Five reflections on five years: a lot of noise

newCardigan is five years old this month. If we were a human, we’d be “going” to school over Zoom by now! Normally we like to have a little birthday cardiParty in June, but things are weird this year. Instead, every day this week one of the ‘cardiCore’ will be sharing their personal reflections on the first five years of newCardigan. Please share your own reflections with us on your favourite social media, your blog, as a video or audio recording, an email, or via ye olde postal service. We can’t wait to read, hear and watch them.

Image: Clare Presser recording a cardiCast episode in the studio, October 2018

Goodness gracious – I have been part of newCardigan for a little over 3 years now. And what a ride it has been! I have managed to be part of the cardiCore from places around the world, interviewed Zine librarians in New York and strolled around just so many cool collections. For the most part, I have put the most energy in the cardiCasts – editing, recording and generally having a fun time sticking a mic into people’s faces. I am not the originator of the cardiCast (you can all thank Justine for that), but it has allowed me to keep my editing chops fresh as a daisy.

Image: Justine Hanna recording a cardiCast episode in the studio, June 2017

The challenge with cardiCast as an editor, and quite possibly for the listener, is to make the audio as easy to listen to as possible. I have hung over bannisters, crouched on the ground and convinced people to talk to me in broom cupboards to try and get the clearest listening experience possible.

Image: Clare Presser recording audio for cardiCast at the Sale Water Tower Museum, November 2019

People think GLAM institutions are quiet places. I don’t think people know how much noise an air conditioner makes, how acoustically live a concrete vault is or just how much of an auditory overload an interactive exhibition can be (hello animatronic dinosaurs). We, as a sector, make a lot of noise. Be as literal or metaphorical about that as you want, really!

Playing around with such an inspiring palette of people, places and organisations is a joy and a real pleasure. We all do some really cool stuff and it’s so great to get that out there. 

Keep on writing those hits, kids.
We’ll keep on shouting it from the rooftops.   

cardiCast episode 70 – Arts Centre Melbourne

Melbourne newCardigan cardiParty

Recorded Live

The first cardiParty of 2020 has set the bar high with a massive tour of the Arts Centre Melbourne, inclusive of the Archive Store which host the Australian Performing Arts Collection, the Australian Music Vault Exhibition, as well as it’s Research Centre.

It took 5 tour guides, the careful navigation evening performance attendees, hidden rooms, leather jackets and one very enthusiastic coffee grinder to make this podcast!

Many thanks to Alison Wishart (Head of the Arts Centre curatorial team), Margaret Marshall (Curator of Theatre and Popular Entertainment), Ian Jackson (Assistant Curator of Theatre and Popular Entertainment), Olivia Jackson (Curator of the Australian Music Vault) and Claudia Funder (Coordinator of Research Services) for being amazing tour guides. They will be a hard act to follow!

Music by Professor Kliq ‘Work at night’ Movements EP.
Sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons licence.

cardiCast episode 69 – National Herbarium of Victoria

Melbourne GLAM Tour

Recorded Live

This cardiCast (the last for 2019!) is something a little bit special. Word on the street is that getting into the Herbarium for a tour is pretty hard, but our friends at ALIA Vic allowed some of our cardiCore along to do a little recording and spread the love (and, my word, they was a lot of love to around).

Many thanks to Pina Milne (Collection Manager) and Sally Stewart (Librarian) for hosting the tour, as well as answer the steady stream of GLAM questions.
If you want to find out about all things herbaceous, then this is the cardiCast for you!

Music by Professor Kliq ‘Work at night’ Movements EP.
Sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons licence.

cardiCast episode 67 – Sale Water Tower

Melbourne newCardigan cardiParty

Recorded Live

Our November Melbourne cardiParty was a wonderful day trip to Sale, with a trip to the historical Sale Water Tower (designed by John Grainger), lunch at an impeccably restored pub called the Criterion (built circa 1865) and finally a river cruise to check out the swing bridge (also designed by Grainger).

Did we capture all of this in audio form? No- you kind of had to be there.
But we did get the wonderful tour and talk, courtesy of Sale Historical Society member Michelle Page-Cook and local Historian Peter Synan OAM. How a township got is water has never been so interesting!

Music by Professor Kliq ‘Work at night’ Movements EP.
Sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons licence.

cardiCast episode 66 – The Presidential Debrief

Melbourne newCardigan Interview

We asked you to ask our ex President, Justine Hanna, some questions about what her life in Libraries and GLAM network is like and what her plans are for the future. We thought it fitting that our current President, Clare Presser, asks or former President these cutting questions.

What they actually did was bang on about cats, books and cheese.
And there is nothing wrong with that.
If you want to know what not really having an origin story to brag about is like, just click play!

Music by Professor Kliq ‘Work at night’ Movements EP.
Sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons licence.

GLAM Blog Club – November 2019

It’s time to take a deep breath, because the busy month of October is done and dusted. Which is also true for the theme of Question.

Shall we start with Ellen, who got in the spirit of things by asking us all a question?
Does Hugh want us to think more about how we discover information?
Does Alissa really need to question her IT skills in library context?
Will this lead to Ms Mary Mac to ponder her own thoughts on being enough in this sector?
Has Clareifications considered all aspects of planning a citation party?
What on earth is a citation party?
Does Sayraphim get to the bottom of why teachers are not trained in using social media?
Can Lib_idol truly answer the (rhetorical) question of How awesome is it to be at an event in Australia where white people are the minority?’?

Ponder this last question and warm yourselves up for this month’s theme Intersection(s), courtesy of Danielle (find them on twitter @libdanielleJ).

Still interested in discussions happening out in the blogosphere? Here are a few more to feast your inquiring minds upon:
Reflections On IPRES 2019
Design the Archive Conference in Adelaide 2019
Starting a PHD… at 58 Year Old?
RIMPA Live Wrap Up

As always, we are excited to read your blogs. Spread the word, and make sure all of your GLAM friends and colleagues get blogging!

Please don’t forget to use the tag GLAM Blog Club in your post, and #GLAMBlogClub for any social media posts linking to it. If you haven’t done so yet, remember to register your blog at Aus GLAM Blogs.