It’s been a big change from small cultural collections to an agency with data and information in the order of petabytes.

I hope you find the video enjoyable and informative – I’ve linked the bits and pieces referenced throughout below. My thanks to Paul O’Farrell for helping produce the video – all I did was talk, really, It would be remiss of me not to credit him here as cameraman, director, producer, editor, disembodied voice, and chief font detective to get it to look juuust like the Vogue videos.

Podcasts: Still Processing and The Subtlety of It. Virtual GLAM: Coffs Collections, WDPD2020 video, Bayard Bioblitz. TV recommendation: Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty. Book recommendations: Sand Talk – Tyson Yunkaporta, and All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr. Sign the Open Letter to RMIT University Senior Executive to keep running the awesome Master of Information Management course.”

GLAM Blog Club October: Failure

Our theme for the September GLAM Blog Club was Discovery. From what I’ve heard a lot of our Melbourne cardies were busy discovering places less than 5k from their homes (how long has that park been there?!).

Posts matching our theme were a bit light on with the Transgressive Archivist writing about Discovering Records of Same Gender Attraction.

We also have Alissa discovering how to catalogue jigsaw puzzles.

And Bonnie reflects on the GO GLAM mini conference all the way back in January.

We can stretch the theme a little and highlight some of the other great blogs from last month:

Thesis Whisperer gave us a post about ‘discovering’ research jobs during what I’m calling ‘The Year Of Hell‘.

Transgressive Archivist also gave us a post looking at Transgender knowledge and archival practice, which is well worth a read.

Bonnie looks back at the ‘before time’, and reflects on GLAMSLAM.

Sam wrote about career planning.

Nikki reflected on five years being a librarian.

If you want your historical fix, Ellen has you covered with part two of Henry the Young King, and St Govan’s Chapel.

We don’t have a guest blogger this month (if you’d like to volunteer for a future guest blog post, shoot us an email). So you can get cracking straight away on your Blog Club post for October on the theme of Failure.

Remember to tag your blog post GLAM Blog Club and use the hashtag #GLAMBlogClub on social media. Registering on the Aus GLAM Blogs site makes it easier for everyone to find your blog!

cardiShorts episode 7 – Melissa Begg

Melissa Begg hosted a cardiParty back in June 2017, sharing her experiences during an industry placement at the Hugh M Hefner Moving Image Archive at the University of Southern California which is available to listen to on cardiCast.

In this episode of cardiShorts, Mel, who is a News Librarian and Weather Producer at Channel Nine in Melbourne, shares her experiences working from home, ironing out workflows with co-workers, accessing databases remotely, cataloguing new footage and finding archival footage for news stories. Mel takes us on a tour of the News Library and the newsroom, where she produces the weather. Thank you Mel for these fascinating insights into your work during lockdown.

Do you work in GLAM and would you like to do a short video for cardiShorts? For beginner filmmakers, Andrew Kelly has written a blog with some helpful pointers. If you’re interested in submitting a cardiShort, please contact us at

cardiParty 2020.8 Online

LibraryCraft - Online Event

 Registration is closed for this event
LibraryCraft is a Minecraft server created by John Geijsman, Children's Librarian at Fremantle Library. It allows young people to create, play, and explore Minecraft safely.

Join us for our first completly online cardiParty as John takes us through the project, the tools used to moderate and maintain the server, and his experiances setting up and running LibraryCraft.

Note: This event will be held at 6pm WST.

Getting There

Discord - We are running this event over Discord (one of the main tools used by LibraryCraft to moderate). You will need to create a Discord account and access it via their web interface, or dedicated iOS, Android, Mac, or PC app. For those new to Discord this guide will help.

Once you have an account and your prefered app, you can then join the newCardigan Discord server. We will send out a link a few days before the event, so keep an eye on your emails.


Unfortunatly we can't close caption this event, however you may be able to use a web captioner to create subtitles (YMMV).

You can however wear PJs to a cardiParty and not be judged by anyone (FINALLY!).

Continue the conversation

If people want to hang out and chat in the Discord server afterwards we'll leave it open. BYOB.

7th August 2020 starting 6:00 PM through  7:00 PM

cardiShorts episode 6 – Susannah Tindall

Susannah Tindall, Records Officer at Monash University and Secretary of the Australian Society of Archivists Victorian Branch, has been working from home for the past three months. In this episode, Susannah welcomes us to her home office and shares what it’s like working from home in a role that is all about governance and automating recordkeeping for university staff. We cannot wait to see you at a cardiParty down the track!

Do you work in GLAM and would you like to do a short video for cardiShorts? For beginner filmmakers, Andrew Kelly has written a blog with some helpful pointers. If you’re interested in submitting a cardiShort, please contact us at

Quarantinis with Justini Episode 6

Back when we started this little experiment in cocktails and quarantine we didn’t expect a lot of responses so I filmed an extra video, complete with new title puns. Luckily we’ve had a lot of wonderful cardies share their amazing mixology skills. Sadly the well has run dry and you have to put up with me mixing up a variation on an old fashioned. Thankfully you get a palate cleanse with Justine and another excellent book recommendation.

We need more cocktail videos! So if you’re bored and looking for a project to do, get out a camera, mix up your favourite comfort drink, and get filming.

To share your own quarantini, upload a brief (max 2 minutes) video of you making, drinking, and/or describing your favourite beverage, using this magic link, and make sure you remind us who you are!