Historical Reminiscents EP 15: Ableism and Accessibility in Public History

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New podcast episode! Some of the core facets behind public history practice are accessibility and community access. And preserved heritage should be accessible to all. In this week's episode I talk about ableism in public history and heritage sites.  I discuss job descriptions that include lifting requirements, inaccessible heritage sites, and digital accessibility. As a … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 15: Ableism and Accessibility in Public History

Historical Reminiscents EP 14: All The Memes

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New podcast episode! This week's episode is a case of 'and now for something completely different.' I talk about some of my favourite public history and archives focused web comics and memes.  I discuss using memes in the classroom and their potential as educational tools.  I also tackle the question of meme preservation and copyright. … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 14: All The Memes

Historical Reminiscents EP 13: Fostering Meaningful Student Work Experiences

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Since starting at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre in 2010 I have worked with a lot of students and new professionals. Over time I've developed really strong feels about the important of building meaningful placement, co-op, and work experiences for students. This episode dives into student mentorship and the importance of creating skill building opportunities … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 13: Fostering Meaningful Student Work Experiences

Historical Reminiscents EP 12: The Myth of Neutrality in Description

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New podcast episode! This episode was inspired by Colleen Burgess' and Thomas Peace's recent Active History post "19th Century Legacies in 21st Century Historical Research Practice."  Using their work as a jumping off point I talk about descriptive practices within in archives and museums and discuss standard vocabularies, hegemony, and the challenges of organizational schemes. … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 12: The Myth of Neutrality in Description

Historical Reminiscents EP 11: Healthy Writing Practices

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I write a lot. My writing comes in numerous shapes: work related, academic publishing, and personal or reflective writing. In this episode I talk about building a healthy writing practice and some of my favourite tips for developing a writing routine. I discuss the idea of moving beyond word counts and looking at writing in … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 11: Healthy Writing Practices

Historical Reminiscents EP 10: Goal Setting and Building Communities of Care

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New year! New podcast episode! In this episode I talk about establishing goals, setting yourself up for success and some of the problems with recent self-care rhetoric.  I also discuss communities of care and creating supportive spaces within the profession where we can lift each other up. Mentioned in this episode: Things you should know … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 10: Goal Setting and Building Communities of Care

Historical Reminiscents EP 09: Demystifying Archival Labour – Access

New podcast episode! In the final episode of my mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I talk about all the access and archival labour feels. I reflect on why access is at the core of what archivists do, why we don't 'just digitize everything', and the challenges of managing researcher expectations. Missed part one of this … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 09: Demystifying Archival Labour – Access

Historical Reminiscents EP 08: Demystifying Archival Labour – Preservation

New podcast episode! In part four of the mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I discuss preservation best practices and why preservation is a fundamental part of making archival records accessible. I chat about  my favourite resources and tools for teaching about preservation. Missed part one of this series? Listen to it here. Mentioned in this … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 08: Demystifying Archival Labour – Preservation

Historical Reminiscents EP 07: Demystifying Archival Labour – Description

New podcast episode! In part three of the mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I tackle the work of archival description and talk about the intellectual work goes into descriptive practices. I also discuss my favourite strategies for teaching about description and the inherent challenges of describing records using RAD.  Missed part one of this series? … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 07: Demystifying Archival Labour – Description

Historical Reminiscents EP 06: Demystifying Archival Labour – Arrangement

New podcast episode! In part two of the mini-series on "Demystifying Archival Labour" I tackle the work of archival arrangement and talk about how archives are organized, archival arrangement principles and how to teach about arrangement in the classroom. I also discuss the idea of alternative arrangements as a means of shifting away from colonial … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 06: Demystifying Archival Labour – Arrangement