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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