Speaking Up: The Clothing Edition

Hanging rack of grey clothes.

I've started and deleted this post multiple times, not because the topic isn't important but because talking about it makes me feel tremendously vulnerable. I've thought a lot about professional expectations and social niceties.  I've also thought a lot about fear and the ways in which fear can stifle meaningful discussion. I've also had a … Continue reading Speaking Up: The Clothing Edition

Stereotypes and Misconceptions of Librarians and Archivists

Erin Leach recently shared some powerful words about being a cataloger in instruction spaces and stereotypes that are often used to describe those involved in cataloging. I'm not a library cataloger, far from it, however Erin's words struck a cord with me.  Her anecdote of interacting with others and their responses to her cataloguing status … Continue reading Stereotypes and Misconceptions of Librarians and Archivists

Friday Reading: Gender and Outreach

A weeks end look back at some of the archives, public history, and library world readings that I've been pondering on this week. Gender in Libraries: "If You Give a Librarian A Cookie" a great post by Dani Brecher Cook on the gendered work, the challenges of letting gender expectations control actions, and the need to … Continue reading Friday Reading: Gender and Outreach

National Conceptions of History in Museum Settings

Amongst the museums I visited while in DC, my least favourite was The National Museum of American History (NMAH). Upon reflection, it is not that I disliked the content of the museum, I just had a hard time grappling with the national differences of conceptions of history.  I expected a grand narrative style of history … Continue reading National Conceptions of History in Museum Settings