Who needs a distraction? I do. I’ve been spending a lot of time reading recently. These days, reading is one of the few things that can help push my anxiety to the side and keep my mind busy. In today’s episode I share what I’ve been reading recently and recommend some mind occupying reads.
In today’s episode I reflect on the work that goes into organizing blog theme weeks or thematic digital series. I talk about my experiences pulling together theme weeks and provide a roadmap for those interested in organizing one.
This week over on Activehistory.ca we are sharing the Material Culture Theme week I had the joy of editing. This week brings together folks who work with material culture both inside and outside academia.
The week is filled with posts on textiles, learning with material culture, family connections to making, and cultural meaning attached to objects. Go check it out.
A huge thank you to all the contributors and folks who made this week come together. You are awesome.
Prior to the world going to hell, I participated in a wonderful six days of professional development put on by Thinking Rock Community Arts and Jumblies Theatre. Titled “Crafting Communities” this workshop was based on Jumblies well-known Artfare Essentials training which is focused on skill building connected to community arts facilitation.
“Crafting Communities” focused on creative facilitation approaches to community arts, with a focus on textile art/craft. The workshop covered the a range of topics including: the basics of what community arts are, different styles of arts based facilitation, how to plan a community arts project, common challenges associated with community arts projects, and potential funding for community arts.
Personally, I loved that much of this content was delivered through active art making and engagement. Instead of simply talking about facilitation techniques we participated in facilitated activities and had conversations while making art.
I also really enjoyed that this workshop helped develop a community of practitioners. It brought together fiber and textile practitioners, folks engaged in music as community arts, and others working on dance, movement, drama, and art based community projects. We had the opportunity to connect with practitioners who live in work in Northern Ontario as well as community arts folks from the Toronto region. This mixture of geographic backgrounds helped fill the workshop with a range of perspectives and experiences.
The next phase of the Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall project includes more of an art and participatory focus. It also includes the development of hands-on workshops for visitors to the site, allowing them to learn about colonization, decolonization, and Residential Schools in a more engaged manner. I’m looking forward to trying and testing out some of the facilitation techniques learned during this workshop in the Reclaiming Shingwauk space.
I’m participating alongside Andrea Eidinger, Britt Luby, Carolyn Podruchny, and Sarah York-Bertram in a “The Covid-19 Chroniclers” project. This initiative aims to document our experiences working in academia during the era of Covid-19.
We are chronicling our experiences working in academe throughout the coronavirus outbreak. We are writing as support staff, a tenured faculty member, a pre-tenured faculty member, a sessional instructor, and a graduate student. We feel that our personal lives could reveal how privilege in the academy shapes our experiences. We’ll be posting new content daily on the website and hope that chronicling this experience can be useful to reflect on academic life and to build community within academia.
In today’s episode I’m talking about digitization of VHS tapes, digital preservation, and my recent trials and tribulations of using VCRs. I chat about the labour intensive work behind digitization and the challenges of video preservation.
On Thursday February 27, 2020 I presented a webinar on “Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Inclusion in Libraries.” Sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee this session provided an overview of a diverse range of gender identities and experiences and best practices for working with transgender colleagues, students, and patrons.
The slides and speaker notes from my presentation can be found here. You can also check out the PADLET I created as part of the session to allow participants to share what their libraries are doing to support trans and gender variant inclusion. The chat was super lively during the webinar and the collated links from the cat can be found here.
Lastly, if you want you can watch the whole webinar video. Thanks again for all the work of ACRL in supporting this webinar.
As part of my role as an eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellow, I’m participating in a community conversation webinar about open education. This webinar will kick off Open Education Week on March 2nd at 12:30 pm and bring together the 2019-20 cohort of OE Fellows.
From the webinar description: Learn more about their experience acting as open ed ambassadors on campus, and learn all about their final projects and contributions to the field of open education as they wrap up the year. Come with all of your questions
As part of my eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellows project I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Skylee-Storm Hogan on a couple of projects. As always, this collaboration has been a joy and I’ve learned so much from work with Skylee-Storm.
Part of this work has included creating a video that explores the intersection of Indigenous knowledge and OER. I’ve shared the video below and if you’re interested you can also checkout our slides and notes here.