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!


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!