cardiCast 89 – Heather Macfarlane is growing seeds, people and communities with the Cygnet Seed Library

The Cygnet Seed Library is a community project in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. Hugh chats with Heather Macfarlane about the philosophy behind the project, how it works, and why the organisers chose to call it a “library” rather than something else. Conceptualised as a way to bring new and established residents of Cygnet together in a context of rapid gentrification, the Cygnet Seed Library became so much more when Covid-19 emerged. The Library brings community together, builds more resilience in to Cygnet’s food supply, provides social opportunities for all, and helps to frame our thinking around knowledge, culture, and economics.

The best way to save a seed is to grow it. And the best way to store a seed is to share it.

Heather Macfarlane

More about Cygnet Seed Library:

Cygnet Seed Library website

Cygnet Seed Library Instagram

Heather mentioned these books and people:

Cyndi Conner – Seed Libraries and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people

Robin Wall Kimmerer – Braiding Sweetgrass

Rowen White, Seed Keeper

You may also be interested in this article:

Robin Wall Kimmerer – Corn tastes better on the honor system


Recorded on unceded Mellukerdee and Wurundjeri country.
Edited on unceded Wadawurrung country.

Theme Music by Professor Kliq – ‘Work at night’, sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licence.

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cardiCast episode 88 – Antje Dun, The Commons Social Change Library

The Commons Social Change Library is an online library providing resources in a variety of digital media to support the work of activists working to further social justice and environmental care. Antje Dun gives a brief history of the library and provides some insights into her day to day work as the Commons Librarian, as well as her fascinating and varied career in special libraries.

https://commonslibrary.org/about

https://commonslibrary.org/bill-moyers-movement-action-plan-and-four-roles-of-activism

Recorded in Naarm (Melbourne) on Wurundjeri land.
Edited on unceded Wadawurrung land.

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


cardiCast episode 75 – Wen Moore

In this episode of cardiCast, Wen Moore, Library Manager, Diamond Valley College, reflects on how important it is for students to feel heard, and that school librarians can convert students to become library users through getting to know the student and their interests. Wen believes in engaging students in a positive experience in the library to encourage a love of reading, and achieves this by hosting clubs such as the LGBTIQA+ club. We also discuss what it has been like to work from home during lockdown in Melbourne, and how this has created challenges for reaching out to students.

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



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 hello@newcardigan.org.


cardiShorts episode 7 – Melissa Begg

Melissa Begg hosted a cardiParty back in June 2017, sharing her experiences during an industry placement at the Hugh M Hefner Moving Image Archive at the University of Southern California which is available to listen to on cardiCast.

In this episode of cardiShorts, Mel, who is a News Librarian and Weather Producer at Channel Nine in Melbourne, shares her experiences working from home, ironing out workflows with co-workers, accessing databases remotely, cataloguing new footage and finding archival footage for news stories. Mel takes us on a tour of the News Library and the newsroom, where she produces the weather. Thank you Mel for these fascinating insights into your work during lockdown.

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 hello@newcardigan.org.