Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 74: Participating in Virtual Conferences

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In today’s episode I’m discussing my experiences attending three different virtual conference in October. I talk about online conference formats, recording and giving presentations, and interaction in online conference spaces.

Mentioned in this episode:
Canadian Research Knowledge Network 2020 Conference
TESS Online 2020: Humanizing Learning
Ontario Museum Association Annual Conference

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Houseplants and Care

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I love my outdoor veggie and flower gardens and have been an avid outdoor gardener for years. It wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic hit that I realized I also love houseplants.

Since March my houseplant collection has grown from a few plants I was given as gifts, to a sprawling set of plants that is in constant need of more space. Most of the plants I have are relatively low maintenance, there are a bunch of slow growers, and very few have bright bold flowers. They are shades of green and goodness.

Caring for these plants has brought me a lot of joy. Watering, tending to their soil and light needs, and simply sitting near them reminds of the importance of tenderness and gentleness.

Right now, in a time where there is a lot of uncertainty and the days are getting darker I need that reminder of kindness and care. There’s an urgency to press forward, to keep producing, and to maintain normalcy. Things aren’t normal. And we need to take additional steps to practice care and gentleness with ourselves and others right now.

Things I’m doing to prioritize care:

  • Taking lunch breaks. This seems simple but is something that often gets pushed to the side in favour of catching up on email or finishing one more task. I’m using breaks to reset and do activities I enjoy.
  • Scheduling breaks between meetings and where possible limiting myself to three virtual meetings a day. This one came out of the day where I had six Zoom meetings and was so exhausted by the end of it.
  • Not answering emails outside of work hours. Again, this one seems simple but is so hard to maintain sometimes – especially when working from home and the divide between work and personal time seems more fluid.
  • Spending time with cats and plants.
  • Making an active effort to engage with friends even when we can’t visit in-person. I miss people and virtual hangouts can help with that.

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Grant Writing for Community Archives

Hi friends, I recently did a short presentation on grant writing for community archives, with some tips and best practices for getting started with grant writing in a community context.

If you’re interested in the topic my slides and recoding of the presentation are available. I’m also always happy to chat about grants, it’s something I have a weird love for and really enjoy working on.

Sharing, Healing, and Learning through Digital Stories

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The presentation I gave at TESS 2020 on the work of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre to use digital technology to teach about Residential Schools and humanize this important history is now online.

The presentation is framed around the desire to share the important history of the Shingwauk site and the ways in which the SRSC has used ebooks, virtual tours, and digitized archival content to make this history more accessible to a wider audience.

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 73: Article Feedback and Revisions

In today’s episode I’m talking about peer review feedback and article revisions. I chat about some of the recent articles I have revised, handling negative feedback, and my process for doing revisions.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Jo VanEvery, Revision following peer review is a normal part of the scholarly writing process
– Melissa Dalgleish, Learning to Love Being Edited

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Creation and purpose: A conversation on art created by students at the Shingwauk Residential School

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A conversational piece I wrote with Skylee-Storm Hogan for the Art Libraries Journal is now available.

This piece asks: What are the ethics behind caring, preserving, and displaying artwork created by Residential School Survivors? By looking at sketches and small handicrafts held by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre this piece examines the possibilities for caring for this unique type of Indigenous artwork in a culturally appropriate and ethical manner.

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 72: Passion Project Space

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How do you find time for the projects that you are invested in but aren’t part of your job? In today’s episode I’m talking about passion projects and the work that I do off the side of my desk that brings me a lot of joy.

Mentioned in this episode:
Trans and Gender Diverse Voices in LIS book project
Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Inclusion in Libraries webinar

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Mina Rees Conversation Series – Trans & Gender Diverse Voices in LIS

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On November 11th at 1pm ET Kalani Adolpho, Stephen G. Krueger,  and I will be participating in the Mini Rees Conversation Series and talking about the importance of gender diversity and transgender voices within the field of Library and Information Science (LIS).

We’ll also be talking about our new book project Trans & Gender Diverse Voices in LIS – which currently has a CFP out. The conversation series is free and open to all.

Doing The Work: From Colonial Pasts to Inclusive Futures

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The Call for Proposals for the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) 2021 conference is out. This year’s theme is “Doing the Work: From Colonial Pasts to Inclusive Futures” and the CFP is open to submissions of both in-person and virtual presentations.

A huge thank you to the wonderful folks who have agreed to sit on the programme committee with me, I am very excited about this CFP and the potential discussion around the theme.

Proposal submissions are due November 30, 2020. And there is an information session for anyone looking to learn more on Tuesday October 27th from 12:00-1:00pm.

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 71: Making Space Between Work And Home

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In today’s episode I’m chatting about boundaries between work and home life and the struggle to maintain those boundaries during the pandemic. I talk about my home office, strategies for disconnecting and challenges of the work at home life.

Mentioned in this episode:
– Wladislaw Rivkin, Working from home? Why detachment is crucial for mental health

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