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How to make the most of your trip to the archive

Archival research is something of a rite of passage for many individuals in many disparate fields. Admittedly, it can be something of a daunting task. What follows is carefully curated … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

What Pokémon can you catch at a library?

Though you might not suspect it, libraries are an excellent place to catch Pokémon! Indeed, libraries are filled with many kinds of wondrous, rare Pokémon that can be found there … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Reference Desk: LIS Employment Resources

Pirates. I’ve been back to work for a few weeks now. Which, fuck capitalism, but I got a kitty to feed. Anyway, over the course of my five months unemployed … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 3 Comments

University of Oregon Needs a Records Management Intervention

Hey, University of Oregon, is there something going on that we need to talk about? I’ve been seeing your name in the news a lot. Are you ok? First there … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

(Libraries and/or Archives) + fire = bad

While playing the somber game of “what is posing an existential threat to libraries and archives this week?” it can be easy to focus on slow destructive forces such as … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Archiving for Activists: Resources

Or for anyone, really, who wants to arrange & describe their own collection of papers, ephemera & memorabilia. On Sunday night Amy & I gave a workshop at Interference Archive; … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

To-Do: The Activist’s Guide to Archiving Ephemera

Pirates! My colleague Amy & I are giving a workshop at the Interference Archive here in Brooklyn this weekend: “The Activist’s Guide to Archiving Ephemera.” From Interference’s website, Do you … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Emma, Utah, You, and Me

Pirates! One of your faithful librarian got laid off last Thursday, so you will probably be hearing more from me, as I try to fill the hours and days of … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

To-Do: Western Mass, NYC, Chicago

A pal brings this event, in Amherst, MA, to our attention: The publication of Hampshire College librarian Alana Kumbier’s book Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive will be celebrated on Oct. … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

To Do List

I’m told Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on Tupac Shakur’s music, is very good, but it is closing Sunday after poor box office returns. If you’ll be … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Things You Should Sign Up For/CfP

The NYC Archives Unconference will be at Barnard on September 6, and you should definitely be part of that! Register or propose a session here. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT IS FREE. … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

To-Do List

On Thursday, June 5, is the Phase I opening of the Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Center in Grand Ronde, Oregon. The opening ceremonies start at 4pm, with a tour … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

Radical Resources for May Day (and every day)

What, you may ask, is the best thing to do with information? Share it of course! Thus, in honor of May Day – also known as International Workers’ Day – … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Urban Librarians Conference – 2014

Last year the Urban Libraries Conference was an excellent event and this year…they’re doing it again. There’s still time to register for the “earlybird” price, which even includes breakfast. The … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Self Help, Mutual Aid, Reference Services – A Sideways Glance

Imagine that you are busily working away when you find yourself approached by an individual with a demanding inquiry. The question may not seem particularly interesting to you or it … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 7 Comments

Call for Papers – Archiving Activism and Activist Archiving

Looking for an academically reputable forum in which to (potentially) publish your thoughts on the (at times disreputable) activity of “Archiving Activism and Activist Archiving?” Now’s your chance…to submit an … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Grants, calls for things, etc.

The Barnard Library at Columbia is offering two grants of $2,500 each to researchers using its archives, zine library, or the Barnard Center for Research on Women.  It may be … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Call for…something

The library at Barnard wants to host an archives unconference!  Cool!  But not until next fall, so there’s plenty of time to get your fingers into that pie in the … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Call for Proposals

The Luddbrarian sends me things.  Yesterday it was a call for proposals.  He’s probably bogged down somewhere under a pile of books and cat hair, so I will take the … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

October is Archives Month…and the National Archives are Closed

Throughout the year it is not uncommon to hear that a given month has had a the privilege of having a certain cause or subject attached to it. October, for … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · 5 Comments

Upcoming Library Events: Mostly Drinking

If you’ve got nothing to do after work this Tuesday, join ULU for their May happy hour at LIC Bar, on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, at 8pm.  They … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cat Pic

From a library school pal, who found it in the NOBLE Digital Heritage collection via Digital Commonwealth:

April 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Review/Preview: The Riot Grrrl Collection

Hey, remember a couple weeks ago when I posted about the Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU?  And how Feminist Press is putting a book out in May? Turns out I … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 8 Comments

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