GLAM Blog Club July – Top five ‘big’

As the weather continues to get cooler now is the perfect time to rug up, enjoy a hot beverage, and dust off that blog. June’s theme was exuberance and with #blogjune we’ve had an influx of more posts than usual. Flexnib shared their musings and drawings. The Library Duck shared their dispatches while in quarantine. Graeme took us on some cycling adventures and got a brand new car. Kathryn fired up her blog again with tales from academia, her big move, some lovely succulents, and an amazing new chair. Snail talked about the importance of finding time to engage, and made the admission (that I can relate to) that he doesn’t read academic papers. Danielle discussed being a tech librarian and introduced me to the term “context switching.” Matt shared some interviews and talked about thinking with your non-dominant hand. Alissa fulfills an exciting new dream while reflecting on the last few years of her career. Niamh delves into an investigation about how many of her thesis references about open access are paywalled. Bibliotheque Bound discussed their love of musicals, library leadership, diversity and labels, as well as many other topics. Inger talked about the project finishing mindset. Ellen took us on a journey through the Flinders Street Station Ballroom. Rebecca visited the new Home of the Arts (HOTA) Gallery. Lynda thought about how COVID is impacting the Australian GLAM sector, and what the sector learned and is learning from the pandemic. And finally, the ALIA Sustainable Libraries Group shared four reasons to feel exuberance about the future.

This month we’re trying something a little different with our GLAM Blog Club theme – ‘top five – big.’ We want you to mix things up by listing your top five. It could be your top five big buildings in GLAM. The top five big goals you have for your career. Or the top five big things that have changed in your workplace this year. How you interpret it is up to you, but have fun with it. You can blog about whatever you want regardless of if it’s on theme.

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GLAM Blog Club February – Pirate

Our theme for January was neighbour – how do you love thy neighbour? Hugh did a year wrap-up, talked about the why and how of his Library Map project and reflected on the Generous & Open Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums mini conference (GO GLAM) as part of the Linux conference. He also went through the technical how-to of automating parts of this project. If you missed out on GO GLAM, Alissa did an in-depth post about what she learned from the event. The Transgressive Archivist talked about identifying and dismantling white supremacy in the colonial institutions we work in, and working towards liberation for all people. They also discussed the information and privacy challenges that arise in a working from home situation. Snail ponders not fitting in, and who even still reads blogs anyway? (Hopefully all of you!) And collecting books, as well as some interesting sci-fi links and a brief history of the internet. Lynda compiled some digital trends while working with the Australian National Submarine Museum – how cool! Andrew does his reading year in review for both books and comics. Melly reflects on how the digitally unskilled patrons were left behind during the COVID-19 lockdown, and that there is power in reaching out to patrons via the telephone. Kassie reflects on the last year from a mental health perspective. Kathryn found the benefits in establishing a routine. Ellen talked about the establishment and evolution of a Twitter reading group to connect with our neighbours – wherever they may be. Matt has started the year by stepping into a new role and ponders scenario planning through the lens of Ursula Le Guin. He also discusses reading riskier and writing science fiction. Ellen delights us with a review of the book Vida: A Woman For Our Time about pioneering Australian social activist Vida Goldstein, and also takes us on a journey of castles in Wales. And finally the ALIA Sustainable Libraries Group’s post encourages us to reach out and develop connections with our neighbours in the shared goal of caring for the planet.

We’re well and truly into 2021 now. The theme for February is pirate. Is there a swashbuckling story behind something tucked away in your collection? Have articles being stored behind paywalls led you to resort to less-than-reputable means to access them? Unfortunately International Talk Like a Pirate Day is not until September, folks!

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!