GLAM Blog Club April – Obsession

Well, well, well… 
The beginning of March was a weird little blip for one of the cardiCommittee (that member being me), so the theme of PIRATE got a run for 2 months!
Are there a lot of blog posts about the GlamBlogClub theme for adventure and derring-do?
This is debatable.
Are there a lot of blog posts to cover?
My word, yes there are. 
So let’s get to it.

Here are some Pirate posts: 

Archiving Pirate Genders – Transgressive Archivist 
3 ways to remain true to your goals, like The Dread Pirate Roberts (AKA Westley) from The Princess Bride – Avril Cross

For those that so want to sail the seven seas of (other) information…

Research and writing (the treasure maps of academia)
Semi-Structured Interview tips – Niamh Quigley 
What I wish I had Know at the Start of My Masters Project – Niamh Quigley
How to Write a More Compelling Sentence – The Thesis Whisperer
Getting Creative with The Discussion Section – The Thesis Whisperer
Emerging Trends in Academic Libraries. By Which I Mean: Puppies – David Whitteveen 

If you want to catch up on conferences, then these links may offer some bounteous GLAM booty:

Rebecca Lush wrote an extensive coverage of the MuseumNext Digital Summit Day One, Two, Three, Four and Five.
Lib_idol and their treatise on IFLA elections and International involvement.
Get down with your bad miniconf self and Re-live the Excitement of Generous and Open GLAM 2021 with Hugh Rundle.

Hugh has also sailed off into the sunset with quite a few Marginalia posts on Viral Computing, Histories and FuturesWhen Your Boss is A Robot and The Beautiful and Surprising. If that wasn’t enough there is a post on How to Write a Static Site Generator in 30 Lines or Less

In some kind of virtual/intellectual sword fight, Matt Finch/Mechanical Dolphin has bested Hugh for sheer volume of blogs (eight pieces… or is that pieces of eight? Too much?) with the following: 
Interview with Mark Stewart Part 1, Strategy as Dance, The Lusory Attitude: Interview with Florence Engasser, “Whose Futures Matter?” Gender, Identity and Strategic Foresight, Closing the Loop, A Discomfort Watch, Fandom and Literacy – A Conversation with Ludi Price and Endlessly Repeating Days.

If you are into well dressed adventurers, spending time with Nicole Jenkins and the following: Mary Quant at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Frocks, Fashion and Flinders Lane, Women of the Woorayl Shire and Australian Modernist Dress of the 60’s and 70’s.

Other gem’s in the Blogging treasure chest: 

Employment in our sector can be a challenge at the moment, so if you have recently found yourself looking for work, you may find spending time with Danielle Johanesen worthwhile. Seb Chan wrote a really interesting piece on collecting things and ACMI Lens – if user experience and data collection is your jam, you should totally check this out. Andrew Kelly has also raised some interesting tensions in growth and ethics, that are well worth a read. If you want to learn more of the challenge of being autistic and working in the Library Sector, then spend a little time with Alissa’s take on their experiences. Katherine Gehrke gave 3 good tips about how to continue to live sustainably in an ever changing world, because finding ways to help save the planet is as equally as important as reading a good book. However, if you are looking for a good book (because let’s not be binary about these things), you can check out Snail’s recent reads. Are medieval tiles your thing? Why not make them your thing- Historical Ratbag will show you how! Last, but certainly not least, Sam Searle’s dive into the issues of  non-use of preferred names and things to consider when facing inclusion issues in library systems. 

April’s theme is OBSESSION, so the punny lean into the previous theme seems somehow more fitting now. 

Make sure to tag your posts with ‘GLAM Blog Club’ so people can find your blog, and the tag #GLAMBlogClub when sharing on socials. Join our rad community by registering your blog with Aus GLAM Blogs. We look forward to reading what you write, whether on theme or not – See you next month!

cardiShorts episode 12 – Clare Presser

I’m the Digital Library Activation Specialist for Newcastles Libraries. It would be remiss of me to not acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which this video was captured. The Digital Library sits where the lands of the Awabakal and Worimi people meet and I would like to pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.  

Newcastle Libraries opened this new library space in early September of this year. It was a (very) soft launch, due to health concerns around the pandemic. Due to low community transmissions, staff at Newcastle Libraries can elect to wear masks during customer service shifts – I thought it easier to talk to the camera without. I am using a stylus instead of my fingers for the touch screen technology and we have cleaners that wipe down the screen every hour.

A full tour of the library service normally takes anywhere between half an hour to an hour (depending on questions) so 10 minutes was a challenge, which was fuelled by my slightly chaotic end-of-day energy. Many thanks to my colleague Steve Benko-Nehme for holding my phone for me whilst I scampered about the place.

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

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.