Reflection: 2016 Accomplishments

For the past few years I've reflected on my professional practice and accomplishments at the end of the year.  I'm going to continue that tradition with this blog post albeit in a slightly more list based format than the reflective posts I've done in the past. In 2016 I did a lot of things including: … Continue reading Reflection: 2016 Accomplishments

Collaborative Digital Workspaces

Recently a couple of projects I'm part of have been trying out collaborative digital workspaces for communicating with large groups, sharing documents, and scheduling.  In both cases the desire is to streamline communication, avoid excessively long email chains, and facilitate collaborative digital projects.  The two platforms I've been using are Slack and Basecamp. Slack Branded … Continue reading Collaborative Digital Workspaces

Reading: Unwritten Histories

A few months ago I stumbled across Andrea Eidinger's Unwritten Histories blog.  If you haven't already come across her site it's well worth a visit.  I've particularly enjoyed her Historian's Toolkit posts and her "What's in My Bag?" series which uses material culture as a lens to examine the past. Andrea has been wonderfully consistent … Continue reading Reading: Unwritten Histories

Teaching and Learning in the Archives

The Hack Library School (HLS) blog recently included a post titled "How to Librarians Learn to Teach?"  The post looked at the challenges of being thrown into the librarian instruction fire and the lack of formal training many librarians (and archivists) have in teaching, despite the fact that many will probably run instruction sessions at … Continue reading Teaching and Learning in the Archives

Service, Professional Development and Privilege

I've been thinking a lot about service expectations, professional development opportunities and privilege.  A lot has been written on the connection of conference attendance and privilege, conferences are expensive to attend and in the academic world that you often essentially pay to present your research.  If you're lucky enough to have a job that includes … Continue reading Service, Professional Development and Privilege

Neys Provincial Park

Following a great trip to Pukaskwa National Park I kept up the natural history and camping adventure by spending a few nights at Neys Provincial Park.  I was struck by the difference in landscape between the two parks despite them being less than an hour away from each other.  Pukaskwa had very hilly, cliff views … Continue reading Neys Provincial Park

Pukaskwa National Park

Recently I visited Pukaskwa National Park, the only wilderness national Park in Ontario.  The Park features a small campground and 1878 square km of wonderful Northern Ontario natural heritage. I had a wonderful time camping, exploring, and learning about the landscape at Pukaskwa.  We were there prior to the official start of their interpretation season … Continue reading Pukaskwa National Park

GLAM Organizations and Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a repository for free and sharable media content.  It is mostly commonly used for photographs but can also be used for video and audio recordings. The aim of Wikimedia Commons is to develop a resource of media that can be used for educational purposes that is open and freely accessible to all. … Continue reading GLAM Organizations and Wikimedia Commons

Digital Outreach and Wikipedia in the GLAM Sector

My most recent post "Digital Outreach and Wikipedia in the GLAM Sector" can be seen over on Activehistory.ca.  This post looks at why Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) might engage in Wikipedia editing and different possibilities for GLAM organizations interested in editing Wikipedia as a form of outreach.

New Professionals and Hiring Committees

When I started my first job after grad school I was in a position that including hiring as one of its many tasks.  Prior to this point I had only sat on the opposite side of the hiring table and I remember feeling a bit overwhelming at being responsible for deciding who received a job.  … Continue reading New Professionals and Hiring Committees