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!

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GLAM Blog Club January – Neighbour

The theme for December was lessen – what lessened or diminished for you during 2020? Clare’s Micro Essays – GLAM Blog Club was inspired by Nathan Sentance’s Micro Essays Aus GLAM Blogs – short blogs that are concise and to the point. Clare’s thoughts are on critical ideas around GLAM from their “reading, watching, listening to, and doing lately”, and Nathan was inspired by the theme ‘lessen’ and how he could be “more concise” in his writing. Clare’s next micro essay was On slow librarianship and scholarship, union slow downs, and creativity and collectively resisting neoliberal time. ALIA Sustainable Libraries Group’s blog was on 5 sustainable gifts to lessen your waste this Christmas. Andrew’s Lessening the use of outdated subject headings in the library catalogue reflects on a recent project to replace or update problematic subject headings related to disability-related subject headings in a collection about hearing loss and vision impairment. Andrew (no relation) reviewed the year that was, and Hugh wrote about what a shorter work week really means. Alissa’s The caretaker – reflects on the year that was “intense and horrifying and miserable and lonely and exhausting”, and a personal goal “not to lessen my reading. I didn’t finish a single book. And that’s okay because I kinda had bigger things to deal with”. Whatever you do GLAM bloggers, please be kind to yourself, and lessen the burden of your new years resolutions, goals and achievements for the year ahead. Community will be more important than ever.

The theme for January is neighbour. Love thy neighbour? Do you know your neighbours by name? What does ‘neighbour’ mean to you?

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GLAM Blog Club December – Lessen

And so this cursed year draws to a close, not with a bang but with a GLAM Blog Club theme. We drew December’s theme out of a random word generator so we’ll end the year on the theme Lessen. With two “e”s. Have you lessened your travel time this year with positive results? Has lessened social interaction been a boon or a tragedy? Have you done more with less, less with less, or less with more? Make of the topic what you will.

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In case you need inspiration, here’s some blog posts our community posted in November:

On the theme of Invalid

ALIA Sustainable Libraries Group offered 3 invalid excuses for not helping to save the world…

Transgressive Archivist told us Your Data Is Invalid: Collecting Data On Sex, Gender, And Sexuality

I pontificated about Empathy Daleks

Alissa reflected On Agency.

Freestyle posts

Ellen reviewed How to create a relevant public space by Aat Vos

Mal has been digitising magazines and newsletters from the Tattersall’s Club and is sharing what he’s found.

Inger shouted about WhisperFest.

Rebecca went to Sculpture by the River.

Transgressive Archivist’s guest blogger asked us not to judge a homeless book by its cover.

Lynda has been analysing AMaGA’s research on how COVID has affected the GLAM sector – she’s done so much there is both Part 1 and Part 2!

Snail likes to buy first editions on spec.I guess there are worse things to do with your disposable income.

We can’t wait to see what you write this month!

GLAM Blog Club November – Invalid

Our Blog Club topic for October may have been failure, but the cardi community didn’t fail to share some great blog posts.

Matt Finch appears to be on some kind of Kerouac-style writing bender, publishing a post nearly every day on an assortment of topics. Nicole started off the month with some great info about what to look out for if you want to wear your vintage 1920s fashion without a wardrobe malfunction. Edward Shaddow requested that we don’t make him tap the sign that says “Do no harm”, but I guess some institutions weren’t listening. Ellen encouraged us to be open about failure, whilst Avril gave us some tips on avoiding it. The Transgressive Archivist reflected on his own failures, and also reflected on reflecting on failure which was nice and meta. Jane shared some ideas about loneliness and libraries, Matthew shared his thoughts about the value of the global digital preservation community, and we learned all about Boyle Abbey from Ellen. Inger hates to fail, and wrote about how failure-avoidance can lead to imposter syndrome and burnout. Lynda shared a delightful story about her personal connection to PIPS potato chips and an oversized mechanical elephant. And in the middle of all of this, I shared some thoughts on what appears to be a complete failure of peer review at ITAL.

So what’s the theme for November, I hear you ask. This month we’ve got a topic you can read at least a couple of different ways: Invalid, You can write about being invalidated, being invalided, or neither of those at all. The theme, after all, is just to help get you started if you’re stuck for a topic – nothing you write will be invalid for inclusion in GLAM Blog Club.

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Now get writing!

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.

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GLAM Blog Club September: Discovery

Our theme for August GLAM Blog Club was Time, and I’m pleased to see that after a few months of slim pickings, a large number of cardies decided that it was time to blog!

The Thesis Whisperer wrote about making an academic living in COVID times, but this certainly wasn’t the only post to mention “COVID Time”. Jane advised on the Zoom trance and how to beat it, Clare has used their time to find hope and trans support, solidarity and liberation in the archives, and Alissa meditated on the temporal seasickness caused by both “COVID Time” and depression. Cassandra Smith picked up on this theme as well, writing about spiral time and deep time. Natalie, meanwhile, reckons her museum was more active when “closed” for COVID than before!

There were posts that were not specifically aligned with the theme, but seemed to emerge from a sense that they were perhaps …overdue. Lynda gave us a social media history lesson. Michelle wrote about the multiple dimensions of PD. Sally implored us to stop and ask “why?”, having thought deeply about what she learned at the ALIA Sydney Critical Librarianship Saturday School in 2018 and through other #critlib resources. Snail wrote about …shelf arrangment ?‍♂️.

Matt looked forwards in time, asking “Who are the Isley Brothers of Foresight?” A question I’m sure you regularly ask yourself – but have you ever tried to answer it by thinking about bath toys sailing the world’s oceans? Meanwhile, others were looking back. Nicole invited us to join her talk about Australian fashion designers from the 1960s to 1980s. Due to some temporal embarrassment, we’re unfortunately too late now to let you know about this talk, but you can check out a photo of a gorgeous 1970s wedding dress she posted with it. Andrew was also looking backwards, though in his case only a year …or is it 10 years? Nobody seems quite sure at the moment.

Ellen, as usual, gave us a history lesson – though in this case it was about the history of time-keeping. The Transgressive Archivist explored how time is not just malleable as Alissa reminded us, but also that different experiences of time affect how we relate to each other:

Whenever we interact with another person, we’re subtly translating how we understand and perceive time. Sometimes that translation means we keep someone waiting or we rush someone when we didn’t mean to. Sometimes it means we schedule an event on someone else’s holy day. Sometimes it means the software we use converts an ISO 8601 date format into a different date format and confusion results.

Translating Time

Bonus point for the ISO 8601 reference – it’s my favourite international standard, so it should hardly be a surprise that I blogged about Internet Time. If you still have some time left after reading all of that, Ellen has some suggestions for how to fill it.

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 September on the theme of Discovery.

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